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12 Years a Slave -- In a Bangladesh Garment Factory?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

I recently saw the new Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave. Gruesome and yet compelling, it tells the true story of a free black man in the mid-1800s...

Employers vs. Free Markets: Why the U.S. Needs a Minimum Wage Hike

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

The essence of free markets is competition and this applies equally to wages as to prices. In theory the system is fair, but in practice, a handful of major players set the wage level for smaller competitors as well.

What's for Thanksgiving? Hopefully Not More Crippling Pain for Poultry Workers

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Rena Steinzor

Workers who suffer grave ergonomic injuries from the repetitive motions of hanging, cutting, and packing the birds would endure conditions that are two or three times worse than the status quo.

Occupy, Progressives and Democracy

John O'Kane | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
John O'Kane

If leaders with an agenda begin to surface from Occupy and take the electoral route, will they become only well-funded democrats? Can Occupy have an impact without moving inside; without mounting a full effort to reform the system?

Corporate America: 'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Today the Teamsters and American workers face a moment of reckoning. The time has come where people must stand up and say enough is enough to companies that seek to take advantage of employees and taxpayers.

Amnesty International Report Undermines Qatar's Soft Power Defense Strategy

James Dorsey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar's failure to confront appalling working and living conditions of its foreign workers is undermining the very purpose of its staging of the 2022 World Cup.

What Walmart Could Learn from Henry Ford

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Walmart could learn a thing or two from Henry Ford, who almost exactly a century ago decided to pay his workers three times the typical factory wage at the time. The Wall Street Journal called Ford a traitor to his class but he proved to be a cunning businessman.

Historic Workers' Protection Bill Passes in Senate, Will Protect Many in Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

Gregory Cendana | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gregory Cendana

The historic Senate passage on Thursday of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a critical measure that would safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexua...

The True Cost of the Legal Workforce Act

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

If the Legal Workforce Act is enacted, U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and work-authorized noncitizens are likely to lose their jobs if they do not contact the appropriate government agency and quickly correct an error that causes E-Verify to flag them.

Minimum-Wage Hike Won't Appease Bangladeshi Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

Earlier this month, a group of workers at the Tuba Group garment factory in Bangladesh locked owner Delwar Hossain in his office and demanded that he pay the bonuses he'd promised them for the Eid al-Adha holiday.

The Kind Of Bullying That Doesn't Get Talked About

www.upworthy.com | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business

The verbal abuse and public humiliation was the kind that would make me walk out the door to keep from getting an assault charge....

Cook That Chicken Because You're on Your Own

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rena Steinzor

CDC investigators are a vital link in the chain of public protection because they are the people who "trace back" illness to its source. Obviously, knowing someone has salmonella poisoning is not enough: we also need to know which food from what company gave them the disease.

How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons

Amy B. Dean | Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact
Amy B. Dean

Domestic workers have had some breakthrough wins over the past two weeks. Up until then, these workers were excluded from protections such as a guaranteed minimum wage, paid breaks, and overtime pay.

TPP Is a Race to The Bottom -- We Need a Race to the Top

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."

Qatar: A Conspiracy of Silence

Sharan Burrow | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Sharan Burrow

Governments, corporations, FIFA and even the UN willingly take billions of dollars of Qatari money and the price appears to be a blind eye to 21st century slavery.

American Labor's New Agenda: A Movement for Global Shared Prosperity

Sabina Dewan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

How can American unions reconsolidate people power and build a 21st century union movement that is broader than its membership?

Ban Ki-Moon Accused of Union-Busting at UN

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

United Nations workers spend their time on the front lines of the global struggle for human rights, but now they are battling for rights in their own ...

When Trust Turns to Rust in the Motor City

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in Detroit worked a lifetime to earn, but there's always a few hundred million available for a billionaire who wants an extravagant new sports arena.

McViolation: How American Fast Food Operators Break the Law

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Labor Day may be over, but if the recent strikes in 60 cities are any indication, fast food workers intend to keep turning up the heat on a vast American industry built around poverty wages.

Obama Deregulatory Proposal on Poultry Gets Slammed by GAO: Food Safety in Jeopardy and Workers Ignored

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

It's no surprise that the occupational safety and health analysis behind the rule is so bad. USDA failed to consult with OSHA before the proposal was rushed out the door last year.

Think Again: Labor for a Day, Capital for the Rest of the Year

Eric Alterman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

In the mainstream media, we focus on the business world every day and on labor one day a year. This obscures the awful treatment that so many U.S. workers endure -- particularly their meager vacation time.

Activism's Double-Duty

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day -- both inside and outside of our own communities.

The Colorado Recall Elections vs. Common Sense

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot i...

Working on a Dream

Michael Brune | Posted 11.02.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

This Labor Day, the Sierra Club joins in celebrating working people everywhere. If we want to help working families, protect our air and water, and achieve justice for all Americans, we must first defend our democracy.

Labor Day Thanks to the Freedom Fighters

Christine Pelosi | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

This Labor Day comes at a time when public and private sector unions are under attack as never before. But today we fight back.