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By GREGORY N. HEIRES Retailers bemoan the estimated $14.4 billion they lose each year to shoplifting. What they don’t like to acknowledge is that they steal more than that amount—an estimated $15 billion—by paying their workers less than the minimum … Continue reading
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By GREGORY N. HEIRES Union-busting law firms and right-wing groups charge that unions are fleecing members through mandatory dues charges. What’s worse, they say, workers get little back for their contributions. “Union Dues Are A Prohibitively Bad Investment” blared the … Continue reading
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
By GREGORY N. HEIRES Over a 30-year career, union representation can mean an additional compensation of at least $1 million for a full-time professor at public regional universities, according to a recent study. The study is good news for adjuncts … Continue reading
By GREGORY N. HEIRES The Great Recession disproportionately harmed public sector black workers—and especially black women. Job losses and growing racial inequality in the public sector threaten the gains that minorities and women have made over decades through government employment. … Continue reading
By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 country, labor unions are fighting back as state … Continue reading
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Tagged AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, collective bargaining, County and Municipal Employees, Democratic Party, Harris v. Quinn, New York State Nurses Association, Professional Staff Congress, Republican Party, Supreme Court, Unions, wages
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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Tagged AFSCME, American Federation of State, captive meetings, Century Foundation, civil rights, Civil Rights Act, County and Municipal Employees, discrimination, Employee Empowerment Act, John Lewis, Keith Ellison, Lee Saunders, Moshe Z. Marvit, National Labor Relations Board, organizing, Richard D. Kahlenberg, SEIU, Service Employees International Union, Title VII, Unions
By GREGORY N. HEIRES 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 assets in the former Soviet Bloc, Europe and … Continue reading
Posted in Economics, Income Inequality, Labor Issues, Politics
Tagged contracting out, government, In The Public Interest, Inequality, Jobs, outsourcing, privatization, Unions