Workers/People's Rights

No Labor Protections in Obama’s Overtime Plan

June 30, 2015

Activist and author Eugene Puryear challenges the Fair Labor Standards Act and the president’s claims that this will indeed be a benefit to working people.

5,000 Oil Workers Enter Third Week of Strike Over Safety and Working Conditions

February 21, 2015

TRNN speaks to United Steelworkers spokesperson Lynne Hancock who says the union is demanding improved safety for its 30,000 members and their communities

Philly Students Walk Out as City Cancels Teachers’ Contract

October 7, 2014

Teacher-activist Anissa Weinraub responds to Philadelphia unilaterally dissolving their contract with the teachers’ union and says the union is considering legal action in response

Washington State Boeing Workers Accept Pension Concessions

January 8, 2014

Mike Elk: Boeing workers new contract a blow to worker pensions nationwide

Judge Awards Fired ESPN Zone Workers Major Settlement

November 17, 2013

Fired ESPN Zone worker Emanuel McCray speaks out after a federal judge awards him and dozens of other workers $245,000 for unlawful termination

Supreme Courts Considers Limiting the Right of Unions to Organize

November 11, 2013

Mulhall v. Unite Here decision will have a profound effect on employer neutrality, a union’s ability to reach employees, and whether a union will be recognized by the employer during labor negotiations.

Exposed: California’s Secret Plan to Gut Public Pensions

October 2, 2013

Lynn Parramore: California memo just latest example of Wall St’s attack on workers’ pensions A draft of an upcoming California ballot initiative calls for massive cuts in retirement benefits for current public employees. The draft, recently obtained by Frying Pan News, comes amidst growing concern of an attack on public pensions being carried out by Wall Street and their political allies. "You look behind the scenes, and it's the same old players," said Lynn Parramore, the senior editor of Alternet. "In this case it's the Reason Foundation, which is a conservative libertarian think tank allied with—big surprise—the Koch brothers." Parramore described the PR campaign to blame public workers for the California budget crisis as "an audacious and cynical attack on people who have no responsibility for the state budget shortfalls." "We have politicians that are captured by Wall Street. We have regulators that are captured by Wall Street. We have all this money coming and being thrown at a PR campaign which is essentially a lie, and it gets repeated all the time in the media. I mean, most people believe that there is some unfunded liability crisis going on in the states that requires cutting pensions, and it's just a fiction." "And really what this is all about is privatization. It's about transferring money from the 99 percent to the 1 percent," said Parramore. A report recently released by the Institute for America's Future compared California’s pension shortfalls with corporate tax breaks provided by the state. It found a pension gap of $3.7 billion,…

Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military Forces

September 15, 2013

“It is better to die from bullets than from hunger” In the Philippines, activists put their lives on the line to fight the military and corporations

Striking Retail Worker and Mother of Four: “If we don’t speak up, things will never change”

August 28, 2013

Chicago retail workers earn concessions from their employer after striking

Philippine Authorities Violently Crackdown on ‘People’s State of the Nation March’

July 24, 2013

Growing movement decries Philippine President’s failure to address the widespread poverty, corruption and human rights abuses during his State of the Nation Address (SONA)

DC Council Tells Wal-mart Living Wage is Non-Negotiable

July 19, 2013

Josh Eidelson: DC’s action is a major hit to America’s largest employer Wal-mart, as workers mobilize nationwide to demand a living wage

SF Giants Stadium Workers Protest For Fair Compensation

July 18, 2013

Despite billions of dollars in subsidies, professional sports teams often squeeze lowest wage workers; in San Francisco concession workers are fighting back

GM Workers in Colombia Hunger Strike at US Embassy to Protest Dangerous Factory

June 6, 2013

Frank Hammer: GM employees in Colombia have been protesting outside the US Embassy for months citing hundreds of injuries at local factory

California Domestic Workers Demand Bill of Rights

May 14, 2013

Workers and advocates host Mother’s Day brunch with legislators to urge passage of bill

Global May Day Protests Against Austerity and Deaths of Bangladeshi Workers

May 2, 2013

May Day marches in major cities around the world demand an end to austerity policies and support of workers’ rights

Filipinos in San Francisco Rally Against Modern Slavery

March 4, 2013

Protesters in front of Philippines Consulate denounce treatment of Filipino workers in the US

Why are Unionization Rates at Historic Low?

February 14, 2013

Stephanie Luce: Union members earn on average 27% more, yet union density drops; Obama takes labor law reform off his agenda

Iran Suppresses Union Organizing, Arrests Worker Activists

June 26, 2012

Farid Partovi: Sanctions and talk of war make it easier for Iranian regime to repress union organizers

May Day Protests Around the World Pt.1

May 2, 2012

Workers take to the streets on International Workers’ Day in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe

May Day Protests Around the World Pt.2

May 2, 2012

Workers take to the streets on International Workers’ Day in North and South America