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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.

We are delighted to announce the winners of The Nation’s seventh annual Student Writing Contest, Andrew Gambrione and Tess Saperstein.

Dollar bill

“Debtpocalypse” is merely the latest installment in a tragic, forty-year story of the dispossession of American workers. 

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.

Geoeconomic arguments about jobs smuggle in neoliberal economics under the cover of geography.

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.

Barack Obama

In the next four years—and beyond—progressives must create the political space for the president to represent the majority of Americans.

Anthony Narh

Anthony Nahr, a Ghanaian immigrant, died in a garage adjoining a celebrity-filled luxury apartment building in Tribeca.

Union protesters

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

Blogs

Can global solidarity between fast-food workers help raise the bar for all of them?

November 19, 2014

Could the chemicals in beauty products be causing long-term health problems for salon workers?

November 17, 2014

San Francisco employees of the green-capitalism giant are organizing themselves to fight for livable working conditions.

November 14, 2014

The average American woman works for “free” for two months thanks to the wage gap and unpaid labor.

November 13, 2014

A political scandal in Britain draws attention to labor exploitation that extends far beyond a single T-shirt.

November 12, 2014

A new study suggests air pollution near fracking sites may be worse than previously estimated—putting workers and local residents at increased risk of cancer, birth defects and other major health problems.

November 10, 2014

This year’s midterms raised the minimum wage in four states and two cities across the country—now it’s time to make sure those wages get paid.

November 7, 2014

Amid disappointing election results, progressives won big on one campaign: raising the minimum wage.

November 5, 2014

Progressives should not think of this election as another Republican “shellacking,” but as the year some Americans got a raise.

November 4, 2014

Who decides the minimum wage? In several ballot initiatives next week, the people will.

October 29, 2014