Sanders says rebuilding the trade union movement is essential to fighting soaring inequality in the US and securing economic justice for all. ‘We must come together and stand up for the working families of this country and finally create an economy and a government that works for all of us, not just the one percent’

“For 45 years there has been a war in this country waged by the corporate elite against the working class of America,” said Sanders. “And the truth of the matter—not talked about in Congress, not talked about in the media—is that as a result of that war against the working class by the corporate elite, what we have seen is …

Preemption laws have exploded in recent years as predominantly Republican state legislatures and ALEC try to curb anything progressive that comes out of city governments

A new report from the National Employment Law Project found that 25 states specifically preempt local minimum wages. In just 12 cities and counties, nearly 346,000 workers have been affected by preempted minimum wages, and those workers are losing $4,100 each on average — nearly $1.5 billion a year in total.  More than half of the workers affected by preemption in those …

Why It’s Immigrants Who Pack Your Meat

What Trump has called an “invasion” was actually a corporate recruitment drive. All three books reached the same conclusion: What Trump has described as an immigrant “invasion” was actually a corporate recruitment drive for poor, vulnerable, undocumented, often desperate workers. Eric SchlosserAuthor of Fast Food Nation, in The Atlantic, Aug 2019 More than a century ago, when Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle, …

Every American Should Be Guaranteed a Job. The Green New Deal Could Make That Happen

While a jobs guarantee is already popular—52% of Americans support it, according to a poll by Civis Analytics—polling commissioned by the Sunrise Movement indicates that a jobs guarantee focused on green jobs and climate protection is even more popular. It’s not new; President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a “second Bill of Rights” in his 1944 State of the Union, a list of …

Blue collar jobs not paying enough to attract workers

The US economy doesn’t have enough workers. For a record 16 straight months, the number of open jobs has been higher than the number of people looking for work. The US economy had 7.4 million job openings in June, but only 6 million people were looking for work, according to data released by the US Department of Labor. This is not normal. …

Advancing Social Equity in Solar Requires Real Data and Honest Conversations

Workplace demographic studies are critical for the solar industry if it wants to reflect the communities it serves, the author writes. By ERICA MACKIE, founder and CEO of Grid Alternatives, JULY 26, 2019 “You can’t change what you can’t see.” 0 The results from The Solar Foundation and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s second U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study, released this …

Labor supports a just transition to a greener, fairer economy

A greener economy can be a fairer economy too, says the Trades Union Congress. The TUC has published A just transition to a greener, fairer economy – a roadmap to meeting the needs of working people in the transition to a low-carbon economy. The launch event included speakers such as the Shadow Environment Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and Deputy Chair of the Committee on …

Organizing home cleaners into worker-owned cooperatives

For domestic workers like home cleaners, having a job often does not guarantee bringing in enough wages to get by. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, home cleaners earn just around $11 per hour. Their schedules are often unpredictable, and they’re not offered benefits. And if they find jobs through a gig-economy platform like Handy, they likely have to give around 20% of what …