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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.