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Fighting Anti-Abortion Extremists — And The Boss
Workers fighting to unionize and protect reproductive rights face the threat of retaliation.
Stephen Franklin
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In California, Independent Truckers Face Uncertain Future
A California law making it harder for trucking companies to classify drivers as independent contractors is now in effect—with big implications for truckers at America’s largest ports.
Stephen Franklin
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Off the Pole, Onto the Picket Line: Why North Hollywood Strippers Are Unionizing
After nine months on strike, California strippers are poised to make Star Garden the country’s only unionized strip club
Emily Janakiram
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UAW Reformers Win a Historic Victory. What Comes Next?
"Get ready to negotiate with a UAW where the membership is back in charge."
Jane Slaughter
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Britain May Be Headed Toward a "De Facto General Strike"
Unions representing British postal, rail, education and communication workers are rediscovering the workplace as a battleground.
Marcus Barnett
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Will Lithium Mining Turn California's Salton Sea into a Green Energy Sacrifice Zone?
Once a tourist destination, the Salton Sea faces ecological collapse, toxic dust storms—and maybe a lithium boom.
Paige Oamek
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The Protest Camp Where Houseless Activists Fight Luxury High Rises
Houseless protesters in Chicago occupied a parking lot and then set up a long-term camp to fight gentrification—with the support of the neighborhood.
Hana Urban
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Kentucky Is Latest to Test Whether Red States Will Keep Voting for Abortion Rights
An anti-abortion constitutional amendment identical to one Kansas voters rejected this summer is on Kentucky’s November ballot.
Shefali Luthra, The 19th
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Intelligentsia Workers Vote to Unionize, Fueling the Fire of Coffee Industry Organizing
Workers at the coffee chain have joined fellow baristas at Starbucks and Colectivo in unionizing their workplaces.
Jeff Schuhrke
DispatchRural America
How a Small Town in Maine Stopped a Silver Mine
A Canadian company planned to mine silver nearby, so town residents used Maine's “home rule” powers to ban industrial mining and protect their water.
Julia Conley
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Starbucks Holds Life-Saving Benefits Over Trans Workers' Heads
Managers are wielding a new weapon against unions: gender-affirming healthcare
Zane McNeill
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Could Colombia Show Us a Way Out of Our Political Nightmare?
The recent election in Colombia has produced new hope for the country—and for the whole region.
John Feffer
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Trailer Park Residents Take on Venture Capitalists—and Win
As gentrification sweeps the West, investors are buying up mobile home parks. Residents of this Colorado park got together and bought it themselves.
Joseph Bullington
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After Getting Burned By Wall Street, California Fire Victims Fight To Reclaim Their Power
California utility company PG&E has settled, but many fire victims are still waiting to see their full payout.
Jordan Allyn
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New York and California Experiment with Giving Workers a Say in Industry Standards
Less than 3 percent of fast food workers and less than 1 percent of nail salon workers are unionized. Workers' councils could give them a seat at the table.
Amy Qin
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Speed Grocery Delivery Workers Are in a Dangerous Race
A new industry of venture-capital-backed startups claim their workers are fast. Are they faster than regulations?
Maggie Duffy
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A Hotline Garment Workers Can Call When They Face Harassment on the Job
When women who sew clothes for famous brands are harassed, there is a new place for them to turn.
Ryan Lenora Brown
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The Billionaire-Funded Campaign Trying to Recall SF's Progressive DA Chesa Boudin
A Republican billionaire is behind the effort to oust San Francisco's criminal justice reform-minded District Attorney.
Piper French
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A Former Sundown Town Passed Reparations and Rent Control. Now It's Fighting to Keep Them.
Culver City’s first Black Mayor, Daniel Lee, wants to make California the bastion of progressive politics some imagine it to be.
Paige Oamek
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Sanitation Workers Win Raise After Going on Strike—With Community Support
"This contract isn’t everything we believe we deserve, but it’s enough to go back to work and go back to taking care of our communities.”
James Stout
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Mexico Has Become a "Roofless Prison" for Haitian Refugees—With Biden's Help
Thousands of migrants are trapped at the border as the United States and Mexico crack down on deportations—under Biden's policies, many will be expelled.
Chantal Flores
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Farmers Reject Nicor's Pipe Dream
Residents of the historic Black farming community of Pembroke, Illinois want an energy upgrade—but they want renewables, not fossil fuels.
Zoe Pharo
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Last Resort Abortion in a Rural Reproductive Rights Wasteland
“If abortion is taken away in Wisconsin completely, people will do much worse things.”
Sam Stroozas
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An Ohio College Privatized Its Energy and Built a Gas Plant on Campus, Outraging Students
OSU announced in 2008 its goal to go carbon neutral by 2050. Now, however, the university is pursuing the construction of a new, gas-powered energy plant despite student protests holding them accountable.
Taylor Dorrell
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