The Wisconsin Idea

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Lawsuit: Alabama Is Denying Prisoners Parole to Lease Their Labor to Meatpackers, McDonalds
No parole if you’re still profitable.
Kim Kelly
A young girl points a pink Polaroid at the camera as a man in a baseball cap looks on, laughing. They're in a living room cluttered with toys and photos.
Labor
The Nation’s Coal Miners Get a Rare Piece of Good News
MSHA’s new silica rule—recommended 50 years ago—could save thousands from black lung, although advocates worry about enforcement.
Kim Kelly
Labor
What Today's Labor Activists Can Learn From the Legacy of Ron Carey
The late Teamsters reform leader Ron Carey succeeded in turning around a corrupt and conservative union. Today’s labor reformers looking to revitalize their own unions can take lessons from his career.
Steve Early and Rand Wilson
THE WAR ON PROTEST
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The War on Protest Is Here
Political repression is on the rise as the state finds new ways to criminalize dissent and collective action.
Adam Federman
The Political Coalition the Left Needs to Win
"The situation is, without question, daunting. But there are signs of possibility all around us—and the future is ours for the taking."
Alex Han
LaborFeature
Two Years In, These “Progressive” Companies Still Haven’t Negotiated First Union Contracts
The union wave at big U.S. retailers hasn’t yet resulted in first contracts for workers at Trader Joe’s, Starbucks and REI. But unions are proving their value in other ways.
Jeremy Gantz
Rural America
“Crisis”: Half of Rural Hospitals Are Operating at a Loss, Hundreds Could Close
A new report paints a grim picture for small-town health care—especially in states that have not expanded Medicaid.
Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez
Viewpoint
Congress Has Decided to Stay Far Too White
The GOP-led House has eliminated the office on diversity and inclusion, maintaining a system of racial exclusion in the halls of power.
James Jones
LaborFeature
Can Grocery Workers Take Back Their Union?
Faye Guenther’s multiyear plan to revolutionize the grocery workers union.
Hamilton Nolan
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