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The Long-Awaited Oct. 15 Lineup

Occupy Wall Street will hold a number of major events Saturday. First will be a march on a JPMorgan Chase branch to protest the $94.7 billion taxpayer bailout of the company and the bank’s layoff of 14,000 workers since then. (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jason Redmond

Grocery Workers Struggle Despite L.A. Union Victory

A new union contract has been hailed as a “win-win,” but a closer look at the agreement shows that it fails to provide decent wages and benefits for most grocery workers.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE


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Tomatoes of Wrath

One of the most important battles in the history of migrant labor is taking place in the fields of Florida and in the produce section of Trader Joe’s and other grocery stores.

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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NBA Cancels First Week of Preseason Games

The NBA on Friday announced the cancellation of 43 preseason games and postponed training camps amid a stubborn labor standoff between the players union and the league over salaries. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE


Dave Zirin and Mike Farrell on the Death of Troy Davis

On Wednesday’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, in the hours before the execution of Troy Davis, Mike Farrell and Dave Zirin discussed what Zirin called a “legal lynching.” Also: L.A.’s labor battle and the politics of Hollywood.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



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The Death of Troy Davis

On Wednesday’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, in the hours before the execution of Troy Davis, Mike Farrell and Dave Zirin discussed what Zirin called a “legal lynching.” Also: L.A.‘s labor battle and the politics of Hollywood.

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 READ MORE



Library of Congress / Howard Liberman

The Last Labor Day?

We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as worthy of genuine respect.

Posted on Sep 4, 2011 READ MORE



Albert Sabaté

The Other Israelis

Israel began importing workers after the government choked off the flow of cheap Palestinian labor. Abuse and corruption are rampant as employers take advantage of a revolving-door policy meant to protect the state’s Jewish identity.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Unions and Inequality by the Numbers

The precise effects of the broad deunionization of the American workforce since the 1970s are difficult to quantify, but a recent paper from the American Sociological Review has made an effort anyway. The study found that in addition to raising the income of union laborers ... (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Hyatt Turns Up the Heat on Unionized Protesters

Hotel employees fearing replacement by low-cost temporary workers were demonstrating in front of a Hyatt in Chicago on Thursday morning when a manager at the facility turned on high-powered heat lamps directly above them. It was one of the hottest days of the year. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

We Can Live Without Leagues

If bad times bring out the best in ordinary people, sports labor brings out the worst in the privileged lives of owners and players.

Posted on Jul 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Plight of U.S. Workers, by the Numbers

You already know Americans are overworked. But what are the hard numbers? This collection of charts from definitive sources plainly shows that the biggest industries are hiring the least, the Internet has extended the workday, employed women do more domestic work with less leisure time than men, and more.

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 READ MORE



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A New (Old) Labor Dilemma

Federal labor statistics show that older Americans are much more likely now to be holding on to their careers—because they can’t afford to retire—while vast numbers of young Americans are failing to get on track in the job market. (more)

Posted on Jun 11, 2011 READ MORE


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U.S. Job Seekers In for a Long, Frustrating Hunt

Anyone who’s reading this while in the midst of looking for work may not be surprised to hear that Americans who quit their search for employment spent five long months hunting before throwing in the towel.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution

As Dr. Mohammad Shafik stands in the chaotic emergency room of the Cairo hospital where he works, his biggest worry as patients are wheeled in is not about issues of medical care.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Rite Aid Workers Score a Major Union Victory

Labor journalist Mike Elk writes about 500 Rite Aid pharmacy workers in California who finally succeeded in winning a union contract that provides them with health care, job protection and pay increases ... (more)

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Ikea Joins the Race to the Bottom

Ikea’s Scandinavian-socialist flavor was soured when the Los Angeles Times this week published a damning story about the company’s manufacturing plant in Danville, Va.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdig Radio: Power in a Union

We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes.

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Truthdig Radio: Power in a Union

We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Don’t Miss Our National Broadcast: Truthdig Radio on Labor

Truthdig Radio is broadcasting nationally today, Wednesday, April 6. We put together a very special show on the labor movement, covering the gamut from farmworkers to teachers and even millionaire athletes. Hop past the jump to find listings and a rundown of our guests.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

A Country the NFL Can Be Proud Of

Let’s put it this way: If the NFL was in danger of flying too close to the sun, like Icarus whose wax wings melted, Commissioner Roger Goodell would have the orb repositioned beforehand.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


The Surprising New Class Politics

The battle for the Midwest is transforming American politics. Issues of class inequality and union influence, long dormant, have come back to life.

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 READ MORE


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Whose Side Is The New York Times On?

As if dealing with the many known enemies of government workers is not enough, state employees in New York now also have to contend with the old gray lady herself, The New York Times. (more)

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


What Wisconsin Can Teach Washington

Consider the contrast between two groups of Democrats, in Wisconsin and in the nation’s capital, and the reaction of voters.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Don’t Believe the (Union-Busting) Hype

You need not be a devotee of Fox News Channel or Rush Limbaugh to believe that Americans despise the unions that represent cops, teachers and firefighters. But that view is profoundly wrong.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Conspiracy of Teachers

In this startling soliloquy, Jon Stewart takes stock of the current clime in and beyond, say, Wisconsin and comes to the conclusion that teachers—that’s right, teachers—are ruining America. Watch and learn.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



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First Wisconsin, Now Ohio

All that talk about Wisconsin being a potential test case for the rest of the country might be right, as now Ohio’s Senate is preparing for a vote this week that could end collective bargaining for public-sector workers in the name of—you guessed it—austerity.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE


Why the Wisconsin Fight Matters

This is not the first time that Wisconsin has been at the center of national agitation over the role of unions.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE


Yes, America Still Needs Unions

Even in its terribly weakened condition, the labor movement remains a bulwark against the kind of corporate tyranny that would swiftly make serfs of the rest of us.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE


Starving Wisconsin’s Unions

Let’s be clear: The high-stakes standoff in Wisconsin has nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘Death of the Liberal Class’ on Book TV

Author, journalist and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges takes his bracing argument from his latest book, “Death of the Liberal Class,” about the takeover of U.S. liberal organizations and institutions by the corporate state, to Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., in this Book TV clip.

Posted on Feb 8, 2011 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Christine Yvette Lewis and Domestic Workers United

You may have caught sight of Christine Yvette Lewis setting Stephen Colbert straight with lines such as “Woman’s work is real work and it should be compensated.” Lewis is a working nanny and member of Domestic Workers United, a group that organizes the “invisible work force” of in-home cleaners and caregivers.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Alauddin Hossain Dulall

Bangladesh Labor Protest Turns Deadly

A labor struggle has turned violent in Bangladesh. In protests that have shut down factories in the southern part of the country, three workers have been killed and scores injured as police clashed with demonstrators demanding higher wages.

Posted on Dec 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Resistance, Acquiescence and My Friend J. Edgar Hoover

Three moments—1911, 1964, now—coming together compelled me to think about when and why people resist power, why they acquiesce, and why, sometimes, they may believe they are resisting when they are in truth acquiescing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Manu Fernandez

Unemployment: It Ain’t Over Till It’s ... 2015

Those waiting for recovery from unemployment woes might have to wait a bit longer. The U.N.’s International Labor Organization has warned that it may take until 2015 for the global economy to bounce back to pre-crisis employment levels. Meantime, look for more social unrest of the kind now unfolding across Europe.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


This Joke’s on Congress

Stephen Colbert is no Elmo—which is why it was crazy for House Democrats to have him testify before a subcommittee last week about migrant labor.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010 READ MORE


Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington

After spending a day as a migrant farmworker, farceur Stephen Colbert hit Congress to testify about his experience. Media outrage ensued, but as Firedoglake points out, Colbert has done more for the powerless in this instance than any of the “blow-dried idiots that sit around the White House press room.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE


Colbert Testifies With Truthiness

With a wit unheard of on Capitol Hill, Stephen Colbert has taken his message of truthiness and testified in front of Congress on behalf of migrant farmworkers, citing his expertise on the matter after spending an entire day in the picking fields.

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Fears of Double-Dip Recession in California

As the national unemployment rate hovers quite stably below the double-digit mark, California’s troubled economy continues to dive into despair. The state’s jobless rate rose to 12.4 percent last month, renewing fears that California may fall into a not-so-delicious-as-it-sounds double-dip recession.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Continental Unites With United

Shareholders of Continental and United Airlines have finally voted to form a more perfect United Airlines, merging the two companies under United’s name to create the world’s largest airline service, overtaking its closest U.S. rival—the newly merged Delta and Northwest Airlines—and European carriers.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010 READ MORE


Missing ‘Big Labor’

Remembering the labor movement’s heroic battles is bittersweet on a Labor Day when so many Americans are unemployed, when wages are stagnant or dropping, and when the labor movement itself is in stark decline.

Posted on Sep 5, 2010 READ MORE



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American Apparel Unraveling

American Apparel, the paradoxical clothing firm that weaves together good labor practices with ridiculous acts of misogyny, is hanging by the proverbial economic thread as its stock plunges to an all-time low and industry experts begin to seriously doubt the company’s future.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Cody Duty

Immigration Reform Is Good for Big Business

Among the most powerful interests backing immigration reform are the conservative, capitalistic U.S. Chamber of Commerce, fast-food restaurant chains and big agribusiness firms.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



Human Rights Watch / Moises Saman

Report: Philip Morris Benefits From Child Labor

Human Rights Watch is planning to release a report on Wednesday that documents widespread child and forced labor practices on the Central Asian farms that supply tobacco to Philip Morris’ cigarette factory in Kazakhstan.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Oh, How the Wages Have Fallen

Most Americans have caught on by now that the economic implosion that rocked the national and global economy over the past two years hasn’t meant good things for their personal finances.  (continued)

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Schwarzenegger’s Unwelcome July Surprise

Around 200,000 state employees in California will notice an adjustment in their July paychecks—and it won’t be the kind of change they want. According to an order issued Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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