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Journeys and Destinations: The National Fund For Workforce Solutions Evaluation

Mark Popovich | Posted 07.18.2014 | 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 07.14.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.27.2014 | 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 06.23.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.12.2014 | 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.

Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

Sarita Gupta | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes.

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 ...

The Business Case for Hiring Developmentally Disabled Workers

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

In a fateful discussion I'll never forget, one of my employees raised the question of whether I had considered employing developmentally disabled workers to take on key roles in the production process.

Germany Takes Progressive Step On Wages

AP | Posted 07.12.2014 | Business

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new top labor official says he will push to have the country introduce a national minimum wage quicker than planned and work...

Capitalists in the 21st Century: Workers Must Step Forward

Frank Islam | Posted 07.09.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

With the rare exception, however, we don't see much of an appetite from the wealthiest capitalists here in the U.S. to engage in a new form of capitalism that would "redistribute" or change the manner in which income or wealth is presently being shared.

Why Wages Are Low and Unemployment Is High - Tech vs. Toil

Bob Swarup | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Bob Swarup

Long tech and short toil will fuel growth tomorrow, but whether we are able to stomach the journey today is far more unclear. The impact of the unfolding clash between technology and toil will be bruising in the shorter term. Its resolution will be critical to the future of economic growth.

How Philanthropy Contributed to Improved Conditions for Tomato Pickers

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Laborers, mostly immigrants, are now less likely to be abused, and they experience better working conditions and receive higher pay.

Americans See Right Through Feigned Obamacare Elation

John Murray | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
John Murray

To truly make life work better for hardworking Americans, conservatives must advocate sound health care policy that helps people that lowers costs, expands access, and empowers patients and doctors. If they do, the American people are ready to listen.

Moscow's May Day March Brings 100,000 To Red Square

AP | Posted 05.01.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — About 100,000 people have marched through Red Square to celebrate May Day, the first time the annual parade has been held on the vast ...

Cerberus Loots Bankrupt Airline's Health Care Account

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

We don't know how much was in that account. We do know it barely amounted to pocket change for Cerberus, which stands to profit handsomely from the wind-down of World Airways and the sale of assets from a sister airline.

America -- The Land of Opportunity?

Bill Ayres | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Bill Ayres

I am more determined than ever to help build the growing movement for economic justice that is at the heart of the real American dream.

Since Bangladesh Factory Collapse, What Has Changed?

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

The factory collapse was a horrific reminder of how important it is to support companies that make treating workers fairly a priority. That means taking more responsibility as consumers.

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.

Faith Leaders Are Standing With Workers to Confront Economic Injustice

Camille Rivera | Posted 06.07.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Faith leaders understand that grave economic injustices can no longer be allowed to continue, because they tear apart the fabric of our society.

Five Ironies in Workplace Design

Amanda Schneider | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Amanda Schneider

Multitasking actually costs time.

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.