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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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



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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


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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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What Happens in Egypt Doesn’t Stay in Egypt

Truthdig Radio airs Thursdays at 4 p.m. Pacific time on 90.7 KPFK in Los Angeles. Check your town’s listings or ask your public radio station to carry Truthdig Radio.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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The FBI May Have Finally Found Jimmy Hoffa

The former Teamsters boss, father of that union’s current boss, is buried in a field 20 miles from his last known location, according to an octogenarian reputed mobster who tipped off the FBI.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Factory Collapse Kills Two Workers in Cambodia

Two people are dead after part of the concrete roof of a factory that manufactures Asics shoes in Cambodia collapsed on workers, officials say. Police report at least six people were injured.

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Sweatshops on Wheels

Exploitation of bus drivers is just one part of the corporate disemboweling of the U.S. public transportation system. As the destruction of city and state bus and subway services enters its final phase, their unions have either disappeared or lost clout.

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 READ MORE


How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears “illegal” immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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How We Talk About North Korea

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: How the media cover—and promote—war, Robert Scheer defends the messenger, AP disappears ‘illegal’ immigrants, and America’s office slaves, otherwise known as interns, rise up.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 READ MORE



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What Immigration Reform Could Mean for American Workers

Their agreement is very preliminary and hasn’t yet even been blessed by the so-called Gang of Eight senators working on immigration reform, but the mere fact that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue agreed on anything is remarkable. 

Posted on Apr 3, 2013 READ MORE



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An Interview With AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Trumka recently spoke with The National Memo about the sequester’s automatic budget cuts, the danger of cuts to Social Security, the Keystone XL pipeline, immigration reform, President Obama and how to defend labor in an era of attacks on the right to organize.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Workers Can’t Save Enough to Retire

A survey found that more than half of Americans have less than $25,000 in savings and investments excluding their homes, while 28 percent doubt they will have enough money to retire comfortably—a high in more than two decades of study.

Posted on Mar 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Indian Protesters: ‘Up With the Workers, Down With the Government’

As many as 100 million Indians angry about high prices, low pay and poor working conditions walked off their jobs Wednesday as a two-day strike organized by 11 major trade unions closed banks, disrupted major transportation and reportedly saw two deaths, Al-Jazeera reports.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Minimum Wage Should Be More Than $20

If the federal minimum wage had kept pace with changes in worker productivity, busboys and baristas would be making at least $21.72 an hour today, according to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Posted on Feb 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporate Rule Has ‘Infected’ AFL-CIO Leadership, Labor Activist Contends

Under its current president, the organization has failed to address the mounting threat against labor in the United States from the loss of bargaining rights to the refusal to adjust minimum wage standards to the push against implementing the “card check” union organizing system, Harry Kelber says.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


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