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Luxury Apartment

Shady magnates and corrupt politicians from all over the globe are stashing their ill-gotten wealth in luxurious Manhattan apartments.

Union protest

After one of Supreme Court’s most anti-union rulings in recent years, is there still time for organized labor to save itself?

Rally in Providence

A minimum-wage pre-emption measure, backed by the hotel industry and signed by Governor Chafee, has been met with hunger strikes, electoral challenges and protests.

Greg Page

But will Greg Page’s call to arms influence business leaders? Or the Republicans his firm donates to?

Foreclosed Home

Private equity firms are laying the foundation for the next financial crash in the rubble of the last one—and it’s already cost one child her life.

Sarita Gupta

By starting with workers at the local level, we can bargain with employers despite weak labor laws.

David Rolf

We should move money toward innovation in the labor movement.

Jed Rakoff

The federal judge is waging a one-man war on bank-friendly SEC settlements.

The retail giant acknowledges that a “thorough review” is under way and vows “appropriate action” if violations are discovered.

Blogs

Obama's budget rejects the steep cuts advocated by Republicans and his deficit commission. But the president is still playing on the GOP’s turf by emphasizing cuts instead of jobs.

February 14, 2011

The president's budget is a compromise document. Republicans say it does not go far enough. But it slashes low-income heating assistance, community programs, higher-ed loans and environmental clean-up in low-income neighborhoods. Obama and his aides “aren’t giving us a very wise set of choices,” says Democrat Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

February 14, 2011

The most radical assault yet by the current crop of Republican governor on the rights of workers has inspired outrage in a historically progressive and pro-labor state, with the governor alerting the National Guard in case of industrial action.

February 13, 2011

Democrats can win this upstate New York seat, not by prattling on about hypocritical Republicans but by focusing on jobs and trade policy -- and by aligning with the Working Families Party.

February 10, 2011

Reed reports on the Republicans’ efforts to prove that when it comes to climate change, the deficit and pretty much anything else, they can be both hostile and disrespectful.

February 10, 2011

What could become a general strike by Egypt's workers has begun. Parliament building, broadcasting center targeted.

February 9, 2011

The US media seem to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of “solidarity” and even “class war,” and a focus on corruption and inequality like we haven't seen in who knows how long.

The only problem? They're talking about Egypt.

February 8, 2011

The State Bank movement is gaining support among those disillusioned by the failings of Giant Banks.

February 7, 2011

Is Obama Reagan? 

February 6, 2011

Vermont Senator Sanders wanted to know how the Pentagon deals with companies that defraud it. He demanded an accounting. Over a three-year period, contractors convicted of committing civil and criminal fraud were given new contracts worth $285 billion. Yes, that's billion with a “B.”

February 3, 2011