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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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 09.01.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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.

Dave Jamieson

How Obama Suddenly Became Pro-Worker

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In May 2013, low-wage workers in federal buildings in Washington began walking off the job in a series of one-day strikes. Employed by c...

Obama Administration Turns Its Back on Poultry Processing Workers

Rena Steinzor | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

Only in Washington, D.C. is nothing portrayed as something. Out in the nation, not so much. And so it was late last week that the Obama Administration took a victory lap for not making life even more miserable for some of the most abused workers in America.

Why Labor and Women Are the Keys to India's Economic Success

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Unless the majority of India's workers are sufficiently educated and retrained to fulfill skilled jobs, and unless more women are invited to work, Indian companies will find themselves unable to compete on the world stage or to attract foreign capital for growth. In order to address this, Prime Minister Modi can do three things.

Journeys and Destinations: The National Fund For Workforce Solutions Evaluation

Mark Popovich | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Mark Popovich

Evaluation calibrates the achievements against the National Fund's initial goals -- including the number of individuals and employers served as well as its growth in scope and scale. Most important is the evidence that the core principles are demonstrated in practice and that adherence to the principles correlated with higher performance across the sites.

Department of Agriculture Sends Misguided Fiasco of a Poultry Processing Rule to the White House

Rena Steinzor | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

The millions of consumers who eat undercooked chicken at their peril and the beleaguered workers in these dank, overcrowded, and dangerous plants can only hope the president's people come to their senses over there and kill this misguided fiasco.

Be Patriotic: Fight for Progressive Change

Keith Mestrich | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

To me, patriotism isn't just about celebrating our strengths; it's also about getting real about where we can -- and must -- do better.

3 Reasons Harris v. Quinn Matters to All of Us

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

The Harris v. Quinn ruling on Monday was a huge step backward in the national effort to develop rights and protections for home care workers. It's also a clear call to action for all of us not to become complacent.

States Must Find Way to Do Right by Home Care Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When does justice delayed become justice denied? For the nation's 2 million home care workers, that time may be here. But states have the power to rectify the situation, and they should.

A Five Point Approach to Fix Social Security: What Everyone Needs to Know

Dominik Knoll | Posted 08.21.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

It's no secret that Congress has not been solving many problems lately - and its popularity reflects this. Some of the issues the country faces are co...

The Whistleblower Protection Program Is Broken Too

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

As with the VA itself, the federal bureaucracy charged with protecting "whistleblowers" -- an unnecessarily disparaging appellation if there ever was one -- is itself broken. The consequences for American workers are catastrophic.

A Symbolic Victory For People Power In Ireland

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Ruairí McKiernan

After 19 nights of sleeping on the floor of the Paris Bakery in Dublin, a group of mostly young migrant workers succeeded in forcing political action that will help them recoup unpaid wages and make history in the process.

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.