A coalition of elected officials, local residents and community leaders are encouraging Los Angeles’ City Council to require that any bank it does business with not engage in the kinds of unethical practices that helped mire the city’s current bank, Wells Fargo, in scandal.
This week on The Bottom Line podcast, Rick Wartzman talks to Cynthia Figge of CSRHub about the ways companies benefit from sustainable business practices.
In some ways, says economist Jared Bernstein, the incompetence of the Trump administration and dysfunctionality of the Republican Congress have been an asset for the economy.
An interview about how rising income, persistent inequality and populist politics all fit together.
Not eating well sparks a cascade effect in anyone, but the effect is especially pronounced among a homeless population experiencing high levels of stress, mental illness, substance abuse and all the pains that accompany the aging process.
Co-published by AlterNet
Everytable’s mission is to put healthy, tasty, affordable meals within reach of people in low-income communities. To stay profitable, the dining chain’s customers at its locations in more affluent parts Los Angeles pay more for the same meal than those in working-class neighborhoods.
St. Paul, who wrote the earliest documents we have from the Christian era, declared: “Each will receive wages according to the labor of each.” You work, you get paid.
Dolores, a documentary mix of archival footage and interviews with Dolores Huerta, her family and such prominent figures as Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis and Luis Valdez, portrays the United Farm Workers co-founder as a pivotal yet relatively uncredited luminary in labor history.
Nail-care salons are an $8.5 billion industry that is booming in America, but one that is also replete with an often-exploited immigrant work force, low wages, dangerous chemicals and difficult patrons. Change, though, is gradually coming.
Co-published by Newsweek
With momentum on infrastructure rebuilding stalled, the Trump administration this week is moving ahead to repeal a two-year initiative dating from the Obama administration that might be the only dynamic infrastructure and jobs program in existence at the federal level.
A new study finds that California’s proliferation of renewable energy plants is responsible for over 90 percent of direct economic benefits from the state’s major climate programs to Riverside and San Bernardino counties, and more than $12 billion in net benefits to the region. The research also flies in the face of arguments that regulations kill jobs.
While a GM executive, Mike Jackson led the exodus of advertisers from Don Imus’s show. In a special edition of The Bottom Line podcast, Jackson talks to Rick Wartzman about the collapse of Trump’s business councils and how corporate America can best approach the issue of racism.
Featured interviews with Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti and Rob Siegel, who wrote the biopic “The Founder” about McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc. Also, Lily Bowles, sustainability officer at Aspiration, takes a look at which fast-food companies are leaders, and which are laggards, when it comes to taking care of their people and the environment.
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“Sustainability” is the mantra for many groups and businesses near the Salton Sea. But sustainability for whom? BY DAVID BACON
The future of an Obama-era rule to double the overtime salary threshold to $47,476 is uncertain under Donald Trump’s Labor Department.
Like Woody Allen’s character in the film Zelig, Heather Booth seems to have been everywhere there was a fight for social justice. She’s played key roles in battles for voting rights, child care, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive freedom.
Co-published by Fast Company
A “Made in the USA” label is not a guarantee of good working conditions, claim labor advocates and wage-and-hour officials who say sweatshops are still found in California.
Co-published by The American Prospect
Uber? That’s so 2015. A new report finds that we don’t know as much about the sharing economy as we think we do.
For over 160 years the California State Fair has been run by growers to showcase the wonders and wealth of the state’s agriculture. And for over 160 years the fair did this without mentioning the people whose labor makes agriculture possible: farmworkers. This year that changed.
Co-published by Fast Company
What’s arguably most responsible for the growing problem of electronic waste is the manufacturing model of planned obsolescence, in which software and hardware become incompatible or antiquated, or smartphones and laptops aren’t designed for durability.
Clancy Sigal was probably better known in England than in his native country, but he still had many American fans who read his books and articles and marveled at his wide-ranging interests, his brilliant writing and his perpetual outrage at social injustice.
Los Angeles’ innovative “targeted local hiring” program seeks to fill 5,000 city job positions, frozen or gutted during the 2008 recession, with potential employees from communities long excluded from a cumbersome civil service process.
The biggest reason for the decline of unions, says author Rick Wartzman, is because “companies have set out to beat the hell out of them. Corporate America has really ground down organized labor through means both legal and illegal.”
Water is a fundamental human right. The only way to make sure it’s accessible to everyone, no matter how much money they have or the color of their skin, is to keep it under public control and out of the hands of corporations.
Co-published by The American Prospect
California’s red-hot housing market has made renters vulnerable to rapidly increasing rents that they struggle to pay, or to evictions implemented by landlords who want to raise the rent on new tenants.
Oklahoma is definitely Red America. The Koch brothers’ political network has for years spent large sums supporting state legislative candidates. And it paid off in 2010 when the GOP gained control of the governorship and both houses of the state legislature.
Small, exurban towns are experiencing a plague of addictions – so many that overdoses fill the morgues with bodies.
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Oportun has managed to operate profitably while making a dent in a difficult-to-serve market – the 45 million people that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau identifies as having little-to-no credit history. BY JESSICA GOODHEART
Today Capital & Main unveils The Bottom Line, a different kind of business podcast that throws a spotlight on companies that are advancing social progress—and on those that aren’t.
There’s good news for low-income Californians tucked within the massive state budget Governor Jerry Brown is set to sign this week, including a measure that advocates estimate could benefit more than one million financially struggling families.