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unemployment line

How corporate America used the Great Recession to turn good jobs into bad ones. 

The country's largest employer tried to compare the wages of their long-term employees to the stipends of Nation interns. The Daily Beast bought their spin.

CTU Protest

Showdowns in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond have turned out parents and teachers in droves—and revealed how out of touch education reformers really are.

Walmart protest

In the wake of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza disaster, consumers are showing new interest in brands that do right by their workers.


Low-paid adjunct faculty, who are mostly female, have started unionizing for better pay—and winning.

The Nation's Greg Kaufmann joined Stand Up! With Pete Dominick to argue that there are ways to alleviate poverty in America and that it starts with increasing the minimum wage.

Chicago taxi

If cab drivers in Chicago win their lawsuit to become employees of the city, their jobs will become a lot less terrible.

Baby bottle

I leaned out when I should have leaned in. But the problem is about much more than individual women’s choices.


For fashion brands, participation in the Bangladesh fire and safety plan is voluntarily. It shouldn’t be.

May 16, 2013

New York's Attorney General has issued subpoenas to a fast food company and is investigating several franchisees for what employees say is a rampant issue.

May 16, 2013

Hundreds of fast food and retail workers are expected to join the work stoppage, making Milwaukee the fifth city in the strike wave.

May 15, 2013

Even The New York Times is figuring out that austerity isn't working. Ed Schultz could have told them that years ago.

May 11, 2013

A reader who unknowingly ordered hats from a Bangladeshi factory prompts a closer look into what we know about where and how our clothes are made. 

May 10, 2013

The non-union fast food walkout follows similar actions in New York, Chicago and St. Louis.

May 10, 2013

Congressman Peter DeFazio is calling on Americans to ask President Obama to stand up for rural post offices, urban sorting centers and an essential American service.

May 10, 2013

Tired of their lives in other people’s hands, window makers started a co-op.

May 9, 2013

In the third walkout of its kind in five weeks, workers across the city are demanding a living wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

May 8, 2013

Workers will travel from around the country to meet supporters and then converge on the retail giant in Bentonville.

May 5, 2013