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Workers Rights

Ban Ki-Moon Accused of Union-Busting at UN

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

United Nations workers spend their time on the front lines of the global struggle for human rights, but now they are battling for rights in their own ...

When Trust Turns to Rust in the Motor City

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in Detroit worked a lifetime to earn, but there's always a few hundred million available for a billionaire who wants an extravagant new sports arena.

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.

Obama Deregulatory Proposal on Poultry Gets Slammed by GAO: Food Safety in Jeopardy and Workers Ignored

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

It's no surprise that the occupational safety and health analysis behind the rule is so bad. USDA failed to consult with OSHA before the proposal was rushed out the door last year.

Think Again: Labor for a Day, Capital for the Rest of the Year

Eric Alterman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

In the mainstream media, we focus on the business world every day and on labor one day a year. This obscures the awful treatment that so many U.S. workers endure -- particularly their meager vacation time.

Activism's Double-Duty

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

People often think that activism is one-sided. That one must focus on a single issue and charge ahead. But true activism involves being able to tackle all the issues of the day -- both inside and outside of our own communities.

The Colorado Recall Elections vs. Common Sense

Michael Sargeant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

On September 10, 2013, Colorado voters in two state Senate districts will go to the polls for a special election. The central question on the ballot i...

Working on a Dream

Michael Brune | Posted 11.02.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

This Labor Day, the Sierra Club joins in celebrating working people everywhere. If we want to help working families, protect our air and water, and achieve justice for all Americans, we must first defend our democracy.

Labor Day Thanks to the Freedom Fighters

Christine Pelosi | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

This Labor Day comes at a time when public and private sector unions are under attack as never before. But today we fight back.

9 Ways We're Better Off Now Than We Were On The First Labor Day

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 09.03.2013 | Business

In 1894, when Congress created the holiday now known as Labor Day, the world was a different place -- indeed, many states were still just baby territ...

This Labor Day, Put Down the Ribs and Stand Up With Workers

Christine Owens | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Christine Owens

Ah...Labor Day -- one last chance to throw a burger on the grill and take our minds off work. Not usually a day people spend contemplating workers in America. If most of us really stopped to think about the state of workers on Labor Day, we would be in no mood to celebrate.

Hey Walmart, Instead of a Labor Day Sale, How About Labor Day Wages?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers and $15.8 billion in profits in 2012, Walmart occupies the unique position of being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of its workers and to our overall economy, and yet the company refuses to give up its exploitative ways.

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Notes From a Queer, Working-Class, Italian-American Man in the Workplace

Joseph LoGiudice | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Joseph LoGiudice

I implore the public, taxpayers, governmental officials, and managers, to understand that the workplace is not intended to enslave, exploit, discriminate, and oppress workers.

(Extra)Ordinary People

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Yes, we have survived the Great Recession and employment is up. But according to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working. They simply don't earn enough to support themselves and their families.

Working Families Need Fair Trade, Not Free Trade

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Working families haven't seen much of an economic recovery, and we definitely can't afford to lose more manufacturing and service jobs to yet another free trade agreement written by the State Department and multinational corporations. But that's exactly where we're headed if the Trans-Pacific Partnership moves ahead unchallenged.

One Child, Global Accountability

Laura Gutierrez | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Laura Gutierrez

Injured workers, like Sumaya, who left Nischintapur soon after the fire were never accounted for. Many workers who are now developing symptoms either do not associate them with the fire, or are unable to prove it in order to obtain compensation.

Orange Is the New Black and the Practice of Prison Labor

Anita Sinha | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Anita Sinha

Prison labor today, therefore, is part of why penitentiaries yield a multi-billion dollar profit. From the vantage of for-profit corporations' accounting, the notion that Orange Is the New Black takes on a whole different meaning.

We Cannot Build a Strong, Equitable Economy on Low-Paying Jobs

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

What started out last fall as a one-day walkout at fast-food restaurants to protest poverty-level wages and stand up for basic human dignity has transformed into a movement that has captured the public interest.

Your Résumé Is Your Résumé

Marlena McMahon-Purk | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
Marlena McMahon-Purk

My resume is just that -- my résumé. Before I even interview with you, you're instructing me to edit my own information out of my own résumé and put your name on it?

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

And you thought the government didn't have a jobs program. It does. The problem is that the pay and benefits are lousy, and in many cases the working conditions ain't so great either.

WATCH: Are Yelp 'Stars' Hurting The Restaurant Business?

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green

As food prices rise and environmental and workers' rights issues become increasingly important to consumers, Corby Kummer thinks it's necessary to ask...

A Tisha B'Av Appeal to the Jewish 'Bottom Line'

Shai Franklin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Religion
Shai Franklin

If Jewish-owned and Jewish-supported businesses worked with governments and local producers, we could set a new standard that honors and even raises the prevailing wage in countries. We could be proud of the clothes we wear, and not just because it's the "in" look.

Why Walmart's Agreement With Bangladesh Will Not Improve Worker Safety

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

With an agreement now in the works involving Walmart, Gap, other large American retailers, and the Bangladeshi government to improve working conditions for garment industry workers in Bangladesh, it is worth examining whether the agreement will actually accomplish anything.

What Would You Do If You Inherited the World's Richest Country?

Sharan Burrow | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Sharan Burrow

Despite Qatari attempts to whitewash their image in the face of increasing international condemnation, the conditions for workers are arguably getting worse as the world's richest country ramps up infrastructure projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup.