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Who are precarious workers, and what unites them?

The general strike was once a powerful tactic for labor. Can it be revived?

May Day

 Plug into the spirit Occupy on May Day and throughout the spring.

General Strike

Outside the US, May 1 is international workers’ day. Unions, immigrant activists and Occupiers are now resurrecting May Day for Americans. 

The USDA proposes to increase the line speed at poultry plants, which could endanger employees who already work long hours doing repetitive hand motions.

Classroom

New studies show that many teachers are unhappy in their jobs—and in this climate of austerity, it's no wonder.

Scott Walker

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

Poultry worker

The USDA proposes to increase line speed in poultry plants, but the debate is only about food safety. What about the workers?

What are some alternative tactics to create a different, more powerful general strike?

Blogs

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

July 28, 2014

A new bill could ease the tightrope that many low-wage workers walk.

July 25, 2014

Migrant workers subject to the kafala system have little recourse against exploitation and abuse.

July 23, 2014

Samsung’s moral corrective had been issued on paper, but it did not translate so well for the Chinese workers.

July 18, 2014

Unions, community and religious groups organize to prioritize the interests of working families over the interests of Wall Street bankers.

July 17, 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

A watchdog group has uncovered numerous labor violations at a Samsung supplier in southern China—including underage workers.

July 11, 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

National Education Association calls out Obama’s education secretary for focusing on high-stakes testing. Democrats should take the criticism seriously.

July 8, 2014