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Worker Justice on Display in D.C. This Weekend

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Center for Community Change Action

The two-day conference that begins Friday in the nation's capital brings together 600 activists, organizers, worker-leaders, and students from around the country and the world. The conference's three plenary sessions are centered on the progressive ideals of building and sustaining movements, innovation and ending racial injustice.

The 7 Things Introverts Need For Happiness In The Workplace

Quiet Revolution | Alice Bradley | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living

This article first appeared on QuietRev.com Dear Start-ups, Introverts are valuable employees. We bring creativity, dedication, and self-motivation t...

Walmart To Hike Its Minimum Wage To $10, Raise Pay For 1.2 Million Employees

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

More than 1 million U.S. workers will be getting a raise next month when Walmart hikes its pay scale for store employees. The raises are part of a se...

Top 9 Issues Latinos Want To Hear the President Address at the State of the Union

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 01.12.2016 | Latino Voices
Hector E. Sanchez

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 of the nation's leading Latino advocacy organizations, shared its priorities for the president's final State of the Union. Here's the top nine list of things what we want to hear the president addres

Haskell Wexler, Storyteller of Our Times

Ian Ruskin | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Ian Ruskin

We left at close to midnight. I was exhilarated and exhausted -- it was a huge day in my life -- and Haskell was tired but glowing. This is what he did, filming stories that he cared about.

Ten of the Best Things That Happened to American Workers in 2015

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage -- and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans.

Guilty Verdict Sends Message to Big Coal: Don't Endanger Workers

Robert Weissman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

For far too long in this nation's history, coal operators have recklessly endangered their workers' lives, with thousands of workers dying in accidents and many hundreds of thousands more dying and suffering from black lung and associated diseases.

'All You Americans Are Fired'

Buzzfeed | Jenny Che | Posted 12.02.2015 | Business

The H-2 guest worker program, which brought in 150,000 legal foreign workers last year, isn’t supposed to deprive any American of a job. But man...

Thanks But No Thanks: Kill This Turkey

John K. Herr | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
John K. Herr

In that spirit, and after an hour of painstaking research, we reveal what many progressives really think about the holiday.

On Cyber Monday, Consider The Workers Who Bring You All That Stuff

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Business

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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.