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Rick Perry's Believe It or Not!: What Texas Could Learn From Bangladesh

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Unlike Bangladesh, Texas is already extremely wealthy and can afford to adopt a more balanced and humanitarian approach to economic growth. Instead, the former seems to be modernizing while Governor Perry pushes his state towards an unreasonably purist form of capitalism.

What Shameful Postville, Iowa Immigration Raid Teaches Five Years Later

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Five years later, the national push for commonsense immigration reform threatens to come undone at the hands of one of Postville's own senators.

Dave Jamieson

H&M Makes Big Move On Factory Safety | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

Fast-fashion retailer H&M has agreed to sign onto a binding accord to improve working conditions in Bangladesh garment factories, a move that labor ad...

Not Just an 'Issue' -- Invisibility in the Immigration Debate Hurts Real People

Brian Pacheco | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Pacheco

Media should stop distracting Americans with coverage about the political games being played around immigration reform, which reduces it to simply an "issue" and as a result divorces it from the people whose lives hang in the balance.

Buying Off the Ref

Brian Young | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Brian Young

In so many ways, the Chamber and its allies are pushing the Court in a direction where people get less and less power to counter corporate abuses.

Meet a New Endangered Species: The Coal Miner

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

If we allow Patriot, Peabody and Arch to renege on their promises to their workers, retirees and widows, we'll be failing our fellow Americans.

Buffett Tells Men To 'Get Onboard' With Key Business Strategy

Reuters | Ben Berkowitz | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business

(Reuters) - The key to America's future success lies in helping women achieve as much as their male counterparts, billionaire investor Warren Buffett ...

Emran Hossain

Thousands Still May Be Missing In Bangladesh Collapse | Emran Hossain | Posted 04.30.2013 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Relatives of workers still missing in the collapsed Bangladesh factory building say the true number of dead is far greater than the offi...

How the Son of Immigrants Came Around on Immigration

Brian Pacheco | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brian Pacheco

It is time for us as Americans to start asking questions about how we can make this country better. The time is now to enact a fair and humane immigration reform.

The Darker Side of E-verify

Alison Pennington | Posted 06.30.2013 | San Francisco
Alison Pennington

Do we want to reinforce failed and inhumane policies such as e-verify? Or should we repeal employer sanctions and strive for solutions that do not criminalize people for working to provide for their family?

Workers Memorial Day

Sen. Bob Casey | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Sen. Bob Casey

On Sunday, April 28th, we observe Workers Memorial Day. It is a day to honor those workers who have died, been disabled, injured or made sick by their work. It is also a day to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthy workplace for all workers.

Accountability for the Bangladesh Building Collapse: Blame Game or Real Change?

Beth English | Posted 06.26.2013 | Home
Beth English

If history is any guide, progress on workplace standards in Bangladesh and in other developing countries will be difficult to achieve and slow in coming.

When -- and How -- Did Business Become the Enemy?

John Friedman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
John Friedman

Is this just rationalization for not advancing people (or shipping jobs overseas), a justification to avoid feeling guilty about not passing the reigns to a generation champing at the bit for their turn to be in charge, or something more?

Bangladeshi Garment Factory Collapses: The Price of Your Cute Clothing

Katy Wolk-Stanley | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Katy Wolk-Stanley

If you have ever needed a reason to stop buying new foreign-made clothing, this is your moment. Buy used, buy made in America, but please, I beg of you, make a choice to stop being part of the cycle that keeps these unsafe factories in business!

You Can't Survive on $7.25

Ben Jealous | Posted 06.15.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

No person can maximize the American Dream on the minimum wage. The NYC fast-food workers' newfound willingness to organize a union and strike -- at tremendous personal and economic risk -- shows just how bad the economy has become for low-wage workers.

Efforts to Deliver 'Kill Shot' to Paid Sick Leave Tied to ALEC

Mary Bottari | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Advocates have helped pass paid sick day laws in cities like San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle and Portland, but big business has been pushing back.

Immigration Reform Must Uncover Recruitment Schemes of Temporary Workers

Gregory Cendana | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Gregory Cendana

The national debate around immigration policy reform has largely ignored a disturbing trend in businesses: the modern-day indentured servitude of temporary workers.

Harvard's Injustice Toward its Workers

Pierre R. Berastaín | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Pierre R. Berastaín

The Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW), a 4,600 member union comprised of non-faculty staff across Harvard University's campus, has been operating without a contract. For a university that insists on its dedication to social justice, something is missing.

How the Poultry Industry Is Grinding Up Workers' Health and Rights

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Michelle Chen

Bitter hardships are stowed far away from the millions of super-clean, ultra-cheap drumsticks that will end up on American dinner tables tonight. Countless consumers will enjoy their meals without any conception of how perfectly the poultry industry masks the true price of its brutal efficiency.

The Fight for Paid Sick Leave: A Historical Perspective

Scott Stringer | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York
Scott Stringer

As the New York City Council prepares to debate a bill that would require city businesses to grant employees up to five paid sick days a year, it's important for us to separate the rhetoric from the facts

We Serve You -- We Aren't Servants

Food Politic | Posted 05.15.2013 | Small Business
Food Politic

If we really wanted restaurants to pay their workers fairly, we would require them to pay their own workers and factor that expense into their prices -- much like every other business has ever had to do.

The Environmental Case for a Path to Citizenship

Philip Radford | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Every human being deserves the dignity and right to stand up to polluters in the workplace and at home without fear of being deported and taken from their families. Without a path to citizenship, undocumented immigrants are left at the mercy of corporate polluters.

Mainstream Myths About the Minimum Wage

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.11.2013 | Business
John R. Burbank

Raising the minimum wage so that it keeps up with the increases in productivity of the American worker is not a half-rate measure. Rather, it is one important tool in rebuilding the middle class.

Case Made Against Kansas Workers Compensation Reform

Colin Curtis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon,...

Port Said Unites Key Egyptian Government Critics: Workers and Soccer Fans

James Dorsey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Home
James Dorsey

Military troops are protecting factories and government offices on the ninth day of a general strike in the Suez Canal city of Port Said that has brought together two groups with working class roots.