Why Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Might Back Down From the Job

Why Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick Might Back Down From the Job

Amid speculation that Donald Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, may have lost his appetite for the job, the fast food CEO’s personal financial disclosure documents are being kept from public view. When — and if — the Office of Government Ethics releases...
Why We Need to Worry about Wilbur Ross

Why We Need to Worry about Wilbur Ross

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, the Donald Trump adviser who may well become our next U.S. secretary of commerce, loudly opposes NAFTA and other trade pacts that ship U.S. jobs abroad. Does that opposition make Wilbur Ross a corporate good guy? Not quite. Wilbur Ross has...
Who and Where are America’s Working Poor?

Who and Where are America’s Working Poor?

“I love serving people at weddings, proms, graduations, special events,” said Andre Butler, a hospitality worker from Philadelphia. Butler spoke at the release of a new report, Few Rewards, at the U.S. Capitol. “Most of us work for less than $10 an hour. Remember...
Don’t let Koch’s New “End the Divide” Ad Fool You

Don’t let Koch’s New “End the Divide” Ad Fool You

In this year’s first quarter, the Federal Reserve reported last week, the total amount of wealth in the United States nudged over $88 trillion, an all-time record high. So do you feel wealthier than ever? Probably not. Economic insecurity remains the norm for tens of...
Organizing for Care

Organizing for Care

Organizing for Care will bring elected officials, policy experts, and grassroots advocates together to discuss the current landscape and opportunities for long-term care in the US. IPS’s Josh Hoxie will discuss how some states are getting a head start in...
Public Interview: South African Labor Leader Irvin Jim

Public Interview: South African Labor Leader Irvin Jim

A public interview and discussion  with Irvin Jim, General Secretary of the National Union of Metal Workers South Africa (NUMSA) will shed light on the social, political, and economic challenges facing workers, students, and the poor in post-Apartheid South...
At the ILC, We Need to Think Beyond the Minimum of Decent Work

At the ILC, We Need to Think Beyond the Minimum of Decent Work

In 2015, two years after the horrific Rana Plaza collapse, I visited Bangladesh on a labour rights exchange. The workers I met were still reeling from the accident. Despite international media attention, they were also still facing enormous barriers in their attempts...
Inequality is at the Heart of the Verizon Strike

Inequality is at the Heart of the Verizon Strike

John Mudie is right on the frontlines of one of the largest strikes in recent U.S. history. On April 13, he and tens of thousands of other Verizon employees walked off the job to protest a corporate giant that has registered massive profits and lavished extravagant...
Author Event: Household Workers Unite!

Author Event: Household Workers Unite!

Premilla Nadasen will discuss and sign her new book Household Workers Unite telling the stories of African American domestic workers and the little-known history of the domestic worker movement with perspectives on race, labor, feminism, and organizing. In this...
Homecare Worker Rule Here to Stay

Homecare Worker Rule Here to Stay

Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts denied a request from three industry groups seeking to delay a new rule which grants basic minimum wage and overtime pay protections to 2 million homecare workers. The industry groups argued that the new rule would devastate the...
Eight Ways To Reduce Global Inequality

Eight Ways To Reduce Global Inequality

Extreme economic inequality is corrosive to our societies. It makes poverty reduction harder, hurts our economies, and drives conflict and violence. Reversing this trend presents a significant challenge, but one where we’ve seen some progress. Below we offer eight...
Bread and Roses Film Screening on Walmart

Bread and Roses Film Screening on Walmart

The Institute for Policy Studies is proud to partner this month with Busboys and Poets on their Bread & Roses series, a monthly labor series that launched in March 2011. It features a variety of events focused on workers and organized labor. Each month brings a...
Top Five Inequality Moments of 2014

Top Five Inequality Moments of 2014

We’re now going on 7 years since the 2008 financial crisis made inequality a hot topic for Americans. Looking back on 2014, it’s easy to see inequality remains a top issue that hasn’t gone anywhere. Below is my roundup of the top 5 inequality moments of 2014 (of...