Workers' Rights

Wobblies of the World

A History of Globetrotting Troublemakers by Eric Dirnbach via Labor Notes Despite the “World” in its name, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has largely been viewed as an American or North American union. Indeed, the proposed name “Industrial Workers of America” was considered and rejected at its first convention. Also, during its early years the union achieved a presence in 17 countries on every continent. That’s the topic of a fantastic new book, Wobblies of the World: A Global History of [...]

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Why Workers’ Rights Are Good For The Economy

via New Economics Foundation by Adrian Bua When economic decision-making power is in the hands of the public rather than corporate interests, economies tend to have lower rates of inequality, and higher levels of productivity. These are the findings of the new international Economic Democracy Index, launched at NEF this month. The Economic Democracy Index is an innovative tool which measures and compares democratic participation and economic rights across 32 OECD countries. It reveals important new insights for our understanding of what [...]

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