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Almost entirely under the media radar, unemployed workers here are taking over bankrupt businesses and reopening them under democratic management.

SEIU President Andy Stern heads one of the strongest unions in the country. Why is he so cozy with corporations?

Michael Moore's healtcare documentary is less partisan, less outrageous--but more real--than anything he's done before.

The US guest-worker program has locked thousands in a modern-day form of indentured servitude.

John Edwards is meticulously laying the groundwork to become the candidate of organized labor, insisting prosperity can expand only if unionization expands.

A labor organizer was beaten to death after exposing exploitative labor practices in the United States and Mexico.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is using immigration control measures to retaliate against undocumented workers who stand up for their rights.

Low-wage workers in hotels near Los Angeles International Airport are the latest to benefit from the city's living-wage law, riding a wave of considerable political momentum.

The ICE chief's comments about immigration and unions raise troubling questions. Congress should seek answers.

Unions are pushing hard for the new Congress to ease the process of organizing labor by passing the Employee Free Choice Act.

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

September 8, 2014

Nearly two years since their mobilization began with about 200 workers in New York, fast-food workers are following through on their two key demands: a $15 hourly wage and a union.

 
September 5, 2014

Unions are more welcome in New York than most places in the country, but a revival of the labor movement will require new traditions of workplace activism.

September 3, 2014

Keith Ellison and John Lewis are right: the US should recognize union organizing as a civil right.

August 31, 2014

Home healthcare workers in Minnesota just established a union, opening the door for negotiating higher wages. 

August 29, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

Chinese labor activist Han Dongfang thinks that democracy begins in the workplace.

August 11, 2014

The fast-food giant must now admit that it’s responsible for the people it employs. 

August 1, 2014

Staples is at the center of a highly controversial “public-private partnership” deal to turn its counters into quasi-post offices. 

July 28, 2014

The bill purports to target only those who purchase sex, but threatens to indirectly criminalize many of the services, spaces and personal interactions that would make it possible for sex workers to openly do business.

July 16, 2014