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Rights for women or corporations? Part 2

By April 17, 2014

Part 1: Rights for women or corporations? The case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, which was presented to the Supreme Court on March 25, involves the unprecedented, highly controversial issue of a for-profit company’s claim to “religious liberty” because it opposes paying for certain types of birth control for employees as mandated by the Affordable […]


On the picket line

By April 12, 2014

NYC building workers march for a raise A sea of yellow and purple Service Employees union Local 32BJ flags swept up New York City’s Park Avenue on April 2. About 7,500 door attendants, porters, superintendents and handypersons marched to show they will strike if owners of 3,300 residential buildings throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten […]


Rights for women or corporations? Part 1

By April 5, 2014

The Supreme Court heard arguments on March 25 about a highly controversial case involving two for-profit companies that object, on the grounds of “religious liberty,” to the free contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. If the justices affirm the companies’ religious claims, it could have far-reaching repercussions that go far beyond women’s rights and […]


On the picket line

By March 21, 2014

Unions unite to defend public postal service The four unions that together provide the service in the U.S. Postal Service formed a historic alliance on March 11. They vowed to stand together to fight right-wing attacks on the USPS. According to the proclamation announcing the alliance, a congressionally manufactured financial crisis threatens six-day delivery, reduction […]


On the picket line

By March 7, 2014

Huge wage theft in port trucking industry The National Employment Law Project issued a report Feb. 19 that revealed what drivers in the U.S. port trucking industry already know: They are being cheated out of millions of dollars of income due to wage theft and other illegal business practices. The report, “The Big Rig Overhaul,” […]


Memoir of a midwife delivers wisdom, wit

By February 28, 2014

Ellen Cohen, who delivered 1,400 babies over nearly three decades, has written an engaging, poignant memoir, “Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife” (CreateSpace, 2013, 159 pages, $15.95). Her purpose is “to illuminate the pain, joy and occasional heartbreak of childbirth, as well as shed light on the challenges facing both mothers and […]


On the picket line

By February 24, 2014

Fightback of locked-out Kellogg workers The 226 workers at Kellogg’s cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn., made Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes until the $14 billion company locked them out on Oct. 22. Why did Kellogg, whose workers earn $28 an hour and do not have to pay for health care, suddenly start playing hardball? Kellogg […]


On the picket line

By February 7, 2014

‘Stop Staples: The U.S. mail is not for sale’ Chanting “Stop Staples! The U.S. mail is not for sale!” about 200 members of the American Postal Workers Union, representatives of many other unions, and their supporters protested outside Staples stores in San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., on Jan. 28. Demonstrators oppose a deal between […]


On the picket line

By January 25, 2014

Low-wage workers in six states get raises While the federal minimum wage is stuck at $7.25 an hour, some low-paid workers in six states will get raises this year. The state of Washington’s minimum wage, highest at $9 an hour, rose to $9.32 in 2014, since it is tied to inflation. Other states are catching […]


Fighting for reproductive justice in a sea of reaction

By January 22, 2014

What is the state of abortion rights in the United States on Jan. 22, the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion? Not good. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s national report card for reproductive rights in 2014 gave the U.S. a grade of D. Last year, 52 laws restricting abortion rights were […]