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Worker Worthy Standouts: Part 5 - Art & Books

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Wyatt Closs

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, its even harder to spot when the beautiful object is something that illuminates the voices of workers today. ...


Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Da Bomp bomp ba bomp da bomp bomp, Da Bomp bomp ba bomp bomp ba bomp bomp. This is the rhythm of work today. Whether getting your grind on behind a ...

Voices of the Economy Amplified: Part 2, Television

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

The most interesting category of television for amplifying worker voices is actually reality TV, where there is a hefty list of worker-worthy shows.

Single Women Fend for Themselves in Recession

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Mired at the bottom of the racial wealth divide, single women of color need not just a safety net but a ladder.

REI Co-Op Members Rise Up: My Agitprop Job App

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Ballinger

This may seem like a cheeky way to get my job application read, but I'm telling you in all sincerity that there are things that your co-op can do that are game-changing.

A Jobs Program Global Outsourcers Can Believe In: USAID Trains Sri Lankans and Armenians to Displace Americans

Donna Conroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donna Conroy

USAID hasn't disclosed the amount US taxpayers must pony up to develop Armenian companies who's business objective is to outsource top dollar, white-collar American jobs. But the story only gets worse.

Open Letter to IRS: End Employee Misclassification Now

Louis Provenzano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Provenzano

It's time for the IRS to get serious about the practice of employee misclassification, which will continue to add billions in tax losses if left unchecked.

Voices of the Economy Amplified: Best Films, TV, Art, Books and Moments About Work, Pt 1

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Wyatt Closs

With real storylines like Oil Spills, Big Banks' Foreclosures, or Turning Down Loans to Pregnant Women, and real characters like The Truly Unemployed,...

Too Many CEOs Need A Reminder About Layoffs ... They Really Hurt.

Frank Koller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Frank Koller

People who lose their jobs can suffer "large and persistent earnings losses that last over twenty years." In other words, if you lose your job in mid-career, you will likely never earn as much as you used to.

Ask Workers in Cambodia and Bangladesh: Where Has Corporate Social Responsibility Been?

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Ballinger

Since the earliest "code of conduct" requirements for supplier factories, labor rights have declined nearly to the vanishing point in production-for-export areas around the world.

Social Justice and Orthodox Judaism

Tali Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tali Adler

Uri L'Tzedek, Hebrew for "Awaken to Justice," is America's first Orthodox Jewish social justice organization. Founded in 2007, it is leading an awakening within the Orthodox community.

Tobacco Giant Philip Morris Is Hooked on Child Labor (Video)

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Everyone knows smoking is a costly habit, taking a toll on your health and your wallet. What you probably didn't know is that the tobacco industry extracts a much dearer price from children laboring in the remote fields of Central Asia.

IRS Will Audit 6,000 Businesses and Some May Owe Lots of Money

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

.before you decide to convert all of your employees to independent contractors, you need to know the difference as defined by federal and state law. The IRS is gunning for businesses that mischaracterize employee.

A diamond in the rough: The NLRA's 75th anniversary

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Last week, as we celebrated the 234th anniversary of our nation's birth, we marked another significant date in our country's history -- the 75th birth...

Sojourners in the Holy Land: Israeli Society Wrestles With Migrant Labor

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Israel's history is rooted in the politics of migration and diaspora. But today, a different kind of migrant is precariously staking out the crossroads of the world.

How to Prevent an Empty Economic Recovery

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

During the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 2-8, 2010, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NC...

Glenn Beck, Immigration, and Social Justice

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Beck promised on his radio show that "the hammer" would be coming down on me, and that he would devote a week of his TV show to bringing me down. I took that as a "no" to dialogue, but I've decided to go ahead without him.

International Workers Day

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

So, this May Day, be revolutionary. At least once, say to someone -- even if that person is yourself -- "I am a worker, and proud of it."

May-December Careering...When You Are December

Adele Scheele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Adele Scheele

Just as May-December love affairs can cause awkward situations, so can similar intergenerational gaps wreak havoc in the workplace. As you may have re...

Drilling the Gulf to Save It?

Jeremy Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jeremy Nichols

It's a sad day when Colorado's most visible opinion leader calls for more drilling as the solution to the most disastrous oil spill in U.S. history.

GM, Ford Ramp Up Production At Mexico Plants Where Workers Earn $26 Per Day

Bloomberg | [Bn:PRSN=1] Thomas Black [] | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Mexico's share of North American auto production may rise at a quicker pace as General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler G...

Nine Myths About Socialism in the US

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Quigley

The fact is that the US is not really all that generous to our working and poor people compared to other countries.

The F Word: Shaky Foundations for the Economy

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

In 2009, a year of decline for most of us, the top 25 hedge fund managers made an average of $1 billion each. There was, said investor Carl Icahn "a great opportunity in debt" last year.

Shahien Nasiripour

Number Of Long-Term Unemployed Continues To Rise, Sets Another All-Time High | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

While the increase in jobs over the past month provides hope that the economy's nascent recovery will continue to blossom, one troubling trend in Frid...

How To Win A Strike in Amsterdam: Trash the Place

Phillip Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phillip Martin

Stepping out of Amsterdam's Central train station this past weekend there was a good chance your feet would have involuntarily met days-old garbage an...