Labor

Laws that decimate unions may be inevitable. Here’s how labor can survive.

Right-to-work laws have devastated unions. But there are ways for unions to adjust.

Why Wal-Mart decided to finally pay its workers more

The company needed its employees to do more, and wanted to show it was willing to compensate accordingly.

The airline industry recovered from Sept. 11, but the people who make airplane meals haven’t

Workers for in-flight catering services want back what they gave up when the airline industry nearly collapsed.

The incredible decline of American unions, in one animated map

Watch union membership fall from nearly one-third of American workers in 1964 to one in 10 today

All the things women could afford if it weren’t for the gender pay gap

Over a lifetime, the difference comes out to two houses, 14 cars or 37 years of family meals

Patricia Arquette gets it: The real gender wage gap is for moms

In a few words, the actress demonstrated a fairly sophisticated understanding of gender-based income inequality.

The rise of the non-compete agreement, from tech workers to sandwich makers

Companies keep their employees from leaving for the competition with surprising regularity.

Labor fight at West Coast ports comes to an end — for now

Is the contract negotiation model broken? Maybe, but it's unlikely anything will change.

The profit motive behind Wal-Mart’s minimum wage hike

It's getting out ahead of laws that could force it to raise wages anyway -- and tamping down a union drive that would cause bigger problems down the road.

A labor dispute slowed America’s ports to a halt. But there’s an even bigger problem.

An expansion of traffic has created a logistical mess.

Why oil refinery workers are striking for the first time in decades

The economy is improving, so the Steelworkers feel they can fight for something that's concerned them for a while -- safety.

(Updated) The surprising ways in which some flight attendants are still made to live in the 1960s

The airline actually says it has one of the "most modern" fleets in the skies

How Live Nation exploits low-wage workers to stage its rock concerts

At some of its venues, the promoter uses staffing agencies that supply independent contractors paid as little as $10 an hour.

Should you join a union? The research says yes.

A recent study showed that wages declined in newly unionized firms -- but most research still says that you're better off in one than not.

Charted: The 20 deadliest jobs in America

Logging workers are at the top of the list.

Thanks to Congress, these pension plans could severely cut retiree benefits

Pension experts say these retirement plans could see big cuts

The unfulfilled promise of the Crock-Pot, an unlikely symbol of women’s equality

How Crock-Pots changed -- and didn't change -- the country.

The stark disparities of paid leave: The rich get to heal. The poor get fired.

“Those who most need it -- but can least afford it -- are in the most difficult position to take it."

Is the American middle class doing better than we think?

A veteran researcher argues that a fuller look at the data offers a more hopeful view.

San Francisco just created some of the country’s toughest protections for retail workers

The city passes a "retail workers bill of rights" with real bite.

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