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OUR Walmart

Taking inspiration from small strikes and actions over the past few years, OUR Walmart activists struck a note of dissent at the corporation’s annual party.

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.

Blogs

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is committed to enforcing laws against wage theft. But Florida agricultural workers say new, stronger laws are still needed.

May 27, 2010

Watch Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel on Democracy Now! discussing the anti-incumbent mood in the country.

May 19, 2010

Advocates for paid sick leave took their fight to the Hill this week, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis cheered them on.

April 28, 2010

 While doormen fight for a small wage increase, they open doors for some of New York's richest.

April 27, 2010

Labor's maverick leader, Andy Stern, stepping down will create a void in the labor movement at an awkward time. How do we unify labor post-Stern?

April 14, 2010

The death toll of a devastating explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia has reached twenty-five.

April 9, 2010

Want to avoid more mine disasters? Make it easier for unions to organize and protect miners.

April 8, 2010

 Organized labor takes on Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln in a pair of new ads.

April 5, 2010

 There were grumblings from all corners of the AFL-CIO at its winter meeting in Orlando recently. "Disappointment", "disillusionment", "unengaged", these words and worse peppered press reports describing labor's view of President Obama and the Democrats.

March 9, 2010

My January 24 column on the role of the AFL-CIO in the Citizens United v. FEC case highlighted the concerns of some unions regarding the federation's decision to file an amicus brief in support of Citizens United in its case against the Federal Elections Commission. The piece stirred a tremendous response and a great discussion about the Supreme Court's removal of limits on corporate campaign spending. In preparing the piece and since its publication, I've heard from heads of national unions that are affiliated with the AFL as well as leaders of state and regional labor federations and lots of individual union members. Today, I'll highlight a very critical response from a top lawyer for the AFL-CIO.

January 29, 2010