Author: Liz Cattaneo

Court rooms. Emergency rooms. Classrooms. Chances are you could name a dozen television series that center around these workplaces. And with 13 million people working in retail around the country, you’d think we’d see lots of depictions of the women and men who stock store shelves, help us find our… Read More»

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signs into law a bill that guarantees early childhood educators the right to organize and collectively bargain with the state. Photo via Photo via Facebook page Vermont Early Educators United AFT

Yesterday, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a bill that guarantees early childhood educators the right to organize and collectively bargain with the state. The bill signing marks a major milestone in a four-year effort to raise working standards and bring a true voice to early childhood care and… Read More»

Photo from Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

Although President Obama has called deportations “heartbreaking,” immigrants in the United States continue to be separated from their families at a record pace. Nearly two million deportations have taken place under the Obama administration to date. On March 13, the President finally ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to… Read More»

The USDA’s dangerous proposal to overhaul of the chicken inspection system that would compromise jobs and food safety. The agency is proposing to lay off thousands of food safety inspectors in the name of budget cuts, leaving chicken contamination inspections to poultry processing plants instead. Despite mounting protests, the president’s… Read More»

Photo courtesy of National Guestworker Alliance

Last year, we publicized the brave protests and strikes the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) and student guestworkers organized to blow the whistle on retaliation and labor abuse suffered at the hands of McDonald’s restaurants in Pennsylvania. The students, who paid $3,000 to $4,000 for their ‘cultural-exchange’ visas, were shocked to… Read More»

As corporate profits continue to soar, workers’ wages continue to stagnate, creating the widest income inequality gap our country has seen in modern times. So it comes as no surprise that 80 percent of Americans support proposals to raise the minimum wage to $10.10. It should also come as no… Read More»

The time is now for immigration reform. LITERALLY. The U.S. Senate is poised to vote on the historic, bipartisan immigration reform measure this week. We need to ensure safe passage of this bill – and make immigration work for workers! Will you take three minutes to call your senators and… Read More»