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Striking Fast Food Workers: “We Can’t Survive on $7.25” Striking Fast Food Workers: “We Can’t Survive on $7.25”
by Lauren Feeney
A movement to improve pay and work conditions in America’s fast food restaurants appears to be gathering steam.
Infographic: Your Stuff’s Not As Cheap As You Think It Is Infographic: Your Stuff’s Not As Cheap As You Think It Is
by Doug Pibel, Katrina Rabeler
What do we really trade for all of the cheap stuff we buy?
What the US Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy What the US Can Learn From Africa’s Booming Economy
by Imara Jones
Seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Behind that is a surge in healthy young people and an emphasis on local markets.
A Caring Economy Requires Building Bridges—Not Burning Them A Caring Economy Requires Building Bridges—Not Burning Them
by Sally Kohn
Traditional organizing makes opponents into “enemies,” but a new crop of activists is using love and empathy to create new alliances and possibilities.
Should There Be a Maximum Wage? Should There Be a Maximum Wage?
by Mark Engler
Countries like Egypt and Switzerland have placed regulations on how much executives can earn. Here’s why the U.S. should consider doing the same.
A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels? A New Deal for Appalachia’s Forests: Growing Biofuels?
by Mark Andrew Boyer
The mine-ravaged communities of Eastern Kentucky have been increasingly abandoned by the coal economy. Could growing biofuels jump-start a new local jobs market—and renew the land in the process?
Not Your Father’s Union Movement: NYC’s Young Workers Committee Not Your Father’s Union Movement: NYC’s Young Workers Committee
The Young Workers Committee of New York’s transit union was out on the streets in a vibrant march. This video shows the group rallying, taking over an official’s office, and using the Occupy-style “people’s mic.”
From Housing to Health Care, 7 Co-ops That Are Changing Our Economy From Housing to Health Care, 7 Co-ops That Are Changing Our Economy
by Claudia Rowe
How manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, and others are doing business the cooperative way.
Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage
by Amy B. Dean
Before joining the Department of Labor, Mary Beth Maxwell was a top organizer for the workers’ rights organization Jobs With Justice. Here, she speaks with Amy Dean about the lives of workers who make minimum wage and why the time has come to raise it.
To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity
by Abby Scher
How residents who can’t afford to buy in still get the benefits of co-op work and housing.
6 Ways to Fuel the Cooperative Takeover 6 Ways to Fuel the Cooperative Takeover
by Sven Eberlein
From now on, the global mantra for filling market gaps is going to be, “There’s a co-op for that.” But co-ops need customers, money, and training. How do we shift from business as usual to the work of cooperation?
Credit Unions Put Your Money to Work—Right Where You Live Credit Unions Put Your Money to Work—Right Where You Live
by Colleen Kimmet
What if your bank’s first priority was to do good? Vancouver’s Vancity leads the way in putting dollars back into the community.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From? Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solis
Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business Why Unions Are Going Into the Co-op Business
by Amy B. Dean
The steelworkers deal that could turn the rust belt green.
How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves
by Laura Flanders
When their boss tried to fire them, the workers of Republic Windows and Doors occupied the factory. Now they own it as a cooperative.
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