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With US approval and privatization the goal, the government is targeting organized labor.

A talk with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka on the state of the labor movement and plans for the future.

Bob King, the new UAW president, has dusted off the union and renewed its activist traditions.

Profits are booming, but Mott's is demanding benefit cuts. Workers are fighting back.

His single-minded pursuit of growth alienated allies. Did it produce the gains he promised?

Holding the budget hostage while state unemployment tops 12 percent, California growers and their political allies have slashed funding for schools and social services. The March for California's Future is challenging the stranglehold that big agriculture exerts over the state.

The multinational mining giant Rio Tinto has uprooted unions, slashed wages and abused employees all over the world. Now workers at its California facility are fighting a lockout.

Can the labor movement overcome UNITE HERE's messy breakup?

As he mounts his run for AFL-CIO president at a moment of opportunity and peril for American workers, Richard Trumka calls for no less than a new social compact.

Taxing benefits may raise money for Obama's healthcare reform, but it would betray union members who gave up wage increases in order to get decent coverage.

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Without good union jobs—known for keeping small towns afloat during times of economic crisis—whither the middle class?

May 28, 2013

Hundreds of fast food and retail workers are expected to join the work stoppage, making Milwaukee the fifth city in the strike wave.

May 15, 2013

Working America is set to expand across the country—and directly enter the workplace.

April 17, 2013

Barack Obama's expected budget proposal will slash payments for ordinary Americans in the name of deficit reduction.

April 5, 2013

Wisconsin's state Superintendent of Public Instruction runs for reelection as a critic of Scott Walker's attacks on teacher unions, funding cuts and vouchers proposals.

April 1, 2013

USPS is being hit with a classic austerity model: politicians, influenced by corporations that fund campaigns and overrun Capitol Hill with lobbyists, undermine quality public services.

March 22, 2013

Did a Walmart vice president just reveal illegal union-busting?

December 17, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder ignored the interests of Michigan workers to please his corporate backers. 

December 17, 2012

A very real ideological battle is being waged between labor and the forces that wish to destroy the power of collective bargaining.

December 12, 2012

A “right to work” law isn’t about economic development or “freedom.” It’s about increasing the power of corporations. 

December 12, 2012