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May/June 2023—Annual Labor Issue

Available only in the print edition:


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    “Bomb Trains” and Strikebreaking

    Robert Ovetz

    How regulation creates perverse incentives to break the law, in the railroad industry and beyond. | Order this issue or subscribe.

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    Brewing Inequality

    Saurav Sarkar

    How the Global Tea Industry Works | Order this issue or subscribe.

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    Finance in the Public Interest

    Nicole Levy and Deborah M. Figart

    Philadelphia aims to show that public banks are key to ending big-bank dominance. | Order this issue or subscribe.

the regulars

  • editors’ note Bright Spots and Ongoing Struggles
  • the short run
  • two cents
  • cartoon Media Man Bored with Wage Theft
  • making sense Imperialism and Natural Resources
  • up against the wall street journal Putting Children to Work (find the sources for this article here).
  • in review Coerced by Erin Hatton | Home-based Work and Home-based Workers edited by Malin Nilsson, Indrani Mazumdar, and Silke Neunsinger | Work, Work, Work by Michael D. Yates | A New American Labor Movement by William E. Scheuerman
  • economy in numbers Signs of Union Vibrancy
  • dr. dollar Social Security and Inequality