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Why We’ll Definitely Need a Universal Basic Income (Video)

As new technologies replace work, the question for the future is how best to provide economic security for all.

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All We Want Is Dignity, Respect and a Job

The presidential candidates are not talking about the issues that matter to millions of working-class Americans, including students at Los Angeles Trade Tech. The community college centered on vocational education is a place of second chances, and its students have no time for empty campaign rhetoric.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



Inmates Launch Series of Work Stoppages to Protest ‘Slave Labor’

The U.S. incarcerates the greatest number of people in the world, and most of them are expected to work inside the prisons that hold them, usually for well below minimum wage.

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‘Disappointed’ in Obama, Sanders Calls on Top Democrats to Drop Lame-Duck Push for TPP

The TPP “will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health,” Sanders said.

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 READ MORE



Jeremy Corbyn Launches Bold, Progressive Plan to Transform U.K.

“Our country wasn’t run by Brussels, it’s run by boardrooms across the world,” the Labour Party leader said as he called for pro-worker public investments, peace abroad and a clean-energy transition.

Posted on Aug 8, 2016 READ MORE


What College Graduates Can Expect as They Enter the New World of Work (Video)

By Robert Reich

What do you need to know—about the new world of work, but also about yourself—as you graduate and launch yourself into the world of work?

Posted on May 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Employees With Criminal Records May Be Better Workers, Studies Reveal

Multiple reports indicate that ex-offenders work harder and ascend the ranks faster than non-offenders.

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Great Recession Continues to Loom Over 2016 Graduates, Even as Corporate Profits Rise

The New York Times editorial board released a depressing report recently on the bleak job prospects faced by high school students graduating this year, a situation it traces to consistent political failures in recent times.

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Here’s the Truth About Free Trade

Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are blaming free-trade deals for the decline of working-class jobs and incomes. Are they right?

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Millennials Are Paying for ‘the Western World’s Most Stunning Accounting Disaster to Date’

A staggering Guardian investigation reveals how, far from being “the most indulged young people in the history of the world,” Westerners born in the 1980s and mid-1990s have been betrayed by previous generations that have left them in debt, jobless and locked out of property markets.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Baltimore Mayoral Candidate DeRay Mckesson

The Black Lives Matter activist (at right in photo)—whose political campaign is off to an attention-grabbing start—seeks to tackle the issues of police brutality and criminal justice through education and employment.

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U.S. Economy Adds Too Few Jobs in September

Employers added a mere 142,000 jobs in September, the Labor Department announced Friday, suggesting that the U.S. economy is losing momentum after a second month of lackluster growth.

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When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

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How Much Do We Value Work?

Will any Republican candidate find it in his or her interest to break with the party’s orthodoxy on government regulations and labor rights?

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Here’s Why Giving People Jobs and Training Could Actually Help Cut Down on Crime

A new study suggests that when people who have been involved in crimes such as theft are given the opportunity and training to do “legitimate work,” they are less likely to continue criminal activities.

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VIDEO: Making Work Family-Friendly Is Step Two in Making the Economy Work for the Many

People shouldn’t have to choose between providing for their families and being good parents. Yet “family-friendly” work is still a pipe dream.

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April Jobs Report: The Wage Picture Is Bleak and ‘We’re Still Millions of Jobs in the Hole’

Yes, all of the U.S. jobs lost to the Great Recession were recovered by mid-2014. But “we didn’t manage to create enough new jobs to satisfy the shortfall” in positions that would have been made “had the economy kept chugging along at a reasonably normal pace,” writes Suzanne McGee at The Guardian.

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Raising the Minimum Wage Is Step One in Making the Economy Work for the Many, Not Only the Few

A basic moral principle that most Americans agree on is no one who works full time should be in poverty, nor should their family.

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How the New Flexible Economy Is Making Workers’ Lives Hell

These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.

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Will the Federal Reserve Raise Interest Rates?

For the first time since the global recession, Federal Reserve officials are divided over whether to raise interest rates. This occurs amid signs that U.S. economic growth has slowed.

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The Political Revolution We Desperately Need

The good news is that the economy today is much better than it was six years ago when George W. Bush left office. The bad news is that, despite these improvements, the 40-year decline of the American middle class continues.

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Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

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The Only Way to ‘Unrig’ the System Is to Know the Truth About the Economy (Video)

Here’s why myths such as the notion that “job creators” are CEOs, corporations and the rich, whose taxes must be kept low to induce them to create more jobs, are rubbish.

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Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

The rise of “independent contractors” is the most significant legal trend in the American workforce—contributing directly to low pay, irregular hours and job insecurity.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



Do Workers Truly Get What They’re Worth in the Market?

My recent column about the growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and secure for workers unleashed a small barrage of criticism from some who contend that workers get what they’re worth in the market.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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End Poverty? Reduce Inequality? What Republicans Must Do First

The latest fad among would-be Republican presidential contenders is to proclaim their deep commitment to fighting poverty and inequality—which sounds as plausible as a promise by McDonald’s to abolish greasy food.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



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Low-Wage Workers Forced to Slog Through ‘Snowmageddon’

A huge blizzard is ravaging the East, causing thousands of flight cancellations, school closures, at least one death so far and general chaos. Many of those making minimum wage or less are forced to choose whether to venture into the cold or lose their jobs.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE


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Workers Keep Getting Shafted and Wages Won’t Rise; What’s Going On?

Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t.

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A Multi-Billion Dollar Secret

If you are a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings.

Posted on Dec 5, 2014 READ MORE



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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all?

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Protesters Bring Reality to Black Friday Shopping Sprees

Interrupting America’s shopping frenzy on the sacred capitalist holiday of Black Friday, protesters flooded malls and Walmarts from Ferguson to Los Angeles, bringing news of racism and labor exploitation.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE



Race Inequality Between U.S. Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers

With regard to employment, African-Americans got hit harder by the Bush Depression than did whites, and jobs have not come back for them at nearly the same rate.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Walmart Employees Go Hungry Working for the Richest Family in America

The Walton family control $145 billion in personal wealth, an amount equivalent to the bottom 42 percent of all Americans. Their employees, meanwhile, depend on food banks and taxpayer-funded welfare programs to survive.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Fix Decaying Pipelines First for Jobs, Health and Safety

With the Keystone XL pipeline stalled again, now perhaps we can look ahead and consider more promising ways to rebuild our energy system, creating many more jobs than that controversial project ever would.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Some of America’s Biggest Corporations Pay Their CEOs More Than They Owe in Taxes

How does a company like Ford, which did $139.4 billion in business last year, qualify for a tax refund?

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



Don’t Be Fooled by the October Unemployment Numbers

Despite 9 million Americans remaining out of work, economists hailed the drop of the U.S. unemployment rate to its lowest level since 2008 on Friday.

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 READ MORE


Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter With the Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” author says Democrats blow off right-wing populism and “walk right into the buzz saw every time.” Also: what to expect when you’re expecting a Republican Senate, and Silicon Valley’s take on indentured servitude.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



UberMILITARY: Helping America’s Vets Get Moving, or Driving Them to Low-Wage Work?

Uber is on a mission to hire 50,000 veterans from the U.S. military over the next 18 months through its new UberMILITARY program.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Where’s the Gratitude?

President Obama is clearly frustrated that having inherited an economy that was at death’s door, he is getting remarkably little credit for getting it back on its feet.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE


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Those Budget-Busting, Job-Killing GOP Governors

Even as Republicans boast of their chances to take over the United States Senate come November, their party’s governors across the country are facing dimmer prospects.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



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The Return of the Corporate Court

Jesse Busk has almost no chance of winning his lawsuit when it comes before the Supreme Court. He’s an ordinary working person challenging the prerogatives of corporate power.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE


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