The state of labor in 2019: Support for unions is high, but membership is still on the decline

A mixed bag of high approval, declining membership, and stubbornly low wages greets a proud but anxious workforce, as Americans prepare to step away from their jobs this Labor Day weekend. According to a Gallup poll released this week ahead of Monday’s federal holiday, 64% of Americans say they approve of unions, a dramatic increase […]

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Creator of New York Times slavery project not surprised by conservative meltdown

Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times correspondent and the visionary behind its ambitious examination of racial issues stemming from the 1619 arrival of enslaved people in the English colonies, isn’t the least bit surprised by the meltdown among white conservatives reacting to her recasting American history with African Americans and slavery at the forefront. “The […]

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It’s not just cities, President Trump. There’s economic hardship in rural America, too.

Donald Trump elicited sensational headlines with his broadside about Baltimore, labeling the city a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.” Despite his racist, politically motivated complaints about poverty, crime and social disorder in urban America, the president has yet to draw similar attention to equal or worse conditions […]

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