Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Google and majority unionism

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 New Orleans   A well-orchestrated rollout welcomed workers back from the holidays with the news that around 225 people of the 260,000 employees of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, have…

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Posted in Labor News

Effects of CA Prop 22 begin as Albertsons stores move to replace unionized drivers with gig workers

“Albertsons was happy to reap public goodwill during the pandemic. But once Prop 22 gave the company the option of replacing workers with lower-paid contractors, they jumped at the opportunity.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday,…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

The continued call to organize the South

by Wade Rathke December 26, 2020 Pearl River   Ben Speight is a seasoned labor organizer based in Atlanta. I’ve known him for a while, initially as an organizer with the Teamsters locals there. More recently…

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Posted in Green Jobs Green New Deal Labor News

Climate groups call on Biden to nominate Andy Levin as Labor Secretary

“He has a long record of fighting for working people, and understands the climate imperative but knows the transition won’t happen without proper buy-in and support.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Highlighting…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Labor law and leverage

by Wade Rathke December 19, 2020 New Orleans   One of the cabinet positions still waiting for a nomination from President-Elect Biden is the Labor Department, where the devastation of workers’ rights and protections has been…

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Posted in Columns Labor Minimum wage Wade Rathke

New York City protects fast food workers

by Wade Rathke December 18, 2020 Atlanta   The New York City Council passed two ordinances that could open the door to a new era of job protection for some of the most precarious workers in the…

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Posted in Opinion Politics

Mitch McConnell wants to let corporations kill you without consequence

This is beyond immoral. This is ghastly, and should have been at the top of every news story in America for the past six months. by Thom Hartmann Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Probably the most under-reported…

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The tragedy of the UAW: When boss culture replaces member culture

Ponce, Puerto Rico     At the end of every year we are inundated with the best of this and the top ten of that in music, movies, books, sports, tech, politics, and, well, I guess, almost everywhere. …

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Posted in Columns Economy Wade Rathke

New bosses different than the old bosses?

by Wade Rathke December 5, 2020 Pearl River   Some of the issues for significantly recalibrating US efforts on climate and energy seem the same, but Northeastern Professor Jennie Stephens brings some different twists to them…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Pro Publica

Trump races to weaken environmental and worker protections, and implement other last-minute policies, before Jan. 20

The Trump administration is rushing to approve dozens of eleventh-hour policy changes. Among them: The Justice Department is fast-tracking a rule that could reintroduce firing squads and electrocutions to federal executions. by Isaac Arnsdorf  Six days…

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Posted in Columns economic justice Wade Rathke

Hipsters of the world unite

by Wade Rathke Thursday, November 19, 2020 New Orleans    Hipsters are absolutely not taking over the world, but it’s hard not to find them almost all over the world. MoveHub, an international shipping company got…

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Posted in Child Welfare Labor Pro Publica

Inside the lives of immigrant teens working dangerous night shifts in suburban factories

During the day, immigrant teenagers attend high school. At night, they work in factories to pay debts to smugglers and send money to family. The authorities aren’t surprised by child labor. They’re also not doing much…

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Posted in Columns Labor Wade Rathke

Essential workers and pay equity

by Wade Rathke Monday, November 16, 2020 New Orleans   In a moment of youthful recklessness more than fifty years ago, I allowed myself to get into one of those dangerous political conversations with the father…

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Posted in Analysis Editorial/opinon OtherWords Restart 2021 Safety Net

Low-income voters showed up for Biden. Now they need relief.

People didn’t turn out in record numbers in a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. By Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke November 12, 2020 Joe Biden is headed to the White House, and he has…

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Posted in Common Dreams Labor News Workers

Longtime Union members Pocan and Norcross announce Labor Caucus to advocate for workers in Congress

“President-elect Joe Biden’s new administration gives the Democratic Party the opportunity to reprioritize working families at the center of our legislative agenda.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, November 13 Amid a flurry of new campaigns…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Economy Government Politics Restart 2021

Demanding White House Climate Office and ‘fierce’ Cabinet picks, groups urge Biden to claim his ‘FDR moment’

“Democrats have a once-in-a-generation moment to deliver policies at the scale of the crises our generation is facing.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Wednesday, November 11 The left is not waiting for permission to be heard—and…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Green New Deal Op/Ed Politics

Time for Democrats to betray the donor class—not the people

A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognize how narrow this win was. by Naomi Klein Tuesday, November 10, 2020 These have been a harrowing few…

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Posted in Common Dreams Elections Labor Race for the White House 2020

Unions prepare for general strike if Trump subverts election results

“Paired with people in the streets, a strike could help stop a GOP coup.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, November 1, 2020 Dozens of labor unions have resolved to consider a general strike after Nov….

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Elections Gig Economy Workers

Gig workers urge no vote on Prop 22 in California to stop ‘corporate power grab’

“No company should be able to buy its way out of treating workers fairly,” said one progressive think tank about the state’s ballot initiative that will have national implications. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, October…

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Posted in Abuse of power Analysis Common Dreams Government Politics

Trump executive order denounced as ‘declaration of war’ against federal employees

The order sets up Trump’s “cronies to burrow into permanent jobs in the U.S. government,” said one critic. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, October 23 After years of complaining that career federal employees are part…

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Posted in Analysis Kaiser Health News Labor Public Health

Most home health aides ‘Can’t afford not to work’ — Even when lacking PPE

Home health aides flattened the curve by keeping the most vulnerable patients — seniors, the disabled, the infirm — out of hospitals. But they’ve done it mostly at poverty wages and without overtime pay, hazard pay,…

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Posted in Agriculture Columns Labor

Farmers and meatpackers are teaming up

During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs. by Sarah Anderson Wednesday, October 14, 2020 For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor News

Disney fires 28,000 workers during stock buyback spree

“It appears that—prior to, and during the pandemic—Disney took good care of its top executives and shareholders—and now is hanging its front-line workers out to dry.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Sen. Elizabeth…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Sick Leave Wade Rathke Worker Safety

Dept. of Labor takes paid leave away from low wage healthcare workers

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   This is complicated, so hang with me, but here is what you need to know. Nursing home workers and other frontline healthcare providers like home health aides, and community home workers…

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