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Scott Walker

The protests in Wisconsin have inspired a new generation of candidates—and they’re winning.

Keystone XL protest

As the Keystone XL battle has shown, the blue-green alliance is in trouble—and only a deeper kind of solidarity can rescue it.

A progressive labor slate has won a historic legislative victory, overturning the traditional Democratic machine.

Not content with their successful assaults on public workers, Republicans are set on destroying private sector unions, pushing “right to work” laws with false promises of job creation.

Faced with the retail giant's continued suppression and intimidation, Walmart workers have found untraditional ways to unionize.

A Walmart employee

Organizers have found a new approach to promoting workers’ rights at the retail giant. And it seems to be working.

Occupy Wall Street protesters walk past a Chase bank

Groups long committed to challenging inequality and the power of big banks are joining the Occupy movement, in a mutually reinforcing relationship.

The forces fighting against Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union agenda are halting the Tea Party’s momentum. Will President Obama stand with them?

Democrats who run on clear platforms of standing with workers, defending public education and taxing corporations win elections.

Blogs

Can the protests go beyond calls for greater electoral transparency, to embrace a truly social democratic agenda?

October 1, 2014

Migrant domestic workers from Bangladesh enjoy little protection from their government, but they’re not alone.

October 1, 2014

After decades of entertaining the city, most jazz artists remain pension-less—but Justice for Jazz Artists wants to change that.

September 22, 2014

The workers awaiting immigration reform need the ability to work legally, but they also need to be empowered at work.

September 8, 2014

Nearly two years since their mobilization began with about 200 workers in New York, fast-food workers are following through on their two key demands: a $15 hourly wage and a union.

 
September 5, 2014

Unions are more welcome in New York than most places in the country, but a revival of the labor movement will require new traditions of workplace activism.

September 3, 2014

Keith Ellison and John Lewis are right: the US should recognize union organizing as a civil right.

August 31, 2014

Home healthcare workers in Minnesota just established a union, opening the door for negotiating higher wages. 

August 29, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

Chinese labor activist Han Dongfang thinks that democracy begins in the workplace.

August 11, 2014