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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.

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.

Anthony Narh

Anthony Nahr, a Ghanaian immigrant, died in a garage adjoining a celebrity-filled luxury apartment building in Tribeca.

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.

The USDA proposes to increase the line speed at poultry plants, which could endanger employees who already work long hours doing repetitive hand motions.

Poultry worker

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

It seems China’s labor practices are now to be admired rather than scorned, lest the American economy decline further in the new world order.

Workers in a garment factory

Anti-sweatshop activists are embracing Alta Gracia, a company that is going head-to-head with brands like Nike to sell socially responsible clothing on college campuses.

The traditional labor movement is hitting roadblocks trying to organize farmworkers. But campaigns that push the bounds of union organizing are finding success, on and off the farm.

Blogs

Protecting workers from injury is one thing; empowering them to resist oppression is quite another.

March 26, 2014

Included among the hundreds of chemicals used in electronics manufacturing in China are known carcinogens and reproductive toxins.

March 12, 2014

The migration of highly skilled workers can pay dividends for immigrants and their employers, but it produces losers as well.

February 26, 2014

Lax safety standards prevent OSHA from investigating the majority of oil-field accidents.

February 25, 2014

A Tennessee union vote could reshape American manufacturing.

February 13, 2014

Fusion and the Nation I-Fund report on the thousands of child farmworkers laboring in American tobacco fields. 

February 5, 2014

The mining industry isn’t the only one with major workplace safety regulation issues. 

January 7, 2014

Calling for the administration's support of Bangladeshi garment workers, members of NYU's Student Labor Action Committee performed carols such as "Joy to the Workers” and “Workers’ Rights Are Coming To Town.”

December 9, 2013

Distribution companies stress safety and speed to their workers. But are those two goals even compatible?

December 5, 2013

Writer Zeynep Ton argues workers who are paid fairly and treated respectfully are more productive and innovative.

December 4, 2013