Articles from Working In These Times

Low Wages Are Driving a Shortage of Care Providers. Now Elders and the Disabled Face a Crisis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 14 percent of Americans have developmental disabilities like Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. The rates of such disabilities are on a steady rise, and some members of these populations need services to develop skills, live independently and accomplish goals. California faces a severe shortage of direct service professionals who offer this assistance due to low wages, high costs of living and demanding working conditions.

The Janus Decision Was Never About the First Amendment. It Was About Destroying Labor.

There is nothing about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, overturning 41 years of precedent and declaring that agency fee/fair share is unconstitutional, that surprised me. It would have been a miracle for the conservative majority to have decided otherwise. 

The Anti-Union Janus Ruling Is Going to Hit Black Women the Hardest

Today, John Roberts’ Supreme Court handed down its much-anticipated ruling in Janus v. AFSCME, a decision that is poised to defang public sector unions and curtail the power of an already beleaguered U.S. labor movement. Because public-sector unions disproportionately empower and protect African-American women, this class of hyper-exploited workers is poised to be hit hardest by the anti-union ruling.

There’s a Simple Way To Neutralize Janus—If State Legislators Have the Will

The guillotine has finally fallen. After years of uncertainty, the Supreme Court has invalidated fair share fee arrangements in thousands of public sector collective bargaining agreements across the country through its 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31. The result is clear: public-sector workers can choose not to share in the costs of their unions’ collective bargaining. Janus thus jeopardizes the financial vitality of public sector unions.

Janus Is Here—But Don’t Ring the Death Knell for the Labor Movement

In a major decision that will impact labor for decades, the U.S. Supreme Court has just declared that all public-sector workers who are represented by a union have a Constitutional right to pay the union nothing for the representation.

Guatemala’s Campesinos and Indigenous Communities Fight Rampant Government Corruption

The bid to root out government corruption in Guatemala is on uncertain ground after a new Attorney General took the helm and President Jimmy Morales and his allies continue to resist investigations. But social movements, including rural organizations that view corruption as one piece of a puzzle of deep inequality, are exerting pressure for accountability.

Jobs Guarantee or Universal Basic Income? Why Not Both?

The argument about a universal basic income (UBI) versus a job guarantee (JG) has become one of the liveliest and most contentious debates on the Left. Each has been touted as a solution to all ills: the way to decrease depression, close the racial wealth gap, recognize historically undervalued forms of work, transform the economy, save the planet. 

Do We Need a Universal Basic Income? A Debate.

The Case for a Universal Basic Income

by Matt Bruenig

In America today, around two-thirds of the national income is paid out to workers in the form of labor compensation: wages, salaries, tips and benefits. The remaining one-third is paid out to capitalists in the form of passive income: dividends, interest, rents and capital gains. The capitalists do not work for their share of the national income. They simply own things and, by virtue of that ownership, passively extract income.