Labor

Bolivian Mine Workers Strike Against one of World's Largest Mining Corporations

Bolivian Mine Workers Strike Against one of World’s Largest Mining Corporations

August 23, 2019

The Japanese Sumitomo corporation runs one of the world’s largest zinc, copper, and lead mines in Bolivia, where it has been denying workers overtime pay, despite a court order to pay them. We talk to the mine workers’ union president, Henry Cayo

Airline Caterers Authorize Strike Action, Supported by Presidential Candidates

Airline Caterers Authorize Strike Action, Supported by Presidential Candidates

July 24, 2019

Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, and Mayor Bill DeBlasio, among others, all came out to the DC National Airport to express their support for airline food workers, who intend to strike for higher wages and health care

After 31 Years on the Job at $12 an Hour, Airport Workers Prepare to Strike

After 31 Years on the Job at $12 an Hour, Airport Workers Prepare to Strike

July 12, 2019

11,000 low wage workers across the country may strike for better pay and working conditions, if released by federal mediators

Longest Period Without Fed Minimum Wage Increase Since Law Enacted in 1938

Longest Period Without Fed Minimum Wage Increase Since Law Enacted in 1938

June 16, 2019

The federal minimum wage has not been raised in nearly 10 years and June 16 marks the longest period it has been fixed without a raise. As a result, its value has significantly diminished. IPS’s Josh Hoxie says if it were raised to $15/hr, almost 40 million workers would benefit

Women and African Americans Hit Hardest by Declining Jobs

Women and African Americans Hit Hardest by Declining Jobs

June 14, 2019

Women and African Americans dropped out of the labor market offsetting the number of people who claimed that they were unemployed. Women and African Americans are giving up on finding a job, as wages remain very low says AFL-CIO Chief Economist

Hopkins Hospital and Nurses Reach Settlement On Unionization Efforts

Hopkins Hospital and Nurses Reach Settlement On Unionization Efforts

June 11, 2019

A recent ‘win’ for Hopkins nurses underscores the weaknesses of US labor law

Oshawa GM Plant Workers “Collateral Damage”

Oshawa GM Plant Workers “Collateral Damage”

June 5, 2019

The GM plant in Oshawa has shrunk from 23,000 jobs in early 1980’s to 300 today.  Taxpayers bailed out GM to save jobs and productive capacity. A democratic just transition that saves the community and the jobs are possible, says former Assistant to the President of the Canadian Autoworkers Union, Sam Gindin

Thousands Die, Millions Injured on the Job, and No Businesses Prosecuted

Thousands Die, Millions Injured on the Job, and No Businesses Prosecuted

May 1, 2019

Bill Black describes how OSHA’s few underfunded inspectors can’t do their jobs, and prosecutors don’t prosecute businesses for non-compliance

Students, Residents Protest Johns Hopkins ICE Contracts and Private Police

April 11, 2019

As student occupation continues, professors join in calls for the university to abandon plan for armed police

Unemployment is Down - Why Aren't Wages Up?

Why Aren't Wages Up?

April 7, 2019
In the recent jobs report, employment increased rapidly, but wage growth slowed down. Why? Gerald Epstein joins Paul Jay