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Labor Day news and analysis from The Nation
September 3, 2017
Trump’s Labor Picks Give Workers Nothing to Celebrate on Labor Day
The president is filling key positions with allies of ALEC, union busters, and a defender of sweatshop wages.
September 1, 2017
The Rollback of Pro-Worker Policies Since Trump Took Office Is Staggering
This Labor Day, don’t listen to his empty promises to protect working people.
September 7, 2016
Denver Taxi Drivers Are Turning Uber’s Disruption on Its Head
In the bitter feud between tech firms and the taxi industry, drivers fight back with a killer app of their own: cooperative ownership.
September 6, 2016
Actually, Not All White Working-Class Voters Are Conservative
A lot of working-class whites vote Democrat—and they are vital members of any progressive coalition.
September 4, 2016
Donald Trump Is the Anti–Labor Day Candidate: Running Against Fair Wages, Worker Rights, and Unions
And the party’s platform is a litany of foolish dreams and ugly thoughts.
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September 4, 2015
Scott Walker Is Trying to Save His Failing Campaign by Bashing Unions
The Republican candidate’s backers plan to spend as much as $16 million on an anti-labor ad campaign. But it won’t work.
September 2, 2014
Crain’s Red-Baits a Nurses Union Leader on Labor Day
The business press still insists on equating strong union organizing with communism.
August 30, 2014
Happy Labor Day, Mom
Education reformers have left out the human dimensions of a harsh labor market where women, like my mother, were regularly punished for not being men.
August 29, 2014
The True Meaning of Labor Day
For America’s workers, Labor Day marks more than the end of summer. It’s a reminder of the struggles we have won—and those that lie ahead.
Mary Kay Henry
September 3, 2012
Labor Day Message: We Can’t Labor Without Our Lives
More work, less pay, longer hours, slimmer chances to advance; the message is coming up: the place of struggle is the workplace, but it’s also everywhere else.