A Chat With Allysha Almada, Who Repped for Nurses at the White House

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… »11/04/15 3:10pm11/04/15 3:10pm


The Short Life of Maids' Honor Day 

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… »10/13/15 4:15pm10/13/15 4:15pm

Black Women Are Driving the Rebirth of the Labor Movement 

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… »9/07/15 2:30pm9/07/15 2:30pm

Truckers Carrying Goods for Forever 21 and Wal-Mart Go on Strike

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… »11/18/13 9:45am11/18/13 9:45am

Flight Attendants Protest by Refusing to Smile and Sling Booze

"Holiday air travel is the best because everything flows smoothly and everyone is in such a good mood," said no one ever in the history of time. Holiday air travel is the worst. It's so the worst that it's not even worth saying how much it's the worst because everybody knows that already and complaining just adds to… »12/11/12 12:25pm12/11/12 12:25pm

Hostess Gives $1.75 Million in Bonuses to Execs, Tells 18,500 Laid Off to Go Ahead and Fuck Right Off

Hey working class Americans! I just want to take a second to show some appreciation on behalf of your bosses and the federal government. Like they say, you are the backbone of this country! You are the industry! And it's really important that we thank you for all of your hard work and the years of service that — »11/30/12 11:50am11/30/12 11:50am

Wal Mart Employees Planning Black Friday Walk Out Because They're Tired of Being Shat On

In this nation's continuing failure to heed the lessons of Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, American retailers are planning on starting their Black Friday sales so early that their already put-upon employees will be forced to leave their family Thanksgiving celebrations so that they can tend to the… »11/19/12 2:30pm11/19/12 2:30pm

Congratulations, Little Debbie: Hostess Is Going Out of Business

Bad news for people who like shitty, bland, nutritionally-void food made by ethically questionable companies: Hostess, the food manufacturer behind Ho-Hos, Wonder Bread, and Twinkies, has filed a motion to shut down and sell all assets as soon as possible, citing the financial blow dealt by the recent strike… »11/16/12 11:05am11/16/12 11:05am

3 Stupid Ways to Talk About the Chicago Teachers Union Strike

Since Monday, 350,000 Chicago kids who normally would be spending their day in classrooms crudely carving pictures of penises onto wooden desks are free to crudely carve penises on wooden things that are not located inside of a school building — their teachers are on strike. Let's take a terribly disappointing slog… »9/14/12 3:20pm9/14/12 3:20pm