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Amazon warehouse

My life as a temp in California’s Inland Empire, the belly of the online shopping beast.

JP Morgan elevators

This time it’s securities bundled from rentals, rather than mortgages.

Airport workers

Passenger service workers earn significantly lower wages than the largely unionized airline employees with whom they work. Now they’re organizing to change that.

Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March in Washington D.C.

Being poor in the United States has rarely meant anything so simple as having too little money.

Walmart shopping cart

A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.

Kalpona Akter

Surging union growth and militancy is due to courageous leaders like Kalpona Akter: child laborer at 12, union president at 15, she’s now head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Homeless

According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy.

Blogs

Demonstrators returned to Wisconsin's Capitol to protest the Republican-led “extraordinary session” used to pass Gov. Walker's controversial budget.

June 15, 2011

In a 4-3 party line decision, the state Supreme Court sided with Governor Walker, clearing the way for massive cuts to collective bargaining rights.

June 15, 2011

Governor Scott Walker and his allies are renewing their assault on collective bargaining—with plans to insert anti-labor language in the state budget. Will responsible Republicans object?

June 14, 2011

 This week, we ask: how would you change American capitalism? Plus, week 2 of WikiLeaks Haiti coverage.

June 10, 2011

The two activist groups are getting the band back together to pull off another attention-grabbing mission: a fact-finding hunt in the Cayman Islands to expose the tax dodging ways of US corporations.

June 10, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's allies are pointing fingers of blame at one another as a scheme to run fraudulent candidates comes to light.

June 9, 2011

A new law requires the Feds to limit “swipe fees”—sums that banks charge retailers when a customer uses a debit or credit card at their store. Will consumers benefit from this?

June 9, 2011

Melissa Harris-Perry argues that civil rights and fairness depend on access to stable housing.

June 9, 2011

The Obama Administration seems determined to push Elizabeth Warren out the door at the very moment it needs her the most.

June 9, 2011

“We can’t simply build the power of any political party or any candidate. For too long we’ve been left after the election holding a canceled check and asking someone to pay attention to us. No more! No more!"

June 8, 2011