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Your Affordable Asos Clothing Has Staggering Costs On Its Employees

BuzzFeed | Jamie Feldman | Posted 09.29.2016 | Style

Joanne Goddard has lived in the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley her whole life. In April 2016 she took a job as an agency worker at online fashion re...

Better Employee Engagement

Sophie Andrews | Posted 09.02.2016 | Business
Sophie Andrews

When business leaders look for ways to increase their profit margin, they primarily focus on the management of two key areas: sales and costs. Strategies that increase your revenue or reduce costs by streamlining your processes are common ways to increase profits. One often overlooked area that can boost your profit margin is taking steps to increase your employee engagement.

A Legal Reason to Complain if You Are Mistreated at Work

Brad Reid | Posted 11.30.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

Sometimes employees are either afraid to complain about mistreatment or believe that a complaint will be meaningless. However, this is a legal mistake...

Why You Should Stand With Andy Hall

Joanna Ewart-James | Posted 10.14.2016 | Impact
Joanna Ewart-James

We ask the company to thoroughly investigate and take action to ensure there is no modern slavery or exploitation in their business.

Dave Jamieson

Check Out The Ridiculous Dress Code At Jimmy John's | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- If you want to work at a Jimmy John's sandwich shop, you'll need to bring a "killer work ethic" and a "rock star personality," as the ch...

Dave Jamieson

The Bleak Existence Of The Factory Workers Behind Your iPhone | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A U.S.-based labor watchdog group says it has uncovered disturbing working conditions inside a Chinese factory producing parts for our f...

Damning Undercover Video Shows 'Exhausted Workforce' Making iPhones

BBC | Richard Bilton | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology

Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation....

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

Behaviors Lag Behind Policies

Nora T. Akins | Posted 09.21.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Fifty years ago President Kennedy established The President's Commission on the Status of Women to write an in-depth report on the status of working women.

Uber and the Failing Taxi System

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology
Maurice Jourdane

During the past few days, the world has seen taxi drivers demonstrate against Uber, an online service that links passengers with private car owners rather than traditional taxi companies.

How Philanthropy Contributed to Improved Conditions for Tomato Pickers

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Laborers, mostly immigrants, are now less likely to be abused, and they experience better working conditions and receive higher pay.

Since Bangladesh Factory Collapse, What Has Changed?

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

The factory collapse was a horrific reminder of how important it is to support companies that make treating workers fairly a priority. That means taking more responsibility as consumers.

Some Countries Realize You Have A Life Outside Work. The U.S. Isn't One Of Them.

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.18.2014 | Business

Working in the U.S. ain't what it used to be. While other countries are coming up with new ways to promote work-life balance, such as France's late...

Why the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Is Important Today

Keith Mestrich | Posted 05.25.2014 | New York
Keith Mestrich

The horrific event generated a nationwide outcry about working conditions and spurred efforts to improve standards.

America Without Unions

Jeff Faux | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

It is no accident that as union strength declined, the social contract in America was systematically shredded. Yes, globalization and technology have changed the economy. But as labor weakened, both politically and on the job, business interests have been able to wring the benefits from these changes and shift the costs to workers.

From Brazil to Bangladesh: Saving Lives the Old-Fashioned Way, with Fire Drills and Phone Calls

Heather Franzese | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Imagine yourself working in a factory. One day you smell smoke. What do you do? Ignore it? Panic? Or follow the fire drill procedure you learned at a training last week? What you choose could save your life.

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.

Outsourcing and Me: Adventures in Manufacturing

Ron Barth | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Ron Barth

A company is a shared responsibility and a contract between employees and owners -- it is not diminishing people to simply "capital" to be spent.

Black Friday: The Perpetual Pursuit of Happiness

Kanene Holder | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Kanene Holder

Thus when we purchase new clothes, shoes, televisions, couches, they are clean, look good and make you feel good, but we do we ever see or feel the blood, sweat, tears and fears of the workers assembling and packaging our presents?

The Aftermath of 3,783 Layoffs: What Will Philadelphia Schools Look Like?

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Hillary Linardopoulos

I can't say I have all of the answers for the funding crisis in the School District of Philadelphia. What I can say is that our schools cannot open without these people. Our students already are at the mercy of a lack of resources. They cannot afford another cut.

Dave Jamieson

Car Wash Workers Make History In New York | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business

In a move that labor union officials said may be industry-changing, recently unionized car wash workers in New York City have ratified a contract with...

Dave Jamieson

How Miserable Is It Working In An Amazon Warehouse? | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Whenever he clocked out after his 12-hour shift at an Amazon warehouse, Jesse Busk had one more critical task to perform before he could hop into his ...

Bangladesh Agrees To Plan To Improve Worker Conditions After Factory Collapse

Posted 05.05.2013 | Business

Bangladeshi authorities are taking steps to improve worker safety in the wake of a factory collapse that killed hundreds, Bloomberg reports. Bangl...

The Lethal Lemons on the Road to Bangladesh

William K. Black | Posted 06.30.2013 | Business
William K. Black

As firms are forced by "free trade" to force lower wages on their workers if they wish to stay competitive with their competitors who manufacture goods in nations like Bangladesh, and as firms in Bangladesh engage in the same competition to constrain wages, the result can be murderous.

Changing Children's Chances: The Power of Public Information

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

Want to know how much McDonald's charges for Big Macs in more than 40 different countries? No problem. But want to know where children are allowed to work in mines, with poisonous chemicals, or through the night? Good luck! We decided to take steps to begin to fill these gaps.