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Rabbinical School Breaks Jewish Law On Unions And Strikes

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

By fighting the formation of the union, and by trying to deny employees the power of striking in the future, the Schechter Institute is acting in opposition both to major halakhic authorities and to an official position of the Conservative Movement.

Electoral Defeat Shows It's Time Progressive Bloggers Started Caring About the Labor Movement

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Perhaps after the recent election losses, bloggers will stop viewing elections as the key to challenging corporate power -- and instead focus on creating power in the workplace.

How State Champions of Paid Sick Days Bucked the National Trend on Election Day

Tim Judson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Judson

In this election year, where incumbents fared badly and Democratic majorities were overthrown in a record number of state and federal legislative chambers, state legislators promoting paid sick days defied the national trend.

Lame Duck Congress: Don't Let Unemployment Benefits Expire

Linda Meric | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Linda Meric

The lame duck Congress can't leave American families out in the cold this holiday season. It doesn't have much time. It must extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits and do so quickly.

Chicago Area Warehouses Thrive As Low-Paid Temp Workers Struggle

Chicago News Cooperative | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Tory Moore worked at the same packaged-food warehouse in Kankakee for six years, but he was denied a loan and apartment rentals after being told he di...

Airline Work, Not as Easy at TV Makes It Seem

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christine Negroni

Afraid of forgetting to watch Sunday night's profile of Frontier Airlines by Undercover Boss, I set an alarm. Ends up, you just can't reduce commercial aviation to a made-for-TV format. It's just too big for that.

You Say Tomato, I Say Raw Deal!

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

2010-10-12-tomatoes.jpgTo get the minimum wage, a tomato worker has to pick more than 2.25 tons of tomatoes during a day that begins before dawn and lasts 10-12 hours.

How My Father Survived Chile's Mines

Stacy Torres | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stacy Torres

Until recently the dangers my father described seemed a relic of Chile's distant past.

One Nation March: Important for Latinos

Hector E. Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hector E. Sanchez

Not only have Latinos suffered the drastic increase in hate crimes and racism against our community, but we also have the highest risk of death and injury at work, and the highest percentage of wage theft.

A Call to Arms: How We Must Take the Fight to Nike

Jim Keady | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Keady

Nike said that they would never pay out severance to workers in Honduras. But because of workers and consumers fighting together, Nike did pay out. We can make them meet workers' demands again.

Reviving Workers' Rights in a New Economy

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

This Labor Day, we must consider how a new generation of unions can become relevant in a transformed economy. Every Labor Day, we hear about the land...

Workers' Rights Around The World: Freedom House Report (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.S. has a more restrictive stance towards workers' rights than Western Europe, Canada and even Israel, according to a new report. The report, r...

Who Is to Blame for the BP Disaster?

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael J. Wilson

The first thing we need to do to prevent more catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon is to change our laws so that workers can feel comfortable speaking up when they see something dangerous.

iPhone Supplier Holds HUGE Pep Rally After 12th Suicide This Year

AP | By GILLIAN WONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SHENZHEN, China (AP)-- Following a string of suicides at its Chinese factories, Foxconn Technology Group raised workers' wages and installed safety ne...

REI Co-Op Members Rise Up: My Agitprop Job App

Jeff Ballinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Ballinger

This may seem like a cheeky way to get my job application read, but I'm telling you in all sincerity that there are things that your co-op can do that are game-changing.

Sour Apples: Mott's Workers Continue Strike as Harvest Season Looms

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Akito Yoshikane

Pressure to resolve the dispute at Mott's apple processing plant in Williamson, N.Y. increased last week when the region's apple pickers said they'll cross the picket line to harvest this year's crop.

Gender Inclusiveness? Women and Young Workers May Abandon Labor, Report Says

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Akito Yoshikane

A new report says labor is at the "tipping point" of losing women and young workers unless unions make changes to become more inclusive and responsive to their needs.

Judaism, Food and Social Justice

Ari Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ari Hart

Drawing on deep Jewish religious traditions and values, the Jewish Food Movement is inspiring a new generation of Jews to lead lives of faith, justice, environmentalism, and community through their food.

A diamond in the rough: The NLRA's 75th anniversary

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Last week, as we celebrated the 234th anniversary of our nation's birth, we marked another significant date in our country's history -- the 75th birth...

How to Prevent an Empty Economic Recovery

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

During the North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 2-8, 2010, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NC...

The More CEOs Make, The Worse They Treat Workers, Says A New Study

Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CEO pay has been blasted for increasing risk to the economy, being out of proportion to ordinary wages and being unrelated to actual company performan...

Domestic Workers' Rights Bill Passes In N.Y.

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York domestic workers will be the first in the U.S. guaranteed overtime pay, as well as time off and protections against sexu...

Foxconn Factory Planned In China Amid Suicide Scrutiny: Apple Supplier To Hire 300,000

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SHANGHAI — Foxconn Technology, a supplier to Apple Inc., looks ready to build a huge new factory in north-central China despite the company's ow...

Sometimes, It Takes an Interpretation

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Since the Family and Medical Leave Act was first passed the concept of families changed but the flexibility to apply FMLA to shifting conditions did not. This week, the Administration took a major step in recognizing the need for such flexibility.

Gay Workers To Get Family Leave From New Labor Department Regulations

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Labor Department intends to issue regulations this week ordering businesses to give gay employees equal treatment under a law p...