Articles and Essays by Mark Engler

Labor rss

NI-May2013-v2

Should We Have a “Maximum Wage”

Economists love to talk about incentives. In this case, such limits would motivate CEOs to augment the pay of their janitors, secretaries, and cashiers for a simple reason: Their own raises would depend on it.
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The Real “Farmer” Story: So God Made High-Fructose Corn Syrup

The Dodge Superbowl ad celebrates a type of farming that corporate agribusiness has all but obliterated in the past fifty years.
Dec12

It’s Time for a Union at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart claims to respect its employees' freedom of association. Yet, of more than 4,500 "Supercenters" and other retail locations in North America, not one is home to a unionized workforce.
NI-April2012

Working in the iPad Empire

The death of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, a fresh wave of investigative reports, and protests by Chinese workers themselves have reopened discussion of a reality we regularly prefer to ignore.
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Ai-jen Poo: Organizing a Movement for Care

Talk to Ai-jen Poo about her work and it won't be long before you hear language you don’t often hear in the midst of intense social movement campaigning.
NI-June2011

Palm Trees in the Snow

There are no palm trees in Wisconsin. And public fiscal problems were not caused by union greed.
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Immigration Economics: An Interview with Professor Giovanni Peri

Doesn’t supply and demand dictate that new immigrants will steal jobs and drive down wages for U.S. citizens? A leading immigration economist explains why not.
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Four Ways of Looking at an Aztec Eagle

The contested legacy of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers.
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Hilda Solis: Protecting Workers, Not Corporations

Amid the disappointments of Obama's first year in office is one bright spot: a Department of Labor that stands up for workers' rights.
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Progressive Good Tidings of 2007

Along with political challenges, the past year offered some hopeful advances-- many of which came just in last few weeks.