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Stanley Aronowitz, Labor Scholar and Activist, Dies at 88

Stanley Aronowitz, a blue-collar organizer, university professor and prolific author who argued that electoral politics had failed American labor and that unions needed to adopt militant strategies to pursue a broad social agenda, died on Aug. 16 at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. The cause was complications of a stroke, his daughter Kim …

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Southwest Airlines to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour to attract and retain workers.

Southwest Airlines plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour to retain and attract employees as the economy and aviation industry rebound. More than 7,000 existing employees stand to benefit from the move, the airline said on Friday. The airline said it expects the pay increases to take effect on Aug. 1, though …

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Hubert Joly Turned Around Best Buy. Now He’s Trying to Fix Capitalism.

What was the moment when you realized that the way we’ve been doing things just isn’t working? My journey on this dates back to the early ’90s. When I started at Best Buy, the basic advice from investors and management was cut, cut, cut. Close stores. Fire everybody. We did the opposite. We listened to …

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How Times Reporters Investigated Amazon Employment Practices

Back office employees at a different location, in Costa Rica, described the partial collapse of the company’s leave systems early in the pandemic, leading to problems like halted benefits for Mr. Castillo. Data obtained through public records showed that Amazon’s overall work force was largely Black and Latino, but internal documents revealed that Black workers …

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