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Fair Trade Coffee -- How About Fair Trade Air Travel?

Rob Britton | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

The fair trade movement and concern about ethical sourcing asks consumers, all of us, to think more carefully about what we buy, and to ask hard questions about how producers behave. Air travelers who believe they are people of good will, people who embrace the Golden Rule, should ask the same question when booking a trip.

ReThink Review: Where to Invade Next -- Michael Moore's Promised Land(s)

Jonathan Kim | Posted 02.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

While Moore's previous films utilized satire and gallows humor to show how bad things in America really are, Where to Invade Next smartly assumes you already know America's pain points and doesn't dwell on them long.

Supreme Court Goes Back to Work in January and Shows Again Why Election Day Is Judgment Day

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

The crucial oral argument before the Court this month is the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, as well as several cases that the Court agreed to review later this year. With the president elected in November likely to select as many as four new Supreme Court justices beginning as early as next year, the person we elect as president will be critical. That's why Election Day 2016 will be Judgment Day for the Court and our rights and liberties.

Using Technology to Create Safe and Ethical Retail Supply Chains

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.14.2016 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

For a brief moment in 2013, Western consumers got to see the dark underbelly of the supply chains that make the products they use each day.

All I Want for Christmas Is A Union

Hammer & Chisel Awards | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Hammer & Chisel Awards

As my children and I sit down to eat dinner every night, we take turns saying grace. One line has always resonated with me: "Thank you, Lord, for t...

The Supreme Court Appears Set To Issue Crippling Blow To Public Employee Unions

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court gave every indication on Monday that it is ready and willing to invalidate public uni...

Ten of the Best Things That Happened to American Workers in 2015

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage -- and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans.

All I Want for Christmas Is A Union

Bertrand Olotara | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Bertrand Olotara

When I moved to America, I thought I would be able to achieve the American Dream. I went to college to get my business degree, so that I could get ahead. $89,000 in debt later, I ended up being even further worse off.

70 Years Of Atomic Weaponry: At Least 33,480 Americans Dead

McClatchy DC | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

JACKSON, S.C. Byron Vaigneur watched as a brownish sludge containing plutonium broke through the wall of his office on Oct. 3, 1975, and began puddli...

Guilty Verdict Sends Message to Big Coal: Don't Endanger Workers

Robert Weissman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

For far too long in this nation's history, coal operators have recklessly endangered their workers' lives, with thousands of workers dying in accidents and many hundreds of thousands more dying and suffering from black lung and associated diseases.

Chief Justice Roberts Says 'Quitting Your Job Is A Very Big Deal'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For a brief moment on Monday, Chief Justice John Roberts seemed to acknowledge workers who are forced to quit due to a discriminatory wo...

Qatari Labour Reforms: Words but no Actions

James Dorsey | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Words but no actions. That is Amnesty International's evaluation of promised Qatari labour reforms on the fifth year of the awarding of the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to the Gulf state.

Why Is Tyson Foods Still Stealing from its Workers?

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 11.13.2015 | Business
Catherine Ruckelshaus

A recent Iowa jury found that the company's wage theft amounted to 5.8 million dollars for 3,000 Iowa workers over just two years. This follows decades of cases, court orders and USDOL investigations finding that the company owed millions to its workers.

Supreme Court May Give A Break To Thousands Of Workers Shorted On Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Workers who sue collectively over unpaid overtime may just get a big break from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments Tu...

Photos Show Workers Striking Around The Country For $15 Minimum Wage

The Huffington Post | Chris McGonigal | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business

The fight to raise the minimum wage intensified Tuesday as workers across the country protested for $15 per hour.  Workers joined Fight for 15, a...

H&M Will Close For Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business

H&M will close all of its United States stores on Thanksgiving Day to give employees time with their families, the retail giant announced on Mond...

For Shame! Legal Maneuverings Putting Coal Miners' Futures at Risk -- Yet Again

Sally Greenberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Sally Greenberg

Over the last several years, watching developments in the Patriot Coal bankruptcy and resulting fallout for workers has been a roller coaster for those of us who care about the workers who risked their lives for decades working hundreds of feet underground.

Federal Government as Employer: High Road or Bottom Feeder?

Dean Baker | Posted 11.02.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama has been using his executive power to try to promote good workplace practices among federal contractors. But at the same time, his administration has been looking to restructure federal agencies with the hope of saving money by downgrading the job quality of large numbers of positions.

J. Crew Will End On-Call Shifts For U.S. Workers

AP | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 10.23.2015 | Business

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — J. Crew has agreed to end on-call scheduling at stores nationwide, following similar moves by several other major retailers...

3 Things to Know for Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade USA | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade Month is a time to spread the word about who and where our products come from. This means putting the spotlight on challenges like child labor in cocoa and slavery in seafood, and also celebrating the farms, factories, brands and retailers that are doing things differently.

The Life And Death Of An Amazon Warehouse Temp

HuffPost Highline | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

On Jan. 18, 2013, as the sun went down, Jeff Lockhart Jr. got ready for work. He slipped a T-shirt over his burly frame and hung his white work badge...

Ballot Initiatives Offers Voters a Real Chance to Reduce Income Inequality

Ryan Johnson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Ryan Johnson

For too long, we've read the headlines: income inequality has reached its highest levels since the Great Depression, wages have stagnated for all but the very top and equal access to opportunity, the pillar of American greatness, is disappearing before our eyes.

The On-Demand Economy Should Be Challenged By Workers

Nikki Fortunato Bas | Posted 10.19.2015 | Business
Nikki Fortunato Bas

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 On-Demand Economy: Creating Bad Gigs or Good Jobs?

Leslie Tolf | Posted 10.13.2015 | Business
Leslie Tolf

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.

It's Time for Paid Safe Time

Marcy Karin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Marcy Karin

This October, it is time we recognize the intersection of domestic violence and work-life issues. An effective national policy on domestic violence must understand the impact this epidemic has on the workplace, including the problems for both employees and employers, some of which result from the structure of the workplace itself.