Labor

Several incarcerated firefighters in orange jumpsuits look on as a plane passes over a burned down field.

California Uses Prison Labor to Battle Dangerous Wildfires

Some 2,000 incarcerated firefighters from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are earning just $2 a day to contain the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state’s history.

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Alicia Garza On How SCOTUS' Labor Decision Hurts Women of Color

The National Domestic Workers Alliance organizer breaks down the Supreme Court’s ruling to eliminate fair share labor union dues via Janus v. AFSCME and how it will impact communities of color.

A Brown man holds up a sign that says "Right to work. We all lose."

Supreme Court Strikes a Blow Against Public Labor Unions With 'Janus v. AFSCME' Decision

The case addressed whether public-sector workers who refuse to join the union should have to pay “fair share” dues to support the union’s collective bargaining on behalf of all employees.

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On Starbucks: Looking Beyond Implicit Bias Training to Systemic Solutions [OPINION]

Race Forward president Glenn Harris on why Starbucks’ mandatory anti-bias training is a good start, but far from a cure for what ails America.

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Workers File Sexual Harassment Charges Against McDonald's

The women and teenagers say they were afraid to speak out for fear of being fired.

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STUDY: Black Unemployment Rate is Double White Rate in 14 States, D.C.

A new study from the Economic Policy Institute makes it clear that while unemployment rates may be trending downward, they are still indicative of a wide gulf between the unemployment rates for Black and White workers.

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Starbucks to Close 8,000 Stores in May for a Daylong Racial Bias Training

The company is doing damage control after the release of a viral video of Philadelphia police arresting two Black men at the behest of a store manager who accused them of trespassing. 

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Dozens of Hate-Fueled Attacks Against People of Color Reported at Walmart Stores Nationwide

Univision tracks several racist incidents at the country’s largest private sector employer of African-American and Latinx workers.

Protesters in clean rain ponchos. Shirts say, "I believe that we will win."

Do We Need An Economic Bill of Rights?

The American Prospect says yes: “Today, we must transcend the racial, ethnic and regional divisions by building universal policies that are cognizant of identities and intersectionality, and inclusive of race, gender, nationality, sexuality and ability.”

Crowd of protesters hold red and white signs that read, "It's about freedom" and "Unrig the system."

Unions Helped Build the Black Middle Class. The Wealthy's Political Lackeys Are Out to Gut It. [OPINION]

As the Supreme Court considers the future of unions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, Color of Change’s Rashad Robinson examines how racism conspires to keep workers of color from uniting to reach their full potential.

Close up shot of Brown woman with hair wrapped in a scarf outside in a field. A farmworker is bent over behind her.

Meet Maria Moreno: The First Farm Worker Woman in America To Be Hired As A Union Organizer

A new documentary tells the story of the migrant mother of 12 children who was the first female farm worker in America elected to represent her peers.

A Black woman with a short afro and a gray sweatshirt poses for the camera.

Break Time! The 2017 Edition

We will be delivering some year-end goodness, but taking a break from the relentless daily grind.

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Black NYPD Sergeant Says Department Demoted Him for Pointing Out Racism

“They’re trying to force me to retire,” Sgt. Cyress Smith says. “But I’m going to retire on my own terms.”

Jeff Sessions

WATCH: Senate Committee Questions Jeff Sessions on Civil Rights Reversals

From revoking transgender protection to seeking mandatory minimums, the attorney general has been busy this year.

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Jeff Sessions Says Civil Rights Act Doesn't Protect Trans Workers From Discrimination

National Center for Transgender Equality: “We’ll see him in court.”

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Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher to Dramatize the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike in 'I Am a Man'

The Oscar-winning writer will adapt a 2007 book by labor historian Michael K. Honey that chronicles how striking Black sanitation workers demanded racial equity. 

Two women in green t-shirts talk to a reporter as people behind them hold black and white signs that say "Justice for Edith and Shirley."

This Filipina Nanny Is Suing Her Former Boss—a German Diplomat to the U.S.—for Labor Exploitation

With the promise of 35-hour weeks and $10 an hour plus overtime, Edith Mendoza moved to the United States to care for a German diplomat’s family. Instead, she often worked 100 hours per week, had her wages stolen and became seriously ill. Now, in a rare move for a migrant domestic worker, she’s suing her old boss.

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A Look Back at This Year in Labor and Racial Justice

From rejected Labor Secretary picks to Fight for $15 actions, here are a few of the highlights from the past year in labor and racial justice movement-making.

Orange flag says, "Living wage now."

REPORT: Predominantly White State Legislatures Are Blocking Laws That Benefit Black Workers

“State interference in city minimum wage laws stems from a larger Jim Crow legacy of blocking economic policies that primarily benefit communities of color.”

A group of Black men on strike hold up signs that say "I AM A MAN"

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on the Need for a 'Strong Army' to Advance Economic Justice and Civil Rights

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike by training labor organizers to tackle income inequality and racial disparity via the “I Am 2018” campaign.