Labor

175 birds a minute?

May 25, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed dramatically increasing line speeds at poultry plants for the first time in 50 years -- without studying the effects on workers. An extended comment period on the new rule closes this month.

Bankruptcy returns as a tool to crack unions

March 6, 2012 - Corporations including Texas-based American Airlines and Hostess are turning to bankruptcy courts not because they can't pay their bills but because those courts allow them to negotiate with a hammer. While the options for unions aren't great, a few have shown that aggressive workplace mobilizing can beat back some of the worst.