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From NPR News. It’s all things considered , I’m Marty .
Hornish and I’m Irish Shapiro. The attorneys general of New York , and Illinois announced a settlement today with the office space rental firm we work . The settlement is over . It’s employment contracts we work has agreed to eliminate or modify non-compete clauses that restrict its employees’ ability to find new jobs . NPR’s you can Gucci reports .
Originally non-compete clauses were used for executives and for people at high tech positions or companies wanted to protect intellectual property or trade secrets. But now all kinds of companies apply them to workers including at the lowest level creating restrictions on where those people can find future jobs Amy’s bottleneck is a spokesperson and senior policy adviser for the New York attorney general .
Putting people like for Easter and cleaners and other low-level workers under the restrictions of the non-compete simply not what they were intended for.
But she says we work had been doing just that all of we worked 3300 US employees were required to sign employment agreements that bar them from working for a rival firm for a year. The prohibition extended to anywhere we work has operations because we work has more than 150 locations in the US that sharply limited the ability of workers to move to a competitor . Alan Krueger , is a Princeton economist he worries the proliferation of non-compete clauses could be limiting wage growth .
One of the ways in which workers do obtain higher pay is by searching for jobs that offer better pay , better working conditions and to the extent that this is restricting mobility. I think it is palpably restraining wage growth .
Kruger as research shows about one out of 4 US workers can’t switch jobs freely because they’re under non-compete clauses. We work pioneered the office rental sub industry known as working it rents and develops communal office spaces that individuals and companies can then lease on a monthly basis within a decade . We work has become the world’s biggest player in that industry . We work is not alone in attracting regulatory scrutiny in July . The attorney general of Washington State won concessions from 7 fast food chains to drop language that prevented workers from getting jobs within their own franchise other states attorneys general including New York I’ve said they continue looking into similar cases in other industries . As for we work its original non-compete clause will now apply only to 100 executives . The duration of the non-compete will be shorter for about half of US employees in a statement . We work says it has been working with the state attorneys general for 2 years and that the company was already in the process of revamping its policy you Noguchi , NPR News , Washington .
50 years ago Americans first heard about the miniskirt wearing mom who drew the scorn of a small town.
You all this dome and bad are badly.
Harper Valley PTA made singer Jeannie C Riley , the first woman to hit number 1 on both the pop and country charts. More recently , the song made rolling list of the 100 greatest country songs of all time as part of our series 1968 how we got here . NPR’s Elizabeth Blair says the message still resonates .
Harper Valley PTA is like a clap back to sled shaming the shaming.
Comes in the form of a snarky letter from the PTA to a single mom.
Then that is chance you’re wearing his weight.
It’s reported. You’ve been drinking when it around with me and and then .
Go wild men drinking short skirts the PTA just cannot hold back its judge me.
We don’t believe hardly bring in a little display.
The PTA messed with the wrong man. She shows up at a PTA meeting in her mini skirt and calls out their hypocrisy . One by one , like the married man who’s been hitting honor the woman his breath smells of Gen . And where did Mr. Baker Secretary go .
Thank you. Can you tell us , said with , he had to leave this .
It’s the kind of saying that when you turn it on. Everybody wants to turn it up and people who haven’t heard it before kind of can’t believe that it came out . 50 years ago Margaret eBay is a writer from Birmingham , Alabama , who now lives in New York she used to play Harper Valley PTA on college radio show just a decade ago she loved how the character in the song sucks it to the PTA when it happened . It’s kind of a spectacular event . It’s just a real hope fine morsel of seeing people get their comeuppance .
The mother monthly.
Well , this is just ways the mandated but the grid.
In 1968 when Harper Valley PTA was released. There were no federal laws against .
Firing a woman if she was pregnant a woman needed her husband to co-sign to get a credit card Tom T Hall , who wrote the song said it’s based on a true story , from his childhood in Kentucky , he says that single mom showed up at a PTA meeting and berated the members for their indiscretions and hypocrisy. Hall was impressed , as he said , in this 1984 TV interview .
I know it’s thought anybody would stand up and say , hey , I’m doing okay. Leave me alone , and I would just knocked out and I didn’t like this but 20 years later , it’s something like .
Because it’s really display.
It out discriminated against , and it made a somewhat rebellious.
Jeannie C Riley says Harper Valley PTA changed her life , it was her first record and an instant hit. She went from being a secretary to touring the country and performing on TV with Johnny Cash and her idol Loretta Lynn . She won a Grammy . She bought a house for her and her first husband expensive perfumes and a new Cadillac .
I couldn’t go around and 57 Chevy after half of the health.
But remember this was 1968 and the music business was as sexist. If any other , the record label wanted to Bram term as if she were the woman in the song , Reilly says they didn’t want her mentioning her husband in interviews and they only wanted to see her in a mini miniskirt .
Rat out that could see that I was being considered an image , not a person a sassy sex but instead of a singer.
Riley says that just wasn’t her , she became a born again Christian and started recording gospel songs.
I don’t have glamor to cling to. I don’t have the , the excitement of being on top of the heap possessions . But I’ve got peace the manned and my speed but that never had before .
As for the PTA Jeannie Thea Riley says she got some angry letters from people , accusing her of trying to hurt the parent teacher association. She says she wasn’t . She was a member herself Elizabeth Blair NPR .
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