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Area janitors are fighting back against instances of unpaid overtime wages, denial of breaks and retaliation against union organizers.

The Obamas

As fashion's first couple, the Obamas can take a leading role in making sure US companies comply with global standards.

From student walkouts in Philly and Chicago to union organizing and MOOCs in California, here are the latest reports by our student activist/writers.

Make the Road New York

From stopping wage theft to organizing carwasheros, victories have come from meeting workers where they live.

Chicago teachers

CORE’s victory is a boost to social movement unionism—and a model for other unions around the country.

Martin Heinrich

One of the youngest and poorest senators, Martin Heinrich rose to the top as a supporter of labor and environmental issues.

Worker at the Bangladesh factory collapse

The executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity talks to Pramila Jayapal about how American consumers can pressure US corporations to protect workers abroad.

Chicago workers strike

Demanding a living wage of $15 per hour, employees at Macy’s, Subway, McDonald’s, Victoria’s Secret and more have walked off the job.

Fast Food Forward

From the Bronx to Brooklyn, workers at car washes and fast food joints are finding ways to fight for their rights.

As images of wealth abound, the struggles of ordinary workers have become invisible.

Blogs

With the government's leverage as both a consumer and a steward of the public trust, the public sector can hold the line against the fashion industry’s race to the bottom

May 30, 2014

The disruption at the Guggenheim was just a visual articulation of global, grassroots demands rising outside the museum walls.

May 26, 2014

A new study says the change could save lives and improve health statewide—good news for the 40 percent of poor households led by single women.

May 23, 2014

The Newark Star-Ledger says Christie’s attack on pensions is the final nail in his coffin. (We’ll see.)

May 22, 2014

To build the university where Bill Clinton will speak this week, laborers are paid less than what was contracted, are refused their own passports and bank cards and sleep a dozen to a room.

May 20, 2014

Will the death of over 300 miners spark a revolution against Prime Minister Erdogan’s government?

May 19, 2014

In a show of international solidarity, scores of fast food workers in about thirty countries walked off the job to push for improved working conditions and higher wages.

May 16, 2014

The campaign for higher wages in the fast food industry goes global. 

May 15, 2014

Currently, 39 states and Puerto Rico subsidize the entertainment business to the tune of about $1.5 billion. Yet many of these agreements lack concrete mandates to direct how companies use taxpayer money in the local economy

May 14, 2014

New York University’s Student Labor Action Movement got the the administration to finally act responsibility when doing business with the global fashion industry.

May 12, 2014