Tag: Labor

The Wildly Unequal “Shecession”

When the pandemic lockdowns in the United States first began, there were troubling signs that women would bear the brunt of the coming economic collapse. As layoffs started, more women than men lost jobs; by April, unemployment was almost 3 percentage points higher for women. A few months later, those gender disparities appear to have […]

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Visual Novel Writers Win Pay Raise After 21 Day Strike

Artwork courtesy of Voltage Freelance writers for popular visual novel collection Lovestruck have won a significant pay increase from their publisher Voltage, following a strike that lasted 21 days. The victory, declared on Tuesday when Voltage agreed to raise the wages of all 21 striking writers, marks a successful labor action in the game industry, […]

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I’m a Teacher in New York. I’m Doing My Job by Fighting an Unsafe Reopening.

I think even before this crisis, every public school teacher in America already had to reckon with the idea of boundaries: What am I willing to do beyond my job description to educate our students? And every single teacher I know has constantly gone above and beyond the call of duty, whether that’s grading late […]

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The AFL-CIO’s Untenable Stance on Cops

On the night of May 31, as Black Lives Matter protests raged throughout the nation’s capital, the house of labor went up in flames. The imposing headquarters of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations was swept up in the chaos, its windows smashed and its lobby set ablaze. Out front, its […]

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The Pandemic Benefit Seems so Great Because Actual Wages Are Insanely Low

At the end of last week, the $600 federal unemployment insurance supplement expired after a congressional deadlock on passing a new stimulus bill, leaving millions of laid-off workers without income that was helping them support themselves and their families. That, of course, was by design; the extra $600, Republicans insisted from the start, would make […]

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The Rise of the Creepy Reopening Industry

When I spoke to David Michaels, an epidemiologist at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the former assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he agreed that some of the frenzy around extreme deep-cleaning as a solution for reopening offices was misplaced. “I think it’s reasonable to […]

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The College Athletes Who Refuse to Die for the NCAA

The hits keep coming for Major League Baseball. On Monday, just one week after an outbreak of the coronavirus derailed games for the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, the St. Louis Cardinals canceled their upcoming series with the Detroit Tigers after eight team members, six of them players, tested positive. The day before, the National […]

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Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning

Two months later, as school reopenings loom, Donald Trump’s all-out “war” against Covid-19 has been—like all other American “wars” since 1942—an unevenly waged failure. We lead the world not only in defense spending but also in Covid-19 cases and deaths. Throughout the United States, people—usually the president’s people—continue to reject social distancing and mask wearing, […]

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The Growing Fight Against the School Death Trap

“It is our responsibility to exercise our power as workers to force our leaders to do what they have refused: End this pandemic.” “It is our responsibility to exercise our power as workers to force our leaders to do what they have refused: End this pandemic,” Refuse to Return’s sample resolution reads. “Our demands are […]

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What $600 Can Do

I’m hoping the government does something to help, but I won’t be surprised if they don’t. Without the $600, I’ll be bringing in only about $200 a week. I have rent and other bills to pay. I want to return to school but it’s not cheap. Chris, 33, New York I work in retail and, […]

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Green Jobs Can Be Just as Good as Fossil Fuel Jobs

Clean energy companies can certainly do much better by their workers, and climate campaigners shouldn’t labor under the assumption that they’re necessarily progressive institutions: The fact that they’re producing clean power instead of digging up fossil fuels doesn’t make them any less likely to exploit their workers. Renewables companies are, after all, companies with a profit motive just […]

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Why it’s Harder Than Ever to Make it in Hollywood

But despite the boom times in Beverly Hills, the working stiffs of L.A. who keep the apps stocked with thousands of hours of new content every year find themselves in a surprisingly precarious position. “There has been an explosion in the number of shows that exist,” says Brian Tanen, the showrunner behind Hulu’s Love, Victor. […]

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Ivanka Trump and Lockheed Martin Want You to Reach for the Stars and Stop Collecting Unemployment

In a vacuum the effort would be perfectly mundane, another public-facing task for Ivanka Trump, a person perfectly suited to tell people to just try something completely different. After all, going from modeling to lifestyle blogging to cosplaying as a real estate executive and White House adviser requires a certain something. (Wealth. Wealth is what […]

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Kill the Tipped Minimum Wage

Now, with the pandemic vaporizing jobs in restaurants and bars, advocates behind these campaigns, like the New York–based Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the One Fair Wage campaign, are hoping that angry workers will mobilize to push through changes and that owners may be willing to rethink business models already in tatters. They also are […]

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