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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

The USPS needs support, not downsizing.

December 26, 2013

Hundreds of Amazon workers in Germany walk off the job in opposition to stressful working conditions and low pay.

December 16, 2013

JT’s backup dancers have made history by winning a union contract for touring artists.

December 13, 2013

NYU becomes the only private university with unionized teaching assistants.

December 12, 2013

During today’s historic strike, fast-food workers will walk off the job in over 100 cities. 

December 5, 2013

If a company’s employees don't have enough money for food, it’s time to raise wages.

November 18, 2013

Ten bills blocking paid sick days have been passed, seven this year alone. But that doesn’t have progressives down.

November 7, 2013

The domestic workers’ rights movement offers powerful lessons for the broader fight against forced labor, trafficking and servitude.

November 7, 2013

Three out of the four largest industrial disasters in the history of the garment industry have occurred in the past year alone.

October 24, 2013

There’s a long history of players banding together for better playing conditions.

October 21, 2013