Josh Stewart: Author Archive

Josh Stewart, Communications Intern, assists the communications team at America Rights at Work. Working on both social media as well traditional media outreach. Josh graduated from the University of North Texas in 2008 with a BA in Business Marketing and is working toward his master’s degree in Political Management at The George Washington University. In addition, to school and work Josh is the Co-Founder and Washington D.C. Editor for the music blog Newdust.com.

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it

So… who’s pumped for the new season of Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs” with Mike Rowe? Not only are Rowe’s antics entertaining, the show spotlights workers across America doing some of the most thankless, but critical, jobs on the market.

What you may not know is that when Mike Rowe isn’t filming, he’s advocating for workers like the folks who appear on his show. On his website, MikeRoweWorks, Rowe makes the case for increased investment in our crumbling infrastructure to create good jobs and bring our roads, bridges, and railways up to speed. Read more »

 

After 34 years of live music, the Washington Ballet “cans” The Nutcracker

Every holiday season, people flock to the Washington Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. The story comes to life as dancers light up the stage and the orchestra’s music guides viewers into a world of sugar plums and fairies. Read more »

 

Going Beyond Undercover Boss

With the economic recovery and job growth stagnating despite record profits on Wall Street, CEOs in this country could use a wake-up call. But instead of a wake up call, the second season of CBS’ “Undercover Boss” is more like a thiny-veiled public relations campaign for featured companies.

Choice Hotels CEO Steve Joyce, who has publicly opposed the Employee Free Choice Act, was the focus of last night’s premiere episode. Joyce got a first hand look at how his hotels operate from the perspective of Choice employees, and was surprised at just how demanding work in the hotel industry can be—both physically and mentally. And as Joyce quickly realized, these workers aren’t just numbers on a payroll statement. They are real people, with individual struggles, families, and career aspirations of their own. Read more »

 

Link between union density and happiness plays out on national scale

It’s no surprise that belonging to a union improves the lives of union members. But a recent study co-authored by Patrick Flavin and Benjamin Radcliff at Notre Dame and Alexander Pacek of Texas A&M University, shows that union density—the percentage of the workforce that belongs to unions—also has a direct impact on workers who don’t belong to unions. Read more »

 

Punk Rock Solidarity

At a time when our healthcare system is going through myriad changes, it is vital to remember those who are working to put patient care first.

So, how about a punk rock salute?

The Boston-based punk rock band Dropkick Murphys have long been strong advocates for workers’ rights issues such as living wages, increased healthcare benefits, and retirement pensions. And now they have a pretty awesome song to serve as an anthem for their beliefs. Check out the video for their anthem “Tomorrow’s Industry,” written in support of SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East. Read more »

 

Recession over? Not by a long shot, says Jobs with Justice

Last week, Jobs with Justice (JWJ) and its allies organized events in more than 100 cities across the country to highlight the dire state of the economy, specifically for America’s workers.  According to recent reports, 15 million people are looking for work and one in seven Americans are living in poverty—a 15-year high .

So what’s the solution?   Read more »

 

US Airways flying first class with anti-union consultants

US Airways asks travelers to “Fly with US,” but after learning about the money they’re willing to pay just to keep workers from forming a union, would you really want to?

In the lead-up to a union election at Piedmont Airways, a subsidiary of US Airways, the company has hired Labor Relations Institute (LRI), a notorious unionbusting firm “dedicated to maintaining a union-free workplace.” They teach employers and managers how to use anti-union rhetoric in the workplace and influence employees to prevent them from voting for unions during NLRB elections. LRI has more than 25 years of experience in thousands of elections, and according to their own studies, a management win rate of over 90 percent. Read more »

 

Myth busting: The “overcompensated” public employee

The Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Political Economy Research Institute recently released a fascinating report “The Wage Penalty for State and Local Government Employees in New England.”

The report refutes claims from anti-union pundits and the media that government employees make more than private sector employees. In fact, the report’s results show that government workers at the “high-wage” level, like supervisors and managers, often make 13 percent less than their private sector counterparts. Read more »

 

Locking out NFL players? Bad for football fans, bad for working families

This past weekend the NFL kicked off its season with much fanfare and, despite my beloved Cowboys losing, the season started off great. Unfortunately, the labor agreement between the team owners and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) does not have such a sunny outlook.

In fact, the owners have ended their collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA a year before it was due to expire. According to the owners, honoring the agreement with their players means operating at a loss, but the owners refuse to offer proof. Read more »

 

Think companies operating in the U.S. have a perfect human rights track record? Think again…

A new report commissioned by Human Rights Watch (HRW) highlights the repeated suppression of workers’ efforts to unionize, and it’s not just happening in sweatshops overseas. It’s happening right here in the United States thanks to T-Mobile USA, their parent company Deutsche Telekom, and many other European companies.

The rights of workers to form unions and bargain collectively for a brighter future are key components of human rights. But this report makes the case that companies including Deutsche Telekom, DHL, Tesco, Sodeoxho, and the Dutch Gamma Holding Company all have a double standard when it comes to labor relations. Read more »