On September 29 in San Francisco, 4,000 hotel employees--all members of the newly merged union UNITE HERE--walked out on strike or were locked out of their workplaces after their contracts expire
Labor Day has never been a very inspiring holiday, established as it was by late-nineteenth-century union bosses as a homegrown alternative to May Day, which was viewed as having uncomfortably le
For two years, journalist Andrew Rice lived in Uganda as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs.
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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.
Additional reporting by Cissy Rebich.
A joyless holiday season faces 70,000 unionized Southern and Central California supermarket workers who have been on strike or locked out since October 11.
The mega-retailer has set its sights on the urban market, but the living-wage movement is putting up a fight.
The signs all over the store proclaiming Everyday Low Prices look the
same (except that they're printed in Chinese), as do the neatly dressed
"associates" patrolling the selling floor.