Labor

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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WATCH: Trailer for New Doc Revisits Labor Leader Dolores Huerta's Successes, Struggles

PBS released the trailer for “Dolores”—a chronicle of Huerta’s life and activism from the 1960s through today—ahead of its broadcast debut.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules EPA Does Not Have to Ban Harmful Pesticide

Chlorpyrifos can cause neurodevelopmental damage in children and is used on staple crops like apples and broccoli. 

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WATCH: Kansas City Fast-Food Workers Share Stories of Struggle

Join cooks and cashiers working with Stand Up KC and Fight for $15 as they narrate personal stories of corporate mistreatment, poverty and resistance via live performances.

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New Report Shines Light on Early Campaigns Against Chinese Entrepreneurs

White-led city governments and labor unions across the country pushed laws through the late 1800s and early 1900s to restrict Chinese-American restaurateurs.

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REPORT: Black Women Should Be Thriving, But Racism and Sexism

Contributor and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza: “Ultimately, we aim to contribute to that movement by ensuring that Black women are at the center of an economy and a democracy that works for all of us.”

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These Three Federal Civil Rights Offices Are in Trouble

The proposed 2018 budget continues the Trump Administration’s trend of devaluing—and defunding—federal civil rights enforcement.

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Fight for $15 Activists Call McDonald's 'The Trump of Corporations'

The living wage campaign staged major protests across the country this week.

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#MayDay Actions in 7 Scenes

Advocacy groups and activists are gathering in cities across the world to demand an end to oppressive systems of power. Here, some video from actions helmed by groups of color in the United States. 

President Trump to Announce 'Buy American, Hire American' Executive Order

The two-part order focuses on the H-1B visa program and the procurement of American products by federal agencies.

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Your Quick Reminder That the Black Unemployment Rate is Still Too High

It’s still nearly double the national rate.

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This Trio of Studies Sadly Illustrates the Impact of Racism on Black People

From education to income to insurance, White supremacy strikes again and again.

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Activists, Advocates Plan 'A Day Without Immigrants' Strike for May 1

“May 1 is the first step in a series of strikes and boycotts that will change the conversation on immigration in the United States.”

Uber drivers protest company fare cuts last year and go on strike in front of the car service's New York offices on February 1, 2016, in New York City.

Uber's Diversity Report: Employees Are Predominantly White and Male

Black and Latinx people make up only 14.4 percent of the company.

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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.

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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.”