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Workers Rights

Ensure You Valentine's Day Bouquet Isn't Exploiting Women

Alexis Sclamberg | Posted 04.14.2012 | Impact
Alexis Sclamberg

It is hard to imagine that your lovely roses are responsible for disturbingly high rates of miscarriage, birth defects, skin conditions, and breathing problems for the women who create them. Yes, human suffering grows tall and strong alongside our flawless flowers.

Saving the Middle Class

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business
Robert Kuttner

The same diligent workers who earned decent wages a couple of generations ago are now working just as hard for a lot less. The fact is, American productivity has nearly doubled in a generation. The problem is that the fruits of that productivity have gone to the wrong people.

The Obama Labor Department Suppresses the Facts

Howard Foster | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Howard Foster

Union membership by public employees was banned until the 1960's. Now it is commonplace and causes the taxpayers billions of dollars for those pensions.

What Occupy Taught The Unions

salon.com | Jimmy Zuma | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

Unions are in a death spiral. Private sector unionism has all but vanished, accounting for a measly 6.9 percent of the workforce. Public sector worke...

How the Googlization of Television Will Destroy High Wage, Union Hollywood

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Nathan Newman

The Hollywood unions largely formed in the 1930s are actually one of the last thriving representatives of that historic surge of working class power. The danger is that a Googlization of the television industry could mean the end of a living wage industry there as well.

Mr. President: Include This In the State of the Union...Please

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The president should tell us, as is true, that the state of the nation in 2012 is "better" than it was when he took office.

Janell Ross

Workers' Right To Sue Employers In Flux

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

In 2010, Stephen Brown was living in York, Pa., and needed work. Most days Labor Ready, a temporary staffing company, had it. The company slogan highl...

Protecting Guest Workers in the United States

Tiffany Williams | Posted 02.26.2012 | Crime
Tiffany Williams

Workers' rights advocates, alongside anti-human trafficking advocates, have been urging the U.S. government to thoroughly review visa programs that depend on foreign labor contractors in order to minimize the vulnerability of workers to human trafficking and exploitation.

President Obama Is Right: Home Health Aides Deserve Minimum Wage and Overtime Protections

Michele Host | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Michele Host

The lack of minimum wage and overtime protections for home health aides hurts more people than just the workers themselves. Consumers inevitably suffer as well.

The Best and Worst Moments for Workers in 2011

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business
Kimberly Freeman Brown

From Wisconsin to Washington, D.C., on the football field and the factory floor, we've seen unprecedented attacks on working families from big corporations and their friends in elected office.

Big Banks Rank Among The Most LGBT-Friendly Workplaces

Posted 12.10.2011 | Business

They may be vilified for debit card fees and shoddy mortgage loans, but big banks are among the most LGBT-friendly places to work, a new study finds. ...

This Holiday Season, Pledge Not to Shop at Amazon.com

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 01.10.2012 | Business
Kimberly Freeman Brown

In September, an ...

Occupy K Street

Ellen Bravo | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

When the 99 percent band together to fight for policies that would provide some relief, in a swoop the corporate lobbyists to try to squash their efforts. Witness what just happened in Denver with the paid sick days initiative.

Migrant Workers' Forum Highlights Need for Change

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 01.02.2012 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

We are engaged in a year-long project looking at Latino workers in the Midwest and the degree to which enforcement agencies are protecting them. Thus far, we can say that at the federal level it's not a pretty story.

L.A. Car Wash Workers Sign Industry's First Union Contract

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 10.28.2011 | Los Angeles
Akito Yoshikane

Thirty Southern California car wash workers have become the first in the business to sign a union contract -- and organizers are hoping more will follow suit.

Car Wash Workers Win Landmark Rights

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

Workers at a Southern California car wash won a union contract Tuesday, making them the first unionized car-wash employees in the country. The Los ...

Trying To Solve The 'Unemployment Bias' Problem

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 12.09.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — After two years on the unemployment rolls, Selena Forte thought she'd found a temporary job at a delivery company that matched her ...

Legislation on Human Trafficking Offers Point of Agreement Across Political Spectrum

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 12.05.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Victims of trafficking can turn up anywhere in the United States, from teeming cities to small farming towns. And the global economic crisis, so difficult for those who are unemployed or underemployed, puts more people at risk of being trafficked.

Sweatshops in America

Taylor Leake | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Taylor Leake

The stories the Morning Call heard and published are pretty disturbing. This warehouse is, quite literally, a sweatshop.

WATCH: Occupy Chicago Protests Reach 13th Day

Posted 12.04.2011 | Chicago

As Chicago protests in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York verge onto the start of their third week, participants in the ...

Grassroots Internationalism: Global Social Movements on the Rise

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

It is their grounding in the realities of poor and working-class people, indigenous people and people of color that drives grassroots activists around the world to search for deep, structural and long-term solutions.

Are You Kidding? Estonia Is Ahead of Us?

David Macaray | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
David Macaray

Instead of seeing ourselves, collectively, as a "country" -- a society, a culture, a national community -- we now see ourselves as an economic arena where there are only winners and losers.

Report: To Keep Their Jobs In PA Warehouse, Amazon Employees Work In Dizzying Heat

Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Some workers at Amazon.com’s Allentown, Pennsylvania warehouse are reportedly willing to contend with working at a brutal pace in dizzying heat so l...

Hyatt Workers In The Midst Of Weeklong Strike

Posted 11.09.2011 | Chicago

Hyatt hotel workers in Chicago on Thursday morning joined their fellow unionized workers in three other cities with the launch of a weeklong strike ou...

Judge Rules Gov. Quinn Can Legally Cancel Raises

AP | Posted 11.08.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A federal judge has ruled against Illinois state employees in a dispute over whether Gov. Pat Quinn can cancel raises promised in...