Posted in Labor News

‘Landmark’ victory as UK Supreme Court rules Uber drivers are workers entitled to minimum wage, benefits

“This has been a grueling four-year legal battle for our members—but it’s ended in a historic win.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 19, 2021 The United Kingdom’s highest court delivered a major win for…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Labor

Indian farmers are a powerful force in Indian politics, and here’s why their protests matter

by Surupa Gupta, University of Mary Washington Tuesday, February 16, 2021 A large number of women have joined the protests against new farm laws in India. Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images For over two months, farmers…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Service Wade Rathke

Anne Fenney

by Wade Rathke February 8, 2021 Pearl River I didn’t know Anne Fenney, but I stayed in her house. I’m not sure how that counts in degrees of separation, but I would mark it as pretty…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

Little “d” democracy in action

by Wade Rathke February 7, 2021 Pearl River    There’s no question democracy is under attack all around the world, and, sadly, we are all engaged in a battle to protect the semblance of it that’s…

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A sculpted bust of Cesar Chavez oversees a collection of personal framed photos on a table behind President Joe Biden's desk in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Posted in Biden Administration Labor News

Biden boots ‘union busters and anti-government ideologues’ from key labor panel

Labor leaders called for replacements “with a background in labor-management relations who are not hostile toward unions.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, February 4, 2021 In another early win for organized labor, President Joe Biden…

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Posted in Biden Administration Labor News

Under pressure from workers, Biden fires anti-union labor board lawyer

“Today is a good day,” declared the SEIU, which had called on the president to immediately oust NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 21 Along with signing a slate of…

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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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