IU panel to discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre After nearly a decade of secret negotiations, the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are finalized and the full text is now public. Supporters say the trade deal will create jobs, boost innovation and productivity, raise living standards, reduce poverty, increase transparency and improve labor and environmental protections. But […]

Labor historian to discuss Bloomington labor history, ‘just wages’

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre Outsourcing an American call center to India or a factory to China hardly feels like news today. Often outsourcing is talked about as a uniquely modern facet of the labor market, a necessary evil of expanding globalization in the post-Internet world. But in Bloomington, the community felt these […]

Campus debaters to address minimum wage

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The intra-IU debate will crown the IU champion campus debater this weekend. Twenty-six students will debate this year’s topic “Resolved: The minimum wage should be substantially increased” from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in the SPEA Undergraduate Lounge. The varsity IU debate team won’t be behind the podium […]

Labor, civil rights leaders call for solidarity

The Rev. William Barber and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka outlined a vision Wednesday of civil rights and labor organizations working together to advance social justice, create economic opportunity and defend the rights of workers, people of color, women and other groups that have been left behind. “It works if we believe America is ready for […]

Labor Activist, Ai Jen Poo: “We have the opportunity to choose life and love.”

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: Fifty years after passage of the 1965 Immigration Act, the debate surrounding immigration, domestic workers and elder care remains contentious and colored by issues of race and class. Labor activist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Ai-Jen Poo recently spoke at Indiana University Bloomington about the complexity of the immigration […]

Labor and civil rights leaders coming to IU Bloomington for Themester

Labor Day is a good time to take note of a blockbuster lineup of speakers from the organized labor and civil rights movements coming to IU Bloomington for the College of Arts and Sciences’ 2015 Themester, titled “@Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.” They include Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and […]

IU history workshop to examine military labor

We’re not used to thinking of soldiers as workers. But, of course, they do some of the hardest and most dangerous work imaginable. They have bosses, and they get paid. That sounds like they are workers. But if soldiers are workers, what sort of workers are they? Is their labor different or special? Do they […]

Court decision casts doubt on future of unpaid internships

Indiana University students likely took notice last week when a federal judge in New York ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures broke the law by failing to pay interns who worked on the movie “Black Swan.” Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that two former interns who sued the company did the work of “employees” and […]