Labor

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How Trump's Punitive Immigration Policy May Affect Industries Built on the Backs of Undocumented Workers

Agriculture and construction, the two industries that rely most heavily on undocumented workers, may face labor shortages, increased production costs and profit losses as a result of the Trump Administration's aggressive immigration policy.

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What You Need to Know About R. Alexander Acosta, Trump's New Labor Secretary Pick

Trump nominated Acosta just one day after his previous nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration in the face of widespread protest and lack of Republican support.

Building with banners that read, "tax cheat," "wage thief" and "reject Puzder."

Fast-Food Workers Continue to Protest Andrew Puzder's Labor Secretary Nomination

“By picking Puzder, Donald Trump has shown that instead of taking on the rigged economy, he wants to rig it up even more.”

Protestor holds sign that says, "Andrew Puzder earns more in one day, than we do in one year. #FightFor15."

100+ Food and Farm Groups to Senate: Trump's Proposed Secretary of Labor is 'Dangerous'

Nearly 60 percent of inspections at Andrew Puzder’s restaurants between 2009 and 2015 uncovered labor law violations.

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Trump's First Week Begins With Executive Orders on Trade, Reproductive Rights and Federal Hiring

He's also suspended a cut in Federal Housing Aministration mortgage premiums and moved to repeal Obamacare.

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Workers Nationwide to Protest Trump's Labor Secretary Pick

One of Andrew Puzder’s employees: “If Puzder is confirmed as labor secretary, it will mean the Trump years will be about low pay, wage theft, sexual harassment and racial discrimination instead of making lives better for working Americans like me.”

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When and Where to Watch Senate Confirmation Hearings for Trump's Cabinet Picks

A flurry of Senate confirmation hearings for Trump's cabinet nominees are happening this week. Here's when and where to watch.

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Trump's Labor Secretary Pick Opposes Minimum Wage Increases—And Workers Who Protest

Fast food CEO Andrew Puzder once praised hypothetical machine-operated workers by saying, "They're always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there's never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case."

READ: Rev. William Barber on Why He Was Arrested in the Fight for 15 Actions

“I was arrested this week because it’s wrong for the richest nation in the history of the world to pay half its African-American workers and 60 percent of its Latino workers less than $15 an hour.”

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Nationwide Protests Mark Fourth Anniversary of #FightFor15

The campaign seeks to win a living wage for underpaid service workers.

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ICYMI: Denver Sheriff Department Settles Discriminatory Hiring Lawsuit

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the department for discriminating against work-authorized undocumented immigrants during the hiring process.

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Trump Reminds Us the Racial Justice Movement Is Growing

Backlash only exists when we are making progress, so let’s keep going.

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#TBT: Today Marks 37 Years Since the Greensboro Massacre

Four Communist Workers' Party members and another person were killed during a confrontation between anti-racist protesters and White supremacists. Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members, who were prosecuted for murder in state and federal trials, were acquitted by all-White juries. 

A farm worker labors in a field southeast of Bakersfield, California, one of the nation's most important agricultural and oil producing areas. Mass food production has brought heavy use of pesticides that have sickened area workers and residents.

Latinx Farmworkers and Health Groups File Petition for EPA to Ban Pesticide

Chlorpyrifos is typically not allowed for home use—so why is it OK on farms?

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Happening Now: Thousands Protesting at State Capitols Across Nation

The 31 coordinated actions are in support of a faith- and morality-based social justice movement.

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Stealing Labor

Why combating wage theft—including non-payment, denial of overtime, requiring off-the-clock work and paying below minimum wage—should be a bigger political priority. 

Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station June 29, 2015, in Newburg, Maryland.

Oakland Halts Coal Shipping Plan, Pitting Jobs Against Health

City Council cited climate change and the health of its marginalized communities as reasons for keeping coal out of its new export plant. 

8 Ways to Fight Anti-Trans Bias on the Job

Although transgender people are now covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, trans workers of color continue to suffer a combination of gender- and race-based discrimination. Here, eight things you can do if it happens to you.  

Special Report: How to Get Away With Harassing, Firing or Never Even Hiring a Trans Worker of Color

A landmark federal lawsuit effectively outlawed work discrimination against transgender people four years ago. So why are trans employees of color still catching so much hell?