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Labor Department Proposes Extending Overtime Pay

Low-wage workers — many of whom are educated — stand to gain from the Department of Labor’s proposed new overtime rules. Even if workers may not work more hours, it’s likely the rule could lead to greater employment.

July 1, 2015
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Mexico Farm Workers Win Pay Hike In Landmark Deal, But Fall Short Of Goal

Farm workers gain a pay increase in Mexico, but at what cost?

June 5, 2015
Wisconsin workers protest the state's right-to-work policy (Preston Austin via Flickr)

Defending Unions Against The Haters

The stats don’t lie: ‘Right-to-work’ is bad for workers.

March 19, 2015

High Court Weighs When Workday Ends In Amazon Case

Learn more about the big labor case facing the Supreme Court.

October 9, 2014

A Market Basket Of Dignity

WASHINGTON — Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This […]

September 2, 2014

LinkedIn Pays $6 Mln Over U.S. Wage Violations

Washington (AFP) — LinkedIn has paid nearly $6 million in back wages and damages to 359 current and former employees after a U.S. investigation found it had failed to compensate them appropriately for overtime work. Under a settlement announced by the Labor Department on Monday, the career-focused social network said it paid more than $3.3 […]

August 5, 2014

6 Minutes A Day For Bathroom Breaks? Union Cries Foul

By Corilyn Shropshire, Chicago Tribune A Chicago-area union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against an employer who they claim is allowing them only 6 minutes a day to use the bathroom. Members of the Teamsters Local 743 who build sink stations at WaterSaver Faucet Co. and its sister company Guardian […]

July 11, 2014

Financial Crisis Pits Workers Against Republicans In Postal Showdown

Saving the Post Office from financial ruin might seem nearly as hopeless as running for president on the Green Party ticket — but this time Ralph Nader, lifelong consumer advocate and perennial presidential candidate, has the numbers on his side. While Congress considers closing post offices and drastic cutbacks in mail service because the United […]

September 28, 2011

The Last Labor Day

WASHINGTON — Let’s get it over with and rename the holiday “Capital Day.” We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as the real creators of wealth and their honest toil — the phrase itself seems antique — as worthy of genuine respect. Imagine a Republican saying this: […]

September 4, 2011

A Monument to the ‘Least of These’

This Sunday on the National Mall, the nation dedicates a monument to, arguably, the greatest American of the 20th century. It is, as Lincoln said at another dedication, altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. When heroes die, it is human nature to wrap their lives in metal, marble and granite. We do […]

August 24, 2011