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On July 2, Mexico will choose a new president. Whoever wins will face an ongoing labor movement challenging the neoliberal policies of the past.

Life remains cheap in the coalfields of Appalachia because of the Bush Administration's incompetence and neglect in the face of human and environmental tragedy.

The May 20 mine disaster presents more evidence that the Bush Administration places miners in peril with budget cuts, regulatory rollbacks and industry-friendly appointees.

A global, grassroots campaign against Coca-Cola is using product bans
and lawsuits to shed light on the corporate giant's exploitation and brutality in Colombia, India and elsewhere.

Immigrant advocates at the World Social Forum offered real
alternatives to the narrow debate over how to fix the system.

Labor activists in Idaho hope to repeal repressive "Right To Work" laws
and educate a new generation on the history of labor struggles.

Cesar, who was always good at symbols, saved his best for last: a simple pine box, fashioned by his brother's hands, carried unceremoniously through the Central Valley town he made famous.

While the edges continue to be smoothed off Martin Luther King Jr.'s bracing challenges to racism, war and free-market exploitation, the holiday is a time to remember a leader who believed civil rights and labor rights are tightly intertwined.

New York City's first transit strike in a quarter-century resulted in an agreement that both the union leadership and the MTA insist is the greatest contract ever--but that the union's left opposition calls a disastrous sell-out.

New York City transit workers, now back on the job after a two-day strike, are fighting for the rights of future workers and against the lie that abstract, neutral economic necessity, not the ideas and interests of the rich and powerful, are driving the demolition of what remains of social solidarity.

Blogs

Could China’s justice system be morphing from an instrument of the authoritarian state into a contested political terrain?

April 16, 2014

Do limits on after-hours e-mail reflect French culture’s laziness or American culture’s malaise?

April 14, 2014

Bangladesh’s factories remain not only unsafe places to work but also unsafe places for workers to speak up for their rights.

April 4, 2014

Can the Bangladesh Accord provide a template for globalized corporate accountability?

March 28, 2014

The European Union’s new plan for restricting conflict materials in global trade starts with good intentions, but basically ends there.

March 21, 2014

On-call work schedules force part-time laborers to work erratic shifts for little pay, raising the question, “Is it even worth it?”

March 19, 2014

It is time to call out politicians who use the authority of government to weaken existing unions and to thrwart the right to organize.

February 22, 2014

While raising the minimum wage for all workers requires the cooperation of Congress, President Obama can unilaterally raise the wages of federal contract workers.   

January 27, 2014

Thrity-two people were arrested at an SEIU-organized rally for liveable wages and a paid Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

January 21, 2014

Nearly thirty Amazon technicians held the first unionization vote in the company’s history.

January 16, 2014