Julie Gutman Dickison: While the economic fortunes of impoverished, working-class and middle-class Americans may not be front and center in the daily media coverage of the presidential race, widespread economic distress is without question the dominant force animating the 2016 election cycle.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months, scarcely two years after the “Fight for $15″ was dismissed as a pipe dream by some observers.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: In the age of rampant income inequality, the overhyped promises of the sharing economy are running headlong into a growing desire by Americans for a caring economy.
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.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: It’s been a long, dark road for America’s port truck drivers, but finally there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Vergara vs California: Are job protections for teachers to blame for educational underachievement among low-income students of color?
Julie Gutman Dickinson: A state once synonymous with the American Dream of economic opportunity and security is on a path to become a purgatory for millions of seniors.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: While much of the damage and power interruptions were inevitable, the situation was aggravated by the fact that ConEdison’s systems were in a weakened state prior to Sandy.
Julie Gutman Dickinson: even in the context of a long national decline in union membership among American workers, it is staggering that the country’s largest employer, and one of its stingiest, has remained union free.
Julie Gutman: While the surreal quality of the Texas disaster was somewhat unique, the deaths and injuries caused by it were not. Every year thousands of American workers die on the job, and hundreds of thousands are injured.
Julie Gutman: As we celebrate liberty and democracy on July 4, let us ask what our founding fathers would have to say about the current torture debate.
Julie Gutman: As the international community prepares to mark the 61st annual Human Rights Day on December 10, here is a short list of some of the best human rights developments of 2011 outside the Middle East.
Julie Gutman: On Labor Day, Let’s Celebrate L.A.’s Status as a Bastion of Human, Immigrant and Workers’ Rights