Friday, Feb 22, 2019, 6:17 pm · By Julia Conley
A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta committed a crime in 2007 when, as a U.S. prosecutor at the time, he secretly gave a lenient plea deal to a politically-connected billionaire accused of sex trafficking underage girls.
Friday, Feb 22, 2019, 1:42 pm · By Barbara Madeloni
“Don’t start those buses tomorrow,” said Joe White, executive director of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association.
He was announcing the second statewide education strike in West Virginia in a year, alongside the leaders of the state’s two teacher unions.
Thursday, Feb 21, 2019, 6:48 pm · By Brooke Anderson
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019, 6:03 pm · By Jeff Schuhrke
On Tuesday, Illinois became the first state in the Midwest to enact legislation phasing in a $15-per-hour minimum wage, giving 1.4 million workers a raise every year between 2020 and 2025.
Thursday, Feb 14, 2019, 3:41 pm · By Rachel M. Cohen
As Denver public school teachers head back to school, ending their first labor stoppage in 25 years, it’s hard to dismiss the impact the nation-wide teacher strikes have had on American politics. As Democratic presidential candidates rush to voice support for the Colorado educators, Denver’s strike marks the ninth major teacher uprising in the last twelve months, with the anniversary of the very first—West Virginia’s—coming up next week.
Thursday, Feb 14, 2019, 1:57 pm · By David Dayen
Amazon announced Thursday the company has canceled its bid to acquire nearly $3 billion in public dollars to locate a facility in New York City—the most substantial setback for corporate welfare in recent memory.
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019, 12:25 pm · By Michelle Chen
Long before Hondurans were demonized by Trump for “bringing chaos” to the southern border, U.S. consumers welcomed truckloads of Honduran-grown fruit, which have for years streamed through regional trade networks dominated by multinational agribusiness. At the same time, agribusiness has helped drive the poverty and social turmoil in farmworker communities, worsening the misery that so many are fleeing en masse.
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019, 4:27 pm · By Kelsey Ray
Update: On Feb. 14, Denver teachers reached a tentative deal with the local school district that includes significant pay increases, and suspended their strike.
On Monday, more than 5,000 teachers, parents and students from public schools across Denver took part in a festive rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol. The demonstration marked the first day of a teacher strike to demand higher base salaries and a pay scale system that’s clear, predictable and that will allow teachers to afford to live in the neighborhoods where they work.
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019, 12:55 pm · By Hayley Breden in conversation with Michael Arria
On February 11, public school teachers in Denver, Colorado went on strike after 15 months of attempted negotiations with the school district. The Denver Classroom Teachers Association, which represents the city’s 5000-plus teachers, is looking for higher salaries and changes to the districts bonus system, in which extra “merit pay” for teachers is calculated in a vague and inconsistent way.
Friday, Feb 8, 2019, 4:12 pm · By Alex Press
After taking their union drive public on Thursday, workers from Anchor Brewing Company, a San Francisco institution that was founded in 1896 and stands as one of the country’s oldest craft breweries, rallied in the Mission District. The workers estimate 75 people showed up to support their union, organized with the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU). Should the workers’ union drive succeed, theirs would be among the first unionized craft breweries in the United States.