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Lawrence Summers

Appointing Summers to head the Federal Reserve would only rub salt in the wounds of the disappearing middle class.

Walmart protest

In the wake of Bangladesh's Rana Plaza disaster, consumers are showing new interest in brands that do right by their workers.

Friedrich Hayek and colleagues, 1950

Angus Burgin revisits Friedrich Hayek’s Mont Pelerin Society in The Great Persuasion.

Lawrence Summers

The guy who tops the list of those responsible for sabotaging the world’s economy is lobbying to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Foreclosed Home

In Richmond, California, home prices plummeted 58 percent since their peak. Now the city is trying out a new way to help homeowners refinance—and halt the slide into foreclosure.

Adjunct

Low-paid adjunct faculty, who are mostly female, have started unionizing for better pay—and winning.

The Nation's Greg Kaufmann joined Stand Up! With Pete Dominick to argue that there are ways to alleviate poverty in America and that it starts with increasing the minimum wage.

regulation

One man on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission holds the key vote in a crucial decision about derivatives trading that could prevent—or enable—more bank bailouts.

Chicago taxi

If cab drivers in Chicago win their lawsuit to become employees of the city, their jobs will become a lot less terrible.

Chicago school closing protest

A resurgent protest culture fights back against Rahm Emanuel’s austerity agenda.

Blogs

Sallie Mae broke the law, and SLAP demands that the Department of Education terminate its contract. 

June 23, 2014

It’s time to talk about paid sick days, maternity/paternity leave and America’s backwards family workplace values.

June 23, 2014

The legislation will establish rules on working hours, rest breaks and dealing with work-related complaints.

June 23, 2014

Professional dress was created with the male worker in mind, and the unclear guidelines facing women shows we haven’t fully accepted them in the workplace.

June 20, 2014

A new report suggests the White House could bypass Congress to improve working conditions at workplaces linked to federal programs.

June 20, 2014

The New Jersey’s governor’s plan to run on his record of working across the aisle isn’t looking too good.

June 19, 2014

Protests by union members, environmentalists, and others are growing.

June 13, 2014

And interview with Journalist Sheila Bapat on how domestic workers—mostly immigrant women and women of color—are winning labor protections nationwide.

June 12, 2014

After losing her seasonal position, guestworker Maria Guzman decided to stand up to her former employer.

June 12, 2014

Whatever you think of Sheryl Sandberg, her book Lean In achieved one very important objective: it exposed the deep class divide within American feminism.

June 11, 2014