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Sarita Gupta

By starting with workers at the local level, we can bargain with employers despite weak labor laws.

David Rolf

We should move money toward innovation in the labor movement.

Wendy's workers

We are in the midst of a grassroots populist movement designed to rebalance the tilted economic scales in our country. 

Inside the movement that’s pushing to make a living wage a reality in Seattle.

Ludlow tent city

All the factors that defined the 1914 conflict at Ludlow are with us once again.

Cesar Chavez

A new film about the labor leader reduces him to a caricature and ignores his true strengths as an organizer.

Supreme Court

The fate of public sector unionism lies with a single Supreme Court justice—and not the one you’d want.

VW

German corporations are far more respectful of worker rights—and may have more influence on future US developments than our politicians realize.

Rhiannon Broschat

All over the country, parents are losing jobs because of conflicting orders: public health officials instructing parents to keep kids home, and bosses threatening to fire workers who don’t come in. 

Newark airport

Thanks to a muddled response from the bi-state agency, subcontracted workers at LaGuardia and JFK airports will receive raises, but those at Newark will not. 

Blogs

Inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, The Nation's John Nichols joins Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman to talk about the vote and what it means for protests throughout the country.

February 25, 2011

Reed takes on the right-wing myths behind the Wisconsin union crackdown and readers react to the NFL labor dispute.

February 25, 2011

On The Ed Show Tuesday night, The Nation’s John Nichols discusses whether Republican Governor Scott Walker’s next move will be laying off teachers and other public workers.

February 23, 2011

Why the NFL's labor dispute should matter to you.

February 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in Memphis where he was showing support for the right of public employees to organize and strike.  We remember this, during a time when public workers in our country are under attack, as Dr. King's day approaches.

January 13, 2011

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers signed a historic agreement between farmworkers and a major grower.

October 18, 2010

In different ways, both the neocons and the unions are demanding that the Obama administration take strong action to punish, isolate and sanction China.

September 15, 2010

An interview with AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker on Big Banks and a new approach to prevent home foreclosure.

August 19, 2010

So it's “the year of the women" in the media again. But again, it's only some.

July 8, 2010

My January 24 column on the role of the AFL-CIO in the Citizens United v. FEC case highlighted the concerns of some unions regarding the federation's decision to file an amicus brief in support of Citizens United in its case against the Federal Elections Commission. The piece stirred a tremendous response and a great discussion about the Supreme Court's removal of limits on corporate campaign spending. In preparing the piece and since its publication, I've heard from heads of national unions that are affiliated with the AFL as well as leaders of state and regional labor federations and lots of individual union members. Today, I'll highlight a very critical response from a top lawyer for the AFL-CIO.

January 29, 2010