While workers are consumed with immediate problems of economic instability and unemployment, labor activists struggle to find unity as organizations jostle for representation in the fractious post-Mubarak political landscape.
In both the "developed" and "developing" worlds," migrants' labor struggles are deepened by social alienation. In Malaysia, exploitation of Filipino and Indonesian migrants is rampant in sectors such as domestic work.
Many friends and acquaintances have told me, "In the private sector, we don't get to roll over our sick days like teachers do." We tend to aim for the lowest common denominator in what we consider proper working conditions.
Apple is a business and, as such, it seeks to maximize profits for its shareholders, not improve the living standards of average Americans. Unfortunately, policymakers tend to forget that basic reality when they are debating tax policy.
In responding to the State of the Union address, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels advocated the failed Republican policies of the past. But even more extreme than the plan he laid out last night is what he is trying to do in Indiana.
What is at stake in this case is whether the Supreme Court will respect Congress' ability to make laws designed to remedy pervasive and unconstitutional discrimination, and whether millions of state workers can continue to count on FMLA leave when they get sick.