Given that yesterday was labor day this seems like a good time to look at the state of the American worker. Though most workers are already doing worse after the recession and so-called “recovery” a new phenomenon has been discovered that makes a bad situation even worse. According to a series of lawsuits that have been filed though the country, Corporate America has found a way to pay its workers even less through a practice known as “wage theft.”
|By: DSWright Tuesday September 2, 2014 10:05 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 29, 2014 2:42 pm|
The United States is the only advanced country in the world which doesn’t guarantee workers a paid vacation, but that isn’t because the idea is unpopular. An overwhelming 75 percent of Americans think companies should be required to provide paid vacation time to their employees.
|By: CenterLeftOrg Monday September 2, 2013 3:00 pm|
There is a reason why we have a day called “labor day” and not one called “corporation day.” We do not dedicate a day to the social and economic achievements of entities like Walmart or McDonald’s because they are not the workhorses that built the country. Organized labor created a way for workers to stand up against oppressive businesses and corporations who wished to exploit them.
|By: wendydavis Monday September 2, 2013 1:50 pm|
At the time, Robert McEllrath, president of the ILWU International had been painted into quite a corner and had to parse his words very carefully over the Port Shutdowns aided by OWS in order to stay in compliance with Taft-Hartley and protect union members from firing and financial reprisals.
|By: dakine01 Sunday September 1, 2013 5:20 pm|
As you sit down to your barbecue or grilled whatever this Labor Day; as you seek out the best deals at the store for whatever Labor Day sales this weekend; remember that the working poor, the laborers if you will, are probably not getting a paid day off. Or maybe they are among the long term un and underemployed who probably are not sitting down to a nice cook out meal to celebrate the “end of summer.”
|By: Amy B. Dean Saturday August 31, 2013 6:40 pm|
Fast food workers in dozens of cities staged a national day of strikes on Thursday, August 29. The action sought to galvanize public support for a living wage of $15 per hour, and respect for fast food workers’ right to organize. Employees from restaurants such as McDonald’s and Burger King called on other retail workers around the country to join them in walking off the job. Many employees, who have had to go on food stamps and public assistance to survive on their industry’s wages, felt they had no choice but to protest their treatment by employers.
|By: Elliott Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00 am|
What’s everybody doing this weekend? Picnics? Rallies? Festivals? Community Days? Nothin’?
I suppose the kids are already back to school, seems wrong starting in August, first day of school should be next Wednesday, demmit.
|By: cocktailhag Monday September 3, 2012 3:55 pm|
It’s no coincidence that the decline of unionization over the past 40 years has exactly tracked the parallel decline of middle-class wages, the disappearance of pensions, the increasing numbers of those who lack health insurance, skyrocketing executive pay, and vaulting inequality.
|By: Anthony Noel Monday September 3, 2012 2:05 pm|
I welcome and endorse the AFL-CIO’s campaign to finally fulfill President Roosevelt’s 1944 call for a second, Economic Bill of Rights, including the rights to jobs, living wages, labor unions, voting rights, health care, education, and retirement security. As the Green Party candidate for President, my Green New Deal platform already has specific proposals to secure these rights. – Jill Stein
|By: Lee Saunders Sunday September 2, 2012 6:00 pm|
Labor Day 2012 comes at a turning point in American history. At a time when the wealthiest have prospered beyond the wildest of dreams, the vast majority of working Americans struggle to make ends meet. Millions have seen their incomes flatten, their jobs outsourced, and their hopes for retirement security put on hold, if not quashed completely. At the same time, Wall Street and the politicians who conspire with them have worked overtime to destroy the ability of American workers to join unions and bargain collectively for better wages and benefits.