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Puzder, Acosta, Scalia

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The President has had poor luck with labor secretaries, and now he is poised to nominate Eugene Scalia, whose anti-regulatory advocacy two decades ago helped fuel today’s opioid epidemic. That’s not the best credential for a future labor secretary. Read more

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American Factory

Participant Media

A Chinese billionaire reopens a shuttered Ohio GM plant, hiring some 2,000 Americans to work side-by-side with imported Chinese workers. Culture clash or cultural revolution? Read more

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Working people at all levels are beginning to understand how their interests are not that different, whether they pack chickens in Mississippi, sell Walmart products in California, or program for IBM in Atlanta. Read more

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The U.S. National Archives

As fossil-fuel workers lose their jobs today, the urgency of what climate activists call the “just transition” becomes all the more apparent. Read more

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Encarni Pindado

Mexico has deployed 6,000 troops to patrol the crossing points and strategic smuggling routes across the country—just one more barrier immigrants fleeing violence in Central America have to face. Read more

Magazine

Wherever working people were hurting, he was ready to organize. From immigrant rights to taxi workers, he believed in the power of everyday people, when organized, to change everything. Read more

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David Bacon (Part 5, teaser)

Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

In 1997, I went to the Philippines to document child labor on the banana plantations producing for the Dole Corporation. The next year activists carried the information to Seattle to confront the global meeting of the World Trade Organization. Read more

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Dig just a little below the surface and you’ll find that the much-discussed gains for working people are mostly illusionary. Read more

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David Bacon (Part 4, teaser)

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A year after the death of labor rights activist Cesar Chavez, workers organize a march and 15,000 workers join in. Read more

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David Bacon (Part 3, teaser)

Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

Everyone carried flags with the union’s black eagle—some adding “Arizona” or the name of some other state they’d arrived from. The United Fruit Workers organized a march from Delano to Sacramento to show that their union was very much alive. Read more

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David Bacon (Part 2, teaser)

Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

These photographs, shown in the halls of California oil workers and longshoremen, revealed to them how their counterparts in Iraq were treated, often by the same oil monopolies. Read more

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Unite Here Local 1

Hotel strikes in 2018 resulted in new agreements to increase wages and pensions, but the fight continues. Read more

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David Bacon (Part 1, Teaser)

Copyright David Bacon, Courtesy Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

Iraq had one of the most radical labor movements in the Middle East before the reign of Saddam Hussein. After the U.S. invasion in 2003 Bacon traveled to Iraq to learn what had become of the workers. He did not anticipate what he saw. Read more

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“My labor is mine and mine alone to give or withhold, Siegel tells me. “This day of action is a small step toward waking up the working class to the real power they possess when they organize and act in solidarity.” Read more

Public School Shakedown

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NJ SUNG

Some apparel companies cut costs by subcontracting their labor to factories with records of rampant worker abuse. Read more

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“We wear the Disney uniforms and Disney name tags, and we don’t get the same pay.” Read more

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Divided America American Moments

David Goldman AP

The black lung epidemic represents a dilemma that progressives must confront in order to find the heart and soul of the values that will take them into 2020. Read more

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Rozsa Keller

The Poor People’s Campaign heads into the future with a robust agenda. Read more

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National Archives

Why our neighbor to the north is so good to its workers, and what labor in the United States can do. Read more

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