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A needed remembrance, and rededication

Workers’ Memorial Week: Remembering, honoring and strengthening resolve in support of workplace safety and health   By LIN NELSON (April 26, 2021) — Death, disability, disease — from hazards endured on the job. This is not a new issue. For a long time we’ve known that work can be hazardous, uneven in its impacts and […]

Clean manufacturing is a climate priority

By JESSICA KOSKI (April 22, 2021) — Limiting global warming to 1.5°C demands rapid and bold industrial transformation. The industrial sector accounts for approximately one quarter of our global carbon footprint. The roadmap to net zero emissions by 2050 requires accelerating the production of next generation low-carbon materials and sustainable energy technologies. Today as we […]

‘We Do the Work’ radio program signing off

By KEN WINKES and JANET McKINNEY (April 20, 2021) — We took a stand, and it lasted eight years. We had no idea what we were getting into or how much work it would entail, but “We Do the Work,” a weekly radio program that was eventually aired by more than 20 community radio stations […]

The Amazon workers in Alabama have already won

They have exposed Amazon’s dangerous jobs, its desperation to silence workers, and America’s broken labor laws. That’s why we need to pass the PRO Act.   By DAVID GROVES (April 9, 2021) — Though the final election results are not yet known, reports indicate that Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala., may be coming up […]

April Sims: It’s a movement, not a month

As we honor Black and women’s history, I work toward a labor movement that supports and lifts up all workers, but particularly Black women.   By APRIL SIMS (April 1, 2021) —When I use “women” throughout, I mean all women: women of every race, across any border; transwomen; disabled women; and all others that want […]

The vaccine: Fair access or global apartheid?

By MICHAEL RIGHI (March 29, 2021) — Despite all the frustrations of the vaccine distribution system, most of us will likely get vaccinated some time this year. Not true for folks in poor countries. Some experts are saying many will not get their shots until 2024. Three years from now! Rich countries have contracted with […]

‘Imperfect storm’ has eroded faith in the U.S. Postal Service

PMG DeJoy must be held accountable, but understaffing and turnover play role   By MARK DIMONDSTEIN (March 16, 2021) — The mail system is in chaos. Postal workers are tired and frustrated. Customers are angry. Despite the courageous efforts, hard work and dedication of postal workers throughout this dangerous pandemic, service has deteriorated to levels […]

Washington campaign workers uniting for better pay, benefits

By CONOR BRONSDON (March 12, 2021) — For too long, campaign workers have been the exploited gig workers of politics. Unpaid internships, grueling hours, toxic and unsafe workplaces, lack of health care, and low wages have been the norm. Democrats, purportedly the major party of workers, have talked a big game, but many of the […]

An energized safety movement steps up for essential workers

By LIN NELSON (March 11, 2021) — A reinvigorated safety and health movement is taking on the long historic injustice of work-related illness, injury and death. It’s also digging deep into structured inequality to reveal the race/class/gender discrimination that shapes that inequality in both small and screamingly obvious ways. During this pandemic we became newly […]

Legislators can right this historical wrong

Farm workers were excluded from the New Deal. The Legislature can fix that.   By JEFF JOHNSON (March 9, 2021) — Eighty-five years ago, farmworkers and domestic workers were excluded from the New Deal legislation that provided a measure of economic security and a means for working people to accumulate some wealth while helping to […]

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