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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.

How did we became a nation that fails to help its most needy citizens, and what can be done?

Domestic worker

Tip-stealing bosses are rarely called to account for their abuses. It's time to blow the whistle.

Blogs

Women put in long hours inside and outside the home, making a more prosperous economy, and we reward them with crappy public policy.

May 8, 2014

With the Senate preparing to hold a procedural vote as early as Wednesday on a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage, it’s worth considering what’s at stake in the debate—or rather, who. 

April 29, 2014

An untold number of interns could be excluded from the new law due to a question of classification.

April 25, 2014

There’s no objective explanation for why black women make less than white women.

April 15, 2014

The struggle for fair pay isn’t captured in wage statistics; it’s part of a struggle against the asymmetry of knowledge that divides management and labor.

April 11, 2014

An excerpt from When Hollywood Turned Left, Greg Mitchell’s new e-book about the first modern campaign to secretly raise massive amounts of money.

April 6, 2014

The “tip credit” or “subminimum wage” system basically leaves it up to the consumer to provide the bulk of workers’ earnings. So the customer is always right in determining the worth of a worker’s labor.

March 31, 2014

On-call work schedules force part-time laborers to work erratic shifts for little pay, raising the question, “Is it even worth it?”

March 19, 2014

Cadillac thinks we get more glory—and stuff—by working so hard. Research says the opposite.

March 7, 2014

We can’t change the workplace by asking women to lean out. We have to start with men.

February 26, 2014