labor

Fast food companies are invoking ‘Main Street’ to fight unions

McDonalds fight with the NLRB could determine the future of the labor movement in America.

There’s a big gap between what men and women make in the restaurant industry

The more women get promoted in the restaurant industry, the more likely they are to be underpaid.

The End of Men, in one chart

This is why women are now half the workforce, even if they're not paid as well as men.

Under pressure, Wal-Mart upgrades its policy for helping pregnant workers

Wal-Mart gives pregnant women the same rights on the job as disabled people, but labor and women's rights groups say it's still not good enough.

Teamsters score a win against “sharecropping on wheels.” But will the trucking industry really change?

Deregulation has made every trucker an independent business, which isn't always a good thing.

All eyes on Chattanooga: VW’s workers are deciding the future of unions in the South

If they vote to join the United Auto Workers and form a German-style "works council," many more could follow.

Why Volkswagen is helping a union organize its own plant

The German automaker has "works councils" at all its other plants. Now it wants one in the U.S. too.

Sex workers’ rights are just workers’ rights

A new book explains why the debate over sex work shouldn’t focus, as it usually does, on whether sex workers are "criminals" or "victims."

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Feb 8, 2014
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What happens when a union starts acting like a corporation?

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers hasn't had a leadership election in more than 50 years.

Organized labor is in trouble. This guy is supposed to think of a way out.

The financialized economic model doesn't work for workers, says AFL-CIO policy director Damon Silvers. Changing it won't be easy.

The tea party’s assault on workers

It is the tea party's impact at the state level that will probably be with us the longest.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Nov 2, 2013
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How Mexico is upending the U.S. auto industry

The South is no longer the biggest threat to Michigan's automotive supremacy.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 18, 2013
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A Trumka-to-China moment? He’s the first ever AFL-CIO president to make the trip.

The face of American labor goes to a place that's posed its biggest challenge.

McDonald’s wages are rising fastest in Russia, and other facts about fast food pay

Putting this week's fast food pickets in context.

AFL-CIO president: ‘We’re not going to let the employer decide who our members are any longer’

The problem is that these new forms of representation don't come with members paying significant dues.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 9, 2013
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Five things you should know about Tom Perez, Obama’s pick for Labor Secretary

He's led a record number of civil rights investigations into local police, challenged voter ID laws, and has already drawn fire from Republicans.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Mar 11, 2013
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A court just struck down Obama’s labor board. Here’s why it matters.

After a big ruling by a federal appeals court, the National Labor Relations Board is facing the prospect of paralysis and a year's worth of work invalidated.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 25, 2013
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Austerity bites for unions

Government employee unions are driving declines in union membership, in one chart.

Could a port strike really cripple the U.S. economy?

Dockworkers are threatening to strike in ports across the East Coast next week. Business groups are predicting a disruption could cost the country $1 billion per day. But some economists are skeptical.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 27, 2012
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The misleading framing of ‘right-to-work’

No matter where you come down on whether new employees should have to pay into the union that previous employees voted into existence, calling these "right-to-work" laws is misleading and confusing.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 12, 2012
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