Tomorrow, 120 editorial staffers at Gawker Media will vote on whether or not to unionize. Gawker was one of the websites that helped modernize digital journalism, and the vote is an important step in modernizing labor relations at digital employers. The Gawker vote will be the first such vote at a digital-only news outlet.
It is no longer debatable that the United States is suffering from runaway economic inequality. It also is no longer debatable that the reason is broad-based wage stagnation for the majority of Americans, as incomes for the top 10% continue to rise.
Today, America's working families asked some big questions of supporters of Fast Track trade authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). At 10 a.m., working families, labor leaders, members of Congress and community allies gathered at the AFL-CIO headquarters, behind the White House, and unveiled a giant banner with two simple requests.
A pretty standard way of measuring housing affordability used by economic experts is that you should pay about 30% of your income on rent. That leaves you with enough income to cover other important costs such as food, clothing, medical care, etc. But a new report from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition shows that in 2015, the minimum wage isn't enough to cover the rent for a one-bedroom apartment in any state in the union. Seems like we need a raise, right?
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Working to End Mass Incarceration
The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to celebrate our heritage and the communities we have formed in the United States. Yet, far too many of our brothers and sisters remain behind bars.
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is asking everyone to show their support for postal workers and a vibrant, public U.S. Postal Service. In support of that goal, APWU is asking supporters to fill out an online postcard that they will print out and mail to Postmaster General Megan Brennan.