Unless the current system is changed, business interests will continue to dominate the nation's political agenda, at the expense of the best interests of American workers and their families.
This article, reprinted from the December 23, 1996, issue of High Country News, provides valuable insights concerning the immigration issues being debated across the country.
Edwin L. Wade, editor and publisher of Let's Talk Sense, discusses some of the ironies in today's economy.
Worker wages have shown some improvement in the tight labor market but benefits, particularly vacation time, are shrinking.
While there are powerful arguments in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment, such an amendment could seriously hamstring the federal government's responsibility to use its monetary and fiscal policies to counter downturns in the economy.
Despite "economic growth" in the U.S. over the past two decades, a recent study by the National Center for Children in Poverty concludes that one in four of our young children now live in poverty.
From the 1880s through the first years of the twentieth century featuring the emergence of Samuel Gompers and the beginning of the AFL.
An excerpt from the fourth annual address on the state of the American workforce by the recently departed Secretary of Labor, Robert B. Reich.
There has never been much question that the health care system in the U.S. delivers health care services equal or better than anywhere else in the world. But over 40 million Americans lack basic health care coverage. How can we extend coverage to all Americans and can we afford it?
Sandra Woodthorpe tells us about her real-life experiences of being a temporary worker.
The first in a series on the history of the American labor movement. This first article covers labors growing pains during the nation's first century.
The Department of Labor has singled out companies who demonstrate positive corporate citizenship. Ben & Jerry's is one such company, having implemented worker friendly programs while maintaining a highly profitable bottom line.
Estimates by human rights experts are that there are as many as 200 million children under the age of 14 who are working full-time. Primary in under-developed countries, these children are often exposed to significant health hazards and subjected to extreme, physical, verbal and even sexual abuse.
Imagine trying to raise a family on $8,840 a year. That's the amount you'd earn if you worked for the current federal minimum wage of $4.25 per hour. Although today's $4.25 per hour rate is more than two and a half times the 1968 amount, today's minimum wage buys nearly 40 percent less than it did in 1968.
Along with the growing debt owed to foreign countries has been a migration of millions of manufacturing jobs overseas. To counter this trend, the Made in the USA Foundation, a coalition of individuals, unions and corporations, was formed in 1989.
Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia has recently presented a new concept in cyberspace information--the online talk show. Called Encarta On The Record, the fourth show in the series concerned the subject of corporate responsibility.
Eighty percent of workers pay more in Social Security payroll taxes than they do in income taxes. Get the story on this highly regressive tax, why it's a major part of middle and low income families finding it harder to make ends meet and some alternatives that can ease the burden and save the program.
Avis employees have been like unwanted stepchildren, going through ten ownership changes since 1947. Now they're employee owned, and the company has never been stronger.
Workers of America provides a blueprint to help American workers and their families.
Robert Reich has been a champion for improved worker pay, benefits and education. Read about his challenge to America's corporations.
The Governors, realizing that their states' public education programs are failing, met in Palisades, New York to address the situation. What they came up with, however, holds little promise for making improvements.
The Department of Labor provides a list of 10 warning signs to help workers indentify if their 401(K) plans are being misused by their employers.
Two years ago United was in serious financial trouble. Learn how the employees took over the troubled carrier and turned it around.
There's a lot of talk about the flat tax these days. Working People lays out all of the major tax reform proposals and tells you why none of the politicians "get it."
Although neither unionized nor employee-owned, Starbucks has some worker friendly programs that other companies and their workers could benefit from.
Introducing a new national organization that recognizes the need for American workers, especially the 85% who are not union members, to have a greater voice and share in the American economy.
Guest columnist Professor Vincent D. Rougeau of Loyola University provides an interesting perspective on trade-offs in the workplace.
Larry Richards, Executive Director of SoftPac, tells you how U.S. policy actually encourages the loss of high tech jobs to foreigners.
How the Labor Department is lining up with garment makers to eliminate sweatshops in the U.S.
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