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WNYC News

Harsh Conditions for Construction Workers at NYU Abu Dhabi

Monday, May 19, 2014

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A report in the New York Times examines working conditions for laborers who helped build an NYU outpost.

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Schoolbook

Five Things in the Teachers Contract You May Have Missed

Friday, May 09, 2014

As union members decide how they will vote on the proposed $5.5 billion-dollar teachers contract, check out some of the fine print. There is a lot more in the deal than pay raises.

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Transportation Nation

MTA Preparing LIRR Strike Contingency Plans

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The MTA is planning to put bus service in place if Long Island Rail Road workers strike as threatened this summer. But not every MTA board member thinks that's a good idea.

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Transportation Nation

MTA, LIRR Meeting With White House Mediators This Week

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

There's an offer on the table in the labor dispute between New York's MTA and the Long Island Rail Road workers unions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

But Who Picks Those Locally Sourced Beets?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Margaret Gray, associate professor of political science at Adelphi University and the author of Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic (University of California Press, 2013), argues that the locavore movement needs to look at the labor practices of those small family farms.

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WNYC News

Are Stockbrokers Becoming an Endangered Species in New York?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New York City has a record number of jobs. But well-paying jobs on Wall Street are disappearing.

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WNYC News

How Many Tech Jobs Are There in NYC? Depends Whom You Ask

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Researchers can't seem to agree how many tech jobs there are in New York, only that the number is growing.

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WNYC News

Unhappy Meal: How the Fast Food Worker Movement Began

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

As protestors "arrest" Ronald McDonald, meet the New Yorkers behind the nationwide movement to raise wages for fast food workers.

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WNYC News

Workers Claim McDonald's Is Taking Them to the Cleaners

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Workers say McDonald's should pay the cost of keeping their uniforms clean.

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WNYC News

The Path to Labor Peace: De Blasio's Challenge

Monday, February 24, 2014

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To get a labor deal, Mayor Bill De Blasio also has to negotiate his way through a process that requires separate talks on wages, health care and retirement benefits. Oh, and on that last one, the pensions? He doesn't even have a seat at the table.

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Money Talking

VW auto workers consider German-style "works council"

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday is the final day of voting for what could be a different type of relationship between management and labor in this country, and it's happening in a place not usually associated with unions: Tennessee.

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WNYC News

How Far Will the Indian Diplomatic Face-Off Go?

Friday, December 20, 2013

India's response to the arrest of one of its New York consular officials has been so overheated — and so willfully oblivious to a pattern of labor issues — it makes one wonder how far this international face-off will go. 

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WNYC News

How One Homeless Woman Helped Double the Paychecks of 1,400 Workers

Friday, December 20, 2013

Natalie Abreu, a single mother of three, lived in a homeless shelter in the Bronx, while commuting to her job as a cleaner at a casino in Queens. Her story helped sway an arbitrator into drastically increases wages for her and her coworkers.

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Transportation Nation

Majority of Bay Area Residents Support Transit Strike Ban

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Over half of Bay Area residents support a ban on transit strikes, bucking the region’s pro-union reputation, reveals a new Field Poll. The rest of the state is split, but more Californians still believe public transit workers should have the right to strike.

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WNYC News

Meet the Two-Story, Top Hat Wearing, Cigar-Chomping Inflatable Pig

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Across New York City, small groups of pro-union activists, supporting various causes, are holding flash demonstrations.  What they have in common is a belief that the pro-labor momentum that began with Bill de Blasio’s election will lead to higher wages for workers and a union-friendly administration.

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The Takeaway

Have A Criminal Record & Want A Job? Look Elsewhere.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

While it is illegal for employers to reject applicants solely because they may have a criminal record, the practice is widespread. Kai Wright, editor of Colorlines.com, recently wrote an article for The Nation called "Boxed In: How a Criminal Record Keeps You Unemployed For Life." He joins The Takeaway to discuss why our society should be interested in the employment of people with a criminal history and the positive effects it could have.

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New Jersey News

New NJ Min Wage Hikes: Good for Workers; Bad for the Economy?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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Gov. Chris Christie won re-election by about 60 percent. Voters simultaneously approved an economic measure he vehemently opposed by about the same margin. It will raise the state's hourly minimum wage by one dollar to $8.25.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Robert Reich's Inequality For All

Friday, September 27, 2013

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, is featured in Jacob Kornbluth’s new documentary "Inequality for All" out September 27th. They discuss the uneven gains and losses in the U.S. economy over the last 30 years.

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WNYC News

Fast Food Workers Bang the Drum for Higher Pay

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hundreds of workers protested Thursday outside fast food restaurants from three different chains in Manhattan. Wendy's, McDonald's and Burger King are the targets of a nationwide day of action by groups demanding higher wages for workers and the right to form unions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Food Strikes and Degrading Labor

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Can the service industry restore the American middle class? Marc Doussard, assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Chapaign and author of Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market, and Michael A. Fletcher, national economics reporter at The Washington Post, discuss today's fast food worker strike and its implications for the overall labor movement.

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