Labor

Republicans Suddenly Can't Stop Talking About "Mobility"

Too bad GOP policies are undercutting it

The unpleasant truth: When the government keeps slashing its safety net, climbing the economic ladder gets harder. 

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Just as it became unacceptable to fire some due to race, it became OK to boot them for organizing a union. Let's change that.

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Northwestern college football players have to work. They get paid to work. Now, they want a union. The NCAA is fighting it.

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This map shows who makes how much....and how little.

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Step Aside, New York City. Los Angeles's Populism Is for Real.

City to consider the highest minimum wage in the country

In Los Angeles, the conditions are ideal for populist proposals—like the highest minimum wage in the country.

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And it’ll only cost you $12.50 a year.

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The purpose of Labor Day is to give American workers recognition and honor—and to give them a little rest. Boy could they use it. As Tom Schaller notes today in the Baltimore Sun, workers in this country are among the most productive in the world. Yet they get less paid vacation time and fewer guarantees of time off than their peers in other industrialized countries. Nor has pay kept up.

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The 1963 March on Washington featured just one prominent white speaker. “We will not solve education or housing or public accommodations, as long as millions of Negroes are treated as second-class economic citizens and denied jobs,” declared Walter Reuther, the legendary president of the United Auto Workers. “This rally is not the end, it's the beginning of a great moral crusade to arouse America to the unfinished work of American democracy.” Thus did he confidently link the goals of organized labor to those of the black freedom struggle.

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There's been a remarkable amount of anti-labor rhetoric in America these past few years, even as low-wage workers now comprise approximately a quarter of all U.S. jobs. But this week has raised hopes of an effective counterattack.

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Well, maybe not all of their time. But more than a third of it: According to the latest American Time Use Survey, released Thursday by the Labor Department, the average American aged 15 or older on average spent 8 hours and 44 minutes sleeping. This is infinitely more shocking than whatever those partners in leaks, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden, plan to reveal next.

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