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.