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How to Stop Capitalism’s Deadly War With Nature

It’s not humanity alone that threatens life on earth. The bigger culprit is an economic and political system that relies on endless global appropriation of cheap food, energy, raw materials and labor.

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Hawaiian Seafood Is Caught by Undocumented Workers Confined to Ships Like Slaves

An investigation found that hundreds are employed catching fish off the coasts of Hawaii and California on boats they can’t leave.

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Wages Took a Rare Decline in First Quarter

January through March, the average weekly wage in the U.S. fell 0.5 percent from last year—just the seventh such annual decline dating back to 1978, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE



A Message to Working People From a Former Labor Secretary

Your typical wage is below what it was in the late 1970s, in terms of what it can buy. Yet the American economy is twice as large as it was back then.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



The Decline in Union Membership Is Hurting All of Us

A new report says that “rebuilding our system of collective bargaining is an important tool available for fueling wage growth and ending the era of persistent wage stagnation.”

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE



In a Major Ruling, Grad Students Win the Right to Unionize at Private Universities

The National Labor Relations Board announced that a previous ruling—that graduate workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they are students—was flawed.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE



After Six-Week Strike, Verizon Workers Claim Major Victory as Tentative Deal Is Reached

“This proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and protect the American middle class,” said the president of one of the unions involved.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



Robots Take Over for 60,000 Fired Foxconn Factory Workers

The Apple and Samsung supplier played down the job-loss aspect of the story by making it sound as though employees had been liberated to do less menial work.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



Workers of the World, Relax! Shorter Workdays Increase Productivity

Bosses and managers take heed: European researchers found that a six-hour workday increases employee efficiency and productivity while reducing absences and stress.

Posted on May 14, 2016 READ MORE



Employers Can’t Require You to Be Happy, Uncle Sam Says

In a victory for free speech, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that employees of T-Mobile do not have to maintain what the company called a “positive work environment” at all times.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



Demonstrators at May Day Rallies Worldwide Demand Workers’ Rights

In the U.S., “there’s manufactured ignorance that prevents us from knowing about May Day,” one historian says.

Posted on May 1, 2016 READ MORE



Why Americans Should Care About Political Murders in Bangladesh

Bloggers’ deaths are buried in the language of terrorism, but it’s much more complicated than that.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



The Wages of Sin

Huge segments of working-class whites—victims paying for the sins of American empire—are desperately seeking to halt change and re-create a mythical past. This is always the last, desperate gasp of a dying culture.

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How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers

The Boston Globe presented its recent decision to contract out its delivery service as a clean, technical move to deliver newspapers at lower cost. But that deceptively simple task is in fact provided by some of society’s most exploited and marginalized workers, many of them immigrants and undocumented.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Nestle’s Self-Policing Policy Against Slave Labor Smells Like a PR Campaign

The food giant’s unsuccessful effort to beat back a lawsuit may have been part of an effort to avoid fully facing up to ties to child slavery, critics suggest.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Winning the Fight for $15 in 2016

This is the year to make all wages living wages.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE



Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Teacher Unions That Could Deal a Major Blow to Liberals

On Monday, the Supreme Court justices who handed victories to liberals in 2016 will hear a case that labor leaders warn could bankrupt public-sector unions and further curtail their political power.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE



Dead, White and Blue: The Great Die-Off of America’s Blue-Collar Whites

The “diseases” leading to excessive white working-class deaths are those of despair, and some of the obvious causes are economic.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Sharing Economy Is Harming Workers—and What Must Be Done

In this holiday season, it’s especially appropriate to acknowledge how many Americans don’t have steady work.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



How Unions Fight Inequality and Strengthen Democracy

A reinvigorated labor movement is essential to both a just economy and a well-functioning democracy. It deserves widespread attention—and should inspire concerted action.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Gender Pay Gap Widens: Men’s Earnings Growing Twice as Fast as Women’s

The glass ceiling is still very much intact, as new Labor Department data reveals.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Many of the World’s 21 Million Slaves Live in the West

Wagner Moura “was used to seeing well-off families take in girls from poorer ones” to “live in their homes and be brought up as one of their own.” Later on, he “came to see it for what it really was.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



Fitbits for Bosses: The Future of Workplace Surveillance

If the thought of hidden cameras in the office and employee activity-monitoring software weren’t dystopian enough, digital Big Brother is now expanding into the world of workplace biosurveillance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Real Labor Day Is May 1

Whereas May Day “celebrates the historic power of the working class to oppose its oppression and fundamentally alter society … Labor Day is just another legacy of worker defeat,” writes Jonah Walters in Jacobin magazine.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE


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CEOs Call for Wage Increases for Workers! What’s the Catch?

Their big idea to solve income inequality isn’t anything new. As Lily Tomlin said, “No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Upsurge in Uncertainty About Work Income

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: The Other Side of the Hamptons: The Working Poor

Long established as a playground for the mega-rich, New York’s Hamptons see some beachfront mansions selling for $100 million, and designer boutiques jostle for space on the streets. But beyond the luxury is a side we don’t see, where low-paid workers struggle to get by and 7 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



‘The Gulf’: Shedding Light on Dark Doings in the United Arab Emirates

A coalition of artists and writers has been instrumental in raising awareness of the mind-boggling exploitation of laborers who support some of the richest people on the planet.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Says She Didn’t Work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The trouble, of course, is that Clinton’s declaration does not square with the facts.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



New York’s Fast-Food Workers to Be Paid $15 Minimum Wage by 2021

Fast-food workers throughout the state won a hard-fought and important victory Wednesday: a $15 minimum wage.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Suggests the Minimum Wage Is a Local Issue

Though she has declined to say what she thinks is the ideal national minimum wage, the Democratic presidential candidate has implied that it might differ from place to place—and thus she would not push for an increase if she were president.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 READ MORE



How Whole Foods Exploits Prison Labor

It has been revealed that in addition to allegedly overcharging and mislabeling its products, the company is using prison labor at a base pay of just 60 cents per day.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



In Paraguay, Pope Francis Continues Historic Critique of Global Capitalism

“The Argentine pope seemed to be asking for a social revolution,” wrote The New York Times on Friday as Pope Francis’ Latin American tour, featuring “left-leaning critiques” of “the inequalities of capitalism” and of “a ‘new colonialism’ rooted in an inequitable economic order,” approached its end.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE



NYC Restaurant Per Se Settles Complaint That It Stiffed Waiters

One of New York City’s most expensive restaurants has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a complaint that it funneled tip money intended for its servers back to the restaurant.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



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?

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE


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Why Organic Farmers Are Angry With Whole Foods

The chain’s latest move is another strike against its holier-than-thou image.

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If Trade Is War, It’s Time We Fought Back

For decades we have heard that free trade would result in prosperity for all. But in fact, the rich have gotten richer, the poor poorer, and the planet has been thrown into peril.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE



Australia Pays Labor Cost of Climate-Driven Heat Waves

Worker performance drops measurably as global warming drives temperatures to record levels.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE



Plutocracy the First Time Around

Aversion to the new industrial order and a “democratic feeling” in the late 19th century brought workers, storekeepers, lawyers and businessmen of all sorts together, appalled by the behavior of large industrialists who often enough didn’t live in those communities and so were the more easily seen as alien beings.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


Part-Time Workers in Japan Are Living in Internet Cafes

A short film takes us into the lives of former Japanese “salarymen” and others who, because they lost work, have taken refuge in the cramped, bleak cubicles that honeycomb their society’s Internet cafes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Some Wal-Mart Workers to Get a Modest Raise

In an effort to stave off criticism of its low wages, the United States’ largest private employer announced Thursday that it will raise the pay of half a million workers to $9 an hour in the next six months.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



Were Roman Slave Owners the First Management Theorists?

“Managing others always involves finding solutions to the age-old problems of assessing people from limited information, then incentivising, disciplining and rewarding them, to finally being rid of them,” Jerry Toner, author of “The Roman Guide to Slave Management,” writes in a piece for Aeon magazine.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE


‘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


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


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