EPI: How today’s unions help working people

By Josh Bivens, Lora Engdahl, Elise Gould, Teresa Kroeger, Celine McNicholas, Lawrence Mishel, Zane Mokhiber, Heidi Shierholz, Marni von Wilpert, Ben Zipperer, and Valerie Wilson Americans have always joined together—whether in parent teacher associations or local community organizations—to solve problems and make changes that improve their lives and their communities. Through unions, people join together … More EPI: How today’s unions help working people

A 21st Century Marxism: The Revolutionary Possibilities of the “New Economy”

By Chris Wright It should hardly be controversial anymore to say we’re embarking on the “end times” of … something. Maybe it’s corporate capitalism, maybe it’s civilization, maybe it’s humanity. Whatever it is, the unsustainability of the contemporary ancien régime, on the global level, has become obvious. Economically, socially, politically and environmentally, the next 50 years … More A 21st Century Marxism: The Revolutionary Possibilities of the “New Economy”

Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

The Journal of Working-Class Studies Special Issue, December 2017: The Poverty of Academia: Exploring the (Intersectional) Realities of Working Class Academics Educational attainment is often framed as positive, having the liberatory potential to free the socio-economically marginalized from their constraints. There is little if ever any mention of the unchained slavery of debt and low wages … More Call For Papers: The Poverty of Academia – Exploring the Realities of Working Class Academics

New Book: Employers’ Economics versus Employees’ Economy – How Adam Smith’s Legacy Obscures Public Investment in the Private Sector

By John F. M. McDermott. From Palgrave: This book argues that economic activity in the public sphere now underwrites private corporations, and rejects rigid adherence to traditional economic theories that no longer apply. Adam Smith’s widely used “merchant’s model” assumes that most investment is private, when in fact research demonstrates that public investment in the workforce … More New Book: Employers’ Economics versus Employees’ Economy – How Adam Smith’s Legacy Obscures Public Investment in the Private Sector

LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

  How can unions help create a social movement to take on Wall Street’s economic and political dominance? That’s the question that the Communications Workers (CWA) are tackling with labor educator Les Leopold. The training program they’ve put together, based on his book Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice, has already reached hundreds … More LaborNotes: Building an Army to Fight Runaway Inequality

Call for proposals for The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies

Originally posted on The working-class studies association:
Call For Proposals The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies Co-editors: Michele Fazio (UNC Pembroke), Christie Launius (UW Oshkosh), and Tim Strangleman (University of Kent) Deadline: May 1, 2017 The co-editors of The Routledge International Handbook of Working Class Studies (under contract with Routledge Press) are seeking proposals for…

EPI: Low-wage African American workers have increased annual work hours most since 1979

by Valerie Wilson & Janelle Jones Over the last several decades, black workers have been offering more to the economy and the labor market to incredibly disappointing results in pay and unemployment. Some have argued that the disparity in wages between blacks and white is the result of white workers working longer and harder than … More EPI: Low-wage African American workers have increased annual work hours most since 1979