Category Archives: labor

Your Boss Can Totally Fire You For Being Physically Irresistible

Another entry in my quest to post the articles I published over the summer while my blog lay fallow. You’ll probably recall seeing the headlines about this story–the dentist who fired his assistant because he was afraid he might try … Continue reading

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Terrible, Terrible Republican Ideas for Immigration Reform

Remember immigration reform? It doesn’t look like that will be happening in the foreseeable future because, at this point, our political institutions are struggling to simply keep the government funded. This current crisis can be blamed on the arch-reactionary Republicans … Continue reading

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Union Made Beer

On July 4th I wrote a piece for AlterNet about union made beer and why its more complicated than you might think because of all the beer companies have been swallowing each other up. I’m re-posting it now because its … Continue reading

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Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Is Aflame

Via Gavin Mueller: It appears that Bangladesh’s garment industry, and their supporters in the government, have pushed workers too far. These people are subjected to unsafe working conditions, low pay, union-busting, and all the indignities you’d expect from, well, capitalists … Continue reading

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Blogging: I’m Doing It Wrong

After I began working for AlterNet this summer I posted my first article for them and, then, stopped writing on my own blog. Skip forward  few months after being hired, and I’ve been laid off from AlterNet due to some … Continue reading

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Don’t be evil?

An old friend of mine has a sibling who works for Google. She used to regale me with tales of her visits to the Mountain View campus, which basically sounds like the best place to work in the world. But … Continue reading

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Listen to me ramble about Atlantic City, labor law, sweatshops, and Star Trek

Sarah Jaffe and Josh Eidelson have a wonderful podcast at Dissent, entitled Belabored. and I hugely recommend you listen to it for a weekly dosage of accessible news about the state of working America. This week they have me on … Continue reading

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Atlantic City is Weird, Possibly Doomed (and I really like it)

In the beginning of this year I spent a lot of time in Atlantic City, just a short NJ Transit ride away from Philly. It’s a very bizarre little place, with a population of just under 40,000, an urban feel, … Continue reading

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Montana is the Only State Where Your Boss Has To Have a Reason to Fire You…

…and the only way it got that way is because the business community was kind of into the idea. My story for AlterNet on the idiosyncratic history of America’s only “just cause” law: How did Montana become a socialist hellscape? … Continue reading

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Workers Allege Wage Theft in Fancy Sushi Eatery, Fat Salmon

May Day was yesterday and I spent the day covering an action against a fancy sushi restaurant, Fat Salmon (best sushi in the city, 2012). A group of workers allege that the owner has been stealing portions of their tips, … Continue reading

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