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Why There's a Bull Market for Stocks and a Bear Market for Workers

Robert Reich | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Robert Reich

Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,270 -- completely erasing its 54 percent loss between 2007 and 2009. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was in 2000, and unemployment remains sky-high.

Fighting the Other NRA -- Resources to Support Food Workers

Michele Simon | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

I want to offer practical resources for how to help improve the lives of the 20 million food workers who help us put food on our own tables every day.

Raise the Minimum Wage

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

People who work deserve a living wage. We must reverse the growing chasm of inequality that exists between the rich and the poor in our state and our country.

Port Said Unites Key Egyptian Government Critics: Workers and Soccer Fans

James Dorsey | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
James Dorsey

Military troops are protecting factories and government offices on the ninth day of a general strike in the Suez Canal city of Port Said that has brought together two groups with working class roots.

Top 10 Reasons to Care About Food Workers

Michele Simon | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Maybe this number alone will convince you: 20 million workers toil every day -- often under inhumane conditions -- harvesting fields, packing boxes, driving trucks, cooking meals, ringing up orders, serving tables, and cleaning up your mess.

Why Is the Restaurant Lobby Making Us Sick?

Michele Simon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Michele Simon

Remember all the times that as a full-time salaried worker, you stayed home with a cold or to take care of a sick child? It's a perk many of us take for granted, but for workers who handle our food, in jobs where spreading germs is among the most risky, calling in sick not even an option.

Raising the Minimum Wage and the Floor for All

Sarita Gupta | Posted 04.21.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Fundamentally, the President understands that a higher minimum wage - not tax breaks for the rich - is what's needed to drive economic growth for those who most need it in America: workers. And for low wage workers everywhere, this increase is long overdue.

Progress Is Still Possible for Workers Battling an Unfair System

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Too many working people across the country have to hope for overtime, string together two or three jobs or rely on public benefits to financially stay afloat. Contractors and corporations are reaping the benefits of a productive workforce yet they aren't equitably sharing those rewards.

Obama's $9 Per Hour Minimum Wage

David Macaray | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
David Macaray

No one is saying the minimum wage should propel folks into the middle-class, because, clearly, that wasn't its intention. So Obama's proposed bump is significant. But even at $9 per hour, you're still poor. You're just less poor.

Dave Jamieson

Marco Rubio Used To See Wisdom In A Minimum Wage | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After President Barack Obama suggested raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour in his State of the Union speech, rising Republican star ...

Spain's Unemployment Rate Hits 26 Percent

AP | Posted 03.25.2013 | World

MADRID (AP) — Spain's unemployment rate shot up to a record 26 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012, leaving almost six million people out of work,...

Union Membership Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

Sarita Gupta | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Without placing a priority on creating not just jobs but good, union jobs, our economy will remain at a standstill for anyone but the 1 percent.

The Flu Thrives Without Paid Sick Days

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Debra L. Ness

It is during public health crises like these that we are reminded of the grave consequences of our country's failure to let workers earn paid sick days.

The Worker Self-Directed Enterprise: A "Cure" for Capitalism, or a Slippery Slope to Socialism?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Based on our experience of these last few years, the 1 percent is more likely to set up the game so that you and I of the 99 percent will lose the house and the job. So, if it doesn't pay to work for "The Man," what hope do we have?

Approaching the Twilight of the Labor Movement

David Macaray | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
David Macaray

re these people locked into some sort of time-warp, where they still imagine seeing newsreel footage of union honchos doing the perp-walk? Those days are over.

Even after workplace deaths, companies avoid OSHA penalties

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.20.2013 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

By Chris HambyThe Center for Public IntegritySYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The temperature outside barely reached double digits on the morning of Jan. 15, 2009,...

Obama Signs Bill To Protect Whistle-Blowers

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday that affords greater protection to federal employees who expose fraud, waste and ...

Now Undeniable: Breast Cancer That Comes With the Job

Jeanne Rizzo | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Jeanne Rizzo

Women should not have to face a cancer diagnosis because of the work they do. And none of us should have to face this devastating disease because industry and government failed to protect us.

Did You Eat Today? Thank a Food Worker

Michele Simon | Posted 01.26.2013 | Home
Michele Simon

While foodies debated the merits of buying heritage turkeys versus going meatless for Thanksgiving, millions of food workers are struggling to eat at all.

Dave Jamieson

Thanks For Nothing: Workers Lose Holiday As Retail Expands Hours | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.29.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Last year, for the first time in her life, Ayanna Roach missed Thanksgiving. The 23-year-old was working at an Old Navy store in the ...

Holding on to a Sliver of the American Dream

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In the 2012 presidential election, voters put forth a clear mandate: We want a more prosperous country, where everyone can work for a living, support their families and have a fair shot at a better life.

The Grand Senior Swindle

Sarita Gupta | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

America's seniors, who have worked so hard to build a strong economy and democracy in their lifetimes, need reliable and robust government in their golden years.

The Only Thing Worse Than Spending A Night In Jail

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.15.2012 | Business

What's worse than going to jail? Losing your employer-sponsored benefits, apparently. Given the choice of losing employee benefits or spending a n...

Dave Jamieson

Workers From Hershey Scandal Win Big Backpay | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business

Foreign students who claimed they toiled under abusive conditions at a Pennsylvania plant handling Hershey candies last year have won over $200,000 in...

Is Your Leader a Louder? 5 Ways of Dealing With an Abusive Boss

Suzanne de Janasz | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business
Suzanne de Janasz

A staggering 80 percent of employees leave their jobs because of their bosses. So what creates such a tension between boss and employee? Too often it's the boss' leadership style.