Tom Conway: U.S. life expectancy dropped three years in a row, America’s suicide rate is at a record high, millions struggle with opioid addictions, and workers with multiple part-time jobs battle hopelessness.
Richard Greeman: Today’s intractable nationwide confrontation over retirement – a sacred cow, like Social Security in the U.S. – is best understood as a deliberate provocation on the part of Macron, both in its form and its substance.
Berry Craig: Trump’s not just a bloviating bigot and boor; he’s also a union-buster.
Kevin B. Anderson: France’s mass strikes have mobilized millions, persisting into a sixth day, in an attempt to forestall severe cuts to the social gains of the working class.
Berry Craig: Gray overcast skies, a raw wind and temperatures hovering around freezing failed to cool the enthusiasm of the crowd
Steve Early: Debates may be a familiar part of campaigning for public office. But, within a supposedly democratic labor movement, they are fairly rare.
Lawrence Wittner: Nurses reported receiving daily emails from administrators discouraging them from voting union, managers pulled nurses aside for on-on-one meetings to question them about how they would vote.
Berry Craig: In stark contrast to Bevin’s swearing in nearly four years ago, union members will be welcome at the Beshear ceremony.
Buddy Bell: A few enormous benefits of reclassification will perhaps be application of the Affordable Care Act mandating a group health insurance pool for workers and the fact that the companies would have to kick in half of FICA taxes (Social Security, Medicare) just like any other employer.
Glen Ford: Capital found a solution to falling profits with the promise of super-exploitation of labor in what used to be called the Third World.
Steve Early: To avoid being bypassed again, some union activists are demanding a bigger say in 2020 presidential primary endorsements.
mployee rights advocates say this Labor Day’s family barbecues and union solidarity picnics will take place in the shadow of a Trump administration that has quietly stacked the National Labor Relations Board with anti-labor members. The federal agency is far less well-known than the IRS or EPA, but its five presidential appointees issue rulings with often […]
Lawrence Wittner: Trump has never been enthusiastic about increasing the pay of America’s workers. “Our wages are too high,” the billionaire businessman complained back in November 2015, during his campaign for the presidency