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Amazon warehouse

My life as a temp in California’s Inland Empire, the belly of the online shopping beast.

Airport workers

Passenger service workers earn significantly lower wages than the largely unionized airline employees with whom they work. Now they’re organizing to change that.

Walmart shopping cart

A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.

Kalpona Akter

Surging union growth and militancy is due to courageous leaders like Kalpona Akter: child laborer at 12, union president at 15, she’s now head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Handcuffed

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

(Shuttershock.com)

The devaluation of “content” is bad for readers and for democracy.

Blogs

Wisconsin Democrats have reelected their legislators, defeated two Republicans, won a majority of the votes cast statewide and created an opening where a bipartisan pro-labor majority in the state Senate can block extreme measures.

August 17, 2011

John Nichols discusses the Wisconsin recall elections and why Democrats and President Obama have shied away from pro-labor positions.

August 12, 2011

John Nichols explains why last night's recall elections in Wisconsin were a victory for progressives.

August 10, 2011

The fate of America’s unions and the fate of our middle class are inextricably intertwined.

August 10, 2011

“Six months ago no one would have ever expected we would be where we are tonight. The people of Wisconsin have made history,” says Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader Mark Miller.

August 10, 2011

Hundreds of thousands will vote today in recall elections to remove six Republican state senators who sided with Governor Scott Walker's anti-labor, anti-education, anti–local democracy agenda.

August 9, 2011

Americans for Prosperity just sent misleading information about voting to thousands of Wisconsinites.

August 3, 2011

After an eighteen-week standoff, the NFL players' unanimously voted to approve an agreement that promotes player health and safety.

July 27, 2011

South Florida is a terrible place to grow tomatoes—or to work in the tomato fields.

July 27, 2011

Mitt Romney constantly attacks President Obama's record on job growth. But it turns out Romney’s record on it is weak and many of his claims are misleading.

July 25, 2011