In discussions among foreigners about working conditions and wages in the assembly industry, we often hear, "But Haitians need jobs. Wouldn't things be worse without them?"
The Food Chain Workers Alliance has a goal of nothing less than full rights and fair wages for the 20 million workers who grow, harvest, process, pack, ship, cook, serve, and sell food in the US.
The interest of the ruling elites has been powerfully popularized by the right's highly disciplined, focused narrative on the national debt and budget deficits. As a result, the great public concern about the lack of good jobs doesn't translate into support for government action -- or any action.
I've tried to guard my attitude from turning into the grumpy old man who says, "Back in my day..." (fill in the blank) and every year I'm lured back to a bewildered state of wondering, "Who knows how to work anymore?"
On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.
There would be no way to pay these large sums without sharp tax increases and significant spending cuts. While collective bargaining should not be conducted in public, with the stakes this high, taxpayers should pay attention to how candidates handle their courtship of union members' votes.
The despairing of May 2003 were convinced of one true thing, that we had not stopped the invasion of Iraq, but they extrapolated from that a series of false assumptions about our failures and our powerlessness across time and space.
With a workforce of more than one million, the electronics giant Foxconn has enough workers in its Chinese factories to fill a small country. So it's...
They know that even under the best circumstances, justice is hard to come by. Now, the Senate is making it virtually impossible for workers to gain the justice they deserve. And what does that say about our democracy?
CIW members hope that soon all tomato pickers throughout the country will have greater rights and wages, and then all agricultural workers, with the establishment of an industry-wide standard.
I entered the hospitality industry in 2010. It took me all of one week to realize what I did not want to believe. My housekeeping sisters, mostly Latina, were treated different than me.
President Obama has nominated five people to the National Labor Relations Board. Two are Republicans. All are waiting for confirmation by the Senate. These nominees should be confirmed so the NLRB can get back to work.
Christmas may be the most wonderful time of year for many, but for managers, it's summer that often brings the greatest joy. After all, this is when millions of college students and recent graduates offer their services for little or no pay.
For decades, farmworkers have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. Today, a recent string of victories by a farmworker group, together with the steadfast work of other groups, have taken the movement to a whole new level.
Why are some members of Congress wasting time on a bill that would make things even worse for many of these families?
When the votes were tallied at the NLRB regional office in Oakland last Thursday, NUHW support in Kaiser's largest bargaining unit had increased by 15 percent -- but SEIU, the vocal opponent of striking and fan of partnership, won again with 18,844 votes versus NUHW's 13,101.