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Wage theft is all around us – some estimates say billions of dollars a year unpaid – falling hardest on the most vulnerable, particularly black workers. However, what is wrong can be made right. […] Read More

The Christmas season is here, so we’re shopping. Appeals for door-buster deals are everywhere. Bright lights and happy music draw us in with cheerful promises of abundant gifts at low prices. It’s all good, when it’s all good for everyone. But what about when it isn’t? America is still a young, capitalist society when it […] Read More

These are the worst of times for organized labor, which during the post-World War II decades – the heyday of middle class expansion – represented more than one-third of all private sector workers. Today, that number is less than 7 percent. This precipitous decline has, not coincidentally, been accompanied by a historic surge in economic […] Read More

(RNS) For the second time this year, a federal regulator has rejected the First Amendment arguments of a Catholic college and cleared the way for the school’s adjunct faculty to unionize. In a May 26 decision, the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Saint Xavier University has no right to […] Read More

TORONTO (RNS) A labor relations board in Canada has granted an Adventist worker the right to not join a union because of her religious beliefs, raising questions about whether religion should trump labor laws. The Saskatchewan Labor Relations Board ruled last month (Feb.) in favor of an unnamed 24-year-old woman who argued that her Seventh-day […] Read More

(RNS) The fierce budget battle in Wisconsin that’s pitting unions against Republican Gov. Scott Walker has also pitted the state’s top Roman Catholic bishops against each other in a series of public exchanges over the church’s historic support for unions. The war of words—however polite—has exposed a longstanding rift between the church’s progressive and conservative […] Read More

(RNS) A small Catholic college in Riverdale, N.Y., last month got some news that sent shivers across religious higher education: part-time faculty have a right to form a union on campus. But that wasn’t the worst of it. The National Labor Relations Board also isn’t convinced that the Catholic school is actually Catholic. According to […] Read More

SOFIA, Bulgaria (RNS/ENInews) The decision by Bulgarian Orthodox priests to join a trade union because they haven’t been paid on time has angered at least one church hierarch, saying it goes against the church’s internal canon law. According to Bulgarian-language media reports, the new union will be part of Podkrepa, one of Bulgaria’s two national […] Read More

The head of the nation’s largest teachers’ union has asked ABC News for equal time to rebut last Friday’s “20/20” program, which portrayed public schools as a government-run monopoly that is cheating kids out of a quality education. In an hour-long segment titled “Stupid in America,” ABC News correspondent John Stossel said the nation’s schools […] Read More

Right to Work–For Less

Times are tough, and every community is desperate for new jobs–and new ideas to bring new jobs. In Kentucky, Gov. Ernie Fletcher has resurrected a tired, old idea: right-to-work-for-less. Despite the “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!” bleating from the business magnates, the governor’s “Employee Choice” initiative is not some bold, innovative solution to bring new business and […] Read More