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Companies That Violate Workers' Rights Don't Get To Rob Them Of Their Day In Court, Too

Terisa E. Chaw | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Terisa E. Chaw

Anyone who believes that corporations should not be given the power to impose forced arbitration--which is rigged in their favor and against individuals--should urge their Members of Congress to support and pass the AFA.

What is the Role of Business in Society?

Jay Coen Gilbert | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Jay Coen Gilbert

Capitalism is the most powerful man-made force on the planet. It has played a central role in improving the quality of life for billions of people...

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.

No Teacher in the Classroom: Mobile Education on Tap

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
Cristina M. Regalado

Consider the hoops that a busy working adult has to jump through to get to a classroom to learn English as a second language or to improve their reading, math and communication skills. Work schedules don't usually fit nicely with classroom schedules. And what about childcare, meals to prepare, long wait lists in school or the long commute to get there?

The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp

HuffPost Highline | Raillan Brooks | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business

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...

Unexpected Business Lessons From the Fields of Florida

Jon Esformes | Posted 10.22.2015 | Business
Jon Esformes

Owners and managers of businesses have a moral and legal responsibility to provide a safe and fair workplace. This is easier said than done.

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.

Labor Secretary Perez: We Need A 'Safety Net' For Gig Economy Workers

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

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Urban Outfitters Is The Latest Retailer To Correct This Unfair Labor Practice

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business

Urban Outfitters, the brand that made hipster a coveted look, announced Wednesday it will end on-call scheduling for its workers in New Yor...

Despite Deal, Resistance to TPP Grows in All Corners

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Protesters warned about the problems the Pacific Rim trade deal could bring to people around the world. Whether it's jobs being shipped overseas and wages being driven down in the U.S., medicine prices going through the roof, more pollution or unsafe food and products heading to our shores as a result of this bad trade deal, that wasn't enough to sway TPP negotiators.

Corporations Now Have Their Own Private Judiciary System

David Morris | Posted 10.04.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Since Republicans gained control of Congress little has been done. The Arbitration Act, which would broadly void forced arbitration contracts, has languished in Congress for six years. A bill to prohibit any school receiving federal student aid from restricting students' ability to pursue legal claims in court likely will not come to a vote.

Retirees, Workers Deserve to Receive Their Pensions

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

The golden years of everyday Americans who worked hard for decades to put away money for retirement are increasingly being jeopardized by the nation's pension system. But the Teamsters and a top presidential contender are working hard to change it.

Protecting the People Who Help Feed Us

Gina McCarthy | Posted 09.28.2015 | Green
Gina McCarthy

The evidence is clear that managing for safety results in more productive, successful businesses. There are serious financial consequences for businesses that don't acknowledge the importance of worker safety. They not only endanger their own workers, they reduce their competitiveness and harm their bottom line.

The Office Of The Future Sounds Like A Terrible Place

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

There's a new office building in Amsterdam called the Edge. It's the "smartest building in the world," according to Bloomberg, and the "connected fut...

Democrats Want To Make Labor Organizing Akin To A Civil Right

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you get fired for trying to organize a union in the U.S., federal labor law does a pretty weak job of protecting you. Even if your e...

Real Wages Are Finally (Finally!) Growing. Can the Fed Stop Itself From Ruining Everything?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.15.2015 | Business
Ian Reifowitz

Wages are rising, finally, and prices are not--a rare confluence in recent decades. American workers need this to continue as long as possible. So do their bosses, in fact, because workers are the consumers that drive economic growth and thus corporate profits.

Mo. Legislature Must Remember Workers While Mulling RTW Veto Override

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

The Missouri bill goes even further than most by criminalizing employers and subjecting small business owners to unlimited civil liability and jury verdicts. In short, it takes away the rights of an employer to decide for itself how to run its business.

Three Rules of Thumb to Raise Wages and Reduce Inequality

Sabina Dewan | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Case studies from Brazil to China, from the United States to Germany, reveal that to square higher wages and competitiveness, governments must adhere to three rules of thumb.

Ten Troubling Labor Day Stats 2015

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

This widely reported "official" number overlooks the millions of people unemployed for more than a year, nor does it count those who are working part-time and looking for full-time work. The Department of Labor monthly report which includes people working part-time and looking for full-time work shows the real rate of unemployment.

Labor Day 2015: Workers Getting Organized

Frank Islam | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Frank Islam

On this Labor Day 2015, there are nascent signs that workers may be gaining a little ground.

Worker Productivity Keeps Rising. Pay, Not So Much.

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

American workers’ economic productivity continues to grow much faster than their pay, according to a new study published Wednesday. T...

Raise Your Voice to Raise Wages

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 08.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

There are many signs that the economy is recovering, but we still have a long way to go.

China's Currency Manipulation Should Serve As A Warning About TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when income inequality is running rampant in the U.S., workers don't need even more "free" trade agreements that will further strip this nation's economy of middle-income jobs.