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Activists Around the US Fight to Raise the Minimum Wage

At a time when 4.5 million Americans make at or below the minimum wage, a broad coalition unites to demand better pay. 

As a hot summer rolls on and the lockout enters its third week, New York City unions ramp up the pressure. 

Alexis Tsipras, the head of Greece's leftist SYRIZA party

The once-marginal Syriza coalition could bring down the current weak government—but to attain power it must get more union support.

Lockout at Con Ed

Days after being locked out, the utility company’s union workers show that they’re not going down without a fight.

Industry leaders and their Senate allies are trying to kill reforms protecting immigrant workers.

The crushing recall loss shows that labor must find better ways to defend itself in the electoral arena.

Nannies in New York state have brand-new labor protections. But it’s proving hard to enforce employment laws at home.

The depressing defeat of the recall suggests that “money power” cannot be easily thwarted, even by determined “people power.”

Are we prepared to care for the aging baby boomer population?

Blogs

Manjula Martin is trying to arm freelance writers with knowledge, but capitalism has the upper hand.

April 7, 2014

An excerpt from When Hollywood Turned Left, Greg Mitchell’s new e-book about the first modern campaign to secretly raise massive amounts of money.

April 6, 2014

Bangladesh’s factories remain not only unsafe places to work but also unsafe places for workers to speak up for their rights.

April 4, 2014

The UK seems keen on abandoning its most vulnerable workers to the rule of the master of the house.

April 4, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1, call Apple to demand the company protect its workers from dangerous chemicals. 

April 1, 2014

The “tip credit” or “subminimum wage” system basically leaves it up to the consumer to provide the bulk of workers’ earnings. So the customer is always right in determining the worth of a worker’s labor.

March 31, 2014

Can the Bangladesh Accord provide a template for globalized corporate accountability?

March 28, 2014

Protecting workers from injury is one thing; empowering them to resist oppression is quite another.

March 26, 2014

A new study exposes the hidden consequences of government contracting for workers and communities

March 24, 2014