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Resistance Proves Effective as Andrew Puzder, Michael Flynn Are Forced Out

“When the people lead, the leaders will follow.” These oft-quoted words attributed to Gandhi played out in Washington, D.C., this week.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE


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Economist Richard Wolff Explains Marxism

“America’s most prominent Marxist economist” discusses why economic turmoil is making headlines while the stock market booms.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Overtime Issue Will Be Early Test of Trump’s Pledge to Help Workers

A rule that could secure overtime pay for 4 million workers is in limbo, and the president-elect will help decide whether it survives.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE


Tie That Binds









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The Art of the Trump Deal Is to Use Sticks and Carrots to Get Big Corporations to Do What He Wants

Don’t be fooled into thinking Trump is being guided by anything other than his own random, autocratic whims.

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 4, 2016 ENLARGE



Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism Is Killing Them (Literally)

Among the prime operators of the neoliberal system were the Clintons.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



Phony Populism Doesn’t Feed the Family

The 2016 election was supposed to be the one in which the interests of the non-elite got a hearing. We still have two months to make it happen.

Posted on Sep 6, 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.

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A Look at Just Some of the Ways Green Energy Is Helping Americans

As we celebrate American workers, let’s remember where their future lies. And that is, in part, in the renewable energy sector.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 READ MORE



10,000 Workers Accuse Chipotle of Wage Theft

Current and former employees of the fast-food chain have joined a class-action lawsuit claiming they had to work extra hours without pay.

Posted on Sep 2, 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



New York City Lets Luxury Building Owners Stiff Workers and Still Get a Tax Break

City regulators haven’t enforced a 2007 law that requires doormen, janitors and other service workers at taxpayer-subsidized apartment buildings to be paid wages comparable to union rates.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 25, 2015 ENLARGE



The Hidden and Deadly Bias of Class

White working-class voters have been a key building block of the Republican coalition since the rise of the Reagan Democrats 35 years ago. You would think that the party’s presidential candidates would want to respond to the heartbreaking crisis these Americans are facing.

Posted on Nov 11, 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.

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Sweden Is Moving Toward the 6-hour Workday — and It’s Turning Out Great

Sweden’s experiment aimed at transforming the workday is having unexpected results.

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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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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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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.

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



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.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 16, 2015 ENLARGE



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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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


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Posted on May 26, 2015 ENLARGE



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.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



Workers Keep Getting Shafted and Wages Won’t Rise; What’s Going On?

Jobs are coming back, but pay isn’t.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE


Happy Labor Day, America!









Posted on Sep 1, 2014 ENLARGE



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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?

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



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



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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



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.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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