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Amazon warehouse

My life as a temp in California’s Inland Empire, the belly of the online shopping beast.

Airport workers

Passenger service workers earn significantly lower wages than the largely unionized airline employees with whom they work. Now they’re organizing to change that.

Walmart shopping cart

A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.

Kalpona Akter

Surging union growth and militancy is due to courageous leaders like Kalpona Akter: child laborer at 12, union president at 15, she’s now head of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

Tar from the tobacco leaves stains the hands of young workers.

Young farm workers are falling ill from “green tobacco sickness” while the industry denies it and government lets it happen.

Michael Steele with a wild turkey he shot in 2012

Under pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families.

Handcuffed

People like Luis Rivera are being locked out of the formal workforce forever thanks to one youthful mistake.

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The devaluation of “content” is bad for readers and for democracy.

Blogs

STUDENT FINALIST: The harrowing irony of our current immigration system is that those who will be most affected by immigration policies can’t participate in the election process.

October 24, 2012

New evidence proves the sexist “mommy track” myth wrong.

October 24, 2012

Romney’s profit-over-people policies will ship US jobs overseas. 

October 22, 2012

STUDENT WINNER: The president needs to reassure middle-class American that he has and will continue to combat long-term unemployment.

October 19, 2012

Lobbyists for mining companies and hundreds of other businesses are taking advantage of the Citizens United decision to pressure employees into voting Republican.

October 19, 2012

In its reckless quest to overtake Nike in the sportswear market, Adidas built a footloose global supply chain to force its factories into cut-throat competition.

October 9, 2012

As low-wage retail jobs take over our economy, this strike will tell us whether workers can improve them.

October 9, 2012

Do vague statements on Social Security now set the stage for “grand compromises” in the future?

October 8, 2012

Illinois activists were taken into custody after staging a nonviolent protest against Walmart's cruel working conditions. 

October 2, 2012

Collective bargaining got the real refs back on the football field. It’s a useful tool that should be defended, not attacked.

September 28, 2012