Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400After going without a contract for more than a year, and with their administration withdrawing from negotiation, faculty at Pennsylvania state colleges and universities (but not including Pennsylvania State University, confusingly enough) went on strike Wednesday.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400A new report finds that the United States fails to uphold the most basic rights of workers, particularly in the South, where some states “support or collude with employers to infringe upon workers’ rights to peaceful assembly and association.”
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400People have figured out that our country’s “trade” deals haven’t been working our so well for “our country.” A visit to Flint, Detroit or almost any town, city, state or region that was built around manufacturing make it clear what we have done. Shifting jobs and factories to places where people are paid squat and are forced to work long hours with few protections while the environment is sacrificed might have put a lot of money into the pockets of already-wealthy executives and Wall Street “investors” but it hurt almost everyone and almost everywhere else in the country.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400The tentative agreement that the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) struck with district management less than an hour before a midnight October 10 strike deadline has been hailed by many as a victory.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400The vast majority of undocumented immigrants who have been given the temporary ability to legally work in the United States are currently employed or attending schoolahelping them make asignificant contributionsa to various labor marketsaaccording to a national survey released Tuesday by immigrant advocacy groups.
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400In 2011, President Obama, speaking in the wake of Occupy Wall Street, called inequality the “defining issue of our time.” Now Jason Furman, chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, argues that Obama “narrowed the inequality gap” more than any president in 50 years.
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Black Lives Matter movement has brought much-needed attention to the disparity in the way our criminal justice system treats African Americans. But there’s another side of American justice that matters too: our civil courts.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400The United States of America: land of liberty, bastion of opportunity, the world’s leading economic power. But if you’re a low-wage worker and wake up sick, you’d better clock in on time or you risk losing your wages and even your job.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400“Trade” is generally considered a good thing. But consider this: closing an American factory and firing its workers (not to mention the managers, supply chain, truck drivers, etc affected) and instead producing the same goods in a country with low wages and few environmental protections, then bringing the same goods back to sell in the same stores increases “trade” because now those goods cross a border.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400School schedules arenat working for parents, and havenat caught up to the reality of modern familiesa lives. The vast majority of parents 70 percent, work full-time from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the median closing time for a school is 2:30 p.m.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400Chicago teachers will likely take to the streets early Tuesday in an escalation of their campaign to defend their jobs and improve the education of the students and the communities they serve. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has said it will strike if no deal is reached by midnight.
Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400This past week, the SEC brought its first enforcement action ever to be based solely on retaliation against a whistleblower. On September 29, 2016, the SEC ordered International Game Technology (IGT) to pay a $500,000 penalty for terminating the employment of a whistleblower because he reported to senior management and the SEC that the company’s financial statements might be distorted.
Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400Workers who are underpaid are all too often exploited and abused in other waysaafter all, their employers know theyare vulnerable and need the paycheck.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400Louisianaas governor just sued its attorney general over whether lawyers the state hires should be allowed to discriminate against LGBT people. If that sounds odd, thatas because it is. And though thereas an easy moral answer to the conundrum, the legal answer might be far more complicated.
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400Privatization is bad news for federal, state and local government workers, and the communities where they live. That’s according to a new report released Wednesday by In the Public Interest, a research group focused on the effects of privatization.
Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400“Gig economy” corporations depend on a low-wage economy in which lots of people are looking for ways to get by. Their business model requires disposable people willing to take low-wage jobs with long hours and no benefits so they can pay the rent, doing things for people who need to save as much as they can, so they can pay the rent.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400In the late 1970s, my early years at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB), the Department of Economics had two secretaries. When I retired, in 2008, the number of faculty members and students in the department had increased, but there was only one secretary. All the faculty members had their own computers, with which they did much of the work that secretaries had previously done.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400Workers employed by candy manufacturer, Just Born Quality Confections, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are on strike over the company’s pension plan proposal. The strike, workers allege, hits the company—which makes Peeps, as well as Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales candies—just as next year’s Easter orders are meant to be made.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400A D.C. lawmaker says asking for salary histories aperpetuates the wage gap problem.a First, Massachusetts became the only state to ban employers from asking about prospective employeesa salary histories. Then New York City and Congress followed suit. Now lawmakers in the nationas capital want to be the next: A city council member has introduced legislation that would ban salary histories.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s open market committee concluded its two-day meeting to set U.S. monetary policy. In a vote that divided the Board of Governors, appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in an open public process, and the presidents of the regional bank board presidents, chosen by boards dominated by banks within their region, Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the FOMC, announced the FOMC decided to hold steady to its current Fed funds rate.
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) came out this week in support of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the construction of which was delayed last week by an order from the Obama administration—a decision that itself stemmed from months of protests led by the Standing Rock Sioux.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400Since the financial crisis, banks like Barclays and UBS have been caught manipulating interest rates; J.P. Morgan has reluctantly handed over billions for its association with Bernie Madoff, illegal hiring practices, and lax oversight of its own traders among its other misdeeds; while Goldman Sachs has been fined billions for selling toxic subprime mortgages to investors. This past week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Wells Fargo $185 million for creating fake accounts and assigning them to unwitting customers.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400If you were lamenting that Labor Day’s current day association with leisure has obfuscated the true meaning of the holiday—don’t despair because the working people of Boulder Station Hotel & Casino got together over the Labor Day weekend and after a long battle said, “Union Yes!”
Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400Courts have an important responsibility to approve class action settlements and ensure that the plaintiffs and their attorneys are not selling out the class by colluding with the defendants. Sometimes, though, in their zealous protection of the absent class members, courts wind up forgetting the old aphorism attributed to Confucius: “Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400The average woman who had a full-time, year-round job in 2015 made just 80 percent of what a man did, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. That’s up from last year’s 79 percent, but the increase is not statistically significant. The wage gap hasn’t closed significantly since 2007.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400This year, People’s Action affiliates in four states have seen their hard work pay off by successfully getting initiatives to increase the minimum wage on the ballot.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Labor Center at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst is in turmoil. Its director, Eve Weinbaum, says she was abruptly pushed out of the position. In an alarming e-mail to alumni, students and allies, she protested funding cuts to teaching assistants and part-time instructors and, more troublingly, threats to the “Labor Studies faculty’s autonomy to make programmatic decisions and to designate a Director.”
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400Companies extort tax breaks and subsidies by threatening to withhold jobs. After their demands are met, they instead outsource the promised jobs. For the workers who remain, the threat of outsourcing causes their wages to fall.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400There is no national law ensuring that American workers can take a paid day off of work if they or their family members get sick. But there are now more than 30 of these laws in cities and states throughout the country.
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400For more than a decade, the NLRB considered graduate employees to be students, not workers. As such, they did not have the same legal rights of most employees, including the right to organize. All that changed two weeks ago when the NLRB decision on the Columbia case finally came back, siding with the student-workers and their right to collective bargaining.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400China is gorging itself on steelmaking. It is forging so much steel that the entire world doesn’t need that much steel. Companies in the United States and Europe, and unions like mine, the United Steelworkers, have spent untold millions of dollars to secure tariffs on imports of this improperly government-subsidized steel.
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400The California legislature has passed a bill that would give farmworkers the same overtime protections as other workers. Now the question is whether Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not taken a position on the proposal, will sign the expansion from the stateas current law, which requires employers to pay time-and-a-half after farmworkers put in 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit took sides in a major split within the U.S. Courts of Appeals over the enforceability of class arbitration waivers. In Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, No. 13-16599, Slip. Op. (9th Cir. Aug. 22, 2016), the Ninth Circuit held that employers violate Sections 7 and 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) by requiring employees covered by the NLRA to waive, as a condition of their employment, participation in “concerted activities” such as class and collective actions. (Slip Op. at 1.)
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Roger Ailes harassment scandal was never just about Roger Ailes. We knew that from the beginning: Gretchen Carlson, the woman whose sexual harassment lawsuit helped topple the Fox News chief (and unleashed a flood of similar harassment and assault allegations) stated that she’d only come into Ailes’ line of sight because she was pursuing remedy for a different instance of workplace discrimination.
Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400Labor Day is now seen as the official end of summer and a day off (at least for those who actually get paid holiday leave) to grill or go to the beach one last time. But when it was originally conceived as a federal holiday, it was as a concession to the labor movement after bloody union unrest that left 30 striking workers dead. It was meant as a day to celebrate the efforts and sacrifices of unionized workers.
Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400With Supreme Court justices serving for life and having significant power in interpreting laws that affect our daily lives, the importance of court appointments cannot be overstated. This election, in particular, could shape up to be one of the most important elections in terms of shaping the court in American history.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0400When Congress gets back from recess, one of the first items on Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s (D-DC) agenda will be salary histories. She, along with co-sponsors Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), will introduce the first-ever bill to ban employers from asking about applicants’ prior pay before making an offer.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400I suffer from depression and anxiety. In our constantly-moving world, this is not uncommon. However, it is rarely acceptable to discuss.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Department of Labor (DOL) has released the final rules for implementing President Obama’s two-year-old Fair Pay And Safe Workplaces executive order.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Voters in Arizona and Minneapolis, Minnesota, will have the chance to vote on minimum wage increases this November, according to court rulings in both places.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Today we commemorate “African American Women’s Equal Pay Day,” the day in the year when African American women’s wages finally catch up to what men earned last year. It is important to note that African American Women’s Equal Pay Day comes nearly four months after “Women’s Equal Pay Day,” which included wages of women of all races, and was marked on April 12th of this year.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400The government just cracked down on the country’s largest meat and poultry processor for endangering its employees.It all began with a report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of a finger amputation at a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant in Texas.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400According to the George W. Bush-era National Labor Relations Board, graduate students at private universities didn’t count as employees of those universities, no matter how much employment-type work they did. That means those students couldn’t unionize.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400The 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is holding its biennial convention in Orlando this week. As part of that convention, there will be a rally to publicize opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) that determines U.S. monetary policy met in July. Its job is to weigh the state of the American economy, both the labor market and inflationary pressures to set policy. In an interesting note, its discussion of the labor market explicitly noted the condition of the African American and Hispanic unemployment rates.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Domestic workers in Illinois are celebrating a new bill of rights. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law last week, capping a 5-year campaign and making Illinois the 7th state to adopt such a protection.
Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400After working at the investment bank Jefferies Group for nearly 12 years, Shabari Nayak thought she was on track to become a managing director. She says everything changed after she announced that she would be having a baby.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400They didn’t end three-tier in a single blow. But in a new contract covering 200,000 members, the American Postal Workers Union made serious headway and fended off most concessionary demands, including the Postal Service’s effort to create yet another tier.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Average weekly wages (inflation adjusted) of public-sector teachers decreased $30 per week from 1996 to 2015, from $1,122 to $1,092 (in 2015 dollars). In contrast, weekly wages of all college graduates rose from $1,292 to $1,416 over this period.
Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400As roughly 10,000 conference goers gathered in Richmond, Va., to talk about unions and low-wage work, organizers behind the nationwide campaign demanded a union of their own.
Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400A new economic working paper reinforces an important reality: We need more government spending to repair the economy for millions of working Americans. Unfortunately, our political debate is being held back by an economic myth – one that has yet to be challenged in political debate, despite an ever-growing body of evidence against it.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Drinking water supplies for at least six million Americans contain toxic industrial chemicals at levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended safety limit.
Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400The U.S. women’s soccer team is already on a roll at the Olympics in Rio. So far, they haven’t lost a single game they’ve played, winning against New Zealand and France and tying with Colombia. They didn’t even give up a goal during the first two games and are now first in their group. They’re well on their way toward gold.
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400After six years without a contract, City University of New York professors and staff will finally get a raise. Members of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), which represents more than 25,000 professors and staff at CUNY, voted overwhelmingly—94 percent—in favor of a new contract.
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400In his economic policy speech on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to announce a new policy: allowing families to fully deduct the cost of their childcare expenses from their taxes.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Apple is Silicon Valley’s most diverse tech giant. According to the company’s mint diversity and inclusion report released Wednesday, Apple has been able to significantly increase its number of female and minority employees since 2014.
Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Few issues are receiving a more insipid—and thus more harmful—treatment in our public discourse than world trade. Along with immigration, “free trade” is now the foremost symbol of a supposed either/or choice between globalism and nationalism.
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400I recently attended a memorial service for James Haughton, an alumnus of the City University of New York (CUNY). As founder of a group called Harlem Fight Back, Haughton was a central figure in the fight against racist hiring in the construction industry. One of the eulogists spoke about the first time he joined a Harlem Fight Back “shaping” crew, walking onto a job site to demand work for people of color from the community. The contractor claimed not to be hiring and quickly offered the delegation a payoff of $35,000, in cash, to go away. Shaken, crew members went asking for guidance from Haughton, who said simply, “Don’t. Take. The Money.”
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400Massachusetts has leapfrogged over all other states to pass the most robust equal pay law in the country.
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Department of Labor [last] week confirmed persistent charges of labor abuses at the U.S. Senate dining room on Capitol Hill, ruling that workers there are owed more than a $1 million in back wages.
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400One such often-abused financial scheme is debt collection. It’s an entire industry.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Elites take “globalization” as a given because “trade” deals have pushed sovereignty off the table and locked governments out of decision-making over things like stopping offshoring of jobs and protecting domestic industries
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400On Tuesday, workers at the Philadelphia airport rallied ahead of a possible strike next week.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Stories about historic efforts to address racial segregation in American public education often start with Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957. But the story of Little Rock and segregation badly needs updating.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400UNDER CAMBODIAN LAW, THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE IS SUPPOSED TO BE IRONCLAD. No employer, government agent or citizen may impede union activity. Inside the walls of Cambodia’s largest special economic zones (SEZs), however, In These Times’ reporters saw a system designed to tightly control the workforce by keeping workers fenced in and unions out. More than a dozen workers and labor activists confirmed that, while it’s not easy to independently organize anywhere in Cambodia, the law is flagrantly violated in SEZs. The result is seething discontent.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400People who want multi;national corporations to be held accountable for their tax-dodging tactics only have a few more hours Thursday to tell the Security and Exchange Commission to support a tough rule that would go a long way toward making that happen.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Over the past decade, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and other Gulf States have started buying up franchises—and not just McDonald’s. These days the Gulf States are purchasing branches of universities like NYU and museums like the Guggenheim in New York City, part of peppering their societies with the “obligatory landmarks for the global investor class,” in the words of NYU professor Andrew Ross. Ross is part of a network of artists and university professors trying to change the absurdly onerous labor conditions facing guest workers in the Gulf.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Bernie Sanders campaign is the latest and largest wave of a rising populist tide, gaining force from the Occupy movement, the Dreamers, Black Lives Matter, the Fight for $15, the Wisconsin showdown, and more. The failure of the political establishment has been exposed, but the center still holds.
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400The idea of putting a small “Robin Hood” tax on financial transactions has been kicking around for a while, but in the last month the idea has picked up some real steam.
Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Until now, if temp workers wanted to unionize into the same bargaining units as permanent workers, both bossesathe one running the workplace, and the staffing agency aemployinga the tempsahad to agree.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Last week, longtime Fox News anchor and host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, alleging that he sexually harassed her in the workplace. Within a day, Ailes and his lawyers asked a court to force the case into arbitration, under a special gag order that would block anyone from publicly disclosing any of the evidence in the case or the outcome of the arbitration.
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued the following statement in reaction to the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee’s passage of a trade amendment during its Orlando, Florida, meetin
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400All of us suffer consequences when corporations cheat. Silicon Valley’s tech companies make a lot of money, but many of them dodge paying taxes. San Francisco is going to try to do something about it. Three supervisors are proposing that the city tax tech companies to help pay the costs these companies impose on the city.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Three big wins for workers in the last nine months arrived where you might least expect them: in the old, blue-collar economy. That’s the economy where unions are down to 6.7 percent, where wins are rare and workers are supposed to be on their way out.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400While 100-degree heat in June may be unusual, serious illness and deaths caused by extreme heat at U.S. job sites is not.
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400The June jobs report – a cheery 287,000 new jobs, with unemployment ticking up to 4.9 percent – is cause for both relief and concern.
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) passed the “persuader rule” that closed a major loophole, which has for decades allowed employers to hire attorneys and consultants to secretly assist them in what is politely referred to in the industry as “union avoidance.” The goal of this activity is to persuade and prevent workers from organizing unions.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400On July 1, at the start of the Independence Day weekend, we learned that income inequality in this country became even worse last year.
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400Union Summer, the cadre of young activists that is training to be the future leaders and union organizers of the labor movement, are hitting the doors hard. After a couple of weeks on the ground, Summeristas have spoken with 300 people one-on-one and engaged 100 of them to commit to forming a union.
Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400“You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” Rahm Emanuel infamously said when he was President Obama’s White House chief of staff. So it is with the legislation that President Obama signs into law Thursday that offers Puerto Rico a process for managing its crushing debt.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400With the problem this big, it’s no wonder so many people are talking about student debt.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400A Canadian corporation is suing the us because we wouldn’t let them build a pipeline across our country (seizing people’s property along the way) so they could sell oil to China.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400Walmart is making its annual push to get credit for its self-proclaimed massive investment in U.S.-made products, which means it’s time for a reality check.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400Things are changing. A major crack has appeared in the edifice of globalization, and the neoliberal order that has dominated the world’s economy since the end of World War II is now in danger.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400If you actually read Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speech to his supporters Thursday – rather than the news coverage of it – you will immediately grasp the importance of this weekend’s gathering in Chicago of about 3,000 progressive leaders and grassroots activists.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400At least eight protesters were killed and 53 injured earlier this week in clashes with police in Oaxaca, Mexico, during demonstrations against neoliberal education reforms.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400LGBT people may be able to marry, but in many states they can also be fired or not hired because theyare LGBT. And House Republicans are fighting to keep that from changing.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400There is a clause in many “free-trade” agreements allowing corporations to sue governments in corporate courts for passing laws, regulating and other things that might limit their profits. Never mind if the people of a country want to do something to make their own lives better; these agreements say that their governments have to pay corporations if they do.
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400A federal appeals court has upheld a National Labor Relations Board move modernizing and streamlining union representation elections. The rule, which business lobby groups like the American Builders and Contractors and the National Federation of Independent Business have tried to brand as aambush elections,a cuts down the time employers have to fire and intimidate union supporters, and reduces the endless litigation employers would use to prevent workersa voices from being heard.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400The national movement toward a minimum wage of $15 an hour is picking up steam in Baltimore, with a key test of strength for the local movement expected before the end of the summer.
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400With the decisive victory for union members at Verizon, 2016 is already on pace to be the second year in a row where recorded strike activity has increased over the previous half-decade. Now, a new decision from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could restore legal job protections for striking workers, making workplace job actions a more common—and more powerful—union strategy.
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400Years ago a political scientist said that the mass media can’t influence what people think, but it can influence what people think about. Today it does both. If you’re a billionaire who wants to manipulate public opinion, that means you’ll keep feeding it stories that serve your ideology and self-interest.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400For nearly a century, millions of workers have endured punishing jobs in construction, mining and factory work—jobs with high levels of work-related disability and injury. As a tradeoff for the dangers, they’ve had the assurance of workers’ compensation if injured permanently on the job. Employers accepted this deal, albeit sometimes grudgingly, because it removed the possibility of being sued over work-related injuries.
Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400When corporations or the government value money over lives and safety, injure people, or discriminate against them, the courts are where they can be held accountable. But corporate and government wrongdoers don’t want to be held accountable.
Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400High school graduation season is in full bloom in many communities around the nation, but in some places, parents with children still in schools have to be worried about the conditions of the schools they’ll return to in the fall – or even if the schools will open at all.
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Advocate has a piece by Catalina Velasquez, director of People For the American Way Foundation’s “Young People For” program, that explains why the recently passed transgender discrimination law in North Carolina hurts everyone, not just the direct targets of the legislation.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on some of the payday lending industryas most abusive practices, and boy are payday lenders getting whiny about it. So very whinyaand all kinds of poutraged.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400House Speaker Paul Ryan ended up overshadowing his own efforts Tuesday to highlight the Republican Party’s proposals for overhauling aid programs for low-income people by telling reporters that he was still planning to endorse and vote for a presidential candidate that had earlier uttered what he called “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400Not so long ago, Social Security was endangered by a “bipartisan” consensus that sought to cut its benefits – already lower than those of comparable countries – as part of a “grand bargain.” President Obama even put a slow-motion benefit cut into one of his proposed budgets, in the form of a reduction in cost-of-living increases.
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400One of the great benefits of joining the military is the opportunity to learn skills that benefit a soldier after their service is completed