Everyone knows that the Supreme Court will be the locus of struggle over reproductive rights, voting rights and civil liberties, but it is important to remember that the fate of America's struggling middle class is also intertwined with the direction of the Supreme Court.
If you asked the average bartender, waiter or dishwasher at a restaurant if they have paid sick days, they would probably laugh in your face and then cry. That is because, paid sick days or not, the majority have probably gone to work sick.
Programs like paid family leave help workers hold on to their pay, which they can spend in their communities. Such policies help keep people on their jobs, boost productivity, stimulate the economy and save businesses money.
You can say one thing about South Florida: Going out to eat is a big part of its lifestyle. What also defines South Florida, in terms of employment, may be the dismal pay and working conditions for some workers in that industry.
Sure, Governor Scott Walker's victory earlier this week is a blow to the labor movement. But let's not get carried away. It does not signal that national voters are ready to begin a full-scale attack on public sector workers or abandon unions all together.
We are called to hold up the dignity and respect of all people. We stand in support of the just and ethical treatment of workers and against the abuse of power by any individual or institution with respect to their workers.
Early union struggles need to be remembered and appropriately re-enacted if we are to take the country back from the corporate interests that again control it, their political and judicial allies, and the complicit mainstream media.
An investigation by the UK government's Information Commissioners Office revealed that some of the country's most prominent construction firms had worked with a company to create a blacklist of workers with a history of being suspected "troublemakers" or labor advocates.
Every day, 12 workers die on the job in America -- often because a corporation has defied regulations or ignored standard safety procedures. Many more die prematurely from work exposure to toxic materials.
The "Ag Gag" bill was promoted on the basis that it would help to improve animal welfare and protect family farms. But the stark reality is that this law has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare.
Many have reported on the working conditions at Foxconn, but it's Mike Daisey's one-man play, media coverage of his work and the broadcast of a one-hour version on the public radio series This American Life that seem to have galvanized public opinion.