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Judge in DWP case: The public should know how public money is spent

DWP union boss Brian D’Arcy had his day in court Tuesday and lost. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Chalfant denied the request from D’Arcy and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, to block subpoenas issued by City Controller Ron Galperin.

The Surprisingly Socialist Origins of International Women’s Day

International Women's Day was once a staple holiday of Eastern European communism, a day when bosses would give red flowers o their female employees. Ostensibly, it was a day to celebrate the achievements of women workers. But in practice,...Show More Summary

'He For She': Men Stand Up for Women's Rights in U.N. Campaign

Fri March 07, 2014 'He For She': Men Stand Up for Women's Rights in U.N. Campaign Men marched in Rajshahi, Bangladesh in a campaign to protect women migrant workers from violence. By VITAMIN W Staff International Women's Day has been...Show More Summary

The Working-Class Origins and Legacy of International Women?s Day

International Women's Day's origin was both socialist and feminist in nature, specifically calling for the celebration of working women and the mobilization of all workers to fight for women?s social, economic, and political equalit...

R. Kelly Reveals Our Country's Unfair Sex Laws

A photo from the San Francisco event marking the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in 2010. (credit: Steve Rhodes, via Creative Commons) Last month, I dropped my daughter off with my mother and went into San Francisco...Show More Summary

"In many states, including Louisiana, police are permitted to use carrying condoms as evidence of prostitution"

4 months agoOdd : The Hairpin

by Jia Tolentino Yesterday was the 11th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, and there's a good piece up at the L.A. Times about the tremendously neglected need to "highlight the everyday violence sex workers face and...Show More Summary

10 things to do on today’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Today the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Here are 10 things you can do to participate in this important commemoration.  The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was started by “the prostitute/porn...Show More Summary

Why We Celebrate International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

Why We Celebrate International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers The 11th annual celebration marks a day to underline a social…

Are sex workers' lives worth less than everyone else's?

On Tuesday, sex worker activists will gather to mark the 11th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Vigils in New York, Los Angeles and around the world will be held to highlight the everyday violence sex workers face and to honor those who have died.

Union initiates negotiations on pay, benefits for at-home childcare workers in RI

By Katherine Gregg, Providence Journal Within days of the November 7 certification of the Service Employees International Union as the recognized bargaining agent for upwards of 540 at-home childcare workers, the union sought a sit-down with Governor Chafee's director of administration.

Bold Policies Will Solve Retirement Inequality

Rondell Johnson is a 23-year-old baggage handler at the Philadelphia International Airport. He aspires to one day attend business school and prepare for a career as a real estate entrepreneur. But he, like many other low-wage workers who work full time for minimum wages, brings in “just over $15,000 a year before taxes.” The poverty line […]

This Day in Labor History: October 1, 1910

On October 1, 1910, International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers member James McNamara blew up the Los Angeles Times building because the paper’s publisher, Harrison Gray Otis, was spearheading the city’s effort to crush unionism and remain an open shop alternative to heavily unionized San Francisco. The explosion and fire killed 21 people [...]

Ex-TSA worker arrested after alleged threats

7 months agoNews : Field Notes

A former TSA employee who worked at Los Angeles International Airport was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly made threats to terminals and left a suspicious package at the airport the same day he quit his job, the FBI announced early Wednesday as a bomb squad conducted a s …

Lusty Lady Labor Lesson

In honor of Labor Day, we head out to an unusual locale – the Lusty Lady in San Francisco, which bills itself as “the world’s only unionized worker-owned peep show co-op.” The workers unionized with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 1997, then put together $400,000 to buy the club in 2003, forming a […]

Lean In Says It Will Start Paying Interns

8 months agoTechnology : Valleywag

Only days after we discovered Sheryl Sandberg's foundation was looking for uncompensated young workers, the group says it'll start doing the right thing: paid internships are coming. Read more...

IRS will be fully staffed July 22 as furlough day is canceled

The Internal Revenue Service will be open for business on July 22. Next Monday was to be the fourth agency-wide furlough day. But this afternoon, IRS workers got an email from tax chief Daniel Werfel telling them, "The IRS will be open...Show More Summary

Wrongfully terminated Oakland Airport workers still fighting to get their jobs back

A year ago, Hakima Arhab, a former Subway employee at Oakland International Airport, spoke up about the restaurant breaking living wage laws that guarantee paid sick days for employees. For this, she believes she was fired. Since then,...Show More Summary

Muhammad Yunus: Savar Tragedy, Garments Industry and Bangladesh

Both the national and the international businesses should feel as though the workers are a part of their family. The days of slave labor have to come to an end. It is better to start the process now, before more ugly incidents occur...

Journalists Targeted in On-Going Conflict in Syria

Amnesty International released a report on World Press Freedom Day detailing dozens of cases of journalists and media workers attacked or held in Syria since the 2011 uprising.

24 people have holiday ruined by unplanned plunge into river from Fenghuang bridge

12 months agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

International Worker's Day was going so well for 24 holidaymakers in Fenghuang, Hunan province, until a bamboo suspension bridge tilted sending them plunging, Takeshi's Castle-style, into the water below. [ more › ]

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