Progressives shouldn’t fall for facile technology fatalism. This is true, robots are not the reason wages have gone nowhere over the last 4 decades, it’s because workers have lost bargaining power (unions) … Continue reading Don’t Blame Robots for Low Wages – The New York Times
Unlike many labor actions, the Los Angeles teachers’ strike is not really about wages or benefits. At its core, this is a struggle to defend public schools against the privatizing drive of … Continue reading Billionaires vs. LA Schools
While many of us work to create a better world, it’s worthwhile to consider other countries where masses of people succeeded in nonviolently bringing about a high degree of democracy and economic justice. … Continue reading How Swedes and Norwegians Broke the Power of the ‘1 Percent’
Strengthening them could blunt inequality and wage stagnation. Economists are starting to suspect that unions were a better deal than textbooks made them out to be. Source: Unions Did Great Things for … Continue reading Unions Did Great Things for the Working Class | Bloomberg
Thousands of Amazon workers across Europe went on strike on Black Friday in protest over working conditions at Amazon warehouses. Spanish newspaper El Confidencial reported that Amazon met with police officials after … Continue reading Amazon asked Spanish police to intervene in warehouse strike
Stronger unions, better training and more housing in expensive cities might all help Unions really are the key. Source: If wages are to rise, workers need more bargaining power – Free exchange: … Continue reading If wages are to rise, workers need more bargaining power – Free exchange: Power is money
In the early 20th century, the Supreme Court systematically gutted regulations to favor business and attack organized labor. Those dark days have returned. Not good. Source: A New Lochner Era Continue reading The Supreme Court Out To Destroy Democracy.
A new study suggests the Midwest would still be blue if Democrats hadn’t refused to prioritize labor’s needs under Obama, Clinton, and Carter. Source: Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions … Continue reading Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die
Nothing else has been able to stop the decline in workers’ bargaining power. The decline in unions seems to be directly related to the decline in wages and the separation between … Continue reading Stronger Labor Unions Could Do a Lot of Good – Bloomberg
In reality there has been a class war, in which [corporations] spent decades using the state to undermine workers, writes Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott Interesting article that discusses how attacks … Continue reading Think our governments can no longer control capitalism? You’ve been duped
Ottawa’s negotiators are pushing Mexico on its corporate-sanctioned unions, which are accused of negotiating collective agreements unfavourable to workers and targeting American right-to-work laws that allow workers in unionized shops to refuse … Continue reading Canada demands U.S. end ‘right to work’ laws as part of NAFTA talks
Weak wage growth continues to hurt workers—and poses a threat to Trump’s presidency. The reason why wages have not grown while corporate profits are through the roof is due to the simple … Continue reading The economy keeps improving. Why aren’t wages?