Labor

The American labor movement played a central role in elevating the American standard of living. Today some of the things we take for granted like vacations with pay, pensions, health and welfare protection, grievance and arbitration procedures, and holidays didn't exist on a meaningful scale until unions fought and won them for working people. The video and articles below address the issues the labor movement is addressing today in the United States. Please share these articles with your network.

People and Planet Before Profits

Defeat TPP TAFTA

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: We are poised to stop these attempts to rig the international economy in favor of multinational corporations and move to a new model of trade that respects the rights of people and nature, but it will take a coordinated effort.

Work and Worth

Work and Worth

Robert Reich: Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

Teacher Temps Can’t Move Children Out of Poverty

Teacher Temps

Mark Naison: One of the things I am most worried about in the rush to online learning and disposable teacher temps is the elimination of relationship building and mentoring, which in my experience, is key in having education move people out of poverty and promote upward mobility.

Seattle Got It Right

Seattle Raises Minimum Wage

Robert Reich: The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales, especially in the locales they live in – which in turn creates faster growth and more jobs.

Taylor Farms: Walmart in a Salad Bowl

Taylor Farms

Julie Gutman Dickinson: California-based Taylor Farms is giving the retail giant a run for its money when it comes to low-road labor practices, while offering another example of why it’s time for the U.S. to clamp down on the use of temp agencies by huge companies trying to evade responsibility for unconscionable working conditions.

Better Than Redistributing Income

Redistributing Income

Richard Wolff: Bringing democratic decision-making into the core organization of enterprises provides the best chance for a less unequal initial distribution of income than is now common in most societies.

Network for Social Justice Unionism

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Roshan Bliss: I will fight to the death for the right of a teacher to have good compensation and job security and due process as much as I will for my students to have text books or proper health care and the things that they need to do well.

Labor Day News of the WEIRD

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Cynthia Strathmann: As rates of unionization have fallen, so has compensation. One might expect unions to be all the rage with anyone who ever put in a hard day’s work. But this is not always the case, particularly in the United States.

What’s Really at Stake

"Detroit" Linh Dinh

Robert Reich: But before the hostilities start again and we all get lost in puerile politics and petty tactics, it’s useful to consider what’s really at stake for our economy and democracy.

Saudi Arabia Work Visa System

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Rebecca Martin: Under Saudi Arabia’s work visa system, people are kept in a state of permanent dependency on their sponsors. A worker can’t quit or change jobs, can’t invite a spouse or children to join her, or exit the country without her employer-sponsor’s permission.

3 Reasons Why Republicans Like High Unemployment

Obama for it

Robert Reich: Everyone would benefit from higher taxes on the wealthy to finance public investments in roads, bridges, public transit, better schools, affordable higher education, and healthcare but higher unemployment helps to boost corporate profits.

San Diego Prevailing Wage

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San Diego Prevailing Wage: San Diego City Council moved to boost the local economy and increase middle class jobs by expanding the number of local public works projects that pay prevailing wages.

How Taxpayers Foot Walmart’s Bills

WALMART SOCIAL MOBILITY

Allison Mannos: Walmart’s expansion strategy for Los Angeles and other urban areas has been to avoid public oversight by choosing real estate that doesn’t require public review – and, where possible, to secure public subsidies, often with little public scrutiny.

Renewing California’s Labor-Tenant Alliance

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Randy Shaw: Organized labor promotes a broadly progressive agenda in Sacramento, but gives a pass to legislators who favor big landlords over working people. The once strong labor-tenant alliance is clearly broken, and must be renewed.

Still Think We Don’t Need Affirmative Action?

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David Love: Minority groups have been disproportionately affected by the Great Recession, and to make things worse, since the economic downturn, it appears diversity has not been a priority for employers.

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