“…the fact that these beverage taxes are masquerading as public health initiatives means that they can often come at the expense of effective community health programs that have a positive impact on the lives of working-class people.” (Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)(Photo: iStockPhoto / NNPA)
Commentary

OP-ED: Beverage Taxes Are Not the Health Solution that Working Families Need

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Despite being portrayed as public health solutions, [beverage taxes] end up harming the exact residents that they are supposed to help – primarily working-class African-Americans and Latinos. There are no health benefits to making someone a dollar poorer, and the fact that beverage taxes overwhelmingly affect minorities only makes them more dangerous and disingenuous. […read more]

Business

Black Workers Could Save Dying Unions

J. Weston Phippen, THE NATIONAL JOURNAL   (The National Journal) — As the country added 280,000 jobs in May, unemployment remained unchanged this month, though it was down almost a full point since last year. Overall, black workers had seen consecutive months of falling unemployment, Read More

Business

Rate of Union Membership Greater for Blacks

  [NNPA NEWS WIRE SERVICE] By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black workers are 19 percent more likely to join unions than non-Black workers, according to a recent study. The study titled, “Blacks in Unions: 2012,” published by the Center for Labor Read More

Politics

Workers Claim Race Bias as Farms Rely on Immigrants

[New York Times] VIDALIA, Ga. — For years, labor unions and immigrant rights activists have accused large-scale farmers, like those harvesting sweet Vidalia onions here this month, of exploiting Mexican guest workers. Working for hours on end under a punishing sun, the pickers are said Read More

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Op-Ed

Are Labor Unions Too Strong?

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   The other day I found myself engaged in a casual discussion with someone next to me on an airplane.  In the course of the conversation, I mentioned that I had written two books on labor unions. The man Read More