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Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

June 2024

Sidney's Picks: iHeartMedia Workers Ratify First Union Contract

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • Audio storytellers at the iHeartMedia network vote 99% to ratify their first union contract. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Why Starbucks and Workers United are on track to reach a contract. (NYT)
  • House “Slow Fashion Caucus” hopes to break our national addiction to disposable clothing. (WaPo)
  • California senate advances major tax on data mining to fund journalism jobs. (Matt Pearce)
  • New York City is bleeding information industry jobs. (The City)

Sidney's Picks: Sherrod Brown's Senate Opponent Allegedly Stole Wages

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The Best of the Week’s News

  • Sherrod Brown’s opponent shredded overtime pay records at his car dealership and settled more than a dozen wage theft cases. (MoJo)
  • Southern teachers unionize. (Prospect)
  • Amazon Labor Union (ALU) members vote to join the Teamsters. (Verge)
  • Why is the Supreme Court taking so long to decide Trump’s immunity case? (NYT)
  • The labor beat goes on. (Progressive)
  • Honoring Linda Tirado, a fighter for the working class. (Prospect)


Sidney's Picks: Supreme Court Rules Against Labor Board

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The Best of the Week’s News


  • Supreme Court makes it harder for NLRB to reinstate workers fired for organizing. (NYT)

  • Dollar Trees are as common as Starbucks, and the retailer is under pressureto improve its terrible safety record. (VA Center for Investigative Journalism)


  • CVS is making generic drugs for children with contaminated water, incorrect doses of medication, and other serious defects. (Bloomberg)


  • Dark money news sites are outpacing local newspapers in swing states. (Axios)

  • Hundreds of police officers sexually abused kids and many dodged prison time. (WaPo)

  • A co-owner of the Calgary Flames paid to subject indigenous children to pseudoscientific brain wave experiments that were supposed to help them see angels. (CBC)

Sidney's Picks: New WaPo CEO Tried to Squelch Coverage of His Phone-Hacking Scandal

The Best of the Week’s News

  • The Washington Post’s new CEO tried to squelch coverage of his links to a phone-hacking scandal. (SF Gate, NYT, NPR)


  • Nine witnesses in Trump’s criminal cases have received major benefits from his campaign and businesses, raising fears of witness tampering. (ProPublica)


  • Decaying, cash-strapped MTA has no lifeline after Gov. Kathy Hochul unexpectedly kills congestion pricing. (Curbed)

  • 400 incarcerated New Yorkers speak out about the reality of prison labor as Legal Aid Society advances legislation to ban forced labor behind bars. (NY Mag)

  • Can state Supreme Courts safeguard the rights we have, or even recognize new ones? (New Yorker)