Labor

Official Unemployment is at 3.9%? Economist Robert Pollin Says It Is More Like 12%

Official Unemployment is at 3.9%? Economist Robert Pollin Says it is More Like 12%

May 14, 2018

Unemployment is low and standard economic theory says that when unemployment drops, wages should rise. However, the latest Department of Labor report shows that even though unemployment has reached historic lows at 3.9%, wages are not rising. Why? We explore the reasons with Prof. Robert Pollin

Protesters Rail Against Police, Poverty in Baltimore May Day March

Protesters Rail Against Police, Poverty in Baltimore May Day March

May 2, 2018

Residents called for unity in the fight for fair wages, universal healthcare, and dismantling of the Baltimore Police department

Police Crack Down on Puerto Rico May Day March Against Austerity

May 2, 2018

Thousands take to the streets in Puerto Rico on May 1 as officials seek to privatize Puerto Rico’s schools and utilities

Defying Union Leadership, West Virginia Teachers Return to the Picket Lines

March 1, 2018

Striking teacher Jay O’Neal says the rank and file rejected a deal struck between union leaders and governor Jim Justice because it lacked concrete action on skyrocketing healthcare costs

The End of Public Sector Unions?

February 27, 2018

An impending Supreme Court ruling on public sector union fees could mean spell their end as the last remaining bastion of unionization in the US says Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Employers Steal $15B From Low Wage Workers Each Year

February 23, 2018

Millions of workers are paid less than the minimum wage, thanks to the erosion of federal labor protections, says David Cooper of Economic Policy Institute

The Cost of Exclusion: Gender Job Segregation Hurts the Working Class

December 25, 2017

Although women’s share of employment in most countries has increased, women’s share of the “good” jobs in the industrial sector has declined substantially over the past few decades, and that inequality is creating a weaker working class as a whole, says Stephanie Seguino of the University of Vermont

A Green New Deal for Washington State

December 5, 2017

Trump may be leading the US backwards on developing a Green Economy but a new study by the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass, says Washington State can pave the way to a New Green Deal. Prof. Robert Pollin and AFL-CIO Labor leader in Washington State discusses the study and the possibilities.

AFL-CIO Must Shine Light on Past Foreign Policy, Activists Say

November 7, 2017

By Larry Sillanpa / Portside. Delegates to the Duluth AFL-CIO Central Labor Body passed a resolution calling on the national AFL-CIO to release sealed documents on its history with AIFLD, the American Institute for Free Labor Development. In 1992, workers at a Ford assembly plant in Mexico were attacked after a strike, leaving 12 workers…

22 Years After Rabin’s Murder, Israel Even Further From Peace

November 5, 2017

On the 22nd anniversary of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s murder by a far-right Israeli, journalist Gideon Levy says Israel has become even more hostile to a just peace — one that Rabin himself was never willing to offer