Tag Archives: Labor

The Fight for Dignity Goes Global

The Fight for Dignity Goes Global
Even though fast food workers have staged several one-day strikes in the last 18 months, the protests have not swayed McDonald’s or other major restaurant chains to significantly raise their employees’ pay. So on Thursday, the fast food workers’ movement wants to broaden its reach as it pushes for a ... Read more

40% Of US Workers Now Earn Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage

40% Of US Workers Now Earn Less Than 1968 Minimum Wage
Are American workers paid enough? That is a topic that is endlessly debated all across this great land of ours. Unfortunately, what pretty much everyone can agree on is that American workers are not making as much as they used to after you account for inflation. Back in 1968, the minimum ... Read more

Toward Cyborg Socialism

Toward Cyborg Socialism
Part of the point of Earth Day was to distance the nascent environmentalist movement from New Left critiques of consumer society, suburban development, and nuclear waste. In an attempt to avoid charges of “watermelon” politics — green on the outside, red on the inside — the message of the early environmental movement, ... Read more

Why Inequality Matters and What Can Be Done About It

Why Inequality Matters and What Can Be Done About It
In the past, when our country reached these extremes of inequality, at the end of the 19th century, in the gilded age, or in the Roaring 20s, it pulled back from the brink. It enacted policies and programs that provided hope that the American dream could return to being a reality. We are now ... Read more

How to Raise Americans’ Wages

How to Raise Americans’ Wages
Today, the drive to restore workers’ share has been narrowed down to the campaign to raise the minimum wage. That raise is long overdue. The real value of the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is less than two-thirds of its level in 1968, which, in current dollars, would be $10.71. But even raising that wage ... Read more

Underestimating Capital, Overestimating Labour

Underestimating Capital, Overestimating Labour
The US economy seems to be emerging from the latest crisis, albeit hesitatingly and with remaining fragility. A solid recovery would require a much greater and more consistent investment in infrastructure. This is unlikely to materialise so long as there is no organised working class threatening ... Read more

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare

Care Before Profit: Organizing for Community-Led Healthcare
The question when it comes to Interfaith, according to NYSNA organizer Eliza Carboni, is, “How do we get decisions about our healthcare needs out of bankruptcy court and into the hands of the community?” The hospital, which has been in bankruptcy court since 2012, has nearly closed ... Read more