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The Obamas

As fashion's first couple, the Obamas can take a leading role in making sure US companies comply with global standards.

From student walkouts in Philly and Chicago to union organizing and MOOCs in California, here are the latest reports by our student activist/writers.

Make the Road New York

From stopping wage theft to organizing carwasheros, victories have come from meeting workers where they live.

Chicago teachers

CORE’s victory is a boost to social movement unionism—and a model for other unions around the country.

Martin Heinrich

One of the youngest and poorest senators, Martin Heinrich rose to the top as a supporter of labor and environmental issues.

Worker at the Bangladesh factory collapse

The executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity talks to Pramila Jayapal about how American consumers can pressure US corporations to protect workers abroad.

Chicago workers strike

Demanding a living wage of $15 per hour, employees at Macy’s, Subway, McDonald’s, Victoria’s Secret and more have walked off the job.

Fast Food Forward

From the Bronx to Brooklyn, workers at car washes and fast food joints are finding ways to fight for their rights.

As images of wealth abound, the struggles of ordinary workers have become invisible.

Women day laborers wait for cleaning jobs in Brooklyn, New York

Day laborers who clean for ultra-Orthodox Jewish households are learning about their rights.

Blogs

In a lengthy call with reporters, Obama pushed back hard on liberal criticisms of his trade bill.

April 24, 2015

The low wages the government pays its army of contract workers is exacerbating precarity in the labor force as a whole.

April 22, 2015

This is the time to break with Obama, and her own past, by siding with labor, environmentalists, human rights activists.

April 17, 2015

The widespread protests Wednesday offered a critical test for politicians on whether to support the growing low-wage-worker movement.

April 16, 2015

Yesterday’s strikers ranged from retail and fast food workers to adjuncts and caregivers—all those ousted from the 1 percent economy.

April 16, 2015

But more often than not, states are preventing workers from securing unemployment benefits.

April 14, 2015

More education helps an individual woman earn better, but it doesn’t erase the gender wage gap.

April 14, 2015

Wells Fargo workers are protesting the bank’s predatory practices.

April 13, 2015

Workers’ willingness to take direct action could stem from a recognition that the golden era of Chinese manufacturing is on the wane.

April 9, 2015

A challenge to Rahm Emanuel and corporate Democrats sows the seeds of a new urban populism.

April 8, 2015