Category Archives: News

The Instability of Labor and the Gig Economy




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The gig economy is receiving a lot of attention these days as online businesses like Uber car service and Airbnb Inc. hoteliers prosper. Optimists predict online businesses will continue to grow rapidly and workers will increasingly … Continue reading






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Outsourcing Torture




By GREGORY N. 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 up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according … Continue reading






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The Greening of the Labor Movement




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Thousands of union members participated in Sunday’s People’s Climate March, which is believed to be the largest demonstration by environmental activists ever to take place in the United States. National, statewide and local unions played a … Continue reading






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Municipalities Face Obstacles as They Seek to Address Inequality




By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 Mayors. “Unless policies are … Continue reading






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Civil Rights and Union Organizing




By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 bill recently proposed by Rep. … Continue reading






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Criminalization of Immigration Causes Warehousing of Thousands in Inhumane Privatized Prisons




By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 Liberties Union. The … Continue reading






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Book Review: When Government Helped




By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 deepened with the presidency … Continue reading






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Three sentenced for $100 million fraud in botched automated payroll project in New York City




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The conviction of three consultants charged in a $100 million fraudulent scheme involving a project to modernize the payroll system in New York City offers yet another lesson of the perils of contracting out. On Monday, … Continue reading






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College Football Players Win Right to Unionize




By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 players at Northwestern University with athletic scholarships … Continue reading






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College Graduates Face a Permanent Income Loss




By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 “education premium” no longer … Continue reading






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