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A New Labor Department Proposal Could End Up Stripping Some Workers of Their Rights

The Trump administration proposed a new rule this week that could make it more difficult for some workers to be classified as employees.

In this photo from May 13, 2020, bags of garbage sit along the street before being picked up in Philadelphia's Ogontz section. Households are generating more trash as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. The city's 311 complaint line has received 9,753 calls about trash and recycling as of July 29 compared to 1,873 in February. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Philly’s Trash Problem Is Getting Out of Hand, Residents Say

Faced with social distancing restrictions, residents are staying home and generating more trash than ever before—about a 30% increase in residential trash collections, said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams.

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Thousands of Workers Are Going on Strike for Black Lives Today. Here Are Their Demands.

Tens of thousands of frontline workers across the country are going on strike Monday to protest systemic racism and police brutality and to demand that corporations and the government take action to address white supremacy, end economic exploitation of Black workers, and allow all workers to unionize.

In this May 20, 2020 file photo, residents held thank you signs to greet employees of a Smithfield pork processing plant as they returned to their shifts after the plant had been closed because of a coronavirus outbreak in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves File)
Workers of Color Make Up 87% of Coronavirus Infections in Meat Plants

A new CDC report studying the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found that most infections were among people of color.

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U.S. Ranks Dead Last Among Major Countries for Workers’ Rights

When it comes to unions and collective bargaining, the U.S. is on par with Venezuela.

Members of National Guard & volunteers prepare bags of food to residents near a one-mile radius containment area set up to halt spread of COVID-19 in New York. Image via Shutterstock
Trump Ends National Guard Deployment Day Before Servicemembers Would Be Eligible for Benefits

Retired Brig. Gen. J. Roy Robinson called it “curious” that the extension runs only 24 days and ends in the middle of the week.

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Why Truckers Showed Up and Blasted Their Horns At Trump

The protest, organized by trucker Rick Santiago, was held to express truckers’ frustration over shipping rates that they say are so low that they can’t make a living.