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Battling a Damaging Workplace Trend

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.23.2015 | Business
Thomas E. Perez

One of the most pervasive and damaging trends we are seeing in the workplace is the deliberate misclassification of workers by employers looking to cut costs. Two judgments announced this week in Utah and Arizona demonstrate our commitment to cracking down on this practice, whereby companies claim that their workers are not employees but independent contractors.

Three Tests of Leadership in the New Disengagement Economy

Robert Hall | Posted 04.22.2015 | Business
Robert Hall

The growing concern regarding disengaged employees reflects a simple truth: leadership requirements have changed, most leaders have not.

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

Solidarity Underground

John Feffer | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

Ewa Kulik was one of the key Solidarity leaders who kept the organization functioning underground. Today she is the director of the Batory Foundation in Warsaw, where she focuses on, among other things, civic education. She told me that Poland failed to focus on civic education after 1989.

Freedom Is Not the Point of Passover

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

On the traditional interpretation, the moral of the Exodus story is that slavery is evil. This moral conveniently allows us to do nothing but gratefully savor life in a free country. However, if the Exodus story is about hard, harsh labor and Egyptians who deserve to be stripped, then we have work to do.

Plutocracy the First Time Around

Steve Fraser | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Steve Fraser

Even before the grand denouement of the Great Depression and New Deal arrived, an answer to the labor question was surfacing, one that would put an end to the long era of anti-capitalism.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?

Workers Save Lives

William Lynch III | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
William Lynch III

Labor unions, particularly those for public sector workers, have become such a popular punching bag that their membership might as well wear Everlast tags.

No Excuse for Fed to Increase Unemployment by Raising Interest Rates: Movement to Hold Fed Accountable Gathers Steam

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

If America is to shed the title of "Land of Inequality," this is how it is going to happen: by more people becoming aware of how the Fed's monetary policy affects them and demanding that it change.

Scott Walker Ends Freedom of Contract in Wisconsin

Dean Baker | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Dean Baker

You probably missed this one. After all, most news coverage told people that Governor Walker signed a "right to work" bill. This was presented as a victory for workers' rights over the power of unions. In fact, it was about denying the people of Wisconsin the freedom of contract.

Fighting Fast Track: Is It Really China or Us?

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

This is not what democracy looks like -- secret trade deals rammed through in record time that guarantee fat corporate profits, but likely result in net job loss and wage competition that leads to pay stagnation in the U.S. for years to come.

Poland's Unplanned Transition

John Feffer | Posted 04.18.2015 | World
John Feffer

Compared to the other countries in the region, Poland's transition to democracy and a market economy seemed to involve a great deal of negotiation. The country embarked on Round Table negotiations in spring 1989 that prepared the way for semi-free parliamentary elections on June 4 of that year.

A Legacy Remembered

Tefere Gebre | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Tefere Gebre

The history of the modern labor movement, which is positioned to speak, fight, and win on behalf of all workers, is filled with strong black figures who fought for civil and economic justice during a time when justice was not guaranteed for all.

The Land of Junk Contracts

John Feffer | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

The Poles call them "junk contracts." If you're young and lucky enough to have a job in Poland these days, it's likely to be short-term and come without benefits. Ten percent of young people (up to the age of 25) are working in the black market, and another 25 percent have part-time or short-term work. Of the rest, most have job contracts that provide little in the way of security.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

Educating for the Work of Democracy -- the Freedom Spirit Then and Now

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.21.2015 | College
Harry Boyte

A national conversation called "The Changing World of Work - What Should We Ask of Higher Education?" will be launched on Wednesday, January 21st, at the National Press Club in an event from 9 am to 12 pm. It will be live streamed.

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: Because Getting Pregnant in MA Shouldn't Mean Losing Your Job

MotherWoman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Parents
MotherWoman

The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), will be introduced into the House and the Senate on Wednesday, by Senator Lovely, Rep. Story and Rep. Rogers, to combat discrimination by ensuring that pregnant workers are not forced out of their jobs unnecessarily, or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working and supporting their families.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Can Give You Overtime Pay -- If He Doesn't Blow It

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you're a salaried worker in the U.S., chances are you don't get paid overtime at your job, even if you work 100 hours a week and slee...

Pope Francis Challenges World On Exploitation And Slavery

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to...

Cultivating Climate Justice: A Tale of Two Cities

Beverly Bell | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Beverly Bell

This is part 3 of a four-part article series "Cultivating Climate Justice" which tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollut...

Samsung's Devastating Secret: The Tears Of 'Semiconductor Children'

Huffington Post Korea | Sungyoon Won | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

This article was translated by The Huffington Post from an original report by Hankyoreh, HuffPost's local media partner in South Korea. The piece is p...

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

Dave Jamieson

Doggy Day Care Chain Makes Pet Sitters Sign Outrageous Contract

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Last month, The Huffington Post revealed that Jimmy John’s sandwich shops subject their low-wage workers to stringent noncompete agree...

How Big Money Lost -- And Workers Won -- in Phoenix

Jordan Marks | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Jordan Marks

Proposition 487, which would have ended pensions for Phoenix firefighters, police officers, and thousands of other public workers and moved them into risky, privatized plans, went down in flames at the ballot box last Tuesday by over 10 percentage points.