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For nearly two years, the loudest and most insistent voices in American politics have been on the extreme right. At the One Nation, Working Together march, this is going to change.

When the lens is turned on Southerners, it's often the ignorant ones, like Pastor Terry Jones, that we see. That makes it doubly important to remember the brave radicals, like 1920s labor activist Ella May Wiggins, can sprout from the South, too.

There are people who have been unemployed for six months and there are some who have been unemployed for 99 months or more. Congress should watch out for the 1.5 million unemployed people known as the "99ers."

His single-minded pursuit of growth alienated allies. Did it produce the gains he promised?

Hit hard by the recession, America's restaurant workers are fighting for a fair deal.

The AFL-CIO's new president warns that members of the academy should make common cause with the justifiable anger among working people.

Holding the budget hostage while state unemployment tops 12 percent, California growers and their political allies have slashed funding for schools and social services. The March for California's Future is challenging the stranglehold that big agriculture exerts over the state.

The multinational mining giant Rio Tinto has uprooted unions, slashed wages and abused employees all over the world. Now workers at its California facility are fighting a lockout.

Garment workers at a suburban Chicago factory fight to save their jobs and prove that social unionism is still relevant.

We shouldn't pass up a chance to enlist the auto industry in a green transition.

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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

After being denied access to workplace facilities for being transgender, a Hobby Lobby employee is now pressing a discrimination case with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. 

July 14, 2014

As a trade deal focusing on the financial sector is underway so too is a campaign to organize Wall Street’s rank-and-file.

July 9, 2014

A new report reveals the vast majority of workers are immigrants and people of color who earn about $8 less than the industry average. 

July 1, 2014