Striking members of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union in New York City in 1958.
Many of the reasons for strikes now – low compensation, technological change, job insecurity and safety concerns – mirror the motives that workers had for walking off the job in decades past.
A migrant worker picks crabs in Hoopers Island, Maryland.
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With more than 2 million migrant workers finding food processing jobs in rural America, their struggle to find adequate health care remains elusive.
UAW President Shawn Fain speaks with General Motors workers on July 12, 2023, in Detroit.
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A strike would shake up the auto industry, even though both the union’s ranks and the share of the US automotive market controlled by GM, Ford and Stellantis have been shrinking for decades.
Minor league players often endure lengthy bus trips.
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If any industry is crying out for unionization, it’s this one.
A revised movement on the backs of young workers?
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Public support for unions is at a near 60-year high. Meanwhile, self-organizers at major American chains are spearheading a new movement to mobilize.
Members of a union representing workers who clean New York City offices march in 2019.
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Often overlooked in the immigration debate are the contributions of migrants, such as how they helped organize workers in the 1990s.
‘The Salt of the Earth,’ made during the height of the post-World War II Red Scare, was blacklisted.
Inspired by real events, the films tackle issues of race, gender and class in ways that will resonate with many of today’s viewers.
Marx, Madison or God? Who said it first…or at all?
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At the height of Reaganism, close to half of Americans believed a phrase popularized by Karl Marx actually derived from the US Constitution. It doesn’t, but scholars have traced it to the Bible.
Doing a job to help other people can give greater meaning to work.
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The philosopher Simone Weil offers an illuminating perspective for our work life.
Rite Aid hired anti-union consultants to try to prevent workers from successfully organizing.
Unionization is at a record low in part thanks to the tactics these firms use on behalf of companies and other organizations.
Uber and Lyft drivers protest their working conditions in Los Angeles in May 2019.
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If your job doesn’t currently involve automation or artificial intelligence in some way, it likely will soon. Computer-based worker surveillance and performance analysis will come, too.
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.
Fighting for a $15 an hour wage in Pittsburgh.
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Americans want more say about their benefits, training and other important issues at work.
Specialized training is becoming more and more important to financial success in today’s labor market.
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As technology and the labor market rapidly evolve, so too does the value of a high school diploma. Despite the changes, one thing remains true: Education is still the cornerstone of career success.
Several studies have shown that health suffers after being laid off, as fear and anxiety lead to stress.
The negative effects of job loss have been well-documented and fairly well-understood. But why would studies also suggest that health improves during a recession? The reasons may surprise you.
Future robots will work side by side with humans, just as they do today.
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Rather than fret about how many jobs future technologies will destroy, we should focus on how to shape them so that they complement the workforce of tomorrow.
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.
Robots can also lend a hand of sorts.
Robots have the potential to help support a growing population that wants to age in their own homes. But those helpful machines won’t be the humanoid butlers of science fiction.
Jimmy John’s tried to stop its workers from toiling for other sandwich makers.
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Nearly one in five employed Americans is bound by a contract restricting moves to rival companies. Here’s one way to make those arrangements less common.
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.