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Worker Wins Update: Southern Edition

Despite facing a difficult political climate and "right to work," workers across the South have stood up in the past year to fight for better wages and working conditions.
 

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German Labor and Government Leaders Question Impact of On-Demand Economy on Quality of Working Life

The impact of the “on-demand” or “gig” economy on the quality of working life was the dominant theme in a recent visit to Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley by German labor and government leaders.

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Sen. Wyden Can Help Secure Labor Rights for Guatemalan Workers

Sen. Wyden Can Help Secure Labor Rights for Guatemalan Workers

In August 2015, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) traveled to several Latin American countries, including Guatemala, Argentina and Cuba, to discuss trade while protests continue against the current Guatemalan government.

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Wait, We Still Haven't Paid Latino Workers Who Cleaned Up After Katrina? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Scott Drzyzga on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Watch This Poet Slam Wisconsin's Scott Walker

Poet Dylan Garity takes on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in this compelling performance from the Button Showcase at last year's National Poetry Slam. It's hard to think of a more deserving target than Walker.

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Vote for Your Favorite Labor Hero and You Could Win $500

Vote for Your Favorite Labor Hero and You Could Win $500

Labor Day isn’t just a day off from work to eat good barbecue with friends and family. It’s a celebration of America’s labor movement and its workers.

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What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

What the Boy Scouts Have to Do with Unions

You'd have to live under a rock to not be somewhat familiar with the Boy Scouts of America program. The Boy Scouts work to instill values in its young members and one of those values is workers' rights on the job. Mainly, the ability to join and form unions. 

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How China and Currency Manipulation Affect You

How China and Currency Manipulation Affect You

“Currency manipulation” is a term that describes the practice of a government intervening in foreign currency markets in order to change the value of its own currency to gain an advantage. For instance, a government can go into the foreign exchange market, flood it with its currency while buying up lots of foreign currency or foreign government debt. 

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Work in the Future: What’s at Stake for Working People?

Work in the Future: What’s at Stake for Working People?

How are working people going to be affected by an economy focused around technology, automation and contingent work?

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Stagehands Help the Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church Members

Shout out to Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 31 President Michael "Mac" McAnany for helping the Foo Fighters rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.—that's him driving his pickup with Dave Grohl and a sound system! Thanks, brother!

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