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Why Green Is Good For Labor

David Foster | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green
David Foster

Fighting for clean air and clean water creates jobs and improves working conditions, and fighting for good-paying, American jobs works for the environment.

A Romney Court, the Middle Class and 1% Justice

Jamin Raskin | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

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.

Would You Like a Splash of Typhoid Fever With Your Cocktail Drink?

Erica Sommers | Posted 10.09.2012 | Miami
Erica Sommers

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.

On the 10th Anniversary of Paid Family Leave, It's Time More Workers Know About It

María Elena Durazo | Posted 09.17.2012 | Los Angeles
María Elena Durazo

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.

Labor Activists Peer Into Shadows of Apple's Factory Empire

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Our gadgets and tablets make our lives easier, but those palm-sized miracles of convenience are built by hard work in a metastisizing global chain of low-wage labor.

Looking Past the 'Having it All' Distraction

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.27.2012 | Women
Debra L. Ness

In America today, "having it all" looks more like "barely holding on."

Here's a Tip, More Challenges to Right to Work Laws on the Way

Steven Kurlander | Posted 08.14.2012 | Miami
Steven Kurlander

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.

Wisconsin Loss Shouldn't Make Us Forget Other Wins for Labor

Bob Hagan | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Bob Hagan

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.

Siempre En La Lucha: Latinos and Marriage Equality

Dolores Huerta | Posted 07.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Dolores Huerta

A better country for immigrants is a better country for all. A better country for gays and lesbians is a better country for all. We're all in this together.

Romney the Bully

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

When most people list the qualities they want to see in their president, "bully" is not one of them. Yet evidence continues to emerge that Mitt Romney is a bully.

On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.08.2012 | Parents
Debra L. Ness

The sad truth is that millions of working mothers in this country find themselves without the support they need to care for their families and hold onto their jobs.

Bring Back "The Mardi Gras 10" in South Florida

Rabbi Solomon Schiff | Posted 07.07.2012 | Miami
Rabbi Solomon Schiff

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.

Why Subcontracting Causes More Problems Than it Solves

Ethan Miller | Posted 06.27.2012 | College
Ethan Miller

How can we keep both our university administrations and these large corporations in check and help fix some of the problems that subcontracting causes?

California (And Every Other State) Should Pass a Law for Exercise Breaks

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Most working people do not go hungry because they have no time to eat. Even the most rushed individuals can usually gulp a meal bar in five minutes. What they do lack, however, is time for exercise.

Rights Have to Be Enforced Somehow

Joshua Shulman | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Joshua Shulman

We as a country have to decide what rights we want to enforce, and whether to enforce them with government agencies, or with private contractors. But whipsawing back and forth is unfair.

Zach Carter

Obama Urged To Pressure Colombia On Workers' Rights Following Murders | Zach Carter | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the leaders of the largest coalition of American labor unions sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to mainta...

Watch: Is the Future of Social Activism Here Now?

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Bill Moyers


Let's Stand With Working People Against the Crony Capitalists and Their Political Lackeys

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

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.

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

By Amy Biegelsen, iWatch NewsGary Terrio used to work for himself driving lost luggage from the airport in Manchester, N.H., out to the owners' home...

Blacklisted as "Troublemakers," U.K. Construction Workers Struggle for Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

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.

Dying for Work

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

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.

International Women's Day: Don't Get Mad, Get Elected

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Christine Pelosi

On International Women's Day, each woman in the world must use this as an opportunity to step up and fight the good fight. For our health. For our jobs. And for our future.

Ag Gag Bill on the Governor's Desk!

Andrew Gunther | Posted 05.07.2012 | Home
Andrew Gunther

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.

Wage Theft: A Moral Crisis in Our Communities

Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski | Posted 04.29.2012 | Miami
Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski

By any standard, wage theft is immoral, bad for the economy, unfair to ethical employers, and devastating to workers who are struggling to make ends meet.

Mike Daisey Takes Bite Out of Apple

Michael Winship | Posted 04.25.2012 | Arts
Michael Winship

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.