Workers & Economic Inequality

  • Browse by Topic:
  • Search Within Topic:
All Workers & Economic Inequality Commentary

Civil Rights and Union Organizing

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit have been mentioned in an article about the Ellison-Lewis Bill, in an article published on The New Crossroads.

With unions nearing extinction in the private sector and under relentless attack in the public sector, making union organizing a civil right could help revive the battered U.S. labor movement.

A bill recently proposed by Rep. Keith Ellison (D- Minn.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) would extend that right to union organizers.

By defining organizing a fundamental right, the bill would provide workers with the protection against discrimination now enjoyed by minorities. Under the legislation, workers who are fired for organizing would have the right to sue their employers for damages in federal court.

Read the full article.

Tags: unions, union organizing, union movement, labor rights, labor organizing as a civil right, labor organizing, labor laws, civil rights

Moms against Walmart

TCF fellow, Amy B. Dean, writes about how women are fighting back against stagnant wages and uncertain work schedules, in a piece for AlJazeera America

Raising the minimum wage is, for the most part, framed as a matter of economic justice. But it also concerns feminism.

From Walmart moms who work at the retail giant to domestic workers, women are significantly overrepresented in low-wage jobs. This chronic concentration of women in low-paying positions is one of the primary reasons for the lingering pay gap between the sexes. Currently, 55 percent of workers who are stuck making $7.25 per hour — the federal minimum wage — are women. Even those who earn slightly more are often still mired in poverty.

Read the full article.

Tags: women's rights, strikes, minimum wage increase, minimum wage, labor movement, feminism

Mathis, Boychuck: RedBlueAmerica: Should union organizing be a civil right?

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, have been mentioned in an article on The State about the Ellison-Lewis Bill.

Big Labor in the United States has been on the wane for decades. About 6.7 percent of American private-sector workers belonged to a union in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics. Public-sector union membership topped 35.3 percent.

Democrats in Congress would like to change that. A bill by Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, and John Lewis, D-Georgia, would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to make labor organizing a “fundamental right.” They argue that the law should make it easier for workers to band together against unfair treatment from employers.

Read the full article.

Tags: unions, union rights, union movement, labor unions, labor rights, labor organizing as a civil right, civil rights

New Bill Defines Labor Rights As Civil Rights

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit have been mentioned in an article about the Ellison-Lewis Bill, in an article published on In These Times.

On Wednesday, a handful of Democratic Party lawmakers introduced a bill to turn the slogan “Labor Rights are Civil Rights” into the law of the land. While admitting the proposed legislation has little chance of passage in the current anti-labor environment, supporters say they hope shifting political winds may favor the bill sometime in the future.

A civil right is any right enshrined in the Constitution or legislation, such as freedom of assembly or freedom of the press. The new measure would affirm that labor rights are equally fundamental.

Read the full article.

Tags: unions, union organizing, union movement, labor unions, labor organizing as a civil right, labor organizing, civil rights

A Bill to Get the Labor Movement Back on Offense

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, have been mentioned in a Nation of Change article about the Ellison-Lewis Bill.

For years, the American labor movement has been on the defensive as it has become harder and harder for workers to join or maintain a union. But some House Democrats are planning a dramatic counter-offensive: a bill that would make union organizing a civil right. Representatives Keith Ellison and John Lewis plan to introduce a bill Wednesday that would make labor organizing a basic freedom no different than freedom from racial discrimination.

Read the full article.

Tags: union rights, union organizing, labor organizing as a civil right, labor movement, civil rights

Making workers’ rights a civil right

TCF fellows, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Marvit, write about the need to make workers' rights a civil right, in an opinion piece for The Hill.

A half-century ago, labor leaders sought common cause with civil rights groups in passing legislation to outlaw employment discrimination based on factors such as race, sex, religion and national origin. Most famously in that effort, the trade union and civil rights movements came together in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, whose speakers featured Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a young man named John Lewis.

Now, leading civil rights figures in Congress are taking steps to outlaw a relatively new form of discrimination: against workers of all races who try to form a union.

Read the full article.

Tags: unions, union rights, union organizing, labor unions, labor rights, labor organizing as a civil right, labor movement, civil rights

 

Workers & Economic Inequality

Workers & Economic Inequality

In recent decades, and especially since 2000, the richest Americans have enjoyed soaring income and wealth while the rest of the population's living standards have stagnated. The Century Foundation was one of the first institutions to raise serious concerns about these trends and propose ideas for improving economic conditions for all Americans- not just the fortunate few.

Browse by Topic

Stay Informed

Sign up for our mailing list and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at The Century Foundation

Sign up Today

Contact Us

Send us an email or get directions to The Century Foundation’s offices.

Contact Us

TCF Bookstore

The TCF Bookstore is a curated collection of books and magazines that backup the mission of our organization.

Visit Our Bookstore

Upcoming Events

View All Upcoming Events

Contact:

New York City Office:
One Whitehall St., Fifteenth Floor
NY, NY 10004
DC Office:
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Social:
  • Our RSS Feed
  • Find us on Twitter
  • Find us on Facebook

All Content Copyright © 2014 The Century Foundation