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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.

Who are precarious workers, and what unites them?

Poultry worker

The USDA proposes to increase line speed in poultry plants, but the debate is only about food safety. What about the workers?

Dollar bills

Instead of making vague promises to create high-paying jobs, the government should increase wages for the jobs that actually exist.

Unemployed mother

Women dominate growing sectors like retail and home healthcare—but the jobs there are grueling and the wages are low.

Blogs

The city now has a Retail Workers Bill of Rights.

December 5, 2014

Let’s get serious about addressing erratic, constantly changing schedules that are a Holiday-season nightmare for workers.

December 1, 2014

The average American woman works for “free” for two months thanks to the wage gap and unpaid labor.

November 13, 2014

Progressives should not think of this election as another Republican “shellacking,” but as the year some Americans got a raise.

November 4, 2014

In protests around the country on Thursday, Walmart workers presented a simple demand: full-time work at $15 an hour.

October 17, 2014

Why opposing a wage increase while simultaneously bashing government assistance isn’t just callous—it’s also dumb policy.

October 16, 2014

Flexible scheduling is creating an on-call nightmare for working people.

October 15, 2014

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