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Seeing the limits of living-wage laws, activists seek a raise for all workers.

Readers who'd like to support the workers of Local 556 can send a tax-deductible donation to "Safe Work/Safe Food," c/o Teamsters Local 556, 1750 Portland Avenue, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Under the gun, unions are realizing they have to think outside the big box.

In a Service Employees union hall in Boston, a hospital worker raises her hand.

After bloody battles for desegregation, blacks in Memphis are still behind.

There are bigger American unions, but none that are feistier organizers than HERE (hotel and restaurant workers) and UNITE (historically garment and textile workers).

The New School University is one of Manhattan's most storied progressive institutions. But don't tell that to the people who work there.

A vast impoverished population languishes in the midst of our economy.

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As the disparity between rich and poor has grown, so have gaps in life expectancy between counties, towns, and even neighborhoods. 

November 20, 2013

Members of Business Roundtable, a corporate lobby advocating for cuts to retirees’ benefts, have retirement acounts more than 1,200 times the size of the median American worker's. 

November 19, 2013

If a company’s employees don't have enough money for food, it’s time to raise wages.

November 18, 2013

In his campaign book, Unintimidated, the controversial Wisconsin governor offers a rewrite of his history.

November 18, 2013

Thanks to a loophole in the Fair Labor Standards Act, children in the United States as young as twelve are allowed to do often dangerous and backbreaking agricultural work.

November 14, 2013

Even 58 percent of Republicans support an increase to $9 an hour.

November 14, 2013

An anti-union organizers calls for another bloody battle in the South. 

November 14, 2013

The $15-an-hour wage candidate Kshama Sawant takes the lead in a “historic” citywide race.

November 13, 2013

Democrats need to embrace the senator’s populist policies and rhetoric.

November 12, 2013

Ten bills blocking paid sick days have been passed, seven this year alone. But that doesn’t have progressives down.

November 7, 2013