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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.

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Labor Day

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On This Labor Day, Here’s How We Can Honor the Men and Women Who Fought for Workers’ Rights

Labor Day is a time for honoring the working people of this country. It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the activists and organizers who fought for the 40-hour work week, occupational safety protections and other workplace rights.

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Labor Day

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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

Here’s Why the New ‘Family Friendly Work’ Fad Is a Fraud

I’m delighted Netflix and other high-powered firms are offering family-friendly work. But I take most of the news with a grain of silicon, and so should you.

Posted on Aug 17, 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.

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‘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

Game of Groans: How Focus on Trump’s Taunts Hides GOP War on Middle Class and Workers (Video)

The condition of late capitalism produces a press discourse strangely devoid of any mention of class.

Posted on Aug 10, 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.

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The Magic Kingdom

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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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Disney Outsourcing

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VIDEO: Strengthening Unions and Pre-Empting State ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws Is Step 7 to Save the Economy

One big reason America was far more equal in the 1950s and 1960s than now is that unions were stronger then.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE

Trans-Pacific Partnership

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Los Angeles to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

A historic victory has been won for the city’s low-wage workers.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

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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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.

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Just Married

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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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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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Clocks Are Hampering Your Creativity and, More Importantly, Your Happiness

Clocks, with their never ending ticktock reminding us of the passage of time, may be a terrible instrument to organize our work lives around.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill to Protect Temp Workers

Employers will be legally responsible if their temp agencies and subcontractors put workers at risk or withhold wages.

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Happy Labor Day, America!

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE

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A Market Basket of Dignity

Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO?

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Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore

As we burn dead meat and play frisbee in a warming climate, we could stop to consider the lives of the laborers we are theoretically honoring.

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The Disconnect Between Workers’ Pay and Social Worth

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE


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

Seattle Is Right

By raising its minimum wage to $15, Seattle is leading a long-overdue movement toward a living wage.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 READ MORE

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Raising Taxes on Corporations That Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs

Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid. Since then, CEO pay has skyrocketed.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE

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The ‘Paid-What-You’re-Worth’ Myth

If you still believe people are paid what they’re worth, take a look at Wall Street bonuses.

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A Modern Day ‘Harvest of Shame’

Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses similar to those of migrant farmworkers depicted in an iconic 1960 CBS documentary.

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Vulnerable Foreign Laborers Toil on U.S. Bases in Afghanistan

Al-Jazeera America looks at the human trafficking system that brings tens of thousands of foreign laborers to work on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Inequality, Productivity and WhatsApp

If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.

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Minimum Wage

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Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest

Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes.

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Help the Helpers

This is a story of the poor versus the poor, a metaphor for income inequality in 21st century America.

Posted on Jan 1, 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

Minimum Wage

A call to raise the minimum wage.
Posted on Dec 10, 2013 READ MORE

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As NAFTA Nears 20 and the TPP Nears Birth, the Middle Class Nears Death

As a look at NAFTA’s track record shows, the only beneficiaries from the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership are global corporations. So why is a former community organizer like Barack Obama so hot for trade deals that destroy communities? Easy: He’s living in a new neighborhood now.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Nearly 9 of 10 Low-Wage Workers Fear They Can’t Make Ends Meet

A new poll finds that workers on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder face job-loss anxiety levels not seen since the 1970s. The vast majority also say they fear their family incomes can’t keep them afloat financially. This is the American economic reality for those not riding the Dow Jones average.

Posted on Nov 26, 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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California to Give the Working Poor a Raise

The state of California is about to become the first in the nation to set a $10 an hour minimum wage, which could help alleviate the financial woes of some 1.5 million low-wage workers there.

Posted on Sep 15, 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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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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Fast Food Workers Continue Fight Against Poverty Wages

Adults working full time at McDonald’s are “paid less per hour in real terms than the lowest paid US workers were half a century ago” when hundreds of thousands of people flooded into Washington, D.C., for the historic march for freedom and jobs for black Americans, The Guardian reports Thursday.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Average CEO Makes More in 1 Day Than Worker Makes in 1 Year

The salaries of corporate CEOs in the U.S. have ballooned so ridiculously in the past 50 years that the average chief executive now earns roughly 237 times what the average American worker collects.

Posted on Jul 7, 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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Why There’s a Bull Market for Stocks and Bear Market for Workers

On Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,270. The stock market is basically back to where it was in 2000, while corporate earnings have doubled since then. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was then and unemployment remains sky-high. Why is the stock market doing so well, while most Americans are doing so poorly? Here are four reasons. 

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

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