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And Now for a Little Good News About the Economy

The Federal Reserve released some positive news Wednesday about the state of the U.S. economy, pointing to better figures than expected in the second quarter of 2014 while registering ongoing concern about unemployment.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



Los Angeles Port Truckers Are On Strike

Drivers for three of the largest companies serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began an “indefinite strike” this week, claiming that they often make below minimum wage and that they have been unfairly labeled as independent contractors, which prevents them from unionizing.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



Another Do-Nothing Summit for American Labor?

If the Summit on Working Families convened last month by the White House produces little more than talking points, it will be another testament to the ongoing failure of our political process to enact substantive reforms to improve the quality of life of American workers—even when it comes to things pretty much everyone agrees on.

Posted on Jul 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Happy Independence Day From the Supreme Court: Unions and Women Lose, Koch Brothers Win

The court’s latest decisions handed long-sought political victories to some of the most extreme elements of the American right.

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Abuse of Temp Workers Is Bad for the Economy and Bad for Our Health

If you’re not going to eat anytime soon, read this horrifying little anecdote from Capital & Main.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



Swiss Turn Down World’s Highest Minimum Wage

Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.

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Thomas Frank Locates Thomas Piketty’s Blind Spot

The celebrity economist’s proposal of an “international IRS” as a means to end rampant wealth inequality falls far short of methods that exist in the American tradition, Salon columnist Thomas Frank writes in a critique of the best-selling “Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



The Maker Movement: Tinkering With the Idea That College Is for Everyone

Over the last 10 years or so, increasing numbers of Americans have been seeking the satisfaction that comes with a trade. But vocational education needs some rethinking.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Donald Sterling’s Ousters

Somewhere in the story of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s downfall is a lesson for communities seeking to regulate the behavior of wayward and destructive bosses.

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE


Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

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Robert Scheer on the Meaning of May Day

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer talks immigration and organizing, Donald Sterling has been a confirmed bigot since at least 2009, and a proposed press shield law leaves Glenn Greenwald exposed.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



What You Need to Earn to Rent a Decent One-Bedroom in America

Unsurprisingly, the “housing wage” is much higher than the minimum wage in much of the country.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War won’t get one.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Are Corporations Really Hogging Workers’ Wages?

Some of the most respected economists in the world are telling Americans their employers have been taking an increasing share of their earnings over the past four decades. The truth is a bit more complex.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



Capital in the 21st Century

In his new book, French economist Thomas Piketty reminds us that within the dynamics of capitalism is a natural and destabilizing tendency toward inequality of income, wealth and opportunity.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



College Football Labor Unrest Threatens University Profit Model

Last week, a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board became the first government agency to officially acknowledge what everyone in the country outside the NCAA already knew: College athletes are cheap labor for a $16 billion business disguised as a nonprofit educational enterprise.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’ Showcases the Power of Union Organizing and Immigrant Labor

When Ronald Reagan famously ate grapes on television as governor of California in 1969, he was thumbing his nose at a growing movement for the rights of farmworkers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



Supreme Court Watch: Campaign Spending, Union Busting and the Subversion of the First Amendment

Although predicting the outcome of Supreme Court cases is never a sure thing, two decisions that may be handed down any day have the clear potential to transform the meaning of the First Amendment and once again expose the court’s radically pro-corporate and anti-union agenda.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



Dems Offer Family-Friendly Take on Obamacare-Work Link

So, we’ve heard the GOP’s spin on the possible dip in work hours that could result, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, from the Affordable Care Act and the options it offers Americans in the health insurance marketplace.

Posted on Feb 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE


College Athletes Hope to Find Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE


College Athletes Look for Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



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The Year of the Low-Wage Worker

In 2014, legislation and labor actions could narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

Posted on Jan 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Are Wages Low? Blame Workers for Not Knowing They Are, in Fact, Workers

The anti-union movement won the battle of self-perception. Union-friendly blue-collar workers have been supplanted by white-collar office drones who don’t see themselves as candidates for unionization because they don’t really see themselves as workers, author Edward McClelland argues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE



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13 States to Give Minimum Wage a Boost in the New Year

The new year will usher in a welcome change for workers in 13 states in which the minimum wage will rise above the federally required bottom line of $7.25 an hour.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Boss Is a Dick (A Glossary of Labor Terms, Translated)

To help out my friends in organized labor, here is a glossary of key union terms, translated for everyone else.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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McDonald’s Advises Workers How Much to Tip Their Pool Boys and Au Pairs

McDonald’s once again displayed its utter ignorance of the lives of its low-wage workers in an online advice column recommending seasonal tipping rates for luxury services. And on the same day those workers joined a nationwide walkout protesting poverty wages. Yes, Ronald McDonald is a clown, but still ...

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE



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What Life Is Like in the Economic Trenches

A New York Times article Sunday aimed at exploring the life of a fast food worker goes even deeper, and gets at both the frustration of the current economy and the possible benefits for those who would organize.

Posted on Dec 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Pundits, Journalists and Bloggers Don’t Get Hard Times

We’ve read over and over that the great recession is behind us, although evidence of human suffering abounds. This is not a new phenomenon, and it was ably described a lifetime ago by Eugene V. Debs.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Let’s Call It Wal-Mart’s ‘Black Eye Friday’

Labor activists are gearing up for Black Friday protests at 1,500 Wal-Mart locations, trying to pick up some momentum from two miscues by the retail giant.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart Asks Employees to Feed One Another

Known for its poor treatment of workers and low wages, the retail giant is under fire in Canton, Ohio, where its store apparently set up a food drive for needy employees.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Right Wing Mounts Stealth Campaign in Freshening Labor Battle in Tennessee

Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are working toward labor harmony with union representation at VW’s Chattanooga plant. So a right-wing anti-union group is mounting the fight that VW doesn’t want to wage, fearing that success by the UAW could give unionization momentum in the “right-to-work” South.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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More Than 50 Arrested in Wal-Mart Civil Disobedience

If you’re wondering why Wal-Mart is advertising about how well it treats its worker bees, it may be because demonstrators have launched an ambitious campaign to draw attention to the retail giant’s exploitation and alleged abuse of employees.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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The Real Right-Wing Revolution Is Happening at the State Level

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute finds broad collusion among business groups and state-level Republican Party officials to shrink private-sector labor costs—and undercut working America. The issues include finagling laws to give high schoolers more work hours and lower wages and radically expanding the Tennessee labor bureaucracy tightening access to unemployment payments.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


Koch Bros vs. California Unions

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Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE



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With Auto Industry Recovery, UAW Comes Fighting Back

The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation’s right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Shutdown: Do Republicans Even Know What They Want?

This week on Truthdig Radio: A repeal of Obamacare is off the table and the GOP can’t seem to decide what to do. Meanwhile, the exchanges are open—sort of, California rescues housekeepers and Congress takes on the NSA.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE


Shutdown: Do Republicans Even Know What They Want?

This week on Truthdig Radio: A repeal of Obamacare is off the table and the GOP can’t seem to decide what to do. Meanwhile, the exchanges are open—sort of, California rescues housekeepers and Congress takes on the NSA.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Think the Job Market Still Stinks? You’re Right

New federal statistics show a jobs market still far below pre-recession levels, despite record profits by corporations sitting on record levels of cash. What does it all mean? People want to work, but companies don’t want to hire.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Elizabeth Warren Slams the Corporate Court

“You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in a speech Sunday to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE


Happy Labor Day

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Some Labor Day Observations: Where Will the Fight Go From Here?

As the nation faces a continued and massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, we listen to some different voices and observations about where organized labor is, and where it might be headed.

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 READ MORE


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American Unions’ Troubles Could Be Fueling a Resurgence in Labor Activism

As the nation’s union structures crumble, the stage is set for labor unrest similar to what came during the Great Depression. The reason: reduced mechanisms for mediating grievances as income equality grows.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


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‘We Are Slowly Dying’: Fast-Food Workers Strike for Wages, Rights and Dignity

Fast food and retail workers are striking for the right to unionize and a living wage in seven cities: Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Kansas City, Mo.; Detroit; Flint, Mich.; and New York City.

Posted on Aug 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Apple Investigates Fresh Claims of Worker Abuse in China

Outsourcing has allowed Apple to sometimes rank as the most profitable company in the world, but factories in China continue to drive criticism.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Chicago Waking Up!

The people of Chicago are learning how to disturb, embarrass and block the ambitions of socially destructive politicians and corporate executives, Rick Perlstein of The Nation magazine reports.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE


What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole says Americans should be very concerned about revolution in the Mideast; George Zimmerman goes free; The Advocate’s “Black, Gay, American” issue; and alt-labor.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE


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