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The Nation's Greg Kaufmann joined Stand Up! With Pete Dominick to argue that there are ways to alleviate poverty in America and that it starts with increasing the minimum wage.

Women day laborers wait for cleaning jobs in Brooklyn, New York

Day laborers who clean for ultra-Orthodox Jewish households are learning about their rights.

United We Bargain, Divided We Beg

Establishing lower pay for new hires, these agreements have undermined union solidarity by opening a gulf between generations.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis

Hilda Solis talks to The Nation about getting the Labor Department its teeth back, her worst moment as secretary and her legacy.

Walmart protest

The new labor campaign against the retail giant faces daunting odds, and the stakes are high: most of us live in the Walmart economy.

Recent strikes against Walmart and fast food chains made waves, but the vast majority of service workers can’t afford to speak out.

Walmart

This year’s historic strike wave is an indictment not just of the retail giant’s business model but of our broken labor laws.

Wal-Mart shopping cart

In the latest action against the union-busting low-wage retailer, labor organizers may have finally found a strategy that works.

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

Blogs

Marriott made $626 million last year—but that doesn’t mean that if you don’t tip your hotel housekeeper, she’ll see any more of those profits.

September 24, 2014

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

August 18, 2014

Black workers at Thurgood Marshall Airport are concentrated in the lowest-paying and lowest-status jobs, earning as little as $8.50 per hour. 

August 8, 2014

“It’s sad that when you work in a restaurant, most of the servers are starving.”

July 30, 2014

Low-wage federal contract workers are once again asking Obama to raise the minimum wage.

July 29, 2014

A new bill could ease the tightrope that many low-wage workers walk.

July 25, 2014

“Working people have experienced—for a long time—the diminishment of their voice,” says David Weil, the new director of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor.

July 1, 2014

Reports of enslavement and forced labor in Thailand’s $7.3 billion fishing-export industry reveal a clear link between illegal fishing, environmental degradation and human rights abuses.

June 27, 2014

A new report suggests the White House could bypass Congress to improve working conditions at workplaces linked to federal programs.

June 20, 2014

Should America be looking to Seattle for solutions to its broken economic system?

June 9, 2014