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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.

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.

Blogs

Irish activists fighting a plan to increase the cost of water have an unlikely ally in their corner: the Detroit Water Brigade.

January 29, 2015

Advocates say the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act is trying to end sex work by making it too dangerous to perform.

January 29, 2015

It’s time again for America’s annual concussion carnival.

January 29, 2015

Voting should have the power to begin the world over again.

January 28, 2015

Europe remains politically and economically divided.

January 28, 2015

Federal prosecutors want to put one in prison for taking kickbacks for doing political favors. The other has been richly rewarded for defrauding investors and saving fellow bankers from criminal prosecution.

January 27, 2015

The 1 percent has captured the majority of gains since the Great Recession in most states.

January 26, 2015

The president wants to railroad through Congress a deal that threatens to undermine labor rights, restrict Internet freedom and push jobs overseas. 

January 26, 2015

Kaiser's workers and patients have had enough of epic waiting times and surging suicide rates.

January 26, 2015

Conservatives are outraged at Obama’s tax proposals because they won’t help stay-at-home parents. But we already help them—unless they’;re poor, that is.

January 23, 2015