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The late organizer helped pave a progressive path forward for New York and elsewhere.

Amazon warehouse

My life as a temp in California’s Inland Empire, the belly of the online shopping beast.

JP Morgan elevators

This time it’s securities bundled from rentals, rather than mortgages.

Airport workers

Passenger service workers earn significantly lower wages than the largely unionized airline employees with whom they work. Now they’re organizing to change that.

Demonstrators participating in the Poor People's March in Washington D.C.

Being poor in the United States has rarely meant anything so simple as having too little money.

Walmart shopping cart

A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.

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.

Blogs

The failure to protect workers is worsening an already dire public health crisis.

September 19, 2014

Cambodia’s garment workers are fighting for something they’ve never had before: a living wage.

September 17, 2014

A remarkable democratic debate over independence has forced an admission that austerity is a vital, perhaps definitive, issue.

September 17, 2014

In the smallest Gulf states, nearly 90 percent of residents are immigrant laborers. Many face unspeakable abuse.

September 16, 2014

VAWA has sparked real progress—but we can do more to ensure that survivors have stable jobs and housing.

September 12, 2014

Backed by US development aid, the Ethiopian government is seizing land, demolishing homes and cracking down on activists in a bid to expand its capital city.

September 12, 2014

There’s no evidence that credit reports reveal an applicant’s competence but plenty of evidence that shows they invade privacy and institutionalize discrimination.

September 12, 2014

While the tech world fawns over the new iPhone 6, labor abuses abound at an Apple factory in China.

September 10, 2014

A recent investigation of an Apple supplier factory by China Labor Watch and Green America found numerous serious health, safety and human rights violations.

September 9, 2014

The workers awaiting immigration reform need the ability to work legally, but they also need to be empowered at work.

September 8, 2014