Tag: labor

Jamie McPartland: “The Internationale,” Anecdotally

July 2016

On Music: The perfect song to sing in times of uprising, at Occupy Wall Street, or before a Seder dinner—and always en masse.

John Provost: Norma Rae Is Spinning in Her Grave

April 2016

Why Union organizing has become an uphill battle in the US.

Rachel Holmes: Eleanor Marx’s Radical Freedom

May 2015

Natasha Lewis interviews Rachel Holmes, author of a new biography that elevates the life of Karl Marx's daughter, the pioneering feminist and socialist organizer.

Avi Asher-Schapiro: Working in the Coal Mine

April 2015

In the 19th and 20th centuries, energy workers were at the forefront of progressive social reform. Is a similar union possible in the current age of fracking, oil sands, and climate change?

Michael Grabell: Alabama Bill Would Increase Workers’ Comp Benefits for Amputees

April 2015

Alabama to have the lowest permanent partial disability benefits in the country.

Steve Fraser: Plutocracy the First Time Around

April 2015

Revisiting the Great Upheaval and the first gilded age.

Robert Reich: The “iEverything” and the Redistributional Imperative

March 2015

New technologies aren’t just labor-replacing. They’re also knowledge-replacing.

Anne Boyer: Data’s Work is Never Done

March 2015

Boundaries of Gender: In medicine, the work of care and the work of data converge.

Just to Tell the Truth

February 2015

The journalist and teacher on a century of muckrakers, the pleasures and perils of reporting, and the golden age of investigative journalism.

Mahat Tattva: The Retail Jungle

January 2015

Working conditions for part time employees is a national disgrace.

David Morris: Will Pope Francis’ Humanitarian Values Shape Church Policies?

December 2014

The Pope’s statement is not a call to reflection but to action

Robert Reich: Taking on Walmart in Freedom Summer II

June 2014

Confronting the crisis of minimum wage workers throughout the country.

Michael Grabell: A Modern Day Harvest of Shame

March 2014

Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses similar to those of migrant farmworkers.

John Stoehr: What Obamacare Threatens

March 2014

It’s not Americans’ jobs, but big business’s supply of cheap, compliant labor.

Michael Grabell: U.S. Lags Behind World in Temp Worker Protections

February 2014

Permatemping cases highlight lack of U.S. protections for temp workers.

Barbara Garson: Abracadabra! You’re a Part-Timer

August 2013

How corporate America used the Great Recession to turn good jobs into bad ones.

Blair Hickman: ‘Lean In’ Nonprofit Called For an Unpaid Intern

August 2013

Though not illegal, Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' organization is accused of exploiting women by offering an unpaid internship.

Michael Grabell: Taken for a Ride

May 2013

Temp agencies and ‘raiteros’ in immigrant Chicago.

Barbara Garson: Down Is a Dangerous Direction

April 2013

How the 40-Year “Long Recession” led to the Great Recession.

Meaghan Winter: Ever Temporary

March 2013

Congress and the courts have reached conflicting decisions on wage rules and protections for vulnerable temporary workers; nobody knows what happens next.

Robert Reich: The Non Zero-Sum Society

January 2013

America must unionize to combat rampant inequality.

Robert Reich: The Inequality Battle in the Heartland

December 2012

The fiscal debate distracts from the power struggle underlying American politics.

Robert Reich: Organizing McDonalds and Walmart, and Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

December 2012

Low-income workers will face even harder times if deficit hawks have their way.

David Morris: We’re the NFL. We Don’t Have to Care.

September 2012

The NFL has made its fans complicit in Roger Goodell's union-busting.

Elizabeth Eberle: Picket Album

September 2012

As negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union continue, one teacher tells her school's strike story in pictures.

Ena Lupine: Young, Beautiful, and Replaceable

July 2012

The documentary Girl Model shows how the industry that promises young models financial freedom instead lands them in debt to their agencies.

Parts and Partial

September 2011

You thought feminists had to focus on empowering women? Stephanie Coontz on why, after a sustained assault on families and unions, that just isn't enough anymore.

Love in the Time of Capital

June 2010 The rising intellectual star on how commodities create feelings, the modern lingua franca of therapy-speak, and Israel’s emotional style.