On Black Friday, as Walmart workers across the country stand up against the retail giant’s labor regime, they’ll be in part standing on the shoulders of smaller uprisings that have popped up in low-wage workplaces. Alongside the disgruntled store employees, various subcontracted warehouse workers have helped lead the wave of protests.
|By: Michelle Chen Thursday November 22, 2012 5:30 pm|
|By: SouthernDragon Friday October 5, 2012 4:45 am|
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday August 25, 2012 7:00 pm|
If you think your job stinks, you’re not alone. And if you’re still looking for a decent job, don’t expect to find one anytime soon, or ever.
A new analysis of job quality, assessing various measures of benefits and wages, confirms what many of us already suspected: Good jobs are vanishing from the United States, with global trade and social disinvestment leaving workers stranded on a barren economic landscape.
|By: SouthernDragon Sunday July 22, 2012 1:59 pm|
One of the long standing taboos in the US is an open discussion of our capitalist economic system. Mainstream economists talk of business cycles, recessions, depressions, upturns, downturns, etc, in an effort to avoid discussing just how unstable capitalism is. In 2009 that changed. Professor Richard D Wolff, a PhD who taught economics at UMass for many years, published a book entitled Capitalism Hits The Fan, a compilation of articles and essays written between 2005 and 2008. Since that time he has been on a whirlwind of personal appearances and radio/TV talk shows discussing just how capitalism has worked, or not worked, for people over the last 50 years.
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday July 4, 2012 5:15 pm|
As the summer heat seared New York City, tensions between the city’s major electricity company and its union reached a boiling point over the weekend. By Monday, a meltdown in the talks over pensions and benefits left thousands of Consolidated Edison utility workers suddenly frozen out of their jobs.
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday April 18, 2012 5:22 pm|
As you file your taxes this week, before complaining about how much you’re forking over to Uncle Sam, bear in mind that the tax man might not be the only one you’re writing a check to: Your boss might be getting a big cut, too.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 24, 2012 6:00 am|
Just three years after occupying Republic Doors & Windows to save their jobs, union workers have once again occupied the factory on Goose Island in Chicago. The factory, now owned by California-based Serious Energy, was to shut down Thursday. But, workers wanted a chance to save the jobs and find a buyer. Serious Energy refused and fifty workers decided to re-occupy the factory to save it from closing.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday January 7, 2012 10:00 am|
Fundamentally, the issue of antibiotic resistance isn’t about medicines or animals, but about the relationship between people and what we eat. These new disease risks point to ethical questions on industrial farming, the mass consumption of animals, and the workers at the heart of this enterprise. When basic health standards are ignored, everyone gets hurt.
|By: Michael Whitney Friday December 3, 2010 3:30 pm|
Stop what you’re doing right now and watch this video of unemployed workers.
|By: Tracy Emblem Monday September 6, 2010 1:45 pm|
Over 14.9 million American workers remain unemployed. Americans must demand that economic policies provide the framework to create good paying jobs at home during the next decade with the least amount of outsourced labor and materials.