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Pope Francis Challenges World On Exploitation And Slavery

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for a global mobilization to combat human trafficking and slavery on Wednesday, appealing to consumers to...

Cultivating Climate Justice: A Tale of Two Cities

Beverly Bell | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Beverly Bell

This is part 3 of a four-part article series "Cultivating Climate Justice" which tells the stories of community groups on the frontlines of the pollut...

Samsung's Devastating Secret: The Tears Of 'Semiconductor Children'

Huffington Post Korea | Sungyoon Won | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

This article was translated by The Huffington Post from an original report by Hankyoreh, HuffPost's local media partner in South Korea. The piece is p...

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.25.2014 | 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.

Dave Jamieson

Doggy Day Care Chain Makes Pet Sitters Sign Outrageous Contract

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Last month, The Huffington Post revealed that Jimmy John’s sandwich shops subject their low-wage workers to stringent noncompete agree...

How Big Money Lost -- And Workers Won -- in Phoenix

Jordan Marks | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Jordan Marks

Proposition 487, which would have ended pensions for Phoenix firefighters, police officers, and thousands of other public workers and moved them into risky, privatized plans, went down in flames at the ballot box last Tuesday by over 10 percentage points.

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.

Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.11.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

Boehner, McConnell Mislead on Health Reform's Employer Mandate

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Boehner and McConnell called this week for a major change in health reform's requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to employees who work 30 or more hours a week or face a penalty. However, raising the threshold for mandating coverage would make a shift toward part-time employment much more likely -- not less so.

The Ballot Box Is the Great Equalizer for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?

Who's Packing Your Parachute?

Darren Hardy | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Darren Hardy

Charlie laid awake that night thinking about all the times he had walked through the long narrow room, below sea level on the aircraft carrier, where the men sat at tables packing the parachutes.

WATCH: Getting To Work: Improving Public Transportation For America's Workers, Employers And Economies

Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST. During this Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program event, panelists will discuss the specific transporta...

Dave Jamieson

American Airlines, US Airways Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Join Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of service agents at American Airlines unionized with their new colleagues at U.S. Airways on Tuesday, making the most of last...

The Downside to Lower Labor Costs in the Sharing Economy

Maureen Conway | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Maureen Conway

In this country, we believe in the value of work. The American ideal is that if you work hard and save then you should be able to pay your bills and take care of yourself and your family. In other words, you should not be poor.

Dave Jamieson

Union Busters At Major U.S. Companies Caught On Tape

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.03.2014 | Business

One day last fall, employees of Iron Mountain, a Boston-based records management company, were subjected to what union organizers like to call a capti...

Japan's Disposable Workers

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 11.02.2014 | Media
K.J. Wetherholt

The microcosm of the reality of individual workers amidst an almost goliath power of the role of business as macrocosm is deeply profound, and it's something that in this age of the brutal power international business holds on world economic reality, we can place ourselves in the shoes of these workers.

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

Debra L. Ness | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Debra L. Ness

My grandparents instilled in me the value of hard work. They had a vision of a country and world where people have equal opportunity and everyone can contribute and have a good life.

Los Angeles Proposes A Higher Minimum Wage

Manuel Pastor | Posted 11.02.2014 | Los Angeles
Manuel Pastor

Why the muted effects on employment? Interestingly, what used to be a staple of traditional economics -- that minimum wage hikes trigger job cutbacks -- has found increasingly less evidence in the field.

Which Corporate Personality Are You: Market Basket or Hobby Lobby?

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 11.01.2014 | Business
David M. Abromowitz

Will your company be one that recognizes a diversity of stakeholders to whom some responsibility is owed? Or one whose shareholders can impose their will on employees and others affected no matter what?

Why We Should Tip Service Workers Generously

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Just because you don't see a tip jar doesn't mean that tips aren't appropriate or welcome.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

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.

Worker To Starbucks: 'I'm Not Able To Parent The Way I'd Like To'

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business

Changes to Starbucks’ erratic system for scheduling its workers' hours can’t come quickly enough for Allison Montgomery. “Starbucks is not ca...

Mediocrity: The New Normal

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

There's a new disease spreading through the collective, and it makes me very sad. It doesn't cause lumps or fevers, but make no mistake -- it is frighteningly contagious. It's called mediocrity.

The Mechanics of Change

John Feffer | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

Janos David is a sociologist who has spent his professional life studying change. He experienced the Hungarian uprising of 1956 firsthand and much later helped to produce documentaries about it.