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Expiring Airline Miles: Just One More Way to Penalize the Poor

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Samuel C. Spitale

When I logged in to my Southwest account last week, I was surprised to find my 30,000 accumulated miles were missing. Apparently, they disappeared aft...

America's Economic Dilemma: All Big Business Present But Not All Accounted For. Part Two: A Solution.

Frank Islam | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Frank Islam

For a large part of the 20th century, the fate and fortune of American big business and its "average citizens" were intertwined. In the 21st century, they are almost completely disconnected.

America's Economic Dilemma: All Big Business Present But Not All Accounted For. Part One: The Problem.

Frank Islam | Posted 05.02.2016 | Business
Frank Islam

For a large part of the 20th century, the fate and fortune of America's big business and its "average citizens" were intertwined. In the 21st century, however, they are almost completely disconnected.

DOL Rule Change Sheds Light on Anti-Union Tactics

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.24.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

It is clear to most people that corporations hold numerous advantages over everyday Americans when it comes to power in the workplace. But thankfully, the Obama administration just took a step to close a loophole that will shine a spotlight on those engaging in anti-union activities.

Bernie Is Mainstream

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Although his opponents seek to paint him as too far left, Bernie Sanders' views are mainstream. Hillary Clinton argued that Sanders' ideas are not realistic and too expensive. "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," Clinton said. In fact, the ideas that Sanders has injected into the campaign are hardly radical. Sanders is in sync with the majority of Americans on most key issues.

Are Media Mergers Good for Latinos?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 01.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

A study found that the percentage of Hispanic actors onscreen increased from 6.6 percent before the merger to 7.3 percent afterward. That's good news, right? Well, even that mild improvement comes with a caveat. Basically, more shows were hiring more Hispanics to appear as servants and thugs. Yay for progress!

The Candidate Big Business Fears the Most

Kevin Price | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Kevin Price

U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) seem to have very little in common. They are in different generations, running for the nominations of different parties, and seem to be on the exact opposite of the ideological spectrum.

Will Big Data Be Used to Create Ad Zombies or Digital Assistants?

Gary Ebersole | Posted 12.16.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

I usually don't expect deep insights from South Park. The producers of this animated comedy invariably deliver quirky, spot-on observations of modern ...

The New Year's Resolution for Big Business: Debilitate Public Workers and Their Unions

Nan Aron | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

This time the effort to undercut the economic and political power of working people is coming insidiously via the legal system in the form of a case called Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear in January.

The Paris Deal Could Mean The Redemption Of Big Business

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business

It could be a tale of redemption. The historic climate deal announced in Paris on Saturday provides big businesses -- long the villains when it comes...

Is There a Data Vampire Under Your Christmas Tree?

Gary Ebersole | Posted 12.02.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

It was only a matter of time before it happened. A major manufacturer of Wi-Fi-connected "data vampires" has been hacked. VTech, the Hong Kong-based ...

The Internet of Things: Biased, Opaque and Unfair

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

We don't believe consumers should blindly accept an opaque Internet of Things that is biased to enrich the technical elite at our expense. That's why I co-founded the Open IoT Foundation with a mission to expose data vampires.

The Cloud Is a Vast Storehouse of Consumer Data Collected by Big Business

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.16.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

When the Rolling Stones sang the classic lyrics "Hey, you, get off of my cloud", we understood the metaphor. It was a cry from a generation reflecting a growing sense of alienation. The demand was clear--respect my personal space and my world view. In that simpler era, a "cloud" was seen as a safe, private place to inhabit.

Big Business Uses High-Tech Data Vampires to Spy on Consumers

Gary Ebersole | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Gary Ebersole

If we quietly submit to the data vampire-like IoT offerings from big business, we face a future of an all-knowing corporate Big Brother envisioned by George Orwell.

Why Company Perks Are Important

Quora | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
Quora

Many perks are tax deductible for an employer but not for an individual. Health insurance and college reimbursement are examples of this. Some of these perks therefore have the effect of raising an employee's wages by $1000 while only costing the company $800.

Mo. Legislature Must Remember Workers While Mulling RTW Veto Override

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

The Missouri bill goes even further than most by criminalizing employers and subjecting small business owners to unlimited civil liability and jury verdicts. In short, it takes away the rights of an employer to decide for itself how to run its business.

Working for Tech Giants: How Small Businesses Can Win Monster Deals

Tatiana Krivitskaya | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Tatiana Krivitskaya

For years people have been coming up to me and asking: "How does a relatively small company of 200 people manage to work for giant companies like Intel and AMD, Epson and HP, Disney, Microsoft, Nike, NVIDIA, GoPro... and manage to do it year after year?" Here is the story.

What Do Americans Think About Economic Inequality?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Numerous opinion surveys in recent years indicate that substantial majorities of Americans not only recognize that the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has grown, but favor greater economic equality.

Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Want to Fix Illinois' Economic Development Agency? Put it Out to Pasture

Hilary Gowins | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Illinois' economy is sputtering. And it's not because the state's economic development agency isn't doing its job. In fact, it's partly because the agency exists in the first place.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

How Will Republicans React to Gay Marriage Decision?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court decision, when it happens later this year, is quite likely going to set off an argument within the Republican Party -- or, at the very least, that subset of the party who are running for president.

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?