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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Cantor Wants to End Overtime, Limbaugh Claims Palin’s ‘Never Wrong,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s warning about the sequester cuts and a Michigan Republican lawmaker’s latest attempt to rig the vote.

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An Open Letter to Walmart CEO Mark Duke

You need to do something authentic that people can relate to—70 percent of the people in polls support an inflation-adjusted minimum wage. So did Rick Santorum and even Mitt Romney, until he waffled during the primaries.

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Michigan Becomes a Right-to-Work State (Video)

Michigan legislators approved a bill Tuesday that curbs unions’ abilities to collect fees from nonunion workers as protesters gathered and were arrested at the state Senate. Lawmakers are also weighing a right-to-work measure that focuses on private sector employees.

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Workers Fight for Justice, From Wal-Mart to Chipotle

The great recession of 2008, this global economic meltdown, has wiped out the life savings of so many people and created a looming threat of chronic unemployment for millions.

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Krugman on Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Comment and the GOP’s ‘Disdain for Workers’

Mitt Romney’s remark reveals a truth about himself but also about the entire Republican Party: The GOP is just not worker friendly. Instead, the party lauds “job creators,” whom New York Times columnist Paul Krugman describes as the “employers” and “investors.”

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From Greenwashing to Workerwashing

It seems no matter the arena, the most cliched move in corporate and political combat is to co-opt an opponent’s message, expecting nobody to notice or care.

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Foxconn Workers Threaten Suicide

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by the electronics manufacturer Foxconn threatened to leap from the roof of a building in Wuhan in a protest over wages and working conditions, echoing the tragedy of laborers who jumped to their deaths for similar reasons two years earlier at other company plants.

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Why Don’t We Pay People Enough? 8 Facts About America’s Struggling Working People

Millions of people in the U.S. work and are still poor. Here are eight points that show why the U.S. needs to dedicate itself to making work pay.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Portraits of Misery in Coachella

For those who live there, life at the wrong end of Avenue 54 in Southern California’s eastern Coachella Valley is a hot, rotting hell. As you head east, the “Bermuda shorts, putting greens and picture-window champagne dinners” found in abundance near the Arnold Palmer Golf Course give way to … (more)

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‘Indignados’ Protest in Mexico City

After Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s fifth state of the nation speech last week, more than 50,000 people gathered in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square, to decry policies that have destroyed unions, privatized essential public industries, enriched a small elite and killed more than 50,000 people in the nation’s drug war. (more)

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Temporary Deal Has FAA Back Up and Running

The Senate voted Friday to temporarily fund the Federal Aviation Administration, putting 74,000 transportation and construction workers back on the job until September. (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)

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FAA Prepares to Furlough 4,000 Workers

The Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to partially shut down its operations and furlough up to 4,000 employees at midnight Friday after Congress could not agree on details in the legislation to extend the agency’s authority.

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Pennsylvania House Takes Aim at Unemployment Payouts

Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives will consider a bill that would change the way unemployment benefits are calculated, taking almost $500 million out of jobless residents’ pockets each year.

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216,000 Jobs Added in March

The U.S. unemployment rate ticked down a tenth of a point in March to 8.8 percent—the lowest in two years—as 216,000 new jobs were created during the month.

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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)

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100,000 March in Madison

Upwards of 100,000 people turned out at a protest in the Wisconsin capital after Republican lawmakers and the Republican governor pushed through a new anti-union law eliminating most collective-bargaining rights for public employees.

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Fla. Governor Catches Anti-Union Fever

The Wisconsin syndrome? Just days after declaring that he favored collective bargaining for public employees, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, changed his tune and said he now wishes it were not allowed in the Sunshine State.

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Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Bill Stalled

The Wisconsin Assembly approved the infamous anti-union budget bill on Friday, but Republicans still lack a quorum to bring it to a vote in the state Senate.

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Protests Continue in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers fled their state to avoid voting on a controversial anti-union bill that would boost public workers’ pension and medical contributions and deny them the right to collectively bargain. In Madison, meantime, thousands of protesters milled around the state Capitol building Friday in a fourth day of demonstrations.

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Don’t Blame Workers for the Crimes of the Wealthy

According to The New York Times, “What’s Broken in Greece” is that the cost of labor in Greece from 2005 to 2010 has been, on average, 25 percent higher than in Germany. (more)

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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.

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Job Cuts Outpace Hiring

What’s bad? September saw 159,000 public sector employees laid off. What’s worse? A good number of those layoffs were teachers, as private sector hiring failed to keep pace with job cuts by federal and local governments.

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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.

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Israel to Deport 400 Children

Q: What do Arizona and Israel have in common? A: An uncanny disregard for immigrant rights. Two weeks ago the Israeli Cabinet voted to deport 400 children of migrant workers, and even after the wife of the Israeli prime minister wrote a letter pleading for amnesty for them, the Cabinet has refused to reconsider.

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Deep-Water Drilling Ban Idles Workers

The Obama administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling is affecting not only the oil companies but also the tens of thousands of workers who depend on the rigs for their livelihood and are now being laid off. To make matters worse, some of the rig owners are exploring moving their operations to other countries.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE


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BP Accused of Hiring Temps for Obama Visit

A parish official in coastal Louisiana has publicly accused BP of busing in cleanup workers to be present only for President Obama’s visit on Friday. BP rejects the accusation, claiming no out-of-the-ordinary temporary hiring had taken place.

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The Real Unemployment Number: 17.5%

More than one in every six U.S. workers are either unemployed or underemployed, a statistic arguably more significant than the 10.2 percent jobless rate posted in October, as it factors in those who have quit looking, as well as part-time workers desiring full-time gigs.

Posted on Nov 7, 2009 READ MORE


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ICE Cools It on the Quotas

A controversial program that had set quotas for the arrest of undocumented immigrants is finally over. While U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will continue to bust into homes and workplaces, arresting and deporting illegal immigrants—some without deportation orders or criminal records—agents will no longer have a hard number that has to be met.

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