The workers of Babeland, a sex toy shop with three locations in New York, have voted to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, making them the first adult retailer to organize.
Even as unions fret that many of their members will vote for Donald Trump, Trump’s company is actively fighting a union campaign by his own workers in Las Vegas. We spoke to Vegas workers about what’s at stake.
Last week, American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider announced a round of layoffs as a part of a manufacturing “redesign” for the struggling company, which recently emerged from bankruptcy; she also hinted that the company may begin outsourcing the manufacturing of some garments to other parts of the country. This week,…
A fun fact about earning capacity, according to the Center for American Progress: 30-year-olds today make about as much, on average, as 30-year-olds did in 1984, “despite the facts that they are 50 percent more likely to have finished college and that they work in an economy that is 70 percent more productive.”
The editorial staff of Gawker Media, which voted to unionize with the Writers Guild of America East last summer, has approved its first union contract. The vote was 88-2.
A new federal ruling says that Whole Foods must drop its policy that forbids employees from recording workplace conversations (otherwise known as gathering proof of worker mistreatment).
Last month, President Obama invited people from across the country to a “White House Summit on Worker Voice,” advertised as an occasion “to highlight the relationship between worker voice and a thriving middle class.” Essentially, it was a fete for organized labor. Among them was Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan; another…
In this excerpt from Household Workers Unite: The Untold Story of African American Women Who Built a Movement, Premilla Nadasen writes about a forgotten, complicated milestone in domestic workers’ struggle for dignity and respect for their labor. In Georgia, Maids’ Honor Day was proclaimed an official holiday in 1972…
I went to the White House this week, for the first and likely last time. Here is what I saw.
While Labor Day is traditionally an excellent time to eat 15 hot dogs, try to swim in a lake, then cry because your cramps are too intense, it’s also a fine day to consider who’s revitalizing the American labor movement. Women, particularly black women, now make up the majority of newly organized workers and are…
The Teamsters—along with the Culinary Worker’s Union—are continuing their Vegas-heavy activities by stating their intention to unionize the MMA fighters of the UFC.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that writers at Williamsburg-based Vice Media have voted to unionize:
Yesterday, more than 100 Gawker Media editorial employees voted on the question of whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America, East for the purpose of collective bargaining—that is, whether we want to form a union. The results are in.
Some of us on the Gawker Media editorial staff have decided to try to unionize. Here's a brief explanation.
In 2010, Mary Kay Henry was elected president of the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union. She's played major roles in ongoing battles over labor rights, wages, immigration, and health care. She's here to answer your questions now.
The truckers that carry goods for companies like Sketchers, Forever 21 and Wal-Mart are striking Monday in Los Angeles, alleging that they've been punished by their trucking companies for organizing, just the latest in the continually bad press bogging down the beautiful visages of some of the most popular retail…
Earlier this evening, the United Farmworkers of America announced that Jessie Lopez De La Cruz, one of the most important women in the farmworkers movement, died in her Kingsburg, Calif. home on, of all the days Fate could choose at the roulette table, Labor Day. She was 93.
Something to consider while lamenting your three-day respite from labor: last week's fast food strike, which you should care about if you are a woman and/or a human being.
Hundreds of NYC fast food workers walked out of jobs at McDonald's, KFC, and Burger King today in what organizers say is the largest-ever strike against the basically union-free industry. The Fast Food Forward campaign is calling for an industry wage of $15 an hour in the city — that's double what most employees make…