Seattle shipyard workers in 1919 as they walk off the job.
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On Feb. 6, 1919, half of Seattle’s workforce went on strike over a demand for higher wages. A labor historian explains why it matters 100 years later.
Salvadoran immigrants were pivotal in the Justice for Janitors campaign in Los Angeles in 1990. It earned wage increases for custodial staff nationwide and inspired today’s $15 minimum wage campaign.
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Central Americans who came to the US in the 1980s fleeing civil war drew on their background fighting for social justice back home to help unionize farmworkers, janitors and poultry packers in the US.
Google employees protest outside the company’s Mountain View, California, headquarters.
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The walkout by thousands of Google employees around the world was historic, both because of who was protesting and what their demands were. It may even mark the start of something new.
Job seekers at a Walmart hiring event. in 2012 in Altadena, California. Hundreds of applicants showed up for 65 positions that were available.
In April 2017 the IPSP surveyed a representative sample of US adults about what makes a job a good one. Respondents put money and atmosphere first, two very different and complementary criteria.
Nevada unions have been successful in part because of their political engagement.
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While the Supreme Court's Janus ruling dealt a blow to organized labor, three lessons from Nevada's unions suggest things aren't as bleak as they appear.
Plaintiff Mark Janus, right, leaves the the Supreme Court Wednesday.
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The Supreme Court's Janus ruling extends strong protection to the First Amendment 'right of silence' and continues their trend of expanding First Amendment rights, often at the behest of conservatives.
A ruling in the Janus case could devastate unions.
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The Supreme Court could kill collective bargaining throughout the country, making workers worse off and exacerbating inequality.
Having a bullhorn is nice, but workers need more to elevate their voices.
AP Photo/David Goldman)
Although over 200 CEOs have promised to share windfalls from the recent tax cut with their employers – something the president is likely to bring up in the State of the Union – research suggests workers aren't holding their breath.
The Fight for $15 movement has spread beyond the US.
Labour movements on both sides of the Atlantic have a rich history that's worth rereading now.
The first Labor Day was hardly a national holiday. Workers had to strike to celebrate it.
Frank Leslie's Weekly Illustrated Newspaper's September 16, 1882
The holiday began as a strike against excessive workweeks but now bears little resemblance to its worker-centric origins, even as the founders' gains are slowly lost.
The 5,000-strong pro-union march in March suggested labor support in Canton is growing.
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Although workers at a Nissan auto plant in Mississippi rejected a proposal to join the United Auto Workers Union, organized labor has reason to be optimistic about its future.
A pedestrian walks past a Chicago Sun-Times newspaper box.
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Giving labor unions a financial stake in a company such as a newspaper can offer unique advantages that could benefit employees, society and the bottom line.
Yale University graduate students have sought to form a union for more than a decade.
AP Photo/Bob Child
Thwarted efforts to organize at Yale and a New York nursing home show how a changing of the guard at the National Labor Relations Board could potentially end the labor movement.
Low-wage workers were strong opponents of Puzder’s nomination.
The purpose of the Labor Department is to advocate on behalf of workers. As such, it deserves a qualified leader of competence and commitment.
Trump’s victory may accelerate the ‘attack on the middle class.’
Labor's decline has steadily eroded the prospects of working-class Americans, fueling the backlash that propelled Trump. His election, however, will likely deliver unions a knockout punch, hurting his supporters most.
The court can make a big difference in workers’ lives.
A Trump victory on Nov. 8 would preserve a conservative majority on the court. A look back at its recent decisions shows why that would be very bad for workers' rights.
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Whether you're spending the holiday shopping for bargains, barbecuing with friends or striking for better pay, here are a few Labor Day highlights from our labor experts.
Strikes don’t work as well as they used to.
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The link between labor's decline and stagnating worker pay has convinced some politicians that we need to rebuild unions. What we need are new labor policies for tomorrow's workforce.
How did Trump become the working class’ hero?
Donald Trump has emerged as a self-proclaimed hero of the working class, yet his policies and pedigree suggest he's anything but.
Preaching unity in 1948 on the Freedom Train.
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Previous efforts to cement national cohesion offer a model but also, says a historian, a warning.