Stories by Jake Blumgart

Jake Blumgart is a freelance reporter and editor based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter at @jblumgart. subscribe to Jake Blumgart's feed

Posted on: Jan 2, 2014, Source: YES! Magazine

Vacant land policy doesn't generate buzz, but is an important factor in the city's efforts to recover economically from the post-industrial blues.

Posted on: Sep 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Silo deaths are straight out of a horror movie: the regulations are in place, yet workers keep dying.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

These congressional proposals will make employer-employee relations even worse than they already are.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The Civil Rights Act, or any other law, may not permit you to defend yourself if the boss fires you for being too damn attractive.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

There’s a vast difference between working in an unionized district and working in an unorganized charter or public school.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Labor groups keep websites of union made beer for the discerning consumer, but a Canadian boycott of LaBatt products highlights a disturbing reality about the corporations behind our suds.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Should the government of Bangladesh or the companies that sell products manufactured in the country be held responsible for working conditions?

Posted on: Jun 27, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The fight over public education has reached a new pitch, with mass layoffs in large school districts and the most significant pushback against education "reform" yet.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

Unprotected oral sex is safer than anal or vaginal sex, but have we become complacent because it’s so much less-scary?

Posted on: Jun 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Some businesses threatened to drastically reduce staff hours to avoid Obamacare requirements. Are they actually following through?

Posted on: Jun 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Silicon Valley’s biggest firms outsource blue-collar and service jobs to subcontractors, who bid low by scrimping on labor standards.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2013, Source: AlterNet

With the exception of Montana, you can be fired for the color of your shirt, or even for refusing to fetch your boss a cup of coffee.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Since 1981, right-wing extremists are the only ones who have run up a body count.

Posted on: Mar 21, 2013, Source: Salon

Sadly, the answer is probably yes.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2012, Source: Salon

The demise of Hostess is a story of management that boosted its own salaries, while failing to make agreed payments into workers’ pension funds.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet

This election will decide the future of our welfare state.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Eva Illouz's new book, "Why Love Hurts" is an in-depth analysis of the reasons our contemporary understanding of romance fails to satisfy us.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Corporations have retreats, so why shouldn't the Occupy movement?

Posted on: Jun 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet

There has been a 400-percent increase in wage-and-hour violation claims over the last 11 years -- and that just scratches the surface of unreported wage thefts.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The campaign has plenty to offer (reaching older activists, for instance) if individual organizers are passionate enough and take advantage of participants' enthusiasm.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Most American workers labor under the auspices of employment-at-will, which allows employers to hire, fire and promote for good reasons, bad reasons, or no reason at all.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Big banks are not serving you, so why not take your business to a credit union or small bank?

Posted on: Mar 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A new book, "Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right," shows how workers can press for real penalties against bosses who fire them for trying to unionize.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Michael Katz's new book traces the lack of urban unrest to America's complex web of freedoms and repression.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The Obama administration has made several decisions that are at odds with sound policy -- and they haven't even gained the president new supporters.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Hipsters abusing food stamps, recipients buying nothing but McDonald's ... the many myths about the federal food stamp program poison the public's perception of it.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet

If Republicans can't support healthier school meals for kids, what can they support?

Posted on: Oct 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

There are many legitimate reasons to critique the Fed, but the “End the Fed” movement isn’t interested in reform.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The website Occupy Together counts 865 participating cities, including solidarity rallies on every continent save Antarctica.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

While most Americans struggle in the face of the recession, the rich are enjoying the benefits of policies that redistribute wealth upward--and crying class war if we complain.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

After conservatives successfully dismantled ACORN, these groups are picking up the slack in empowering the poor and disenfranchised of America.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Activists in the Garden State are capitalizing on Governor Christie's sagging poll numbers to push back against his anti-environmental energy plans.