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The minimum wage landscape is rapidly changing

Macdonalds: Im not loving poverty wages, protest sign...

The new Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage and tipped wage is more ambitious than last year’s Fair Minimum Wage Act. Cities like Seattle and Los Angeles (and LA County) have already voted to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and DC will take up a similar ballot initiative next year. […]

Not All Eco-Social Labels Are Fair Trade

Economic Criteria Table

Fair World Project recently participated in writing an International Guide to Fair Trade Labels. The main purpose was to evaluate fair trade labels, making both generalities about them collectively and looking at each in detail. One aspect of this evaluation was to look at how fair trade labels differ from other eco-social labels. This was […]

Do We Need Fair Fish?

In addition to environmental problems long-associated with the fishing industry, reports and media coverage in recent years have shed light on labor abuses including child labor, forced labor, and wage theft. Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) has identified the need to address labor as part of sustainable fishing and in this they are a leader. Their […]

Six Years Is Too Long!

July 24th will mark 6 years from the last time the federal minimum wage has been raised.  In the last 6 years, prices on lots of everyday items and basic needs like food and housing have gone up but millions of low-wage workers earn $7.25/hour, a poverty wage even at full-time hours. The Raise the […]

Palm Oil Back in the News

palm oil plantation

A stretch of La Pasion River in Guatemala 100 kilometers long is the site of a major environmental disaster. Thousands of fish have died along the stretch. The immediate cause is the presence of melathion, a pesticide used in agriculture. The source, palm oil plantations and the Repsa company, a large oil palm processing company […]

Farmworkers in Washington Start Another Season Without a Contract

Stand with Farmworkers

Over the winter, nearly 10,000 consumers signed a petition to Driscoll’s asking them to intervene on behalf of farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farm in Washington state. Workers at Sakuma Brothers have been in a struggle to improve pay and conditions after facing years of poor pay, wage theft, inadequate housing conditions, and abuse from supervisors. […]

A Setback for Fast Track But No Final Word

Today the House of Representatives took another vote on Trade Promotion Authority or “Fast Track.” It was a close vote but proponents prevailed 218-208. Fast Track is the bill needed to give the President authority to move forward with the negotiating free trade policies such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). It is the way […]

Another Victory in Defeating Fast Track!

Today the House of Representatives brought us one step closer to finally defeating Fast Track. The House took three votes on three components of the Fast Track bill already passed by the Senate. To give President Obama Fast Track authority all three components needed to pass. In a stunning victory for advocates of fair trade […]

The Repeal of COOL is Just the Beginning


The Country of Original Labeling (COOL) law requires retailers to let consumers know where their beef, pork, and chicken was raised and slaughtered. As simple as this seems, it has become a center of controversy with big implications. The House of Representatives, earlier this week, voted to repeal cool. (Fair World Project in the past […]

Trade Is Good But Rules Must Be Fair

NAFTA Kills Jobs...

For several years now we’ve heard the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) called things like, “the secret trade deal you’ve never heard of.” This is starting to change since the introduction of the new Fast Track bill. Fast Track is the bill needed to give President Obama authority to move forward with the negotiation. It is the […]