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Coming Soon to a Restaurant Menu Near You: Livable Wages
Date: December 2, 2016
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In the trend-conscious restaurant industry, foodies are asking questions not only about whether their beef was raised humanely and whether their asparagus is organic, but also about the working conditions of those who prepare and serve their food. Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a New York-based workers’ rights advocacy group, has studied the industry with an eye toward […]

Are Street Protests Next in the Fight over Education Reform?
Date: December 2, 2016
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“As it stands now, if nothing changes, the schools are going to have to open without any adults in the large spaces where kids gather,” predicted Philadelphia public schools parent Michael Mullins in late June. Mullins has two kids in the public schools and is secretary-treasurer of the city’s hotel and stadium workers union, UNITE/HERE. […]

Michael Pollan: “Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced”
Date: December 2, 2016
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Take a stroll through most grocery stores, and many of the products claim to be organically grown or locally sourced. The foodie movement has swept America in the last decade, thanks in no small part to the work of journalists and intellectuals who have championed the cause online, in print and on the airwaves. Michael […]

We Want to Have a Common Language: Carolina Jews for Justice Stand Out in the Moral Mondays Crowd
Date: December 2, 2016
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It can be isolating to be a progressive Jew in North Carolina. In a state where just 1% of the population identifies as Jewish, it can be tough just to find a religious community, let alone a politically active one. Although older Jews who may have been activists in the civil rights movement of the […]

Teachers Are Protecting American Classrooms From Corporate Takeover
Date: December 2, 2016
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Teachers have always held a cherished role in our society — recognized as professionals who know how to inculcate a love of learning in our children. But the “education reform” movement represented by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top blames teachers for the problems in our public schools. “The people who seek […]

“Workers are Constantly on the Edge of the Knife”
Date: December 2, 2016
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Picture your typical week: Maybe you have a doctor’s appointment or a child’s music performance to attend. You may have urgent errands to run on your day off from work. Now, imagine having to achieve these things without knowing your actual work schedule, knowing that at any moment you could be called in to work […]

Is the Fight for 15 the Next Civil Rights Movement?
Date: December 2, 2016
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Martin Luther King, Jr. is a national hero for helping end racial segregation in the United States. Yet he spent the last years of his life working as much for economic justice as for racial justice. When he was shot and killed in Memphis in April 1968, King was in the city on behalf of […]

Universal Pre-K is the Next Great Public Policy Crusade
Date: December 2, 2016
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A clear majority of Americans agree: high-quality preschool should be guaranteed by the public, just as our primary and secondary schools are. It’s an idea that Democrats are hoping to add to their legacy — something to stand along aside Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and the Earned Income Tax Credit as lasting institutions in American life. But […]

A Bigger Tent: Can Richard Trumka Save the Labor Movement?
Date: December 2, 2016
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In 1994 I visited the AFL-CIO’s national headquarters at Sixteenth and I Streets in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of its president, Lane Kirkland. I had just been elected to lead the regional labor federation for Silicon Valley, which entitled me to a seat at Kirkland’s table. Sharply dressed union lobbyists strode past as I stepped […]

We Need Labor Journalism Now More than Ever
Date: November 7, 2016
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There was a time when virtually every major newspaper in the United States had a labor reporter. But as newspaper budgets tightened and papers competed for advertising dollars, news affecting working people took a back seat to more lucrative opportunities. Today, if you read through the Sunday New York Times, you will first be pummeled […]