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Trade Deals and the Importance of Political Gridlock

David Coates | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
David Coates

Moves seem well underway in the Republican-controlled Senate to fast-track the vote on fast-tracking -- maybe as early as this coming Tuesday. That would be a pity, since the arguments for not passing the proposed trade deal continue to be worthy of long and slow consideration.

Our TPP Negotiators are Determined to Win the Race to the Bottom

Stan Sorscher | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

If the administration and House members shrug off Malaysia's poor human rights record, they are sending a message to the rest of the Malaysian economy and any other country that competes against Malaysia in the global economy: The U.S. will not enforce global rules on human trafficking.

Dave Jamieson

AWKWARD: U.S. Companies' Labor Standards May Be Too Weak For The U.S. Military | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.03.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- As Congress tries to hash out a military spending bill for next year, lawmakers are considering a provision that would give preferential...

Bangladesh Pleas With Europe Over Safety Rules

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2013 | Business

(Adds detail) By Ruma Paul and Serajul Quadir DHAKA, May 4 (Reuters) - Bangladesh urged the European Union on Saturday not to take tough me...

The Hidden Victims of Human Trafficking

Nisha Varia | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Nisha Varia

Being forced into domestic servitude is one of the most common forms of human trafficking. Yet it remains one of the most invisible, including meager media coverage and law enforcement efforts.

An American Industrial Renaissance?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.27.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

In the sorting out of the wreckage after Japan's earthquake and tsunami, many Americans have begun paying more attention to a phrase they had barely known -- "supply chains."

Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Cries Wolf Over Earned Sick Days

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jake Blumgart

Business owners tend to be small "c" conservative: Afraid of any change and eager to keep conditions stable, and uncomplicated. That's fine. But we shouldn't let their status quo bias prevent us from protecting our citizenry.

Rescued Chilean Miners Greeted As Heroes -- but They're Also Victims

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Elk

The Chilean miners are being viewed as heroes, but some disagree with this characterization. Many in the labor movement complain that news accounts have ignored the poor treatment of workers by the mining company,

A New Labor Standard for Labor Day: Paid Sick Leave

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

All employees should be able to take time off for their illnesses, not just those lucky enough to have the right job. Experience shows that we can make our economy friendlier to beleaguered workers without harming their employers.

Labor Standards: There's an App for That

Roger Alford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Roger Alford

If you scratch beneath the surface, Apple's own social audit report paints a different picture of its suppliers. It is a picture of employees who are routinely being underpaid, overworked, and poorly supervised.


Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael DeJong

In an industry-wide turn-around, many high-end labels are trying to change their luxury goods businesses by "double air kissing" new environmental and labor standards.

Celebrate Human Rights Day by Honoring the Human Rights of Domestic Workers

Priscilla Gonzalez and Rebecca Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Priscilla Gonzalez and Rebecca Smith

Many domestic workers have no legal right to overtime pay or a day off. Should they fall ill, suffer injury, or become unemployed, the vast majority do not qualify for benefits.