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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.

Striking graduate teaching assistants and NYU administrators are hunkered down for a protracted fight, as President John Sexton has threatened strikers with loss of their teaching stipend and ability to teach. This could have a chilling effect on campus union organizing nationwide.

When one of New York's biggest and most liberal institutions gets into the business of union-busting, it's hardly an internal matter.

That brief explosion in Gdansk of civic participation and political innovation contains secrets and gems of political ideals that can be achieved.

David Sirota calls progressives to action with a plan for a grassroots movement that unites fragmented factions.

In the wake of the labor split, nothing revolutionary or even progressive is discernible in this schism.

The abysmal cases of slave labor in the US are both shocking and terribly mundane.

In the aftermath of the labor split, both sides must get beyond recriminations and hold themselves to common goals.

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Hundreds of Amazon workers in Germany walk off the job in opposition to stressful working conditions and low pay.

December 16, 2013

JT’s backup dancers have made history by winning a union contract for touring artists.

December 13, 2013

NYU becomes the only private university with unionized teaching assistants.

December 12, 2013

During today’s historic strike, fast-food workers will walk off the job in over 100 cities. 

December 5, 2013

If a company’s employees don't have enough money for food, it’s time to raise wages.

November 18, 2013

Ten bills blocking paid sick days have been passed, seven this year alone. But that doesn’t have progressives down.

November 7, 2013

The domestic workers’ rights movement offers powerful lessons for the broader fight against forced labor, trafficking and servitude.

November 7, 2013

Three out of the four largest industrial disasters in the history of the garment industry have occurred in the past year alone.

October 24, 2013

There’s a long history of players banding together for better playing conditions.

October 21, 2013

The grievance letter sent out by the Grambling State Tigers football team reveals a locker room too dangerous to call home.

October 21, 2013