Labor Educator

The World of Labor | July 21, 2012 | By Harry Kelber

Adidas, the giant sportswear company, has won a $156 million deal that makes it the key sponsor of the London 2012 Olympics. But it has produced the tons of athletic sportswear exclusively in a range of low-wage countries, including China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, where workers receive poverty wages and substandard working conditions.

In the United States, there is widespread outrage that our athletes won’t be wearing clothes that are manufactured in our country. A worldwide alliance of trade unions and civilian… Continue reading

Can Low-Paid Workers Support a Family on $7.25 an Hour?

By Harry Kelber | LaborTalk (225) | February 17, 2012

American workers have been repeatedly told by President Obama and his surrogates that "if you work hard and play by the rules," you can earn a comfortable Middle Class living.

This turned out to be untrue -a cynical promise–for millions of workers who tried to live by those precepts. Millions of tough, obedient workers ended up in the ranks of the unemployed, many losing their homes and healthcare insurance.

Congress has traditionally been reluctant to raise the minimum wage of… Continue reading

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