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United We Bargain, Divided We Beg

Establishing lower pay for new hires, these agreements have undermined union solidarity by opening a gulf between generations.

Starbucks employee

CEO Howard Schultz doesn’t like unions. But he’s happy to coerce his low-paid workers into joining a phony austerity campaign.

Inspired by Vermont’s successful drive for universal healthcare, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer is working with activists from Maine, California and Oregon to expand healthcare access.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Hilda Solis talks to The Nation about getting the Labor Department its teeth back, her worst moment as secretary and her legacy.

New York School Bus Strike

New York City’s school bus drivers and aides do a tough job where experience matters.

Walmart protest

The new labor campaign against the retail giant faces daunting odds, and the stakes are high: most of us live in the Walmart economy.

Recent strikes against Walmart and fast food chains made waves, but the vast majority of service workers can’t afford to speak out.

We are delighted to announce the winners of The Nation’s seventh annual Student Writing Contest, Andrew Gambrione and Tess Saperstein.

Dollar bill

“Debtpocalypse” is merely the latest installment in a tragic, forty-year story of the dispossession of American workers. 

Walmart

This year’s historic strike wave is an indictment not just of the retail giant’s business model but of our broken labor laws.

Blogs

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

A radical re-evaluation of caregiving work—proposed in The Nation in 1926—is still potent today.

April 7, 2015

Will the Labor Department's much-delayed new rules for the H2-B visa program strengthen protections for immigrant workers?

April 3, 2015