Monday, November 12, 2012
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
A dozen day laborers gathered on a recent evening at an immigrant day worker center in Staten Island’s Port Richmond neighborhood. Some have already started doing clean-up and repairing people’s homes in Sandy’s wake. Others expected to do so in the coming weeks and months. They were at the center to take part in a training session.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
This past week, Detroit and much of America held its breath, waiting to find out if the newest lead on Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance would reveal the truth. Thirty-seven years later, why does Jimmy Hoffa still capture the American imagination? Quinn Klinefelter has a few theories.
Monday, September 17, 2012
WNYC's American Music Festival features Richard Dyer-Bennet in his all-too-brief heyday, before betrayal and political accusations would derail his career, in this 1945 studio appearance.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Workers, politicians and unions trying to draw attention to the plight of low wage workers rallied at Herald Square. It was all part of national day of action that took place in 30 cities across the country.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
Consolidated Edison is defending the way it has handled the lock out of its 8,500 workers to a state regulator, as union workers from across the city rallied outside Con Ed’s headquarters.
Monday, July 09, 2012
More than a thousand home health aides are expected to benefit from a $1 million dollar settlement of a class action lawsuit that charged the workers were regularly underpaid and companies flouted overtime rules.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Utility Workers Local 1-2 are picketing at Consolidated Edison job sites where managers are filing in for union workers in Day 3 of a labor dispute affecting 8,000 Con Ed workers.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Last night in Wisconsin, voters weighed in on whether Governor Scott Walker would stay in office. The recall began with protests over Governor Walker's attempts to curb union bargaining power in Wisconsin. However, as the election approached it grew into a divisive political fight, with $60 million on both sides. Whether or not the Wisconsin recall will prove to be a bellweather for the 2012 presidential election, it's certain to have implications for the future of labor unions throughout the country.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
The labor holiday May Day has its origins in the US but is more widely-celebrated around the world. Today, Occupy Wall Street is calling for a day of action and a general strike. We check in on the day's events, the state of Occupy, and the history of May Day with:
- Jesse LaGreca, early Occupy organizer and blogger for Daily Kos
- Cecily McMillan, northeast regional organizer of the Young Democratic Socialists and Occupy activist
- David Graeber, an American anthropologist at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and author of DEBT: The First 5,000 Years
- Todd Gitlin, professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and author of the new e-book Occupy Nation
- Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and author of Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative
Plus, your calls. Are you striking today? What do you make of the state of Occupy? What's the role of May Day here compared to the rest of the world?
Monday, April 02, 2012
By Tracey Samuelson : WHYY
The owners and workers of the legendary Strand Bookstore are in a contract dispute, tussling over the implementation of a two-tier wage system, employee’s healthcare contributions and other benefits.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
After their local union was dissolved due to corruption allegations, 700 dock builders are in the process of voting on which union should represent them: The New York City District Council of Carpenters or the newly formed Amalgamated Union. The District Council, which has more than 20,000 members, allege that Amalgamated was created by former members kicked out of the union for being corrupt.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Americans buy billions of dollars’ worth of products online. Mac McClelland, human rights reporter for Mother Jones, talks about what happens after you click “Place Order” and her time working inside an online retail shipping warehouse. Her article, “I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave,” appears in the March/April issue of Mother Jones.
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Car wash workers are coming forward to protest their working conditions. Workers say they are underpaid and exposed to harsh conditions.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Recent reporting by our partner The New York Times raised fresh concerns over the safety and well-being of the workers that staff Apple's supplier factories in China. Apple now says that it has requested an independent labor group to audit the conditions at its suppliers' factories, with the first inspections under way starting yesterday.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Millions of people love their iPhones, iPads, and refuse to be separated from their iPods. But lately our relationship with our Apple technology has been tainted by guilt after a story from our partner The New York Times revealed significant safety concerns for workers at some of Apple's overseas factories in China. Stories of long, abusive hours and horrifying conditions came to light. Now Apple is trying to allay concerns. The company has asked an independent labor group to audit the working conditions at its suppliers' factories.
Monday, February 06, 2012
The Senate gave final approval Monday evening to a four-year authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, breaking a sorry streak of 23 temporary authorizations going back to 2007.
The 75 to 20 vote sends the bill to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. It authorizes about $16 billion in spending each year on the agency. The bill governs significant parts of airport and runway programs, air traffic control, airline safety, and navigation regulations.
Lawmakers reached a deal in January that included a compromise on federal union rules. Democrats agreed to increase from 35% to 50% the proportion of workers at a company who must petition for unionization before a shop can vote to organize. While the deal paved the way for the FAA bill to enter final negotiations, it also enraged several unions. They've been letting Democrats know about their displeasure with the deal, and it helps explain why 14 Senate Democrats, many of them with heavy union backing, voted against the final package. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a liberal Vermont Independent, also voted against the bill.
The deal also continues the controversial Essential Air Service, a subsidy program designed to encourage airlines to fly to out-of-the-way and unprofitable airports. House Republicans had tried to kill the subsidy, but some Senate Democrats representing rural states, kept it on board.
Passage of FAA's authorization represents a detente from partisan clashes over the summer. One even lead to a partial shutdown of the agency lasting more than a week. But it is unclear whether bipartisanship will reign over other, larger transportation issues in Congress. The Senate is now moving toward taking up a 2-year, $109 billion Highway Bill reauthorization. If it passes it will go up against a 5-year, $260 House GOP alternative slated for floor action next week.
The House bill contains many controversial provisions, including opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. It's also likely to include an attempt to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Alex Pasternack, editor of Motherboard, Vice's science and tech site, and a correspondent for Discovery's TreeHugger.com, follows up on our conversation last week about Apple's labor and manufacturing practices.
How much of an "ethics-premium" would you pay to know that your gadget was manufactured responsibly? 50%, 100%, less or more? Let us know!