Posting History for Gregory Heires
The U.S. Senate report on torture tells a tale of contracting out run-a-muck. Two psychologists were awarded a no-bid contract to design the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture program set ...
|The War on Unions
As unions come under harsh attack nationwide, they need to do a better job mobilizing members, working together, building community alliances and strengthening their political operations. Around ...
|The Great Global Wealth Divide
With wealth rising at probably the fastest pace on record, the world’s richest 1 percent own nearly 50 percent of global assets. The Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 2014 “Global Wealth ...
|The Greening of the Labor Movement
Service Employees International Union walk in People's Climate March in New York City Thousands of union members participated in Sunday’s People’s Climate March, which is believed to be the ...
|Municipalities face Obstacles as They Seek to Address Inequality
Rising inequality is a permanent fixture of our economy. That bleak assessment of our economic landscape is one of the troubling conclusions of a new report by the United States Conference of ...
|The Right to Organize Unions Should be a Civil Right
With unions nearing extinction in the private sector and under relentless attack in the public sector, making union organizing a civil right could help revive the battered U.S. labor movement. A ...
|Criminalization of Immigration Causes Warehousing of Thousands in Inhumane Privatized Prisons
Thousands of immigrants are locked up in a shadow private prison system as a result of the criminalization of immigration over the past decade, according to a recent report by the American Civil ...
|Lousy Job? It's Your Fault!
Technological change and inadequate education are often cited as the principal causes of our wage crisis. This argument, in a certain sense, blames workers for their plight. They are unwilling to ...
|How Outsourcing Whacks the Middle Class
In his best-selling book “Capital in the 21st Century,” French economist Thomas Piketty identifies privatization as one of the causes of global inequality. Indeed, the sell-off of public ...
|When Government Helped
The New Deal era beginning in the 1930s set up the government structure we enjoy today. But ever since, conservatives have waged a protected war on “Big Government.” The assault on government ...
|Three sentenced for $100 million fraud in botched automated payroll project in New York City
The conviction of three consultants charged in a $100 million fraud scheme involving a project to modernize the payroll system in New York City offers yet another lesson of the perils of ...
|Contracting Out Worsens Inequality and Lowers Wages
Contracting out public services—which aims to help the federal, state and local governments save tax dollars—often has a harmful effect on the community, including worsening inequality and ...
|Will We See A Wave of Organizing by College Athletes?
Last week’s regional National Labor Relations Board ruling that college football plays are workers opens up the possibility for a wave of organizing in collegiate sports. The ruling that ...
|Recent College Graduates Face Permanent Wage Loss
The payoff of college isn’t what it used to be. These days, many college-educated workers are struggling to get by with stagnating and falling wages. This is not to suggest that an “...
|Wage Theft at McDonald's
Fast Food workers “speak out” against wage theft in Seattle on March 18. The fast-food business model is based on wage theft. That’s the thrust of seven lawsuits that hit McDonald’s in ...
|Corporate CEOs Become the Nation’s Richest “Government Employees” by Leaching Off Taxpayers
Budget hawks squawk about bloated bureaucracies and excessively paid public employees to justify their calls for slashing government services. In recent years, their drumbeat about government ...
|A Quarter Century Without A Raise
Wouldn’t it be just lovely to go nearly a quarter century without a raise? Astonishingly, that’s what restaurant servers--whose wage floor is set by the federal government--face. Despite ...
|New York City: Queens Public Library Head Under Fire for Perks and Pay Worthy of a Corporate Fat Cat
The head of the Queens Public Library in New York City—which has one of the largest circulations in the world—faces criticism for his excessive compensation package. Patrons, politicians and ...
|The Foreclosed Dreams of African Americans
The housing crisis has led to the foreclosure of the homes of 10 million people--equivalent to the population of Michigan. The foreclosures have particularly devastated the African-American ...
|Public-Employee Unions Targeted by Right-wing Case before the Supreme Court
Home-care workers react to Supreme Court decision to hear a right-wing case that jeopardizes their union representation. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to cripple the power of ...
|Inequality Gone Wild
We have a winner-take-all global economy, a malady that undermines democracy, distorts economic development and fuels inequality. Timed to coincide with the meeting of the global economic elite ...
|Campaign for Paid Sick Leaves Faces Stiff Resistance from Conservatives
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to expand New York City’s paid sick leave law faces business opposition, but concerns about the benefit’s cost are overblown. In cities that have adopted ...
|Shafted by NAFTA
The scorecard is in 20 years after the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement: Corporations won and workers lost. “NAFTA has done what it was intended to do, which is to lower wages,�
|Outgoing NYC Mayor Joins the Public-Employee Pension Scare Mongers
Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has added his voice to the nationwide attack on public-employee pensions as he prepared to end his 12-years in office. In his last major public ...
|New NYU Graduate Students Union Offers Hope for Academic Workers
The recent overwhelmingly vote of New York University graduate students to unionize offers hope that academic and other workers will increasingly opt to avoid the traditional employer-biased union ...
|Obama, de Blasio and the Challenge of Inequality
The day after President Obama described inequality as the “defining challenge of our times,” fast-food workers walked off the job in 100 cities across the country, demanding to be paid $15 an ...
|Who’s Getting Walloped by the Economy? Go Ask ALICE
Occupy Wall Street struck a deep chord with its notion that the fundamental divide in our country is between the “1 percent” and the rest of us. That facile rhetorical device brilliantly ...
|A Call for an Economic Bill of Rights for the 21st Century
Nearly 70 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed that everyone has the right to a job with decent wage, his message continues to ring true. The economy of the 21st century remains ...
|The Lost Decade
When working families look back at the early years of the turn of the century, they will undoubtedly remember the period as a lost decade. The vast majority of Americans are walking in place—even ...
|As Inequality Skyrockets, CEOs Enjoy Excessive Compensation for Poor Performance
Corporate boards justify the lavish salary and benefits they bestow upon their CEOs by saying the compensation reflects the job market. You want strong profits? You have to pay for it. Well, it ...
|Expand-Don't Cut--Social Security
With a growing acceptance that millions of Americans will face a retirement crisis, the deficit hawks’ call for cutting Social Security is losing credibility. As the federal deficit continues to ...
|Queens Public Library Joins the Ranks of Low-Wage Employers
Back in the mid-1990s, Queens Public Library hired a private security guard company, supposedly to supplement its own unionized guards. Fast forward to 2010. That’s when the library laid off two ...
|As Inequality Worsens, Bush's Chief Economist is Smiling
Perhaps you shouldn’t be surprised that the chief economist during George W. Bush’s presidency seems giddy that economic inequality in our country is at its most extreme since the Great ...
|The Low-Wage Wal-Mart Business Model has Broken Our Economy
Wal-Mart’s nickname should be Inequality Inc. Consider this: ⋅ Six heirs of the company’s founder control more wealth than 41.5 percent of all American families combined—or 48.8 million ...
|Can Unions Prevent Austerity from Killing Off the Middle Class?
The AFL-CIO promises a wide-ranging and open discussion about the future of the labor movement at its convention in September. With private-sector union representation approaching 5 percent of the ...
|Senate Rejects Plan to Change Formula to Set (and Lower ) Social Security Benefits
The plan to gut Social Security by changing the inflation formula used to calculate benefits is running into trouble. The budget resolution passed by the U.S. Senate on March 30 includes an ...
|Eliminating the Payroll Tax Cap Would Guarantee the Solvency of Social Security
As President Barack Obama looks to strike a “grand bargain” on the deficit by July, Social Security is being targeted for cuts. But the alarm over the system’s supposed weak fiscal health is ...
|Tax justice and the Minimum Wage
Evidence continues to grow about the persistence of deepening inequality in our society as beltway politicians consider raising the minimum wage. A recent study shows that the economic recovery has ...
|You will Receive Less if a Technical Change to Determine Social Security Benefits is Adopted
As deficit talks resume in the coming months, Social Security will once again likely be targeted for cuts. One of the more popular proposals among Washington insiders is to change how inflation is ...
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