Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take real action to improve the lives of others. Too often we accept inaction and current realities because we feel helpless or hopeless to make positive change.
Our union represents more than a quarter million hotel, food service and gaming industry workers who make at most $50,000 per year in wages and benefits. The majority of UNITE HERE's members are women and immigrants. Most drive modest family cars--not Cadillacs--if they have a car at all.
Businesses have used a range of strategies to hold down wage growth -- outsourcing, subcontracting, avoiding union organizing and more. What's more, an "easy hire, easy fire" policy has led to diminished worker productivity and innovation.
If legendary labor activist Joe Hill were alive today - and some contend that he is - he would have plenty to say about the state of the American worker. And the country, if it listened, would have plenty to learn.
My dad understood early on that having a union job was important. Even with little pay, he had benefits -- especially health insurance -- that made our lives stable, kept us out of debt, and minimized our stress.
How does TPP increase the number of jobs and the pay for regular working people in the U.S. and elsewhere, and by how much?
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was a seminal figure in the Black Power movement and -- along with her husband, James Boggs -- spent decades tirelessly advocating for fundamental changes in American policy on civil rights, labor relations, feminism, the environment and just about anything else that would shake up the status quo.
Just 100 CEOs have company retirement assets that are equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American families. On average, these 100 CEOs' nest eggs are worth more than $49.3 million. That's enough to generate a $277,686 monthly retirement check for the rest of their lives.
Sandberg, while she advocates women's career advancement, is careful not to comment on structural discrimination or disadvantage, and careful not to advocate for meaningful change in terms of how society values care.
We are on the cusp of a revolution in the way work and labor are done. The changes are generating chronic insecurity and worsening inequality. Put bluntly, in the past three decades, a global market system has been emerging, aided by economic liberalization policies, a technological revolution based on electronics that has facilitated changes in organizations and a dismantling of the firm and a shift of bargaining power from workers to capital.
As the U.S. plans to resettle 10,000 Syrians next year, many are eyeing the news with concern. Yet economic evidence clearly suggests that, despite upfront costs, the long-run impact of resettlement will be neutral -- and could actually trigger modest economic stimulus.
In a world where 1.2 billion youth are unemployed across the world, wealth inequality is increasing and work itself has become a scarce opportunity. Payment for work has become a luxury; you can consider yourself lucky if you are able to sell your labor not for money, but for work experience.
Let's be clear about what constitutes work... Work means having a boss. Just because someone signs your paychecks, that doesn't mean you have a boss.
The moment has finally arrived for the people who actually do the work of moving, sharing and renting their goods through businesses like Uber and AirBnB to get some much-needed attention.
The gig economy is here to stay, and for many of us this means more convenience. But as consumers, we need to decide where we stand when it comes to workers' rights.
"House Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement" is a wonderful read, skillfully written and meticulously researched. So I thought I'd pick the brain of the author, Premilla Nadasen, and see what light she can shed on this dirty little secret of American life.