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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.

Bill de Blasio at a rally

The mayoral hopeful is one of the most high-profile politicians to come out in support of the growing movement for low-wage workers’ rights.

CIW protest outside Wendy's

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers protests the fast-food company’s refusal to sign on to its fair labor initiative.

Ruins at Rana Plaza

Months after the Rana Plaza factory disaster, victims’ families have received little to no compensation.

Protest to raise the minimum wage

If Republicans are playing hardball, Democrats should too.

Baker

A long-term plan to renovate the American dream begins at the local level and scales up.

By refusing to treat Marx as our contemporary, Jonathan Sperber has brought him back to life.

AmeriCorps worker

And they earn so little that missing a paycheck means a lot.

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Keith Ellison and John Lewis are right: the US should recognize union organizing as a civil right.

August 31, 2014

Education reformers have left out the human dimensions of a harsh labor market where women, like my mother, were regularly punished for not being men. 

August 30, 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

A new law in Illinois is set to modernize the way bosses deal with pregnant employees.

August 27, 2014

After decades of investment in federal job training initiatives, it’s still difficult to see how much these programs are actually helping workers. 

August 25, 2014

Other countries provide childcare and income supports for poor mothers; in the United States, we arrest them.

August 21, 2014

There is real tension between the company’s soaring profits and the baristas’ daily grind.

August 18, 2014

Ryan is asking the poor to be more flexible in being oppressed.

August 15, 2014

Chinese labor activist Han Dongfang thinks that democracy begins in the workplace.

August 11, 2014