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On September 29 in San Francisco, 4,000 hotel employees--all members of the newly merged union UNITE HERE--walked out on strike or were locked out of their workplaces after their contracts expire

Guest workers in the US are routinely punished for asserting their rights.

Labor Day has never been a very inspiring holiday, established as it was by late-nineteenth-century union bosses as a homegrown alternative to May Day, which was viewed as having uncomfortably le

For two years, journalist Andrew Rice lived in Uganda as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs.

The pilot manufacturing factory for SweatX, the noble anti-sweatshop brand that aspired to prove that fully unionized and even worker-owned garment factories can thrive in a sea of sweatshops, qu

Seeing the limits of living-wage laws, activists seek a raise for all workers.

Readers who'd like to support the workers of Local 556 can send a tax-deductible donation to "Safe Work/Safe Food," c/o Teamsters Local 556, 1750 Portland Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Under the gun, unions are realizing they have to think outside the big box.

In a Service Employees union hall in Boston, a hospital worker raises her hand.

After bloody battles for desegregation, blacks in Memphis are still behind.

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After losing her seasonal position, guestworker Maria Guzman decided to stand up to her former employer.

June 12, 2014

Whatever you think of Sheryl Sandberg, her book Lean In achieved one very important objective: it exposed the deep class divide within American feminism.

June 11, 2014

Unions representing hundreds of thousands of workers go to court against the governor.

June 10, 2014

Should America be looking to Seattle for solutions to its broken economic system?

June 9, 2014

Fixing the regulatory regime for outsourcing requires both new modes enforcement and reforms that target corporations’ systematic evasion tactics.

June 6, 2014

How can we help to make sure that Walmart’s employees can both financially support their children and tuck them in at night?

June 4, 2014

A new initiative aims to put wages at the heart of the inequality debate.

June 4, 2014

As a major city opts for a minimum wage that’s double the federal rate, what seemed an improbable goal gets very real.

June 2, 2014

There is no avoiding the inherently alienating consequences of trying to earn a living through the production of words.

May 30, 2014