Workers

Arsonists Torched Highlander’s Main Office. But You Can’t Burn Down an Idea.

Arsonists Torched Highlander’s Main Office. But You Can’t Burn Down an Idea.

Gary Stevenson

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Co-published with In These Times. Labor, civil rights and social justice activists have trained at the historic Highlander Research and Education Center for generations.

Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back.

Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back.

Bryce Covert

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Co-published with The Nation. Laid-off retail workers are demanding severance, labor protections—and an end to the Wall Street playbook of owning a company while hollowing it out.

What I've Seen As A Nanny In One Of America's Richest Zip Codes

What I've Seen As A Nanny In One Of America's Richest Zip Codes

Elizabeth Gollan

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Co-published with Romper. As a culture we are too technological, too cool, too busy to value child rearing. We nannies feel differently.

Honey Bees, Worker Bees, and the Economic Violence of Land Grabs

Honey Bees, Worker Bees, and the Economic Violence of Land Grabs

Melissa Chadburn

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Co-published with Longreads. Melissa Chadburn challenges her own belief that environmental justice issues are reserved for people of privilege.

Ranching Families on Cheyenne River Reservation Face a Choice

 Ranching Families on Cheyenne River Reservation Face a Choice

Kenneth Dickerman, Emily Schiffer, Dawnee LeBeau & Sylvia Picotte

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Co-published with The Washington Post. Staying in an industry they can’t keep up with or leaving the only life they’ve known.

The Shutdown Is Great for Lenders

The Shutdown Is Great for Lenders

Susie Cagle

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Co-published with The Nation. Over 800,000 furloughed workers missed two paychecks during the most recent government shutdown. And credit unions, banks, and finance companies reaped the rewards.

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Elyssa East

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Co-published with The Guardian. Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent healthcare is being curtailed.

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

Ross Barkan

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Co-published with NBC. Millions of Americans are in danger of entering their final decades unable to afford ballooning medical bills and cost-of-living expenses.

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Tom Lewandowski

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Co-published with In These Times. At this point, betting our future on the next brutal mating ritual of Republicans and Democrats is not a bet most workers are willing to take.

'It's Not Fair, Not Right': How America Treats its Black Farmers

'It's Not Fair, Not Right': How America Treats its Black Farmers

Debbie Weingarten & Audra Mulkern

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Co-published with The Guardian. Sugarcane farmers can’t survive without large crop loans. For the Provosts, who say they suffered decades of discrimination, this could be the end of the line.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Tom Zoellner

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Co-published with The LA Times. The dollar store has thrown a lifeline of food and capital to impoverished pockets, but how much quality is in that lifeline?