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Why Does Essential Work Pay So Little... And Cost So Much?

Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch
bus driver waering mask and gloves Students tend to measure fair compensation on two scales. How many years of training and/or dollars of tuition did a worker have to invest to become “qualified” for the job? And how important is that worker’s labor to the rest of society?

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Taiwanese Flight Attendant Strike Cancels 2,250 Flights

Brian Hioe Labor Notes
EVA used gender stereotypes to depict striking flight attendants as spoiled “princesses.” This depiction is based on the idea that the profession has high pay and that flight attendants lead glamorous lives of international travel.

UCLA Releases First National Study of Labor Conditions in Nail Salon Industry

Preeti Sharma, Saba Waheed, Vina Nguyen, Lina Stepick, Reyna Orellana, Liana Katz, Sabrina Kim, and Katrina Lapira UCLA Labor Center
cover of report sjowing nail polish flowing The nail salon industry is expected to grow at almost twice the rate of other U.S. industries in the next decade, and report authors make recommendations for key stakeholders: ensure quality jobs and labor protections for nail salon workers...

Global Left Midweek - October 31, 2018

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Walden Bello on Brazil, India Farmers Fightback, Cuba's Constitutional Moment, Québec Solidaire Breaks Out, Mexican Labor Realigns, Scots Women Workers Hit the Streets

Working People Will Make a Better World

Priscilla Murolo and Andy Piascik ZNet
My tendency as a labor historian has always been to look at life beyond the workplace. Life taught me that working people are multi-dimensional. They care about many things in addition to work and unions, they bring multiple concerns and aspirations.

#MeToo and McDonald’s

Annelise Orleck Jacobin Magazine
It’s been a long time since a strike in the US directly targeted sexual harassment. But on Tuesday, women workers took direct action against their bosses and brought the #MeToo movement to McDonald's.

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This is Your Daughter’s Labor Movement

Lane Windham Working-Class Perspectives
Women hold the kinds of jobs that are central to the economy and are poised to be the majority of union members by 2025. They are expanding the range of the workers’ movement’s demands and are raising expectations about our nation’s social compact.
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