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It’s not only bad politics for states to use budget crises to bust unions—it’s also bad ­economics.

As the showdown in Wisconsin demonstrates, progressives must embrace the government workers’ struggle as our own—or else.

The legendary organizer speaks on the “story of the self” and where Obama went wrong.

More than 26 million Americans don't have enough work, while robber-baron CEOs report record profits. So why aren't the unemployed on the march?

For too long, unions have mistaken access for power. They need to get back to organizing and activating members.

With no help likely to come from Congress, Dorian Warren and Chris Hayes ask: what can Obama, his National Labor Relations Board appointees and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis can do to promote labor organizing?

With US approval and privatization the goal, the government is targeting organized labor.

A talk with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka on the state of the labor movement and plans for the future.

For nearly two years, the loudest and most insistent voices in American politics have been on the extreme right. At the One Nation, Working Together march, this is going to change.

Blogs

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

The fast-food giant must now admit that it’s responsible for the people it employs. 

August 1, 2014

Staples is at the center of a highly controversial “public-private partnership” deal to turn its counters into quasi-post offices. 

July 28, 2014

The bill purports to target only those who purchase sex, but threatens to indirectly criminalize many of the services, spaces and personal interactions that would make it possible for sex workers to openly do business.

July 16, 2014

After being denied access to workplace facilities for being transgender, a Hobby Lobby employee is now pressing a discrimination case with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. 

July 14, 2014

As a trade deal focusing on the financial sector is underway so too is a campaign to organize Wall Street’s rank-and-file.

July 9, 2014

A new report reveals the vast majority of workers are immigrants and people of color who earn about $8 less than the industry average. 

July 1, 2014