The National Catholic Review

Clayton Sinyai

Six years after the deadly Massey coal mine explosion, has justice finally arrived?

California raises the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, assuring every full-time worker in the Golden State a minimum $30,000 annual salary by 2022.

A handful of colleges have advanced questionable claims that respecting "Rerum Novarum" would obstruct their religious mission.

It’s those in the corner office who have the power to decide if employees are valued partners to be protected or just another cost of production.

November has seen two modest but hopeful developments for those excluded from coverage under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Proponents of free trade make an important point when they observe that reduced trade barriers have played an important role in lifting hundreds of millions in the third world out of poverty, but the “benefits” to American workers are far more dubious.

Federal agencies are racing to catch up with the structure of today’s labor market.

Georgetown's Kalmanovitz Center has performed an extensive review of the union campaign among adjunct faculty there. The report covers the entire process, from the first discussions among the instructors about their conditions to the ratification of a first contract. The authors found that the university's "Just Employment Policy" -- rooted in Catholic social teaching and established long before the adjuncts considered seeking a union -- ensured that the organizing effort moved forward in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Service Employees International Union Local 500, which represents adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, reports that Trinity Washington University adjuncts have now chosen union representation (74 voting yes, 54 voting no). They join a wave of non-tenured university and college instructors across the United States -- at public and private institutions -- who have organized to address poor working conditions. America's higher education institutions have contracted out a rapidly growing share of their instruction to these temporary profs who are paid on a piecework basis.

Housekeepers and childcare workers were excluded from 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.

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