Take My Benefits—Please!

By Mark Dudzic, Newpol.org -

At the June 2019 House Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All, Texas Republican Kevin Murphy lamented, “That great health care plan that your union negotiated for you? It’s gone. [...]

On Those Questionable US Wage Stats…Again

By Jack Rasmus, Counterpunch.org -

In recent months, various independent business and research sources have been raising questions about the accuracy of US official job and wage statistics. Several more sources have joined the [...]

Postcard From Paris

By James Graham, Counterpunch.org -

“For over two years we’ve been hearing about this pension reform! Two years of ‘consultations,’ which, cross our hearts, were to be full to the brim with transparency, intelligibility and [...]

French Union Workers Vote To Halt Production At Key Oil Facility

By Sudip Kar-Gupta, Bate Felix, Reuters -

French workers voted on Monday to halt production at a key oil facility that supplies Paris and the surrounding region, joining other petroleum industry shutdowns in a nationwide strike against [...]

2019 Year in Review: Workers Strike Back

By Joe DeManuelle-Hall, Dan DiMaggio, Labor Notes -

2018 could have been a tough act to follow. It’s not every year that a grassroots movement of teachers captures the nation’s attention. But workers across the country rose to the occasion, [...]

Debunking the Myth of Santa Claus

By K.J. Noh, Popular Resistance -

Santa wasn’t always so. St. Nicholas of Myra, was originally known for rescuing women from prostitution.  Legend says he dropped gold into the stockings of three women who, having no dowries, [...]

Yes, The U.S. Unemployment Rate Is Low, But So Is The Job Quality Index

By Matt Higgins, Occupy.com -

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ November jobs report released on Dec. 6 showed a 50-year low unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, with 266,000 jobs added. This signals a strong economy. But [...]

France Records 391-Mile Traffic Jam As Public Transport Brought To Halt By Third Week Of Strikes Over Pension Changes

A traffic jam of 391 miles was recorded on the outskirts of Paris on Monday morning as fresh strikes over pension changes brought public transport to a standstill in France for a third week. [...]

Rising Health Care Costs In California: A Worker Issue

By Staff, Laborcenter.berkeley.edu -

The Labor Center is publishing a series of blog posts detailing current problems and concerns of Californians with job-based coverage, including the inequities faced by low-income workers, [...]

General Strike In Finland Saves Their Postal Service

By Brian Wakamo, Inequality.org -

Finland now has the youngest prime minister in the world, 34-year-old Sanna Marin. The Social Democrat was catapulted into power when her predecessor, Antti Rinne, was forced to resign after a [...]

A Holiday Comeback For Toys ‘R’ Us?

By Sarah Anderson, Otherwords.org -

For many years, Giovanna De La Rosa enjoyed working at Toys ‘R’ Us — especially during the holiday shopping season. “I loved bringing joy to families and to children,” she shared at a [...]

Workers Protest Their Union From Below

By Alice Herman, Inthesetimes.com -

Every day, Nikki Sampson drives from her home in Portage to Madison, where she works as a dispatcher for the city’s bus service. To get there, she drives along a 40-mile stretch of highway, which [...]

This Holiday Season, American Workers Have Little To Celebrate

By Danny Haiphong, Ahtribune.com -

Every year, much of the U.S. population celebrates Thanksgiving and Christmas to show appreciation for their families and friends. Thanksgiving normalizes the colonial origins of the United [...]

Labor Took On “Bad Bosses” Long Before #MeToo

By Kim Kelly, Newrepublic.com -

“Will There Ever Be a #MeToo-Style Movement for Bad Bosses?” New York magazine asked readers in a tone-deaf fog of obliviousness last month. The piece itself was fairly benign, addressing the [...]

Teachers And Public Workers In Argentina: Four Months Of Strikes And Pickets

By Julia Soul and Leandro Rodríguez, Labornotes.org -

Teachers and public workers in an Argentinian province have been striking, blockading roads, marching by the thousands, occupying buildings, and even attacking and burning the provincial [...]