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Work Thanksgiving Or Get Fired – Consumerism Takes No holidays

By Jim Hightower — Most Americans — from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas — will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t. Understandably, firefighters, police, and hospital workers will stay on the job. After all, they’re providing essential services for our […]

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Wage Theft – Silicon Valley Tech Titans Rob Workers

By Jim Hightower — The demigods of Silicon Valley like to present themselves as miracle workers, able to create electronic wonders (and wondrous profits) from nothing but their vaunted imaginations and entrepreneurial prowess. Well, yes. But there’s another part to that program: their routine exploitation of workers. From the disgraceful use of sweatshop labor abroad to wage […]

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America’s Devaluation Of Work And Workers

By Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins – The Great Recession leveled a blow to the middle and working classes from which they haven’t yet recovered. Given that labor’s pay and prestige in America peaked in the 1960s, this isn’t exactly new. Still, it’s time that all our leaders took this challenge more seriously. After all, we don’t just […]

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OP-ED Long-Term Unemployment Benefits: A Lifesaver, Not a Lifestyle

By Thomas E. Perez, Secretary of Labor– Of all the challenges I face as the nation’s Labor Secretary, this is the one that keeps me up at night: long-term unemployment. In my travels, people have shared heartbreaking stories about being out of work for six months, one year, even longer. There’s no single “face” of […]

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Help Wanted Gone Wild- The Weird And Wacky World Of Craigslist Want Ads

By R.W. GREENE— There are few things more stressful than being unemployed when you don’t want to be. Your future is uncertain. The world, too often, seems smaller and darker than it actually is. You’re likely on a budget, restricted from buying fun things. Few things amuse. Except for the place where you may be […]

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Why Jobs And Livelihoods Matter

Aurelio Parisotto, ILO Senior Economist As we approach the 2015 deadline for the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we have a golden opportunity to put jobs and livelihoods at the top of the international development agenda. This is not simply according to the ILO. The first results of the UN ‘My World’ global survey, which asked people […]

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The Parched Truth About American Middle Class And Job Creation

By JIM HIGHTOWER— At last, some excellent economic news for folks long-mired in the stagnant labor market. “Jobs Spring Back,” exclaimed a typical headline on recent reports that 165,000 private-sector jobs were added in April. Wow — the thunderous, three-year boom of prosperity that has rained riches on Wall Street is finally beginning to shower on […]

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Fashion Victims In Bangladesh

By JIM HIGHTOWER— You see it in stores across our country and around the world: colorful and stylish clothing with happy-sounding brand names like Children’s Place, Papaya, Joe Fresh, and Mango. But you don’t see the factories where these cheerful garments are made. Nor are we shown the strained faces of the impoverished workers who make […]

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How The 99 Percent Pays For Excessive CEO ‘Pay For Performance’

By SAM PIZZIGATI, Other Words— Federal unemployment benefits for 400,000 Californians out of work since last fall recently dropped 18%, a $52 cut out of weekly checks that average $297. Similar cuts are rolling out in other states. In all, long-term unemployed Americans will on average lose nearly $1,000 each by September 30, the date that ends the […]

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Making Good On The Promise Of Equal Pay

By PAMELA COUKOS— Last week, veteran newsman – and father of three daughters – Tom Brokaw published an essay titled “Welcome to the Century of Women.” He talks about the incredible gains women have made in the workforce, politics, media, law, higher education and corporate leadership, but also asks how we can do even more […]

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