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Sakuma Brothers strike

By law, a company can’t hire H-2A guest workers if it is in a labor dispute with its US workforce. But that is exactly what this Washington State berry grower is trying to do.

The pathbreaking CHAMACOS study has detected developmental problems in children born to mothers who toiled in California’s treated fields—but will anything change?

By pouring money into politics, pesticide companies have beat back attempts to protect the public.

Rhiannon Broschat

All over the country, parents are losing jobs because of conflicting orders: public health officials instructing parents to keep kids home, and bosses threatening to fire workers who don’t come in. 

Since 2005, Amazon has helped create one of the most exploited workforces no one has ever seen.

de Blasio inauguration

Suddenly local fashion is all the rage. But can the garment trades once again bring good jobs to New York City?

A policeman in Beijing

Hard-hitting New York Times coverage has been journalism at its best—although the Chinese authorities apparently don't agree.

Amazon warehouse

My life as a temp in California’s Inland Empire, the belly of the online shopping beast.

Children spinning

The country must find the political will to end this national disgrace.

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Migrant workers subject to the kafala system have little recourse against exploitation and abuse.

July 23, 2014

Samsung’s moral corrective had been issued on paper, but it did not translate so well for the Chinese workers.

July 18, 2014

The bill purports to target only those who purchase sex, but threatens to indirectly criminalize many of the services, spaces and personal interactions that would make it possible for sex workers to openly do business.

July 16, 2014

After being denied access to workplace facilities for being transgender, a Hobby Lobby employee is now pressing a discrimination case with the Illinois Human Rights Commission. 

July 14, 2014

The Hobby Lobby case is more clearly aimed at women, but Harris v. Quinn may prove even more consequential for the lives of working women.

July 7, 2014

A new report reveals the vast majority of workers are immigrants and people of color who earn about $8 less than the industry average. 

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

Connecticut just passed a law to begin creating a public retirement system for private-sector workers.

June 25, 2014

It’s time to talk about paid sick days, maternity/paternity leave and America’s backwards family workplace values.

June 23, 2014

The legislation will establish rules on working hours, rest breaks and dealing with work-related complaints.

June 23, 2014