09 Jul 2013

Disaster Unpreparedness: Wildfire Tragedy Sheds Light on Dangerous Budget Gaps

They went in as a team and perished as heroes. From what ongoing investigations have been able to determine, the 19 elite firefighters of the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots followed safety protocols amid the ferocious wildfire at Yarnell Hill in Arizona. But evidently the fast-changing wind conditions doomed them.

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05 Jul 2013

Boss-napped: What We Can Learn From China’s Labor Banditry

Originally posted at In These Times Many workers struggle to hold onto their job, but when you’re feeling especially insecure about your employment situation, you might want to try to hold onto your boss instead. Last month, a worker-led siege at a factory near Beijing gave the world a dramatic glimpse into

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01 Jul 2013

The Supervisor From Hell Gets a Pass From SCOTUS

Originally posted at In These Times The petty tyranny of middle management is practically a modern workplace institution. We’ve all experienced—or heard stories of—the despised supervisor who makes every workday miserable with verbal jabs and insults, sexual harassment, racial epithets or outright discrimination. And if that describes your workplace, your

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28 Jun 2013

From Dhaka to Broadway, Protests Target Bangladesh Factory Death Traps

Originally posted at In These Times The United States may lead the world in some measures of national wealth, but it is fiercely regressive when it comes to protecting the workers whose blood and sweat subsidize American lifestyles. Since the tragic factory collapse at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh, which killed

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25 Jun 2013

For Disgruntled Young Workers, Lawsuits May Spark Intern Insurrection

Originally published at In These Times You’d have to be pretty desperate to offer to work for free, right? Or you could be just an enthusiastic young student who believes that toiling for little more than free coffee and a line on your resume may boost your future career. But recent

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22 Jun 2013

Who Started the Fires in Sweden?

Originally published at Truthout One evening in May, a modest Scandinavian suburb caught on fire. Images streaming out of Husby, just outside Stockholm, overlaid the Nordic socialist wonderland with a scene straight out of Watts circa 1965 – sidewalks strewn with charred cars, shattered glass and angry kids. For days,

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14 Jun 2013

Why Safer Food Workers Mean Safer Food

Originally posted at In These Times Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drugs and genetically modified organisms creeping into our groceries. And in May, when the iconic brand of Smithfield Foods was bought by

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13 Jun 2013

Recruitment Abuses Emerge in Immigration Reform Debate

Originally posted at In These Times Archiel Buagas thought she was doing everything right. The young Filipina nurse secured a special work visa to come to the United States and arranged a job at a New York nursing home with the help of a recruiting agency. Things started to feel wrong

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04 Jun 2013

Why the Dubai Strike Matters

Originally posted at In These Times From a distance, Dubai shines like an oasis of modernity in in the desert, with its glass towers and opulent hotels. Beneath the glittering surface, however, lies an underbelly of indentured servitude. The city-state’s brutal labor system was abruptly exposed last month when workers

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29 May 2013

Anger Rising in Bangladesh, Putting Big Brands Under Pressure

Originally posted at In These Times It’s been about a month since the Rana Plaza factory complex crumbled into a cement grave for more than 1,100 Bangladeshi workers. Now, the dust has settled, but the anger still burns as workers await compensation and accountability from a manufacturing system that runs on

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