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Worker Rights

Dave Jamieson

Obama Gets Tough On Worker Rights With Trade Partner

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States accused Guatemala this week of failing to live up to the labor standards spelled out in the countries' trade agreement...

Grocery Store Theology: Market Basket, Labor Day, and Respecting the Worker

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

In my church, where prayer concerns are raised during worship by members of the congregation, the employees of Market Basket were raised up by non-employees. People across the political spectrum talked about refusing to shop out of solidarity for the workers.

It's Time to Terminate Temp Abuse, Pass Calif. Bill AB 1897

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Fueled by the growth of "perma-temp" workers who toil for years at the same job for low wages, few if any benefits and with no protections, thousands of employees are increasingly being left behind while their companies reap the benefits of their hard work.

The Worst Places On The Planet To Be A Worker

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 05.30.2014 | Business

Where are the worst places on the planet to be a worker? A new report by the International Trade Union Confederation, an umbrella organization of ...

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...

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.

No Way to Make a Career

Lowell Peterson | Posted 03.29.2014 | Media
Lowell Peterson

Welcome to the world of freelance employment. Welcome to the world of work without unions, without collective bargaining, without any industry-wide standards of employment or compensation or benefits.

Regardless of Rank, Consular Officials Should Be Held Accountable for Domestic Worker Exploitation

Tiffany Williams | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Tiffany Williams

While much of the media surrounding this case has focused on Khobragade, and the irony of her gender and job description, what's missing from the conversation is the context: exploitation of migrant domestic workers is not unusual.

Joining Forces to Win

Ana María Archila | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ana María Archila

The most successful community campaigns present a new vision for change, a creativity and fearlessness to promote policies many have thought unachievable, as well as a canny understanding of how to navigate local political forces.

Walmart Worker: I Was Fired For Helping Assault Victim

AP | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business

HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Wal-Mart employee says the retail giant fired him after he tried to help a woman being...

McViolation: How American Fast Food Operators Break the Law

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Labor Day may be over, but if the recent strikes in 60 cities are any indication, fast food workers intend to keep turning up the heat on a vast American industry built around poverty wages.

The Case for a Corporate Homicide Law

Russell Mokhiber | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Russell Mokhiber

Today, you rarely see a prosecutor bring criminal charges against a corporation for the death of a worker. Instead, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposes minimal civil fines on companies for worker deaths.

Ms. Davis Goes to Austin

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Texas is going blue. The only question is when. If Wendy Davis runs for governor in 2014, and Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, it will be "High Noon" in Texas with these two leading ladies starring in the Gary Cooper role.

A Cry for Worker Fairness

Sen. Robert Menendez | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Sen. Robert Menendez

The tragedy at the Rana Plaza clothing factory was a sober reminder that Bangladeshi garment workers still lack basic rights and protections. My mother was a seamstress. She worked in the textile factories of northern New Jersey. I saw how hard and tiring her work was. But it was never lethal. And it shouldn't be.

The Fish You Had For Dinner May Have Been Caught By A Slave

Quartz | Gwynn Guilford | Posted 05.31.2013 | Business

Quartz: Thailand’s fishing industry is a global powerhouse. It exports around $7.3 billion worth of seafood annually, making it the planet’s th...

5 Things You Can Do When The Boss Takes Credit For Your Work

Forbes | Jacquelyn Smith | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business

You pitch a brilliant idea to your boss; she rejects it. Weeks later she presents your idea—the one she previously shot down—to the executive suit...

Waiting for the State of the Union Address

David Coates | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Ideally, it is the silences in the last four SOTU addresses that will begin to be filled in next Tuesday night. The biggest of these silences -- the greatest domestic failure of this would-be progressive president -- has been on the issue of poverty and the need for anti-poverty programs.

Governor Snyder's True Colors Show in Michigan's Right to Work Battle

Gretchen Whitmer | Posted 02.09.2013 | Politics
Gretchen Whitmer

Last week Michigan Governor Rick Snyder removed any remaining shred of credibility as a moderate with a stunning about-face on "Right to Work," a policy that he had recently declared "too divisive" and not something that was in Michigan's best interest.

The Value of Labor in High Def Slow Mo

David Coleman | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics
David Coleman

Americans may best grasp ideas that emerge from something they really care about. Public policy, economic power and social compact morality? Meh, not so much. But pro football? Now there's something about which Americans care passionately.

The 1% Strike Back

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
Robert L. Borosage

The Great Recession exposed deep systemic weaknesses in our economy. The test is not whether we can reflate another bubble, but whether we can build a new foundation for sustained growth and shared prosperity.

Janell Ross

Workers' Right To Sue Employers In Flux

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

In 2010, Stephen Brown was living in York, Pa., and needed work. Most days Labor Ready, a temporary staffing company, had it. The company slogan highl...

Latinos, African Americans Lag in Paid Sick Leave

Jenny Davies-Schley | Posted 10.01.2011 | Denver
Jenny Davies-Schley

The Institute for Women's Policy Research just issued a study finding that access to paid sick days in Denver varies widely based on ethnicity and race.

This Mother's Day, Let's Recognize Our Most Vulnerable Working Mothers: Trabajadoras

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 07.07.2011 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

Latina working women are some of the most vulnerable and lowest-paid working mothers in the nation. What is good for them is essential to the nation's future.

Idaho Passes Republican Bill To Curb Collective Bargaining Rights For State Workers

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as Wisconsin remains stuck in a weeks-long deadlock over a proposed bill that would strip nearly all collective bargaining power from state worke...

Scott Walker Proposes Union Compromise In E-Mails

AP | SCOTT BAUER and DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has offered to keep certain collective bargaining rights in place for state workers in a proposed co...