Labor Archives

Parental Leave Laws

What’s wrong with the United States? How come we don’t respect our laborers?  Almost every country in the world treats parents who work better than we do.  Thanks Democracy for America for bring attention to this.

What do Swaziland, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America have in common? They’re the only countries in the world that don’t mandate any form of paid parental leave for workers.

Read the rest of this entry

Thanks to Democracy for America for taking up a labor issue again.  Once again the United States, is in behind on labor issues.

Last week, President Obama issued an executive order on immigration, protecting millions of families from deportation. There’s another action the President can take to help working Americans, without waiting for Congress:

He can direct the Department of Labor to expand the number of workers who can receive overtime pay, putting more money in the pockets of as many as 10 million Americans.

Read the rest of this entry

Hey McKennna, Right to Work Laws are Bad Idea

The race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna for the next Governor of the State of Washington has high stakes for working class people.  McKenna is well know for his labor union busting and his anti-working class remarks and policy preferences.

Many working class citizens fear that Rob McKenna will try to change Washington State labor law to prohibit labor unions from setting their own membership policies.  Specifically, they fear he will try to make Washington an open shop state  with destructive “right-to-work” laws.  Below is an analysis of the effects of “right-to-work” laws on median per capita annual income. Read the rest of this entry