The federal agency charged with protecting employees’ rights to collectively improve their job standards is in limbo. That’s great news for unscrupulous employers who want to take advantage of workers, but it serves as a wake-up call for those of us who care about workers’ rights. In January 2013, the… Read More»

In an election year, it’s important to ask whether the people in elected office really understand what life is like for average Americans. Trends indicate that being wealthy is increasingly a requirement to run for office. In the era of Citizens United, with extremely costly campaigns, it’s no surprise that… Read More»

Contingent workers are those not employed in traditional, full-time jobs that are expected to last. This term also covers workers who are subcontracted, employed by temp agencies, or work as independent contractors. While widely accepted as a standard business practice to enable flexibility in hiring, employers are increasingly exploiting workers… Read More»

When child care providers have the right to form unions, it helps to stabilize conditions, improve job satisfaction, and raise wages to appropriate levels—all of which are vital to providing the best possible care for children. In-home child care providers face very low pay and poor access to benefits and… Read More»

 David B. Lipsky (Cornell University) J. Ryan Lamare (American Rights at Work and Cornell University)[1] Abhishek Gupta (Cornell University) The rise of employment arbitration in the United States has been accompanied by concerns about whether the procedure provides a fair and equitable forum for the parties that use it. On… Read More»

New data reveals how unions benefit communities, consumers, employers, and employees As the assault on workers’ rights reaches a fever pitch, positive messages about unions are few and far between. To push back against this trend, American Rights at Work Education Fund has produced and funded five new reports revealing… Read More»

Case Studies of Fletcher Allen Health Care, Kaiser Permanente, and Montefiore Medical Center’s Care Management Company, LLC Researched and written by Peter Lazes, Liana Katz, and Maria Figueroa EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In the wake of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in March 2010, many… Read More»

A new study from American Rights at Work compares the “Workplace Rights Policy” of National Express Group, Durham’s parent company, to internationally accepted standards for workers’ rights, and finds that the company’s policy falls far short of protecting its employees’ freedom of association and other fundamental rights on the job.… Read More»

When it comes to creating jobs to jump-start our nation’s economy, we have to ensure they are good, family-sustaining jobs that offer career advancement. Construction projects have the opportunity to do just that—especially when they utilize opportunities to employ traditionally disadvantaged communities and local workers. A new study by Cornell… Read More»

Public education has always been a path to achieving the American Dream. And if education is the blueprint to the dream, then our nation’s teachers are the architects. Educating America’s children is not only about individual student achievement; it’s about building the next generation of thinkers, leaders, workers, and citizens… Read More»