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Bangladesh's Factory Collapse: A One-Year Retrospective

Benjamin Powell | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Benjamin Powell

In response to the Bangladeshi factory collapse, many people called for increased safety standards in Bangladeshi garment factories. Although well-intended, these calls for increased regulation, if enacted and enforced, would have reduced the welfare of many of the nearly 4 million workers.

Corporations Are Stealing From Low-Wage Workers

Sarita Gupta | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

These days, no one is surprised to learn about big companies paying poverty wages. But for workers at some of our country's largest fast-food chains, the truth is even uglier.

Is it Good for America to Only do What's Good for Business?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again. Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members. House Speaker John Boehner had this to say: "The president's policies are making it difficult for employers to expand employment. And until the president's policies get out of the way, employers are going to continue to sit on their hands." It's time to stop listening to endless repetition of the narrow-minded view that rules and laws should not be changed if they pose even a whiff of difficulty for business. More often than not, it's a bogus argument and a selfish one at that.

When Courts Stop Strikes Before They Start: Why Workers and the Public Lose

Michael M. Oswalt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michael M. Oswalt

This nullification of the strike -- the core building block of effective workplace advocacy for thousands of unrepresented, often low wage contract workers at airports -- deserves a lot more attention than it's been getting.

Dave Jamieson

Finally, It Might Get Easier To Unionize

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a judge struck down an earlier version in 2012, federal officials announced Wednesday that they will re-introduce a set of rules t...

Dave Jamieson

No Justice, No Piece: How Your Pizza Delivery Guy Is Getting Stiffed This Super Bowl

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- When the Seahawks take on the Broncos in the Meadowlands this Sunday, pizza joints from coast to coast will celebrate their biggest sale...

Why Should Exercise Be a Luxury?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Should we now consider legislation to ensure that a 15- or 20-minute exercise break be built into the work day? It sounds radical, but is probably less so than the laws that reduced the workday to eight hours many decades ago.

Dave Jamieson

D.C. Elite 'Would Be Shocked' By Chaffeurs' Claims

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working for Sunny's Executive Sedan Service, Ishaku Atam and his friends have chauffeured some of the biggest political figures of our t...

Love and Work

Sally Steenland | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Sally Steenland

It's puzzling that conservatives who have little hesitation about using laws to encourage the obligations of marriage take a hands-off, laissez-faire approach when it comes to work. In fact, it's worse than that.

The Federal Government Didn't Lose the War on Poverty -- It Retreated

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This historical amnesia is a dangerous mistake. It poisons our hearts with pessimism. It blinds us to the lessons and solutions we need. Most New Yorkers have no idea how prevalent poverty used to be -- or how their predecessors made it go away.

WATCH: This Video Will Make You Never Want To Buy Hanes Again

upworthy.com | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics

Sometimes I wish there were a heaven, because I really think one of the questions from St. Peter should be: "What did you do to help change things tha...

You're Probably Not 'Qualified' To Make iPhones In Abusive Factories: Report

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 07.29.2013 | Technology

In a damning report released by a labor watchdog uncovered a stunning number of abuses at three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple pr...

WATCH: Unpaid Intern Explains Why He Sued Fox Searchlight Pictures

Posted 06.13.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

While at Fox Searchlight Pictures, Eric Glatt saw continued violations of labor protections for unpaid interns like him. He joins HuffPost Live to giv...

Dave Jamieson

House GOP Passes Bill Loosening Overtime Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As part of their efforts to rebrand the GOP as a more caring party, House Republicans passed a hotly debated bill Wednesday that would l...

A Look at Farm Labor Law

Alison Cayne | Posted 04.29.2013 | Taste
Alison Cayne

If we are aiming to be more food secure and less vulnerable to environmental and man-made challenges to our food system, we need to provide the labor force with basic rights of safety and compensation.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Looks To Loosen Overtime Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are planning to introduce legislation that could loosen the nation's 75-year-old law governing overtime in the workpla...

These Workers Aren't Protected By Labor Laws

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

GENEVA — At least 52.6 million people worldwide are employed as domestic workers, most of them women vulnerable to abuse and without adequate le...

Dave Jamieson

Workers Still Waiting On White House's 'We Can't Wait' Initiative

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A year ago President Barack Obama stood with a group of home care aides and announced that his administration would be extending to them...

Dave Jamieson

Caught Off-Guard, Unions Rush To Michigan To Contain Damage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.11.2012 | Detroit

Thousands of union-supporting workers poured into Lansing, Mich., Tuesday to protest the passage of the state's right-to-work legislation. The bois...

Unions Vow Payback On Controversial GOP Measure

AP | JOHN FLESHER | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics

LANSING, Mich. — With defeat in the Michigan Legislature virtually certain, Democrats and organized labor intend to make enactment of right-to-w...

Working Kids... to Disability and Death

Bruce Lesley | Posted 07.04.2012 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

According to a report in the Journal of Pediatrics, approximately 26,650 youth are injured on farms every year. Of these injuries, more than 3,700 require hospitalization. Now, passing the CARE Act is even more important.

Dave Jamieson

Bill Passed Banning Employers From Asking For Facebook, Twitter Passwords

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.20.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- In a victory for privacy hawks and worker advocates, Maryland legislators passed a bill Wednesday that would ban employers from asking j...

Let's Stand With Working People Against the Crony Capitalists and Their Political Lackeys

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Early union struggles need to be remembered and appropriately re-enacted if we are to take the country back from the corporate interests that again control it, their political and judicial allies, and the complicit mainstream media.

Getting Labor Unions to the Adult Table: Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right

Dean Baker | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

There needs to be some change in the rules if workers in the private sector are going to have chance of being able to organize successfully.

Obama Plan Would Expand Key Worker Protections

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Workers in the home health care industry – one of the country's fastest growing professions – would be guaranteed minim...