EEOC litigation picked up in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018, and the agency just held a major public hearing in October to further its focus on workplace harassment.
By Paul R. Monsees (The National Law Review) Despite having only three active members on its five-member Commission and having no General Counsel, the EEOC has remained quite busy in its strategic enforcement of federal workplace discrimination laws. You may remember that since the 2016 election, the EEOC has been operating with an acting Republican […]
No entity is free from subjectivity—not even in the workplace—so an association of the Catholic faith held by the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court with their key rulings becomes problematic.
BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) – A little-known fact regarding the U.S. Supreme Court justices entails their religious stance—a majority are of the Catholic faith. This results in a more conservative group of individuals ruling on issues concerning education, gay rights and abortion. In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., privately held, for-profit corporations were given […]
An analysis done by the Comptroller’s Office in May estimated the cannabis market could result in $336 million in annual tax revenue for the city, on top of $436 million for the state.
Press Release (New York City Comptroller’s Office) New analysis identifies neighborhoods hit hardest by enforcement policies and offers road map for building equity in adult-use marijuana industry Data shows discriminatory cannabis enforcement targets low-income New Yorkers (New York, NY) — As New York moves closer to legalizing cannabis for adult use, New York City Comptroller Scott […]
"If I was smart, I would have waited a few years and made an iPhone app: a little satirical story about how to write about Africa every day, interactive and adaptable, for ninety-nine cents." - Binyavanga Wainaina
By Binyavanga Wainaina (Bidoun.org) The Revenge Novelists, NGO workers, rock musicians, conservationists, students, and travel writers track down my email, asking: Would you please comment on my homework assignment / pamphlet / short story / funding proposal / haiku / adopted child / photograph of genuine African mother-in-law? All of the people who do this are […]
In New York’s metropolitan regions, it is worse than the national average of 62% of jobs not supporting a middle-class life: New York City, 67%; Nassau/Suffolk, 76%; Albany, 63%; Syracuse, 64%; Utica, 66%; Binghamton, 68%; Rochester, 64%; and Buffalo, 63%.
The mounting climate crisis is an existential threat that should concern us all. But millions of working-class New Yorkers are in crisis every day struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes. New York is the most unequal state in the nation. The top 1% took home 12% of all income in 1980. […]
In New York City, there are the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives and the Green Worker Cooperatives, which is based in the South Bronx and focused on assisting communities of immigrants and people of color.
BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) — When we work in a capitalist business, we produce more value than we receive in wages. It’s called exploitation. A rich class lives high off the hog on the labor of a working class. Under slavery, it was slaveowners exploiting slaves. Under feudalism, it was the landowners exploiting serfs. Under capitalism, […]
Wage theft can even happen to unionized workers
BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) — National studies have shown that one-third of low-wage workers experience wage theft every week. Two-thirds have had wages stolen at some point in their work lives. Employers use a variety of means to avoid paying wages their workers have earned: working them off the clock, failing to pay overtime, failing to […]
The average American wage today ($22.65/hour) is less than it was in January 1973 ($23.68/hour) when adjusted for inflation. Over these last 45 years, productivity – the amount we produce per hour as workers – is up 217%. But our wages remain flat.
BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) – I’m a Teamster who had his pension cut 20% with the approval of the U.S Treasury Department just before I retired. Existing retirees were cut 30%. These cuts were made by a bipartisan act of Congress in 2014 that removed the guarantee in the 1974 Employment Retirement Income Security Act that […]
"The Green Party has been campaigning for a Green New Deal that would be the fulfillment of the original New Deal’s aspiration for an Economic Bill of Rights – with added right to a clean and sustainable environment, particularly to address the mounting climate crisis." - Howie Hawkins, the 2018 Green Party candidate for Governor of New York.
BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) – It has been 84 years since President Franklin Roosevelt formed the Committee on Economic Security in June 1934 to make recommendations during the height of the Great Depression on how to provide economic security for all Americans. The five-member committee included three of the most progressive New Dealers: Henry Wallace, […]
Prison Policy Initiative, 2017 Report: The cost of incarceration is $182 billion every year.
BROOKLYN, NY (Workers World Today) — The United States holds 25 percent of the world’s prison population, despite only accounting for 5 percent of the world’s total population. This massive number of prisoners is a result of a justice system that needs remodeling and updating. In its current state, the justice system is expensive and […]