Port Truck Drivers Draw a Line in the Sand

Port Truck Drivers Draw a Line in the Sand

Imagine your boss suddenly told you that from now on you were going to be considered an independent contractor. You’d have to pay for your office space, supplies, and equipment. Your employer would deduct those expenses from your paycheck. And you’d have...
Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

Is Wal-Mart Treating Workers Like Pop-Tarts?

Wal-Mart loves keeping track of data. For instance, the retail giant’s┬áresearchers know that before and after major storms, customers buy strawberry Pop-Tarts at a rate that’s seven times faster than normal. How does Wal-Mart use this data? To stock its...
Hamster-Wheel Economics 101

Hamster-Wheel Economics 101

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew comes across as somewhat optimistic about the rather lackluster national economy. “Evidence continues to mount that our economy is gaining traction,” Lew recently said. “Nevertheless, we cannot escape the fact that...
Success in Seattle

Success in Seattle

At last, our political leaders in Washington are taking action for low-wage workers and the middle class, striking a bold blow for America’s historic value of economic fairness. Gosh, I hope you don’t think I meant Washington, D.C. No, no. The same old...
Fast Food Giants Picking Their Workers’ Pockets

Fast Food Giants Picking Their Workers’ Pockets

No matter how small the haul, a thief is a thief, right? If a poverty-wage fast-food worker sneaks out a couple of burgers to take home to the kids, the bosses yell: “Thief!” But what do you call it when the bosses steal from those same workers? How about...
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