Missouri’s Labor Victory Won’t Reverse the Decline of Unions

On Tuesday night, as it became clear that voters in Missouri had—by a two-to-one margin—rejected a state law meant to reduce unions’ power, the president of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, declared, “The defeat of this poisonous anti-worker legislation is a victory for all workers across the country.” He added, “Tonight is the latest act of […]

The coming ‘labor shortage’ in America is great news for workers

For now, the coming “labor shortage” is good news for workers. We should root for it to continue. It’s undoubtedly a headache for some owners and managers. But it’s one they should, hopefully, be made to live with for a few years. They say “labor shortage” like it’s a bad thing. “America’s labor shortage is […]

Forced Labor Is the Backbone of the World’s Electronics Industry

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Malaysia bills itself as “heaven for foreign companies.” Since the 1970s, the Southeast Asian nation has drawn 5,000 foreign firms from more than 40 countries to set up facilities in parts of the country specially set aside for business development. The electronics industry—the country’s largest manufacturing sector, which makes everything from semiconductors to […]

“Like slavery”: Rehab patients forced into unpaid labor to cover “treatment”

Enlarge / A heroin addict at a rehab house. (credit: Getty | AFP) If you caught John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight this past Sunday, you saw a lengthy segment detailing the atrocities of the rehabilitation industry. As Oliver pointed out, it’s largely an unregulated, unstandardized market rife with bad actors, scams, and bunkum that offers […]

In an audit of supply chain partners, Apple found increased labor violations in 2017

Enlarge / An iPhone assembly worker works with Apple supplier Pegatron in an image distributed by Apple. (credit: Apple) Each year, Apple releases a report called the Supplier Responsibility Progress Report detailing its audits of the labor practices of its suppliers around the world. Apple reports violations it finds at various categories of severity and […]

Child labor and debt bondage: Apple audit exposes ‘core violations’ of tech giant’s suppliers

Apple suppliers have breached the firm’s core labor rules 44 times in the last year, according to a new audit. The number of overall violations, which include debt bondage and underage employment, have doubled. The 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report includes 756 of the tech giant’s suppliers. Some 197 suppliers were audited for the first time. […]

Catholic Church's exploitation of nuns for cheap labor exposed in Vatican publication

An official Vatican publication has exposed the widespread economic exploitation of nuns for cheap or free labor by the Catholic Church’s male hierarchy. It called for an immediate end to the servitude. ‘The (nearly) free work of the nuns’ was published in the March edition of Women Church World – the monthly magazine on women […]

Labor board says Google legally fired diversity memo writer

James Damore may claim Google was wrong to fire him over his memo criticizing the company’s diversity culture, but a federal government overseer begs to differ. The National Labor Relations Board has published a January memo recommending a dismissal of Damore’s then-active complaint. Board attorney Jayme Sophir found that Damore was protected under federal law […]

Labor Board Rules Google’s Firing of James Damore Was Legal

Google released the former senior software engineer last August after he wrote a ten-page memo arguing that biological differences between men and women accounted for the gender disparity in software engineering. https://media.wired.com/photos/5a875cd3263579570b6bfc77/master/pass/JamesDamore-15043053.jpg

Infamous Google memo author shot down by federal labor board

(credit: Shutterstock) Former Google engineer James Damore has attempted to take civil and legal action against his former employer after being fired in August, but on Thursday, a federal memo revealed that one of Damore’s filings has been unequivocally denied. The National Labor Relations Board published its memo this week, which was issued in January […]