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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

Yesterday’s strikers ranged from retail and fast food workers to adjuncts and caregivers—all those ousted from the 1 percent economy.

April 16, 2015

But more often than not, states are preventing workers from securing unemployment benefits.

April 14, 2015

Workers’ willingness to take direct action could stem from a recognition that the golden era of Chinese manufacturing is on the wane.

April 9, 2015

A radical re-evaluation of caregiving work—proposed in The Nation in 1926—is still potent today.

April 7, 2015

Workers at this New York restaurant were just awarded $2.67 million for egregious wage theft—and could motivate others to push back against labor violations.

March 25, 2015

The LWC counters that their tactics have involved creative direct action, not conspiracy or extortion.

March 13, 2015

The Tennessee governor’s budget will subsidize students’ college tuition with cuts to college workers’ benefits.

March 6, 2015

They’ve joined the growing airport workers' movement for an end to back-breaking work and paltry benefits.

February 27, 2015

Hong Kong’s domestic workers face an uphill struggle to secure their basic rights against exploitation and abuse.

February 13, 2015

Domestic workers are demanding an end to slavery-like conditions in the homes of the Hong Kong rich.

February 11, 2015