Monthly Archives: February 2017

By Ada Fuentes-Zullo & Sam Nelson   For years, corporate accountability advocates demanded governments provide more transparency around the sweetheart economic development deals lavished upon profitable companies at the expense of taxpayers. However, much of that may be about to change. Those looking to shine a light on the impact… Read More»

Since President Trump announced Andrew Puzder as his pick for Labor Secretary in December, people stood up and firmly declared their opposition to the fast-food CEO. His record on hurting working people, demeaning women, and lining his own pockets was in direct contradiction to what we need from the Department… Read More»

On Dec. 8, Jobs With Justice Education Fund and the Tradeswomen Committee of North America’s Building Trades Unions kicked off our joint research report, “Building Career Opportunities for Women and People of Color: Breakthroughs in Construction,” with a series of panel discussions at the U.S. Department of Labor.

“How do we get women and people of color in the construction industry?” Tradespeople, community activists, government staff, union leaders and contractors shared their best answers to that question at a forum hosted by the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor this past December. The group represented some… Read More»

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Stacy Mitchell is co-director at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), and Olivia LaVecchia is a research associate with its Community-Scaled Economy initiative. Together they co-authored ILSR’s report: “Amazon’s Stranglehold: How Amazon’s Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities.” This week, ILSR and Jobs… Read More»

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While the Senate continues to advance Betsy DeVos’ nomination to head the Department of Education, concerned parents, students, educators, community members, and a growing number of senators staunchly oppose her confirmation. DeVos may be President Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, but she is nothing more than another out-of-touch… Read More»

The January jobs report released by the Department of Labor today gives further evidence of why CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder is the wrong choice to lead that agency. The report found that while a healthy number of jobs were created, wage growth was very disappointing, with a miniscule 0.1%… Read More»

As Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder prepares for his confirmation hearing, it’s a given that he’ll have to answer questions about his views on minimum wage. To curry support from senators of both parties, he may state that he backs increasing the minimum wage. But no matter what Puzder says,… Read More»