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Is TPP a "Living" Document?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Congress is responsible for managing major government policies year-by-year, as our experience and goals evolve. How does that work in the case of huge trade deals like the Trans-Pacific partnership (TPP)?

Why Is Tyson Foods Still Stealing from its Workers?

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

A recent Iowa jury found that the company's wage theft amounted to 5.8 million dollars for 3,000 Iowa workers over just two years. This follows decades of cases, court orders and USDOL investigations finding that the company owed millions to its workers.

TPP Unsurprisingly Values Corporations' Rights Over Workers' Needs

Judy Gearhart | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Judy Gearhart

The text of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) finally became accessible to the public. The result predictably values the rights of corporations over the needs of workers and fails to address the the utter failure of the parties to uphold their commitments to respect workers' rights.

H&M Will Close For Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business

H&M will close all of its United States stores on Thanksgiving Day to give employees time with their families, the retail giant announced on Mond...

The TPP's Children's Table: Labor Rights and Currency

Dean Baker | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are hoping that the rest of us will be happy that we got seats at the children's table. We will be hearing much about this table as they push to have the deal approved. But it's long past time that the rest of us be treated like adults.

Mammoth Trade Deal Confirms Advocates' Worst Fears

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

The United States government released the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Thursday, and a wide array of advocacy groups did not like w...

Americans Overwhelmingly Support A Vacation Mandate

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

There is no law guaranteeing U.S. workers paid vacation, but the vast majority of Americans think there should be one, according to a new HuffPost/Yo...

Recent NYU Grad Rips School's 'Human Rights Abuses' In Abu Dhabi

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

A New York University graduate accused the school on Thursday of doing too little to address human rights abuses at its Abu Dhabi campus. The charges...

China's Miracle Economy Goes from Illusion to Nightmare?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

If there was one virtue that China projected, it was an economy that could handle like a BMW, and go from 0 to 7.5 percent growth in 3 months.

Department of Labor Says Most Workers Are Employees and Not Independent Contractors: 5 Notable Takeaways

Cathy Ruckelshaus | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Cathy Ruckelshaus

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division issued an important Administrator's Interpretation that provides clear and timely guidance on the question of who is properly considered an "employee" and covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, and who is not.

When a Brand Becomes Obsolete

Diana Mao | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Diana Mao

Imagine a little 10 year old boy making a shirt that you bought your son at GAP Kids. That is exactly what happened when a 12 year old girl was found in Cambodia making clothes in 2010 for GAP.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Another Tech Company Just Converted Its Contractors Into Employees | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business

Go, Shyp!

Trade and Sovereignty

David Morris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
David Morris

If the TPP's enforcement mechanisms were as toothless as those of labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration there would be no need for fast track. If the labor side agreements or the ILO Declaration had enforcement mechanisms as vigorous as those of the TPP I daresay the vote on fast track would be lopsidedly against.

Why the TPP Is Worse Than Mystery Meat

Paul Loeb | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Paul Loeb

If TPP passes the Senate, other attempts to regulate commerce for the common good will be potentially gutted as well, from attempts at financial regulation to limits on the prices charged for drugs, to environmental rules and seemingly innocuous actions like requiring accurate labeling.

Qatar Backtracks on Engagement With Critics

James Dorsey | Posted 05.19.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

After four years of engagement with its critics in a so far failed bid to turn its hosting of the World Cup into a successful soft power tool, Qatar appears to have decided that the region's tendency to intimidate those who don't fall into line may be a more effective strategy.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Makes Tone-Deaf Move On Trade Deal | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If President Barack Obama wants to win over liberal skeptics of his mammoth trade deal, he sure has a funny way of showing it. Accord...

Questions About Qatar's World Cup Hosting Get Renewed Boost

James Dorsey | Posted 06.16.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A planned anti-Qatari protest ahead of a match between Chelsea and Manchester United, the first major fan demonstration against the 2022 World Cup hos...

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.

FIFA President Blatter Signals Mounting Pressure on Qatar to Tackle Migrant Worker Problems

James Dorsey | Posted 05.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A warning by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter following talks this weekend with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani that Qatar needs to do more to improve the working and living conditions of its migrant workers is the latest signal that Qatar will have to take substantive steps to fend off attempts to deprive it of its 2022 World Cup hosting rights.

Rankings, Benchmarks, Reporting and More: Motivating Action on Business and Human Rights

Amol Mehra | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Amol Mehra

Civil society groups, investors and even some companies and governments, have recognized that change was, at best, too slow, and they have engaged in myriad efforts to motivate action regarding business' respect for human rights.

Steelworkers Strike Spreads

AP | By DAVID KOENIG | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business

DALLAS (AP) — The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. The United ...

Zach Carter

Here's The Biggest Problem With Obama's New Trade Push | Zach Carter | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In trying to win support for a controversial new trade pact in Asia, President Barack Obama has been offering one major reason why the d...

Qatar Asks for Time to Implement Labour Reforms

James Dorsey | Posted 04.05.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports is a cultural public diplomacy tool for Qatar to embed and endear itself at multiple layers of the international community. To achieve that however, it has to be seen as a forward looking 21st century state rather than a wealthy energy producer that adheres to no longer acceptable concepts of human and labour relations.

America's Largest Employer Needs to Step It Up for Pregnant Workers

Dina Bakst | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Dina Bakst

No pregnant woman should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. Yet at Walmart, the largest employer in America, and many other companies across the country, that is exactly what's happening.

Qatar gambles that labour reforms will satisfy critics

James Dorsey | Posted 02.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

2022 World Cup host Qatar has announced a series of reforms to improve working and living conditions of its majority migrant labour population that address material concerns but fall short of recommendations made in a government-sponsored study and demands of trade union and human rights activists.