Justin Miller

 Justin Miller is a senior writing fellow for The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

In Supreme Court Case, Trump Sides with the Forgotten Corporation

The White House abandons employees whose access to justice has been cordoned into corporate-captured arbitration hearings. 

Flickr S o much for Trump’s forgotten man. It’s the poor and forgotten corporation he’s truly worried about. President Trump’s Justice Department has switched sides in a major labor law case headed to the Supreme Court, announcing that it will no longer argue in favor of wronged employees and will instead line up behind corporations that hope to further strip workers of their legal leverage and funnel them into management-friendly arbitration schemes. It’s just the latest move in the Trump administration’s crusade to undo labor advances made during former President Barack Obama’s administration and give corporations greater flexibility to push around workers. The case, NLRB v. Murphy Oil , centers on whether employment contracts that waive an employee’s right to join a class-action lawsuit—and compel them to settle disputes through mandatory arbitration—violate the National Labor Relations Act. The Obama White House had filed an amicus brief in favor of the National Labor Relations...

In New York City, Fast-Food Workers May Soon Have a Permanent Voice

With the help of a new municipal law, a new advocacy group seeks to become an organizing model for low-wage workers.

15 Now Fight for 15 activists protest in Manhattan. T hanks to one of a handful new labor laws passed by the New York City Council and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio late last month, the roughly 65,000 fast-food workers employed across the five boroughs will soon have their own advocacy group—with the hopes of growing it into a self-directed, member-funded organization. This first-of-its-kind law requires fast-food employers to give their employees the option of deducting contributions from their paychecks that would go to a qualified nonprofit that will in turn provide services for and advocate on behalf of its members. Unlike a union, the nonprofit will be forbidden by federal law from bargaining issues like wage levels directly with employers, but it will be able to advocate for a host of issues that affect its members—much as the Fight for 15 did when it persuaded New York state to raise their minimum wage to $15. In response to the law’s passage, labor advocates are launching a...

House GOP Votes to Deregulate Wall Street and Gut Consumer Protections

Just the latest example of trickle-down ideologues trying to wipe away the hard lessons learned from the Great Recession. 

(Wikimedia Commons) trickle-downers_35.jpg C onservatives want you to believe that regulations on powerful banks are destroying the economy. It’s not the banks themselves— you know, the ones that destroyed the economy in the 2000s by fueling a housing bubble, making money hand over fist, getting bailed out with taxpayer money, and then fraudulently booting millions of homeowners out on the street. On Thursday, House Republicans were passed the Financial CHOICE Act, a radical Wall Street deregulation bill that would undo many of the provisions passed in the wake of the Great Recession that increased scrutiny and placed modest limits on big banks to keep them from taking down the economy again. Unable to call the legislation what it is—an unhinged reversion to the Wall Street Wild West—House Speaker Paul Ryan has the audacity to call it a jobs bill for Main Street. Ultimately, the Financial #CHOICEact is a jobs bill—one that will bring hope back to Main Street. pic.twitter.com/...

Trump Wants to Kill the Filibuster to Cut Taxes for the Rich

Once again, the president shows that he’ll do anything to afflict average-income Americans and to secure gigantic tax cuts for his wealthy pals.


(CQ Roll Call via AP Images) President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after delivering his address to a joint session of Congress. trickle-downers.jpg B ig surprise: Donald Trump wants the U.S. Senate to blow up the legislative filibuster to pass big tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy and to rip health-care coverage from 23 million people. Amid a scatterbrained trio of Tweets Tuesday morning, Trump wrote the following: The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017 Even though Senate Republicans are expected to use the budget reconciliation process (which requires just 51 votes to pass legislation) to approve the American Health Care Act and additional tax cuts, the fact that Trump is calling on them to blow up the legislative filibuster—one of the Senate’s few remaining sacred cows, requiring most...

Trickle Downer of the Week: The American CEO

C-Suite compensation continues to grow while workers get left in the dust. 

(AP/Richard Drew) Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. trickle-downers.jpg T rickle-down capitalism has determined that the average American CEO is 347 times more valuable than the average worker. That’s the main takeaway from the new Executive Paywatch analysis by the AFL-CIO. The labor union federation dug into the compensation levels of CEOs of companies on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The average S&P 500 CEO pulled in $13.1 million last year, a 5.6 percent increase from 2015. Meanwhile, the average employee only made $37,362. Think about that: Your typical head honcho makes nearly as much in one day as his typical employee makes in a year. The compensation winners were the heads of corporate behemoths like Google, Charter Communications, Expedia, CBS, Nike, and Walt Disney. According to most recent data obtained by the AFL-CIO, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent...