Labor News

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British MPs cry when they tour North Carolina tobacco farm

Two members of the British Parliament got a first hand look at the deplorable working conditions that thousands of tobacco workers in North Carolina endure.

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First Energy: Locks out workers, blacks out customers

It was just after sunrise only three days before Thanksgiving, that security guards clamped locks on the gates at FirstEnergy in central Pennsylvania, barring 150 workers from their jobs.

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McDonald’s to workers: Get a second job and go without heat

McDonald's aims to "help" its workers who make, on average, $8.25 per hour - not by raising their salaries, but by telling them how to budget their income.

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Sweatshops in America? Yes, at T-Mobile call centers

T-Mobile call center employees are forced to work in a highly stressful setting that demands they meet unrealistic quotas with only a short amount of time to handle customer requests.

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Race to the bottom for sweatshop workers

Minimum wage workers, earning $74 a month were beaten by riot police for a protest demanding a $14 a month raise.

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Today in labor history: 400 Black women strike over wages, conditions

Writing in The Crisis, W.E.B. Du Bois described the upsurge among Black women and men tobacco workers as part of the great industrial union organizing drives.