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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


Labor, Civil Rights and Social Justice Movements Unite to ‘Fight for $15’ on Tax Day

In more than 200 cities, some 60,000 low-wage workers involved in the “Fight for $15” campaign—among them child care providers, Wal-Mart clerks and adjunct professors—staged an action Wednesday that highlighted the vast amount of public money spent to support underpaid workers.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE


‘I’m Tired All the Time’: What Minimum Wage Feels Like

Sabrina Johnson and Edith Figueroa are among tens of thousands of fast-food workers who have mobilized under the banner of the “Fight for $15” to demand better wages and the right to form a union.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



‘Kia’: A Poem That Reflects a Group’s Struggle for Better Working Conditions

Paul Hlava describes series “Negotiations” as a collage of “language, metaphors and quotes, from managers, workers and management flyers” that were used during a vote to form a collective bargaining unit.

Posted on Mar 4, 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



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



We Made Progress in 2014, but There’s Far More to Do in 2015 (Video)

We’ve made progress this past year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Peggy Young

The mother’s lawsuit against shipping company UPS may close loopholes that have allowed companies to disregard the employment rights of pregnant women.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



Former Amazon Employee to Fast for Better Worker Conditions

A former employee of the behemoth online retailer is set to go on a hunger strike Tuesday outside of its Seattle headquarters in an attempt to force the company to change certain of its “deceptive and fraudulent” business practices.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



The Vatican ‘Backtracks’ (Just a Little) on Its Support of Gays Thanks to the Theocons

With all the conservative backlash, it was only a matter of time until the Holy See had to rephrase its statements on gay cohabitation; according to activist Richard Stallman, cloud computing is a “trap”; meanwhile, employees continue to lose the most at corporations. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 18, 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



Oil and Gas Companies Are Rigging Wages and Cheating Their Workers

U.S. Department of Labor investigations have uncovered hundreds of cases in which oil and gas workers, many involved in dangerous jobs, are being cheated of earnings.

Posted on Sep 27, 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?

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



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Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker Buried Alive

Janio Salinas was buried alive in sugar. A newly released accident report and an undercover investigation by Univision reveal the obstacles OSHA faces in its temp worker safety initiative.

Posted on Jul 8, 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



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U.S. Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

‘Permatemping’ cases highlight lack of U.S. protections for temp workers. Other countries limit the length of temp jobs, guarantee equal pay and restrict dangerous work.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant

By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE


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Top U.S. Tech Firms Fund ‘Extreme’ Right-Wing Causes

The link between tech and the right wing was confirmed in a report by a lobbying watchdog that shows some of America’s largest technology and telecom companies “are backing a network of self-styled ‘free-market thinktanks’ promoting a radical rightwing agenda in states across the nation,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Striking California Wal-Mart Workers Aim to Embarrass Company

After 50-odd years without coordinated strikes in U.S. Wal-Marts, the chain has seen a series of employee protests organized by the nonunion workers’ group OUR Wal-Mart. Wednesday the wave of demonstrations reached Southern California in a surprise strike riding on the coattails of a successful walk-off in Hialeah, Fla.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



Goodwill Ain’t So Great

The nonprofit agency takes advantage of workers with disabilities thanks to an antiquated act; people who stay up late show a higher incidence of the “Dark Triad” of personality traits—Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism; meanwhile, the Egyptian military’s civilian death count is proof the Arab Spring has been halted. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 29, 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.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Inside Walmart’s Manager Training

An assistant store manager for Walmart tells in mid-2011 how during an eight-week training course “managers were trained to put ... fear into hourly workers’ heads” and spot employees the company deemed likely to organize.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


A Black Eye for Wal-Mart on Black Friday?

About the worker walkout and protest planned across the country this Friday, Wal-Mart said: “These so-called protests involve a handful of associates and a handful of stores. In fact, most of the protesters ... are union organizers and union members who work somewhere else.” Says William Fletcher of OUR Walmart: “It’s not true.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE


Wal-Mart Retail Workers Hit the Bricks

Wal-Mart workers at 28 stores across 12 states have launched the first retail worker strike in the company’s 50-year history, protesting against the chain’s attempts to “silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Chalk One Up for the 99%

On the evening of November 8th, Occupy Wall Street, the populist uprising built on economic justice and corruption-free politics that’s spread like a lit match hitting a trail of gasoline, notched its first major political victory in the unlikeliest of places: Ohio.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 READ MORE


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