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Workers Rights

Sierra Club Stands With Workers

Jack Darin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Sierra Club members were proud to join workers' rights rallies in Chicago and Springfield this weekend.

Why Madison Rabbis Oppose Wisconsin Governor's Budget Repair Bill

Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman

Jewish tradition, beginning with the Hebrew Bible, mandates that employers treat their workers fairly: "You shall not abuse a needy and destitute laborer."

Michael Bloomberg: Unions Can Help Cut The Deficit

The New York Times | Michael R. Bloomberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Organizing around a common interest is a fundamental part of democracy. We should no more try to take away the right of individuals to collectively ba...

An Open Letter To Religious Leaders In Support Of Collective Bargaining Rights

Rev. Colin Bossen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Colin Bossen

If we religious leaders are to continue to have moral authority in our communities we must speak up in support of public employees' right to collective bargaining.

Say Your Goodbyes

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock


Catholic Bishops Back Wisconsin Union Protesters

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 24) threw their moral weight behind the pro-union pro...

Twilight of Collective Bargaining?

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Will Marshall

Organized labor needs to evolve alternatives to the traditional collective bargaining model, which no longer fits in a globalized economy, and arguably always has been problematic in the public sector.

Can Social Media Get You Fired?

Lewis Maltby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lewis Maltby

Indeed, it can. You may want to think twice before posting about the horribleness of your job or your boss' lack of basic managerial skills.

On Wisconsin! And to the Next Battle Over Workers' Rights

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Progressivism essentially began here in Wisconsin. And whether we win or lose, I urge my fellow unionists and citizens in other states to get ready for struggles in New Jersey, Ohio and elsewhere.

Workers' Rights: The Big Picture

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Traub

Adapted from authors' remarks at the Urban Justice Center Human Rights Luncheon, February 3 2011 You don't have to work at a think tank to realize t...

Changing the Rules for Workers

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

It's no surprise that Republicans are up to their old games. Having successfully blocked efforts to strengthen the right of workers to organize, they now want to stop workers from learning their rights too.

20 Life Lessons Learned From Shopping

Lillian Daniel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lillian Daniel

Be grateful for what you have. Sometimes we search for the treasure out there when it is already waiting for us back at home.

High Unemployment Means Workers Are Losing Power | David Leonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For corporate America, the Great Recession is over. For the American work force, it's not. Unfortunately, fixing the job market will take years. Ev...

Bihar, India: Signs of Positive Change in Anti-Slavery Policy

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Free The Slaves

Despite the fact that slavery is illegal, modern day slavery thrives in many parts of India.

Labor Board: Employers Can't Fire Workers Over Facebook Statements

New York Times | STEVEN GREENHOUSE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

In what labor officials and lawyers view as a ground-breaking case involving workers and social media, the National Labor Relations Board has accused ...

Protecting Worker's Rights

Luke Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luke Norris

Fewer Americans are in unions today than in the New Deal era and proceeding decades, and the importance of collective bargaining is already being forgotten. Work and labor rights are not at the tip of the tongue. And this is to our detriment.

Employers May Soon Have To Notify Workers Of Their Right To Unionize

The New York Times | Steven Greenhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The National Labor Relations Board said on Tuesday that it would require companies to post notices on their bulletin boards -- and perhaps send out e-...

Rabbinical School Breaks Jewish Law On Unions And Strikes

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

By fighting the formation of the union, and by trying to deny employees the power of striking in the future, the Schechter Institute is acting in opposition both to major halakhic authorities and to an official position of the Conservative Movement.

Electoral Defeat Shows It's Time Progressive Bloggers Started Caring About the Labor Movement

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Perhaps after the recent election losses, bloggers will stop viewing elections as the key to challenging corporate power -- and instead focus on creating power in the workplace.

How State Champions of Paid Sick Days Bucked the National Trend on Election Day

Tim Judson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Judson

In this election year, where incumbents fared badly and Democratic majorities were overthrown in a record number of state and federal legislative chambers, state legislators promoting paid sick days defied the national trend.

Lame Duck Congress: Don't Let Unemployment Benefits Expire

Linda Meric | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Linda Meric

The lame duck Congress can't leave American families out in the cold this holiday season. It doesn't have much time. It must extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits and do so quickly.

Chicago Area Warehouses Thrive As Low-Paid Temp Workers Struggle

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Tory Moore worked at the same packaged-food warehouse in Kankakee for six years, but he was denied a loan and apartment rentals after being told he di...

Airline Work, Not as Easy at TV Makes It Seem

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christine Negroni

Afraid of forgetting to watch Sunday night's profile of Frontier Airlines by Undercover Boss, I set an alarm. Ends up, you just can't reduce commercial aviation to a made-for-TV format. It's just too big for that.

You Say Tomato, I Say Raw Deal!

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

2010-10-12-tomatoes.jpgTo get the minimum wage, a tomato worker has to pick more than 2.25 tons of tomatoes during a day that begins before dawn and lasts 10-12 hours.

How My Father Survived Chile's Mines

Stacy Torres | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stacy Torres

Until recently the dangers my father described seemed a relic of Chile's distant past.