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Kalpona Akter

Surging union growth and militancy is due to courageous leaders like Kalpona Akter: child laborer at 12, union president at 15, she’s now head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Homeless

According to many conservatives, the poor have it easy.

Handcuffed

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

(Shuttershock.com)

The devaluation of “content” is bad for readers and for democracy.

George Mason University School of Law Professor Todd Zywicki.

Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture?

James Dimon, chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Maybe it’s not too big to face criminal charges after all.

Blogs

For seventy-five years, industry has tried to paint organized workers as "red agitators."

May 1, 2014

Much of the world celebrates International Worker’s Day on May 1—but not the US.

May 1, 2014

The sherpas who perform incredibly dangerous work on the mountain have called off this year’s climbing season.

April 30, 2014

With the Senate preparing to hold a procedural vote as early as Wednesday on a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage, it’s worth considering what’s at stake in the debate—or rather, who. 

April 29, 2014

The real “takers” are the biggest corporations and banks, the richest Americans.

April 29, 2014

The embattled basketball team owner broke the rules of how one should go about being racist in America.

April 28, 2014

The impasse facing the TWA healthcare program stems from the taxi workforce’s structural exclusion from labor protections

April 28, 2014

An untold number of interns could be excluded from the new law due to a question of classification.

April 25, 2014

The New Jersey governor backs Wisconsin’s governor, a potential 2016 rival, in his capacity as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

April 25, 2014

This afternoon, activists from Green America and China Labor Watch will stage a protest outside Apple's "cube" store in New York City.

April 25, 2014