Can You Get Out of Jury Duty?

If you are a citizen and 18 years of age, have not been convicted of a felony and can communicate in English, be ready for jury service.

Can You Get Out of Jury Duty?

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) – You reach your hand into the mailbox only to pull out the most dreaded letter feared by all adults: jury duty. Immediately, you start calculating how to get out of what already feels like a life sentence to you. Rest assured, there are ways to not only avoid jury duty, […]

Are Uber Drivers Independent Contractors or Employees?

A fine-line is drawn on a state-by-state, rather than case-by-case, basis.

Are Uber Drivers Independent Contractors or Employees?

New York City traffic has changed very little since the invention of the stoplight. Traffic continues to jam, jaywalking remains a pedestrian rite of passage, and horse-drawn carriages still make their rounds through Central Park. But change is as inevitable as a long-awaited green light. And when it comes to what New Yorkers consider public […]

An Equitable Economy Requires Public Enterprises and Cooperatives

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%.

An Equitable Economy Requires Public Enterprises and Cooperatives

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. […]

The Weingarten Rule: An employee’s right to representation

Every unionized worker’s federal rights to union representation during a management investigation.

The Weingarten Rule: An employee’s right to representation

By Local 372 (NYC Board of Education Union) Did you know you have Weingarten Rights and only YOU can invoke them? What are Weingarten Rights? These are every unionized worker’s federal rights to union representation during a management investigation. What do they mean? It means that if a manager/supervisor is questioning you about anything that […]

Worker Cooperatives: Keep the Full Fruits of Your Labor

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.

Worker Cooperatives: Keep the Full Fruits of Your Labor

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, […]

Workers Bill of Rights NYC

The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards is NYC's central resource for workers. To contact DCA: Call 311 (212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) or email: OLPS@dca.nyc.gov.

Workers Bill of Rights NYC

Workers in NYC have rights regardless of immigration status.     Workers World TodayThe Workers World Today is a free publication that empowers all workers, regardless of their social or political affiliations. Distributed throughout New York City, our paper has a mission to educate workers and provide them with relevant information pertinent to the workforce […]

An Employment Cloud Hangs Over The Ridesharing Space

"While [drivers] can choose the hours [they] work, pay can be inconsistent and some drivers are incentivized to drive at hours [they] may not prefer, all for the lure of extra pay. So what does this actually make drivers – true independent contractors, or something else?" -- The Rideshare Guy

An Employment Cloud Hangs Over The Ridesharing Space

By John Ince (The Rideshare Guy) A cloud hangs over the entire ridesharing industry. It’s a legal cloud of ambiguity as to what exactly drivers are. Are drivers independent contractors as Uber and Lyft would have the world believe? Or are drivers employees – as two important legal bodies have ruled within the last six months? […]

Whole Foods Workers Need Unionization Now More Than Ever

Amazon just recently became a trillion-dollar company. The issue here is that the parent company of Whole Foods Market keeps on expanding but unfortunately for the employees, they are experiencing very little advantage from it. Workers complain that they are living paycheck to paycheck and this is simply not enough.

Whole Foods Workers Need Unionization Now More Than Ever

Brooklyn (Workers World Today) — Earlier this month, employees at Whole Foods Market made an effort to unionize. The announcement came on Sept. 6 as workers of the company started a mass email thread they sent to nearly all store-level employees in each of the 490 stores owned and operated by the supermarket chain. The […]

New Yorkers Need a Raise

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.

New Yorkers Need a Raise

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 […]

South Africa’s New President and Labor Unions at Loggerheads

Eskom is critical to South Africa. It supplies more than 90 percent of the country's power, has 220 billion rand ($17 billion) of state-guaranteed debt and is often cited as a threat to South Africa's credit ratings, which are near junk status.

South Africa’s New President and Labor Unions at Loggerheads

By Alexander Winning | Reuters | Thu Jul 12, 2018 JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A month after Cyril Ramaphosa took the helm of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December, he called an urgent meeting with then-President Jacob Zuma and senior ministers to save state power firm Eskom. Ramaphosa understood sweeping changes were needed […]