How Workers Laid Off from a Chicago Factory Took It Over Themselves
by Laura FlandersMar 05, 2013
- When their boss tried to fire them, the workers of Republic Windows and Doors occupied the factory. Now they own it as a cooperative.
Behind the Kitchen Door: A Must-Read for Anyone Who Eats at Restaurants
by John Cavanagh, Robin BroadFeb 25, 2013
- Review: More than half of the nation’s worst-paid jobs are related to food. Saru Jayaraman’s new book dives into the explosive movement for better rights for those who plant, process, and cook the food we eat.
Filmmakers: Cooperative Businesses Bring Democracy to the Workplace
by Mark KarlinFeb 22, 2013
- In their new film, Shift Change, filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin take viewers on a worldwind tour of the cooperative economy.
What’s Cheaper than Solar, Slashes Carbon Emissions, and Creates Jobs in Kentucky?
by Erin L. McCoyFeb 04, 2013
- Having an energy-efficient home saves the owners money, but they often procrastinate on improvements. When energy companies in Kansas and Kentucky figured out a way to sweeten the deal, the results brought good news for homeowners, contractors, and for the planet.
Human Trafficking Awareness Day: Let’s Take a Stand for Domestic Workers
by Tiffany WilliamsJan 11, 2013
- 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, it's time to recognize domestic labor as real work that should be protected.
The “People’s Bailout” Was Just the Beginning: What’s Next for Strike Debt?
by Fabien TepperDec 13, 2012
- Thomas Gokey is one of the creators of Occupy’s Rolling Jubilee, which is preparing to purchase and cancel $9 million of ordinary people’s medical debt. Here, he speaks about the project’s origins, methods, and future.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
Dec 06, 2012
- Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
Hot and Crusty Bakery Workers Seal the Deal on Unionization
by Olivia RosaneNov 26, 2012
- Back in September, YES! covered the efforts of immigrant workers at New York City’s Hot and Crusty Bakery to form a union. After a series of twists and turns that tested the workers’ persistence, the shop is now set to open in December with a fully unionized workforce.
Walmart’s Summer of Discontent Explodes in Black Friday Strikes
by Cecilia GarzaNov 22, 2012
- Over the past year a diverse coalition of groups representing Walmart workers have broken decades of silence and united to confront the company. Now, organizers expect more than 1,000 strikes on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Alta Gracia Clothing Factory Shows New Pathways in Fair Trade
by Peter DreierNov 15, 2012
- For years, student activists pressured their schools to partner with the Workers Rights Consortium to make sure their college gear was sweatshop-free. Now, they have another choice: a fair-trade clothing manufacturer called Alta Gracia.
For Some Debtors, “Coming Out” Is First Step Toward Resistance
by Chris KasperOct 31, 2012
- Chris Kasper hadn’t realized how much shame he felt for being in debt until he stood up in public and spoke about it. As much of Occupy’s energy flows into debt resistance, more people are doing the same.
At Oakland’s Abandoned Army Base, a Jobs Plan Brings Hope to Locals
by Mark Andrew BoyerOct 22, 2012
- A new $1 billion plan to turn a vacant base into a shipping and logistics center will create thousands of jobs for the Oakland residents who need them most.
Photo Essay: Portraits of Americans at Work
by Caleb FergusonOct 12, 2012
- Photographer Caleb Ferguson goes cross-country to document the diversity of the American workforce.
Meet the Crawfish-Peeling Guestworkers Who Inspired Walmart Walkouts
by Cecilia GarzaOct 11, 2012
- How a few courageous workers in small-town Louisiana sparked nationwide actions demanding better wages and working conditions for those who pick, pack, stock, and sell the mega-retailer’s products.
A Healthy (and Profitable) Oasis in Philly’s Food Deserts
by Sarah TreuhaftOct 01, 2012
- The story of this seemingly ordinary chain of grocery stores suggests that collaboration with the community may be the key to success for businesses in struggling neighborhoods.