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Recent strikes against Walmart and fast food chains made waves, but the vast majority of service workers can’t afford to speak out.

Walmart

This year’s historic strike wave is an indictment not just of the retail giant’s business model but of our broken labor laws.

With a Democrat again in the White House for the next four years, the labor movement has won some much-needed breathing room, says organizer and author Jane McAlevey.

Union protesters

In California, Michigan, Alabama and beyond, voters came out for organized labor.

Union march

Democratic candidates haven’t always had labor’s back—but Republicans are intent on ending collective bargaining altogether.

Wal-Mart shopping cart

In the latest action against the union-busting low-wage retailer, labor organizers may have finally found a strategy that works.

Abandoned steel mill

In the depressed former steel towns of western Pennsylvania, disillusionment with all politicians is deep. The AFL-CIO's labor affiliate is trying to change that.

Activists Around the US Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage

At a time when 4.5 million Americans make at or below the minimum wage, a broad coalition unites to demand better pay. 

As a hot summer rolls on and the lockout enters its third week, New York City unions ramp up the pressure. 

Blogs

Workers across five continents will protest alleged retaliation against US Walmart employees.

December 13, 2012

A very real ideological battle is being waged between labor and the forces that wish to destroy the power of collective bargaining.

December 12, 2012

The OUR Walmart approach doesn't rely on majority membership at one store, but a coalition of workers across the country. 

December 11, 2012

Union activists are traveling to Lansing to speak out against the “right to work” legislation that would silence Michigan workers.

December 10, 2012

Sports unions have joined to fight to defeat Michigan's proposed right-to-work legislation.

December 9, 2012

Right-wing donors have lavishly funded "right to work” advocacy groups in Michigan. 

December 8, 2012

In one day, Michigan legislators announce and pass “Right to Work”—really “No Rights at Work”—legislation.

December 6, 2012

This holiday season, join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in calling on Publix to stop paying farmworkers sub-poverty wages. 

December 6, 2012

One news report reveals Walmart’s role in defeating a proposal for retail corporations to pay for safety improvements; the other shows that multiple Walmart suppliers used the factory this year.

December 6, 2012