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Workers Rights

Electionomics: Fixing The Sham Of Misclassified Workers

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 07.27.2016 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Reigning in worker misclassification and the abuse of so-called "independent contractors" is one of the more daunting challenges in taking on economic inequality. But any serious plan to address the nation's economic divide must include an aggressive strategy to take on this costly epidemic.

A Breath Of Fresh Air: New York's Historic Ventilation Regs In Nail Salons

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Green
Charlene Obernauer

For nail salon workers, who are breathing in a toxic cocktail of chemicals every day on the job, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent executive order requiring ventilation in nail salons is a life saver.

Real And Phony Problems With Our Trade Deals

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

According to Mr. Trump, the United States has been had -- out-bargained and out-maneuvered by other nations. So our country gets hurt by the deals, while other nations make out like bandits. But there's no sign of that.

The "Fix" Is In: Tweaking House Bill 2 (And Workers, Too)

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The North Carolina legislature recently passed legislation partially restoring state-law employment discrimination claims eliminated by House Bill 2. ...

A Strike For All Working Families

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

Let's talk about something that is truly extraordinary. On April 13, nearly 40,000 workers walked out the door at Verizon. After ten months of frui...

Palm Oil Linked To Child Labor -- Again

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green

Palm oil: useful and ubiquitous, it also happens to be one of the most destructive ingredients on the planet. The industry has been linked to mass ani...

Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."

Should Workers' Rights and Labor Advocates Focus on Food Waste?

Jeremiah Lowery | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Jeremiah Lowery

On May 12th, I had the opportunity to attend the International Labor Rights Gala. At the Gala, there were various food stations that served tasty pastas, sliced meats, fruits and vegan bites.

G7 Leaders Can Help Close the Global Healthcare Workforce Gap

Rob Lovelace | Posted 05.16.2016 | Impact
Rob Lovelace

The chances are the pair of hands that helped you into this world and the ones that will help you leave it belong to people you will never know. That is if you were lucky enough to be born where access to healthcare providers is readily available.

Pumping Milk at 40,000 Feet: Four Women Pilots Are Navigating a Course toward Fairness

Joan Williams | Posted 06.30.2016 | Women
Joan Williams

Women who work in roles traditionally held by men often face stereotypes and unfair treatment on the job. This was certainly true for four Frontier Airlines pilots who filed complaints yesterday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after Frontier denied their right to accommodations for pregnancy and breastfeeding.

May Day Protests In Seattle, Paris, Istanbul Erupt In Violence

Reuters/HuffPost | Kelly Chen | Posted 05.02.2016 | World

As thousands across the world rallied for workers and immigration rights in celebration of May Day, some protests in Seattle, Paris and Istanbul went ...

It's Time Undergrads Care About Graduate Student Unions

Amelia Roskin-Frazee | Posted 04.28.2016 | College
Amelia Roskin-Frazee

I ask you, fellow undergrads, to please start caring about grad student unions, at your school and all schools nationwide. As long as we benefit from the tireless labor of grad student workers on our campuses, this is our problem.

Can You Hear Them Now? Verizon Employees Strike for Workers' Rights

Kicker | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Kicker

Usually if we hear people complaining about Verizon, it's because they've just gotten a bill with a number they really don't like. Verizon isn't in the news for high phone bills right now, though -- they're being accused of mistreating their workers.

A Big Step for Paid Parental Leave

Scott Wiener | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Scott Wiener

San Francisco is on the verge of becoming the first city in the country to ensure full wage replacement for workers taking parental leave.

It's About To Get Harder For Companies To Hide Union-Busting

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.23.2016 | Politics

A lot of U.S. companies pay top dollar just to keep labor unions out of their workplaces. It's hard to know exactly how much -- or who -- they pay, be...

Supreme Court Hands A Major Victory To Workers Who Were Stiffed On Overtime Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of thousands of meatpacking workers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa who banded together and s...

Restrictive Scheduling Will be a Predictable Disaster

Dr. E. Faye Williams | Posted 03.18.2016 | DC
Dr. E. Faye Williams

Washingtonians have witnessed historic change to neighborhoods and streetscapes over the past two decades. The renewal of struggling neighborhoods and...

The Safety Violations That Billion-Dollar Contractor BAE Systems Should Have to Disclose

Mary Bottari | Posted 03.16.2016 | Business
Mary Bottari

If you oversaw the Department of Defense, wouldn't you want to know that one of your biggest contractors had a history of serious safety violations?

Understanding What's Behind Emirates' Potential Budapest-U.S. Flights

Rob Britton | Posted 03.10.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

The fact that no traditional airline has operated the route with financial success is precisely what causes airline experts to wonder about Emirates' interest in the route.

Honeywell's String of Dangerous Close Calls Doesn't Stop Flow of Taxpayer Dollars

Mary Bottari | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Pervasive violations of worker safety and health standards at giant Fortune 500 firms like Honeywell underscore the need to hold federal contractors accountable for the hazards to which their workers are exposed.

Workers Struggle for Their Rights in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Because Russia has workers rights on paper only, workers are scared to complain, fearing they will be fired. Better dwindling pay than none at all.

DuPont Rakes in Federal Dollars Despite History of Hazards

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

President Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order aims to protect hard-working Americans by requiring companies with an ongoing history of violating safety and labor standards to clean up their acts and comply with federal health and safety laws before being rewarded with taxpayer dollars.

'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

Renee Fenderson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Renee Fenderson

With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that's not the full story.

Working Together to Preserve U.S. Airline Jobs

Rob Britton | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

When it comes to relations between management and labor, fights always make the news, while cases of collaboration are seldom mentioned.

As T-Mobile Rises, Questions Emerge Over Treatment of Workers, Consumers

InsideSources.com | Sarah Grossman | Posted 02.23.2016 | Business

This story was originally published by InsideSources. It’s been quite a year for T-Mobile, the relative newcomer in the American telecom market. No...