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Biting the Bullet: Lansing Needs Plan B for Prop1

Brian Stone | Posted 04.14.2015 | Detroit
Brian Stone

I've said it before and I'll say it again: The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has a real pair of you-know-whats to ask Michigan voters for sacrifice when they're giving nothing up themselves.

The Invisibility of Class, and the Hegemony of Conservative Ideas, in Contemporary America

David Coates | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
David Coates

The underlying centrality of class to the nature of our contemporary economic and social condition continues to go largely unacknowledged. It is an acknowledgment that is now long overdue.

Building the Women's Movement in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.10.2015 | World
John Feffer

Since 2000, Tarasiewicz has worked as the director for the Network for East-West Women in Poland. She has watched as many foundations that funded women's issues have pulled out of Poland as money from the European Union became available. But the EU funding has been a mixed blessing at best.

How to Launch People in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
John Feffer

Stocznia, which is Polish for "shipyard," is a different kind of NGO. It functions like a university. It focuses on transforming people. And in that sense it's an educational institution -- but not like any educational institution you might have encountered in the past.

Poland's Politics of Dissatisfaction

John Feffer | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

A smaller number of Poles continue to take to the streets or try to organize actions similar to the Solidarity mobilizations of the past. And perhaps the smallest group of all tries to channel that dissatisfaction into advocacy within the system to change the nature of Polish politics.

Poland's Unplanned Transition

John Feffer | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Compared to the other countries in the region, Poland's transition to democracy and a market economy seemed to involve a great deal of negotiation. The country embarked on Round Table negotiations in spring 1989 that prepared the way for semi-free parliamentary elections on June 4 of that year.

The Land of Junk Contracts

John Feffer | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

The Poles call them "junk contracts." If you're young and lucky enough to have a job in Poland these days, it's likely to be short-term and come without benefits. Ten percent of young people (up to the age of 25) are working in the black market, and another 25 percent have part-time or short-term work. Of the rest, most have job contracts that provide little in the way of security.

The Worst Places On The Planet To Be A Worker

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.30.2014 | Business

Where are the worst places on the planet to be a worker? A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation, an umbrella organization of ...

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Workers Fight Back in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

It was October 1990, and the economic changes were starting to bite. After the Soviet Union cut back oil shipments to Hungary, the government in Budapest dramatically raised the price of gas. In response, taxi drivers and teamsters essentially shut down the country over a three-day period. It was just a taste of what was to come in terms of austerity measures.

A Tax Cut That 'Pays For' Unemployment Insurance and Infrastructure

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It is bad economic policy. But, all economic policy that could pass a Republican-controlled House of Representatives is bad. All they care about, really, is tax cuts for the wealthy. But those tax cuts do not create jobs or "pay for themselves." Nor do regulations on balance cost jobs.

Back to Basics on the Question of Labor

David Coates | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
David Coates

How a society organizes and rewards work is a central and core element in its overall character. We mustn't think about labor just once a year. We need to think about it, and its needs, all the time.

Players' Complaints Overshadow Qatari Attempts to Project Improved Workers' Rights

James Dorsey | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Employment-related complaints by two international players, one of whom is barred from leaving Qatar, threaten to overshadow the 2022 World Cup organizing committee's release of a charter of worker's rights designed to fend off criticism of labor conditions in the Gulf state.

New First Amendment Suit Poses Existential Threat to Government Unions

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

Public employee unions face a new, and mortal, threat. It's not the unfunded liability of union pension plans or municipal governments' resort to bankruptcy to void union contracts. No, the new existential threat facing government unions comes from... the First Amendment.

Bulgaria's Perpetual Crisis

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

The recent resignation of the Bulgarian government, after several days of protest, reveals the deep discontent among the people over the economic situation.

The Same Mistake as Solidarity

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
John Feffer

Poland was unique in East-Central Europe for the size, strength, and pivotal role of its labor movement, Solidarity. But that doesn't mean that worker movements were not important in other countries. In Bulgaria, Podkrepa was a key part of the opposition representing workers' voices.

Waiting for the State of the Union Address

David Coates | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Ideally, it is the silences in the last four SOTU addresses that will begin to be filled in next Tuesday night. The biggest of these silences -- the greatest domestic failure of this would-be progressive president -- has been on the issue of poverty and the need for anti-poverty programs.

ITUC: Qatar Agrees to Trade Unions Amid Region's Call for Greater Freedom

James Dorsey | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The ITUC has called for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar fails to adopt international labor standers for its huge army of some 1.2 million foreign workers who it says toil in circumstances of virtual serfdom.

Butte, Montana Goes to the Polls

Brian Kahn | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Brian Kahn

For six and a half hours I watched the people vote. They got their ballots from volunteers who knew what they were doing and treated their neighbors with friendly respect.

Trade Unions Hold Qatar Responsible for Workplace Deaths

James Dorsey | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
James Dorsey

International trade unions have charged in a complaint to the International Labor Organization (ILO) that Qatar's refusal to allow migrant workers to freely unionize violates international standards and is responsible for the Gulf state's high rate of workplace deaths.

The Republican Crusade Against Regulation: A "Holy War" Against Workers and Consumers?

David Coates | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
David Coates

In the standard trilogy of core commitments currently being made by Republican presidential candidates, the cutting of taxes and the pruning of government is invariably accompanied by the promise to deregulate business -- and indeed to re-regulate labor.

'Welcome Christmas Present' For Agency Workers Over Equality

PA | Posted 12.24.2011 | Home

Agency workers across the UK were set to receive a pay and conditions boost when new rights come into force today. The Agency Workers Directive was...

Cyprus' Government Workers Protest Pay Freeze

AP | By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS | Posted 12.13.2011 | Business

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Thousands of Cyprus government workers held a three-hour strike Tuesday to protest a proposed two-year salary freeze they regard is...

Defending Trade Unions as Labor Day Approaches

David Coates | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics
David Coates

In the right-wing litany, trade unions stand accused of causing unemployment by inflating wages and of blocking productivity growth and investment. The claims would be laughable were they not so dangerous.

The Unanswered Questions Surrounding the U.S.-Colombia FTA

Kelly Nicholls | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Kelly Nicholls

Bowing to pressure, the Obama administration is pushing the FTA forward with little consideration of its potential impacts on marginalized and impoverished sectors of Colombian society.