A bill working its way through the Capitol would weaken Madison’s legacy of non-discrimination, the city’s civil rights department says. The measure would prevent local governments from enacting ordinances covering worker employment issues such as hours, overtime, discrimination, benefits and wages. That would, among other things, prevent municipalities from upping their own minimum wages. Authors […]
For many, Labor Day means a break from work, an opportunity to see family and to grill out. Another Madison tradition?Laborfest on Madison Labor Temple grounds. Labor leaders, union members and supporters of labor from the area gathered yesterday for the annual festival. WORT student reporter Casey McCabe was there.
Pledge drive continues with Gabriel Thompson, author of “Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture.” The stories of the more than 800,000 men, women, and children working in California’s fields—one third of the nation’s agricultural workforce—are rarely heard, despite the persistence of wage theft, dangerous working conditions, and uncertain futures. This book of oral […]
The U.S. Federal Labor Standards Act states that anyone who is “suffered or permitted” to work deserves just compensation. Yet, in many industries, young professionals starting out in their field are expected to take unpaid internships to get their careers started. In 2013, a federal judge in New York ruled that unpaid interns on the […]
Pledge drive continues! Today Esty Dinur talks with Stanley Aronowitz, author of “The Death and Life of American Labor” to discuss the decline of the American union movement and how it can be revived. Stanley Aronowitz is a Distinguished Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the […]
MADISON (WORT) — Wisconsin is slated to become the latest state to pass controversial right-to-work legislation. Dylan Brogan recaps Wisconsin’s swift and often bitter debate over right-to-work from start to finish.