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Qatar at a Crossroads: Reform Labour Laws or Risk Revived Calls for Relocating the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 11.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

Qatar, caught in a Catch-22 between a requirement to quickly reform its labour system in a bid to convince human rights and trade union activists that it is serious and the need domestically to proceed slowly, risks losing goodwill it has built in recent years.

Study Asserts That Controversial Gulf Labor Regime Reduces Global Inequality

James Dorsey | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
James Dorsey

With the absence of labor rights in the Gulf under fire as a result of Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 World Cup, Gulf states are likely to take heart from a recent study that asserts that authoritarian regimes in the oil-rich Middle East and China have contributed more to the eradication of global inequality than Western nations.

Kim Bhasin

Can You Make Clothes Without Sweatshop Labor? This Dominican Factory Is Trying

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

Somewhere in the south-central Dominican Republic, on a stretch of land in a town called Villa Altagracia, sits a unique little clothing factory. The ...

Alexander C. Kaufman

Germany To Consider Ban On Late-Night Work Emails

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A decade ago, Antje Schmid would have left her office in Germany's financial hub of Frankfurt, gone out to drink a frothy pilsner or two with friends,...

Brits' Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts and Shines Light on UAE

James Dorsey | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Krisna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, British nationals of Nepalese origin, vanished in Doha as they were about to leave for the airport. They were in Qatar to investigate labour rights on behalf of the Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), a Norway-based group with alleged links to the UAE.

DC Restaurant Workers Win Key Battles, But War Has Yet to Be Won

Patrick McDermott | Posted 10.14.2014 | DC
Patrick McDermott

The Washington, D.C. restaurant industry is not only a haven for big shot restaurateurs, it's quickly becoming a strong industry for restaurant workers as well. Let's just take a look at some of the ways this is true.

Why I Marched On McDonald's

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

I prayed with the McDonald's workers as the police looked on and then slapped plastic handcuffs on more than 100 of the workers and arrested them.

Illinois Domestic Workers Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 05.08.2014 | Chicago
Sheerine Alemzadeh

n an industry like domestic work, which is even less regulated, the conditions for harassment are ripe. Domestic workers in Chicago have started to speak out about their experiences, like being groped by clients and subjected to exposure, derogatory language and sexual requests.

From Shirtwaist to Bangladesh, What's Next?

John Washington | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
John Washington

While we decry the atrocious conditions in Bangladeshi garment factors, and guiltily ignore underage labor and worker suicides in Chinese electronics factories, we shouldn't forget to be appalled by the workplace conditions in our own backyard.

Let's Recognize Bangladesh's Women Garment Workers Positively: As Contributors

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Marcia Greenberg

For those committed to empowering girls and women, and to achieving gender equality, we must re-double our efforts to right the balance of perceptions: ensuring that images of girls and women reflect their strengths and contributions.

A Plan Still on Paper: Three Years of the US-Colombia Labor Action Plan

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

Monday, April 7 marked the third anniversary of the failed U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP). Rather than celebrating this anniversary, we are just once again reminded that Colombia still has far to go to protect labor rights and labor unionists' lives.

The Cause He Died For

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

We still must do more to extend opportunity to those who live on society's margins. With patience, persistence and partnership, we can create economic opportunity for every person willing to work hard for it.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Dominican Republic Shows U.S. What Not to Do on Immigration

Tefere Gebre | Posted 05.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Tefere Gebre

Imagine waking up to learn that you are no longer recognized as a citizen of the country in which you were born -- the only country you have ever called home. This inconceivable scenario has become a reality for tens of thousands of Dominicans.

Jason Linkins

How The Media Blew The Biggest Story Of The Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Just over a week ago, Philadelphia Weekly published a cover story about a local musician named Jordan White, premised on the notion that White -- an earnest singer-songwriter type -- was some sort of stealth superstar in the Philadelphia music scene. The headline in the print edition was insistent in pushing this zingy notion: 'Jordan White may be the most famous local rock balladeer you've never heard of.'

Life on $3 a Day: Garment Workers and Cambodia's Struggle for Human Rights

Elizabeth Daube | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Daube

Despite a day filled with marches and demonstrations, Phnom Penh remained relatively calm. The only government reaction: quietly relocating a dozen protesters who had camped outside the U.S. embassy. Fast forward a few weeks, and the demonstrations have taken a dramatic and deadly turn.

Mistreatment of Domestic Worker By Indian Diplomat Is Not Unique

Rebecca Smith | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
Rebecca Smith

The recent story of an Indian diplomat in New York arrested for labor abuses garnered national headlines, but the mistreatment suffered by her domestic worker employee barely received a mention.

Human rights groups blast Qatar with a silver lining

James Dorsey | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Human rights group again this week blasted future World Cup host Qatar for its treatment of migrant workers.

Another Factory Fire in Bangladesh: This Time, a Product of Rage

Robert J. S. Ross | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Robert J. S. Ross

On Friday, November 29, as Americans chose between sleeping off Thanksgiving turkey and shopping at dawn for electronic and clothing bargains, another big factory fire burned in Bangladesh. This time, it appears the factory was set ablaze by angry workers.

Which Way America: Labor Management Collaboration or a Return to Labor Wars?

Thomas Kochan | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Thomas Kochan

State officials and the Supreme Court face a critical choice: Do they endorse a return to the 19th- and early 20th-century era of conflict and bloodshed that characterized America's labor history, or endorse a system based on innovation, partnership, collaboration, and mutual respect?

Doing the Math on Walmart: Average Take-Home Pay Barely Covers the Basics

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 02.07.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Grossman

After paying for housing, utilities, transportation, food -- and Walmart's most basic health insurance -- a single person living in a relatively low-cost community would have about $395.50 to cover the rest of the month's expenses; a parent with a 6-year-old, about $143.10.

Yes to Peace in Colombia

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Lisa Haugaard

The Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla group signed an agreement showing that this peace process has a real chance to end a 50-year war in which hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, kidnapped and disappeared.

The Invisible 'Help'

Dyala Badran | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dyala Badran

When we talk about labor rights, and complain about being underpaid and overworked, we come right home to someone who is feeling the exact same way -- except they don't get to go home. For the housekeepers, home is work and work is home. Round the clock.

Activism's Double-Duty

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day -- both inside and outside of our own communities.

A Labor Day Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Let's use Labor Day 2013 as an opportunity to reflect on the men and women whose heads, hearts and hands have made ours the strongest economy the world has ever known.