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Low-wage workers news and analysis from The Nation
December 1, 2021
Do We Really Need a 24-Hour Economy?
Perhaps the pandemic has given us an opportunity to rethink which goods are so “critical” that we’re willing to let other people risk their lives to provide them for us.
October 14, 2021
How America Learned to Outsource Its Dirtiest Work to the Least Powerful
A conversation with author Eyal Press about the men and women who do this country’s most maligned jobs and the psychic toll it takes on them.
September 15, 2021
Sweatshops Won’t Help the World’s Poor, but Unions Could
Influential liberals said low-paid manufacturing jobs would help the Global South. They were wrong then—and they’re especially wrong now.
July 1, 2021
There’s a Way to Get More People Vaccinated—and It Doesn’t Involve the Lottery
As the Delta variant spreads, it’s essential to make it easier for essential workers to get vaccinated—and that begins by giving paid sick leave for the shot.
June 24, 2021
Yesterday’s Union-Busting Supreme Court Decision Was a Segregationist Throwback
The court’s decision in
Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid
will reverberate throughout the labor movement and far beyond.
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June 2, 2021
How NY’s Fund for Excluded Workers Inspired Activists Across the US
New York set aside $2.1 billion for workers ineligible for government benefits. Now immigration activists are fighting to ensure an inclusive rollout.
María Jesús Mora
June 1, 2021
Gig Workers of the World Are Uniting
How do you beat companies that can spend hundreds of millions of dollars to exempt themselves from labor law? You organize.
May 17, 2021
Working Women Need the PRO Act
Passing off anti-union beliefs under the guise of feminism isn’t just cynical—it’s flat-out wrong.
May 12, 2021
When Lean-In Feminism Reaches the Factory Floor
Garment workers in India don’t need life-skills training. They need higher wages.
April 29, 2021
The Story Behind Your Salad: Farmworkers, Covid-19, and a Dangerous Commute
Each day, Mexican farmworkers endure a grueling journey to get to their jobs in US lettuce fields. This year, that journey turned potentially deadly.