Black and Latino workers in the US are more favorable to unions because they “are most like workers in the Global South,” where workers are super-exploited, argues Michael Yates, labor educator and author, whose latest book is titled Can Workers Change the World?
By David Ruccio, Unless we change our tune and resolve to fundamentally alter the way the economy is organized, we’re going to have to face up to the problem that’s been haunting the United States for decades now: growing inequality. And it’s only getting worse. Part of the problem stems from the increase in market … More Mind the Income Gap
By Charles Umney, Ian Greer, Özlem Onaran, Graham Symon Why have neoliberal labor market policies survived the 2008 financial crisis? It cannot be because of their success. There is mounting evidence that measures such as restraining European workers’ wages are not effective ways of generating stable growth. Likewise, converting social democratic welfare states into ‘workfare’ … More The state and financialization: explaining recent European labor market policy
By Howard J. & Paul D. Sherman, From Routledge: There is enormous inequality between the income and wealth of the richest 1 percent and all other Americans. While the top 1 percent own 42 percent of all wealth in America, the lower half on the income ladder has only 2 percent of all of the … More New Book: Inequality, Boom, and Bust – From Billionaire Capitalism to Equality and Full Employment
By Paddy Quick, It is always been true that the earnings of those with more education are, on average, greater than the earnings of those with less. But over the past 40 years or so, we have seen a very large increase in the number of years that people spend in formal education, but no … More Paddy Quick: Do workers benefit from increased education?
Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like Cuba or the former Soviet Union. Most Americans don’t realize that May Day has its origins here in this country … More The Brief Origins of May Day
by Brandon Weber. From Haymarket Books: An engaging collection of riveting stories about working people in United States history fighting back in the darkest times. Class War, USA is a rich collection of stories about ordinary people who resisted oppression and exploitation against all odds. Brandon Weber’s succinct and vivid essays capture crucial moments of struggle … More New Book: Class War, USA – Dispatches from Workers’ Struggles in American History