Author: Michael Wasser

The tech industry is synonymous with cutting-edge innovation, yet the industry’s employment practices are frequently backward. There’s the lack of diversity in hiring and the prevalence of contracted work arrangements that, while often invisible, contribute to the deepening inequality in its hometown of Silicon Valley. One of the tech industry’s… Read More»

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A strike is the most recognizable and publicized element of a workplace dispute, but it’s also one of the most confusing and misunderstood. This simple guide helps clarify what a strike is and what’s involved. What is a strike? A strike occurs when a team of people withhold labor in… Read More»

We already knew that chambers of commerce, at the national, state and local levels, lobby against the interests of working Americans. Yesterday we learned that these business groups might be lobbying against their own members’ interests too. In a leaked webinar, a member of conservative pollster Frank Luntz’s firm reviews… Read More»

Depending on the state where you work, your employer does not need to provide a record of your wages, hours worked, hourly rate, deductions or other compensation and benefits that you may have earned. So what’s the problem with not getting a pay stub?  It can be incredibly difficult to… Read More»

If you listen to enough TED talks, follow enough “Thinkfluencers” on social media or read enough “big idea” pieces, then you’ve probably heard proclamations that the United States is fast becoming a nation of full-time “gig workers,” people foregoing traditional employment to earn a living through many short-term contingent work… Read More»

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College athletes have long been denied a real voice in a multi-billion dollar industry built upon their performance. That’s why it was a potential game-changer when Northwestern University scholarship football players came together to demand a union in 2014. The school’s administration argued that the players were students that had… Read More»

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Today the Obama administration proposed more than doubling the overtime salary threshold from $23,600 in annual pay to $50,440. Salaried employees who earn less than this amount must be paid at least time-and-a-half when they work more than 40 hours a week. In an era when the majority of people… Read More»

The first-ever study on service sector scheduling practices in Washington, D.C. was released yesterday, with researchers concluding that erratic and unpredictable work hours negatively impact employees and their families. The report was released during a briefing in D.C.’s Wilson Building, with community groups packing the room to hear the results… Read More»

Surprise! Jobs With Justice and an extremist anti-union special interest group agree on the impact of “right-to-work” laws. We argue that states don’t benefit from passing these misnamed laws. The National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) concurs. The group’s spokesman told the Wisconsin State Journal, “We’re not purporting to prove… Read More»


In places like southern California and central Florida, there’s likely been an uptick in kitchen table conversations about a very non-kitchen-table-talk topic: the H-1B visa, which is intended for employers to use for hiring foreign workers in higher skilled jobs on a temporary basis when U.S. workers are not available.… Read More»