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UAW Suppresses Local Union's Vote to Support BDS
Labor activists Frank Hammer and Kumar Salehi discuss the United Auto Workers' decision to nullify Local 2865's resolution in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement

  February 5, 2016

$15 minimum Wage Without Job Loss
Jeannette Wicks-Lim, says that the fast-food industry could absorb the increase in its overall wage bill without resorting to cuts in their employment levels

  October 26, 2015

38% of American Workforce Still Jobless
UMass Amherst's Richard Wolff discusses why labor force participation is the lowest since 1977 and what's really needed to stimulate the economy

  October 2, 2015

Ellen & Rachel Meeropol and Boots Riley on Art and Resistance
Fighting back against government repression with art and activism. The Laura Flanders Show sits down with author Ellen Meeropol, attorney Rachel Meeropol, and activist and musician Boots Riley.

  September 22, 2015

Why is Sanders Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?
RootsAction.Org's Jeff Cohen says Bernie Sanders can not just denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism

  August 27, 2015

Economists Join the Fight For $15!
PERI Economist Bob Pollin talks about his new co-authored petition calling on economists to support an increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

  July 27, 2015

No Labor Protections in Obama's Overtime Plan
Activist and author Eugene Puryear challenges the Fair Labor Standards Act and the president's claims that this will indeed be a benefit to working people.

  July 1, 2015

Steelworkers Slighted as Corporate Money Fuels Democrats' Pro Fast Track Vote
Despite promises, "pro-labor" Democrats vote yes on TPP

  June 21, 2015

Rare Victory for 'Illegally' Fired Workers Shows Labor Laws Stacked Against Union Drives
Union organizer Jody Mauller discusses the National Labor Relations Board's decision to reinstate 13 workers who were fired for organizing a Terex plant in Minnesota

  June 14, 2015

Postal Workers Fight Privatization
TRNN's Jessica Desvarieux interviews actor & activist Danny Glover and USPS workers during the nationwide day of actions.

  May 15, 2015

On May Day, Port Workers Say Black Lives Matter
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 10 in Oakland organized a work stoppage to protest police brutality

  May 2, 2015

Freddie Gray Laid to Rest, Baltimore Youth Rise Up
TRNN's Eddie Conway reports on Freddie Gray's funeral and explains the context for the outburst of anger and frustration by youth in Baltimore

  April 27, 2015

Washington State Teachers On Strike
Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian says the proposed state budget would benefit neither teachers nor students

  April 25, 2015

Baltimore Fast Food Workers Fight for Higher Wages
Low-wage workers across the nation came out and demanded a $15 an hour living wage. TRNN's Megan Sherman spoke to protesters in the Baltimore about the day of action.

  April 16, 2015

This Year, Tax Day Is Minimum Wage Day
Low-wage workers across the nation came out and demanded a $15 an hour living wage. TRNN's Thomas Hedges spoke to protesters in the nation's capitol about the day of action.

  April 16, 2015

Chicago Organized Labor Divided over Tuesday's Mayoral Election
Author and journalist Kari Lydersen discusses why some Chicago organized labor is backing incumbent mayor Rahm Emmanuel despite his anti-union reputation

  April 6, 2015

Walmart Minimum Wage Hike to $10 Still Below 1968 Levels
Political activist Ralph Nader says Walmart's decision to increase minimum wage to $10 by 2016 is a mini-victory for the labor movement but until a 40-hour work week is mandatory, workers will continue to be underpaid

  March 2, 2015

5,000 Oil Workers Enter Third Week of Strike Over Safety and Working Conditions
TRNN speaks to United Steelworkers spokesperson Lynne Hancock who says the union is demanding improved safety for its 30,000 members and their communities

  February 21, 2015

Walmart Wage Raise a Win For Workers, Yet Falls Short of Their Demands
Liza Featherstone, author of "Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart" says the concessions to workers was forged by years of worker-led struggle and direct action

  February 20, 2015

Environmental Action at Toronto Stock Exchange
As part of fossil fuel Global Divestment Day, activists demanded institutions to stop investing in dirty Tar Sands oil

  February 15, 2015

Baltimore Sinai Hospital Workers Demand Affordable Medical Coverage and Better Wages
TRNN speaks to members of 1199 United Healthcare Workers East

  February 13, 2015

Illinois Governor Moves to Weaken State Unions
Jan Rodolfo, a registered nurse and Midwest Director for National Nurses United, says the billionaire Republican governor's executive order will affect 6,500 workers and threaten public health

  February 11, 2015

Can Fast Food Afford a $15 Minimum Wage Without Cutting Jobs?
Economist Jeannette Wicks-Lim says a $15 minimum wage would affect 3.8 million workers and cost $30.7 billion, but would reduce turnover and spur economic growth

  February 2, 2015

What Triggered AETNA's Pay Raise to $16/hour?
PERI Economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim discusses says the decline in unemployment might be pressuring companies to raise wages

  January 23, 2015

The Story Behind Wage-Fixing in Hollywood editor Mark Ames explains how he uncovered a wage-fixing conspiracy that began in the 1980s and led all the way to Hollywood executives with connections to the White House

  December 22, 2014

Thwarted Michigan Bill Aimed At Stopping Community Agreements With Developers Will Return
Detroit Activist Frank Hammer says though Michigan State Bill 5977 aimed at Detroit's Community Development Ordinance has failed for now, Republicans will likely reintroduce it in 2015

  December 22, 2014

Protesting GM Auto Workers Attacked by US Embassy Staff
US labor activists have filed a complaint with the Dept. of Justice and the SEC, charging the General Motors Company with a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, says Frank Hammer, retired General Motors employee and former president and chairman of Local 909 in Warren, Michigan

  November 21, 2014

Cornel West, Faith Leaders and Activists Arrested as Ferguson October Continues
Twenty people, including Cornel West, are arrested carrying out civil disobedience at the Ferguson police station after being denied a meeting with local officials

  October 13, 2014

Thousands Descend on St. Louis for Ferguson October
Protesters come to Ferguson to support local organizers in the aftermath of repeated incidents of police brutality

  October 13, 2014

Philly Students Walk Out as City Cancels Teachers' Contract
Teacher-activist Anissa Weinraub responds to Philadelphia unilaterally dissolving their contract with the teachers' union and says the union is considering legal action in response

  October 7, 2014

Leading Activists Demand Action at People's Climate March
TRNN brings you the voices of actor Mark Ruffalo, Jane Goodall, Mary Robinson and many others

  September 22, 2014

It's Time to Act on the Climate Crisis
A panel on the urgency of climate change moderated by WNYC's Brian Lehrer and featuring authors Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein, founder Bill McKibben and Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant, with an opening speech by Senator Bernie Sanders.

  September 21, 2014

100+ Arrested as Fast-Food Workers Escalate 'The Fight For $15'
Workers and advocates hold sit-ins and rallies in 150 cities to demand a living wage and the right to unionize

  September 4, 2014

Three Union Leaders Shot Dead in South Africa
The young NUMSA shop stewards were targeted by "reactionary forces" after a 4 week strike, says the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

  August 8, 2014

Ikea Agrees to Pay Their Workers More than Minimum Wage
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: There's a growing trend among the world's major corporations to voluntarily increase their workers' wages

  July 3, 2014

Low Wages and Unemployment Are Factors that Lead to Violence
Without dealing with chronic poverty there can be no end to the violence. Moderated by Jaisal Noor

  June 27, 2014

What's Behind the Decline of Organized Labor in Baltimore? - TRNN Webathon Panel
Labor historian Bill Barry, TRNN host Jaisal Noor, and labor activist Frank Hammer discuss the Hopkins hospital workers' strike as well as the organizational and political problems that unions face today

  June 8, 2014

Workers Strike in 20 Cities as Study Finds Walmart Can Pay More
Nationwide strikes target Walmart ahead of shareholders meeting, calling for a $25,000 annual salary as a new Demos report finds Walmart can afford to do so without raising prices

  June 6, 2014

Fast Food Workers' Movement: Union 2.0
With the support of America's second largest union SEIU, the fast food workers' $15 wage movement has grown, and this unorganized workforce of the past is shaping up to become the face of American organized labor

  June 1, 2014

Pressure Mounts on Johns Hopkins to Pay a Living Wage
Hopkins Hospital Workers, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry, 1199 SEIU President George Gresham, and actor and activist Danny Glover and Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" speak out on why Hopkins should pay its workers more

  May 21, 2014

Unionization Is Next Step For Fast Food Workers
Workers are demanding $15 an hour wage with a right to unionize without retaliation as fast food CEOs are earning 1200 times more than the average employee

  May 16, 2014

Thousands of New Yorkers Hit the Streets for May Day
A photo slider by Jenna Pope

  May 2, 2014

Hundreds of Thousands March For May Day Worldwide
A wrap-up of the world's May Day protests against austerity for worker rights

  May 2, 2014

Workers' Struggle in Baltimore (2/2)
Lucky Crosby, Chief Shop Steward, AFSCME Local 467 and Labor Historian Bill Barry continue their discussion of the history and current state of Baltimore's workers movement

  May 2, 2014

Why Aren't North American Workers More Militant? (2/2)
The second part of our May 1st discussion with union activists Bill Fletcher Jr., and Sam Gindin on the weakening of the workers movement and what needs to happen next

  May 1, 2014

The Lobbyists Behind Senate Failure to Advance Minimum Wage Increase
Twenty low-wage dependent trade groups band together to shut down the Senate's minimum wage hike, although the majority of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage

  May 1, 2014

Why Aren't North American Workers More Militant? (1/2)
On the occasion of May 1st, union activists Bill Fletcher Jr. and Sam Gindin discuss the weakening of the labor movement and what needs to happen next

  April 30, 2014

Workers' Struggle in Baltimore (1/2)
Lucky Crosby, Chief Shop Steward, AFSCME Local 467 and Labor Historian Bill Barry discuss the history and current state of Baltimore's workers movement

  April 29, 2014

30,000 Chinese Factory Workers Strike Against Maker of Nike Sneakers
Editor Michelle Chen and instructor Xiaoming Chai discuss the workers' demands and whether the rise of strikes signals a decline of cheap labor in China

  April 24, 2014

Can Johns Hopkins Afford to Pay A Living Wage? (2/2)
The second part of Marc Steiner's discussion on whether Johns Hopkins has the money to pay a living wage. Joining him are Hopkins Hospital worker Daniel Roberts, SEIU union organizer Carrietta Hiers and Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless

  April 16, 2014

Intimidation and Political Interference Goes Unpunished in UAW Case
Frank Hammer discusses the labor conditions at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee that moved workers to attempt unionization, and says that the political interference by state officials in these efforts shows weakness of labor laws

  April 14, 2014

Baltimore's MICA Adjunct Professors Set to Vote on Unionization
MICA part-time faculty member Hannah Brancato and organizer Maria Maisto discuss the growing nationwide trend of adjunct professors organizing in order to collective bargain for decent salaries and benefits

  March 31, 2014

UAW Effort to Organize Tennessee VW Plant "Fatally Flawed" From The Outset
Former autoworker organizer Frank Hammer analyzes the missteps of the unionization campaign at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant and the role of anti-union politicians and groups

  February 17, 2014

North American Day of Action Against The TPP
Maryland Joins Continent-Wide Protests Against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Unjust Trade: Journalist and activist Cassidy Regan

  February 1, 2014

75 Economists Including 7 Nobel Laureates Endorse Senate Bill to Raise Minimum Wage
$10.10 an hour minimum wage increase shows an improvement but is still not a living wage, which would be twice the poverty rate at $12 an hour

  January 14, 2014

Washington State Boeing Workers Accept Pension Concessions
Mike Elk: Boeing workers new contract a blow to worker pensions nationwide

  January 8, 2014

D.C. Workers Win $11.50 Minimum Wage Increase
About 90,000 workers will earn a higher minimum wage in D.C., Montgomery, and Prince George counties in Maryland

  December 18, 2013

Milwaukee County Considers Raising Minimum Wage to $12.45
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: Milwaukee Comptroller wrong for assuming raising minimum wage for county employees would cost millions of dollars

  December 16, 2013

Exclusive Photos from Fast Food Strikes Across Nation
Photos courtesy of Low Pay is Not OK and local partners.

  December 5, 2013

How the Working Class Can Fight Corporate Giants pt2
Leo Panitch: In light of increasing low-wage worker protests, organized labor needs to shift its focus to class unionism, which encourages worker solidarity across industries

  December 3, 2013

Detroit Enters Bankruptcy As Pensions and Benefits Go on Chopping Block
Frank Hammer: Banks that drove Detroit insolvency should be penalized for the debt crisis, not working class Detroit residents

  December 3, 2013

How the Defeat of Trade Unionism Gave Rise to Low-Wage Jobs
Leo Panitch: Giant corporations like Wal-Mart actively suppress unionization among workers

  December 3, 2013

Boeing Employees Reject Contract After Company Receives Record Tax Break
Boeing receives almost $9 billion in state tax breaks but threatens to move some operations out of Washington due to a contract dispute.

  November 18, 2013

Striking LA Truckers Target Walmart Supply Chain
Independent trucking contractors go on strike for the first time in decades, protesting unfair labor practices.

  November 18, 2013

First Elected Socialist Seattle Council Member in a Century
TRNN speaks with Socialist Kshama Sawant about her vision of an alternative to capitalism.

  November 17, 2013

Supreme Courts Considers Limiting the Right of Unions to Organize
Mulhall v. Unite Here decision will have a profound effect on employer neutrality, a union's ability to reach employees, and whether a union will be recognized by the employer during labor negotiations.

  November 11, 2013

Seattle Suburb Passes Highest Minimum Wage in Country
David Rolf of SEIU helped organize SeaTac's Proposition 1 to provide $15/hour to hotel, restaurant, and airport workers.

  November 6, 2013

Hopkins Halts Program After Investigation Finds Docs Denied Disability Benefits For Miners With Black Lung
World-renowned Johns Hopkins Medicine forced to suspend program after investigation finds one doctor reviewed 1,500 cases and never found an instance of black lung, denying coal miners disability benefits

  November 5, 2013

Breathless and Burdened: Appalachia Coal Miners Face Industry's Efforts to Defeat Benefits Claims
Investigative journalist Chris Hamby on coal miners quest for justice buried by law, medicine, and industry

  November 5, 2013

Longshoreman Strike Shuts Down Port of Baltimore
Port of Baltimore Shutdown: Longshoremen in solidarity with nationwide labor struggle

  October 17, 2013

More than Half of Fast Food Workers Rely on Welfare
Study reveals how taxpayers spend $7 billion a year to subsidize programs that go to fast food workers

  October 15, 2013

Why Autoworkers Care About Climate Change - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
In the final segment of this Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Frank Hammer says all workers should face up to the dangers of climate change and insist that we move toward a green economy

  October 11, 2013

McDonald's Employee Confronts Executive: I Can't Afford Shoes For My Children
Mother of two arrested after confronting McDonald's President about poverty wages.

  October 8, 2013

Young Autoworkers Ask Older Workers, "What Happened"- Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
In this episode of Reality Asserts Itself Frank Hammer discusses the pressures on Detroit auto workers' wages that came from the American and global south.

  October 8, 2013

The Fight Against UAW Leadership and GM - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
In this episode Frank Hammer tells Paul Jay about being inspired by the national liberation movements and the struggle against concessions as a response to the outsourcing of jobs

  October 7, 2013

Why I Became a Working Class Organizer - Frank Hammer on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, retired UAW Local President Frank Hammer tells the story of his radicalization in the movement against the Vietnam War and turning his back on a professional career to take up working class activism

  October 7, 2013

Exposed: California's Secret Plan to Gut Public Pensions
Lynn Parramore: California memo just latest example of Wall St's attack on workers' pensions

  October 2, 2013

Federal Contractors Employ More Low-Wage Workers Than Walmart and McDonald's Combined, While Paying Top Execs. $24 billion
Workers and legislators demand President Obama sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractor employees.

  September 26, 2013

Minimum wage for tipped workers has been kept at $2.13 for 21 years
Author Saru Jayaraman exposes exploitative restaurant industry fraught with racism, sexism, and horrible labor practices.

  September 24, 2013

Walmart Gets Clearance to Open Doors in DC
DC City Council strikes down a living wage at America's largest private employer, despite public's support for $12.50/hour wage

  September 18, 2013

Why didn't OWS transform into a political movement?
Two years later, author & journalist Nathan Schneider takes a look at concrete victories and missteps of the Occupy movement

  September 13, 2013

As Walmart Workers Strike In 15 Cities, Will Raising Min. Wage Hurt Employers?
Jeannette Wicks-Lim: Santa Fe Raised their minimum wage 65% and employers didn't cut jobs.

  September 5, 2013

Striking Retail Worker and Mother of Four: "If we don't speak up, things will never change"
Chicago retail workers earn concessions from their employer after striking

  August 28, 2013

Colombia's US Embassy To Evict GM Protestors From 2-Year Encampment, After Worker Ties Himself to Cross
Frank Hammer: GM worker ties himself to a cross to get embassy's attention over GM's unsafe factories, refusal to pay disability claims, and the firing of injured workers.

  August 14, 2013

TRNN REPLAY: Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession
Australia has twice the minimum wage as the US and Big Macs cost roughly the same

  August 9, 2013

30 Arrested in Wisconsin State Capitol for Singing Against Governor Walker
Photo essay by Jenna Pope. For more than two years, the Solidarity Sing Along have serenaded Wisconsin's State Capitol with their criticism of Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP. Now, police say groups of 20 or more need a permit or they will face arrest.

  August 1, 2013

Is Detroit's Bankruptcy Really a Feeding Frenzy for Privatization?
Frank Hammer: Retirees, workers, and blacks will lose big as banks look to profit from debt collection and the privatization of one of America's largest cities

  July 20, 2013

SF Giants Stadium Workers Protest For Fair Compensation
Despite billions of dollars in subsidies, professional sports teams often squeeze lowest wage workers; in San Francisco concession workers are fighting back

  July 18, 2013

"Moral Mondays" Draws Thousands to Protest Legislative Attacks on Voting Rights and The Poor
Hundreds arrested opposing Republican controlled legislature's 'barbaric' attacks on North Carolina's most vulnerable populations

  June 17, 2013

Philadelphia Slashes Schools Budget While State Spends $400 Million on New Prisons
Philadelphia communities fighting back against planned cuts that disproportionally impact low income and African American communities

  June 12, 2013

GM Workers in Colombia Hunger Strike at US Embassy to Protest Dangerous Factory
Frank Hammer: GM employees in Colombia have been protesting outside the US Embassy for months citing hundreds of injuries at local factory

  June 6, 2013

Protest in DC Denounces "Monsanto Protection Act"
One thousand rally as part of global protest against Monsanto's political power and its role in spreading GMO throughout the world's food supply

  May 26, 2013

Global Protest Against Monsanto
In more than 400 cities protestors call for a ban on GMO food

  May 26, 2013

Global Protest in 300 Cities Will Take Aim on Monsanto
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to challenge Monsanto's bullying of small farmers, influence on public policy, and aggressive promotion of GMOs.

  May 23, 2013

"Occupy Love" Documentary Asks "Can Crisis Be Turned into a Love Story"
Velcrow Ripper and Paul Jay discuss Ripper's new film and movements, power and the synthesis of spirituality and politics

  May 20, 2013

Chicago Teachers and Parents Launch Three Day March Against 54 School Closings
Increased gun violence expected in Chicago as school closings will force students to cross gang lines in America's deadliest city

  May 19, 2013

Hundreds Take Part in "Poor People's March" Against Unemployment and Austerity
Hundreds mark 45th anniversary of Dr. King's "Poor People's March" to highlight ongoing fight against inequality and high unemployment

  May 16, 2013

California Domestic Workers Demand Bill of Rights
Workers and advocates host Mother's Day brunch with legislators to urge passage of bill

  May 14, 2013

Occupy No Longer in Headlines But Activism Continues Nationwide
David Swanson: Activists succeeding in turning public opinion against drone strikes; other forms of actions on the rise

  May 8, 2013

Global May Day Protests Against Austerity and Deaths of Bangladeshi Workers
May Day marches in major cities around the world demand an end to austerity policies and support of workers' rights

  May 2, 2013

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