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Private prisons thrive on cheap labor and the hunger of job-starved towns.

The pilot manufacturing factory for SweatX, the noble anti-sweatshop brand that aspired to prove that fully unionized and even worker-owned garment factories can thrive in a sea of sweatshops, qu

Seeing the limits of living-wage laws, activists seek a raise for all workers.

EMENDATION: Naomi Klein reported in her July 12 "Lookout" column that Aegis CEO Tim Spicer helped put down rebels and stage a military coup in Papua New Guinea. Actually, although his secret employment by the PNG government to put down rebels became a divisive issue within the PNG military and led to a military coup, Spicer played no role in staging the coup. (7/14/04)

By now, it has become something of a media cliché to watch "fringe" protesters jumping up and down from the edges of G-8 conferences held at ever more remote locations.

Readers who'd like to support the workers of Local 556 can send a tax-deductible donation to "Safe Work/Safe Food," c/o Teamsters Local 556, 1750 Portland Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Under the gun, unions are realizing they have to think outside the big box.

In a Service Employees union hall in Boston, a hospital worker raises her hand.

With firmness and style, President Reagan has commandeered the rhetorical high ground by his "program for economic recovery." The phrases and concepts of Reaganomics--get government off our backs

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An estimated half-million to 1.5 million children are involved in the cocoa trade. 

December 22, 2014

Walmart to pregnant women: choose between a healthy pregnancy and a job.

December 19, 2014

280 workers organized to win a landmark settlement against one of San Francisco's most revered dim sum restaurants.

December 15, 2014

Out of the Senate debate over another sellout to the big banks comes the clarion call for a new populist politics.

December 14, 2014

At the University of Oregon, campus organizing took on a new meaning when graduate workers went on the picket line.

December 12, 2014

Along with hobbling Dodd-Frank, the so-called “Cromnibus” assaults a number of important priorities.

December 12, 2014

But opposition among Democrats is growing.

December 10, 2014

Does the Pregnancy Discrimination Act actually prevent employers from firing their workers for being pregnant? The Supreme Court will soon decide.

December 10, 2014

Graduating from protesters to politicians, Chile’s student leaders achieved the legislative wins that have eluded their Occupy counterparts.

December 10, 2014

Water privatization could soon be the next front in the austerity wars.

December 8, 2014