Articles from Working In These Times

Hondurans Are Out on a One-Week General Strike. Their Grievance? A U.S.-Backed Dictatorship.

​Honduras is the site of widespread social and political unrest following the country’s highly contested November 26 presidential election. The Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship in Honduras, or La Alianza, called for a week-long general strike against the re-election of incumbent Juan Orlando Hernández of the Partido Nacional ahead of his inauguration on January 27. Tens of thousands of protesters are once again in the streets building barricades in cities and towns across the country to denounce alleged fraud in the presidential election.

Trump Appointee Behind Major Anti-Union Ruling Accused of Corruption

An anti-union policy decision from President Donald Trump’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) appointees appears to be tainted by a violation of ethics standards, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is joining unions in demanding answers.

In 2017, 82% of New Wealth Went to the Top 1%—While the Poor Got Nothing

This originally appeared on Common Dreams.

Call it the 'Year of the Billionaire.'

In 2017, a new billionaire was created every two days and while 82 percent of all wealth created went to the top 1 percent of the world's richest while zero percent—absolutely nothing—went to the poorest half of the global population.

Here Are the 10 Worst Attacks on Workers From Trump’s First Year

January 20th marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Since taking office, President Trump has overseen a string of policies that will harm working people and benefit corporations and the rich. Here we present a list of the 10 worst things Congress and Trump have done to undermine pay growth and erode working conditions for the nation’s workers. 

The LA Times Appears on the Verge of Unionizing, Upending a Long Anti-Labor History

Emily Alpert Reyes and Carolina Miranda are among the Los Angeles Times newsroom staff anxiously awaiting January 19, when they will find out whether the year-long campaign to organize their workplace has been a success.

Staff voted January 4 on whether to join the NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America, and Miranda and Alpert Reyes—along with many News Guild organizers—believe that a majority of eligible employees voted for the union. An official count will occur after the January 18 deadline for mail-in ballots from employees in remote bureaus. 

In a Landslide Vote, the LA Times Just Unionized, Upending a Long Anti-Labor History

Update: On Friday, January 19, the News Guild announced that Los Angeles Times journalists had voted overwhelmingly in favor of a union, 248-44. The victory will lead to the paper's first staff union, after 136 years in operation. Kristina Bui, Guild organizer and a copy editor at the LA Times, told the paper, “This was a long time coming, and we're all thrilled that this has finally happened.

Here’s How Trump’s Labor Department Quietly Gave Bosses Even More Power Over Their Workers

On January 5, the Department of Labor (DOL) quietly took a step to bolster the legal power of bosses over their workers by reissuing 17 previously withdrawn opinion letters. Developed at the end of George W. Bush’s final term, the letters had been withdrawn by the Obama administration, which discontinued the practice of issuing opinion letters altogether.

The Trump Admin’s Approval of Medicaid Work Requirements Is a Slap in the Face to the Poor

Less than a month after the GOP passed its $1.5 trillion tax bill that will disproportionately benefit corporations and the super rich, the Trump administration opened the door to a policy that could gut Medicaid. New guidelines issued on January 11 will allow states to require recipients to work in order to receive healthcare benefits through the program.  ​  

Tech Workers of the World, Unite!

In just a handful of years, the tide of blue-collar organizing has risen in Silicon Valley.