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Starbucks employee

CEO Howard Schultz doesn’t like unions. But he’s happy to coerce his low-paid workers into joining a phony austerity campaign.

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.

Blogs

A recent investigation of an Apple supplier factory by China Labor Watch and Green America found numerous serious health, safety and human rights violations.

September 9, 2014

A new law in Illinois is set to modernize the way bosses deal with pregnant employees.

August 27, 2014

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

August 18, 2014

Chinese labor activist Han Dongfang thinks that democracy begins in the workplace.

August 11, 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

The massive explosion at a subcontracted auto parts supplier was preceded by a slew of blatant safety lapses.

August 6, 2014

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

July 30, 2014

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

July 25, 2014

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