Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Hobby Lobby Decision and Unintended Consequences...
What's the reason for nearly 8 million workers dropping out of the labor force since late 2007? And more importantly, what are we going to do about it? A series of studies over the past year have found that aging explains about half of the post-2007 drop in labor force participation, but what about the other half? According to William Galston of the Brookings Institute, a major economic solution should be to focus on creating a better balance between "rewards to labor and returns to capital."
Saving the Vanishing American Worker - Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 8, 2014
400 Arrested at Fast-food Strike; Harvard Business: Income Inequality is Unsustainable; Unionized Macy's Worker Feels Job Security
Last Thursday, over 400 fast-food workers and activists were arrested for non-violent civil disobedience during a national day of action. Fast-food workers from across the country lead the one-day strikes in over 150 cities where workers called for $15 and a union.
Over 400 Arrested in National Fast-Food Workers’ Strike for Living Wage, Unionization - Democracy Now
Almost a week after another low-wage worker uprising, the Harvard Business School released a new study saying income inequality is "unsustainable," and that "thriving citizens become more productive employees, more willing consumers, and stronger supporters of pro-business policies."
Friday, August 22, 2014
New EO Makes Contractors Qualify for Taxpayer Dollars; Bangladesh Workers Seeking Justice; Is Income Inequality Affecting More Women than Men?
The New York Times Editorial Board chimed in this week not long after the President signed another executive order for federal contract workers. The EO advised federal procurement officials to ensure the federal government isn't contracting with repeated labor law violators who cheat, steal, sicken and harm their workers. The Editorial Board ended with writing, "contractors who oppose the order seem to have forgotten that they are bidding for taxpayer dollars. They are not entitled to contracts; they must qualify."
The Right to Cheat and Maim? - New York Times
Bangladesh has some of the worst labor conditions, and it hasn't improved since a factory fire killed 112 people and another factory collapsed killing 1,200 people, injuring 2,500 who were mostly women. The victims' families and those continuing to suffer from poor labor practices are fighting to end worker abuse in Bangladesh, and bring justice to garment factory workers.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Port Truck Drivers on the Move!
We are America’s port truck drivers, fighting for dignity, respect, and a fair day’s pay for a hard day’s work.
Check out our August Newsletter.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Workers are Winning by Standing Up and Speaking Out
The Good Jobs Nation campaign of low wage federal contract workers have gone on strike nine times, calling on the President to sign a Good Jobs Executive Order. The President listened more than once by signing three executive orders to help low-wage workers. "For the first time in a long time we have a president taking executive action to help workers," said Paco Fabian a spokesman for Change to Win. "These are certainly steps in the right direction," Fabian said of the executive orders already on the books, "but there's a lot more he could do."