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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.

Handcuffed

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

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The devaluation of “content” is bad for readers and for democracy.

Blogs

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is committed to enforcing laws against wage theft. But Florida agricultural workers say new, stronger laws are still needed.

May 27, 2010

Christopher Hayes says that Rand Paul’s defense of BP reflects the common mentality of politicians and corporations who have continually displayed a lack of accountability over the past decade.

May 25, 2010

Guest-hosting The Rachel Maddow Show, Nation DC Editor Christopher Hayes asks why the libertarian Rand Paul is so determined to defend BP's honor.

May 24, 2010

At the very time when the social safety net is most needed, investors the world over are calling it a drag on the world economy. 

May 24, 2010

The Nation's DC Editor Chris Hayes reports on The Rachel Maddow Show that stalling the financial reform legislation has introduced stronger consumer protections.

May 20, 2010

Harry Reid tried to shut down the debate on financial services reform. Republicans and responsible Democrats blocked the move. They were right to do so.

May 20, 2010

Nation DC Editor Chris Hayes appears on Countdown with Keith Olbermann to discuss Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's blatant attempts to defend big oil and his shortcomings in regulating the Minerals Management Service.

May 19, 2010

Watch Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel on Democracy Now! discussing the anti-incumbent mood in the country.

May 19, 2010

Voters want strong action, not weak words.

May 18, 2010

Consumer groups won a vital ally—the Obama administration—in their fight to protect the ability of states to regulate and prosecute bad banks. But corporate Democrats in the Senate are still doing Wall Street's bidding on this key amendment.

May 13, 2010