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The Fight for a Working Democracy

Published February 6th, 2018 -

For the last forty years, a determined attack on our democracy has been funded by a small cadre of right wing billionaires.  The leaders of this effort are determined to ensure that the decisions of government benefit the corporations and the wealthy, and they have recognized that in order to win on the substance—taxation, deregulation, shrinking government, preventing redistribution—they have to ... More »

 

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Collective Bargaining Can Still Work

Published January 23rd, 2017 -

People have been writing the obituary of the labor movement at least since the 1980s.  These doomsayers fall into two camps.  One the one hand, there are those who are eager to squelch worker power.  A typical example is Virginia Foxx, the new Chair of the House Education and the […] More »

December 30th, 2016

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Today’s News & Commentary — December 30, 2016

Published December 30th, 2016 -

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka published this week an op-ed in the New York Times criticizing President-Elect Trump’s claims to represent the interests of workers.  Mr. Trumka argues that unions, not the President-Elect, ought to possess the mantle when it comes to asserting worker rights.  He also casts suspicion on Trump’s […] More »

 

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Guest Post: Trump, Sunk Cost Fallacies, and the Next Labor Movement

Published November 16th, 2016 -

David Rolf has led some of the largest union organizing campaigns since the 1940s.  He is President of SEIU 775, The Workers Lab, Working Washington, and the Fair Work Center; International Vice President of SEIU; and the author of “The Fight for Fifteen” (New Press, 2016).  Views expressed here are his own. […] More »

 

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Whole Foods: FunJobs at $11/hour

Published June 4th, 2016 -

Whole Foods is advertising job openings in the Boston suburbs starting at $11/hour – a mere $4/hour less than the Fight for Fifteen demand. Is this what conscious capitalism means? More »

April 21st, 2016

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Today's News & Commentary — April 21, 2016

Published April 21st, 2016 -

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard argument for Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, a dispute arising under the FLSA.  There is an exception to the FLSA for any “salesman, partsman or mechanic primarily engaged in selling or servicing automobiles.”  At issue in the case is whether service advisors at car dealerships–who work at service […] More »

 

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Guest Post: 2016 Steps Forward on Joint Employer Liability

Published February 2nd, 2016 -

Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum (@RosenbaumJJ) is a Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. From the on-demand economy to construction sites and fields, joint employer liability continues to be fundamental to combating growing inequality and substandard conditions […] More »

April 17th, 2015

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Today's News & Commentary – April 17, 2015

Published April 17th, 2015 -

On the heels of the “Fight for Fifteen” campaign, The New York Times reports that the movement is significant for “political activists looking to the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond” as a “potentially pivotal moment.” The wage fight coincides with several important political developments in the last two years. These […] More »

April 15th, 2015

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Today’s News & Commentary — April 15, 2015

Published April 15th, 2015 -

Thousands of workers are rallying today in over 200 cities—some even walking off the job—to demand a higher minimum wage. The “Fight for Fifteen” campaign sought to mobilize on Tax Day to “highlight [its] complaint that many workers must rely on public assistance,” according to Reuters. Sizeable protests have already […] More »

April 1st, 2015

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Today's News & Commentary – April 1, 2015

Published April 1st, 2015 -

Time reports that Fight for Fifteen, a campaign to increase the hourly wages of fast food workers to $15 per hour, is planning a major one-day strike on Tax Day, April 15. Workers will walk off the job at fast food restaurants in more than 200 cities across the U.S. to […] More »