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Why Women and People of Color Keep Getting Shafted in the Growing Restaurant Industry

As of 2011, 1 in 12 private-sector workers was employed in the restaurant industry. But women, especially women of color, face a variety of struggles in this growing field.

As of 2011, 1 in 12 private-sector workers was employed in the restaurant industry. But women, especially women of color, face a variety of struggles in this growing field.

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Justice Doesn’t Just Happen: Feminist Activists Were Essential to EC Ruling

Local activists just launched a campaign urging against the retention of Judge Teresa Carr Deni in Philadelphia municipal court in next week’s general election.

What did it really take for a Reagan-appointed federal judge to make one of the most critical reproductive justice rulings of the year, possibly the decade?

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Workers Organize to Fight the ‘Part-Timeification’ Trend at Juicy Couture, Other Chains

Across the country, employers are choosing to cut worker hours in order to save money and dodge requirements in the Affordable Care Act. And some workers are fighting back.

Across the country, employers are choosing to cut worker hours in order to save money and dodge requirements in the Affordable Care Act. And some workers are fighting back.

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California’s Retirement Program: Imperfect, But a Potential Boon for Women and Low-Income Workers

California has big plans to experiment with a retirement program that will cost the state zero in taxes but has the potential to aid people who rely heavily on Social Security.

California has plans to experiment with a retirement program that could cost the state nothing in taxes but could greatly help many of individuals who rely heavily on Social Security. Unfortunately, it may not cover the growing ranks of freelance workers.

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Paid Sick Leave in San Francisco, Before and After the Fight to Pass It

“I thought the sick day ordinance could become an excuse for my servers or other employees to call in sick at the last minute and leave shifts unstaffed,” said a San Francisco restaurant owner. “Turns out, that hasn’t been a problem at all.”

“I thought the sick day ordinance could become an excuse for my servers or other employees to call in sick at the last minute and leave shifts unstaffed,” said a San Francisco restaurant owner. “Turns out, that hasn’t been a problem at all.”

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Domestic Workers’ Activism On the Rise in Georgia and Illinois

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Organizing in Georgia and Illinois shows that the domestic workers’ movement is not exclusive to predictable blue states.

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Will the California Disability Community Support Domestic Workers’ Legislation?

Last year, Republican senators, led by far-right ideologues Michael Farris and Rick Santorum, defeated ratification of a U.N. treaty based on the Americans With Disabilities Act. Will they succeed again this year?

Having failed in 2012, there is a renewed campaign in California for a domestic workers’ bill of rights. And like 2012, it is unclear whether the disability community will support the legislation.

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Feminist Thought Leadership and its Influence on Public Policy Efforts

Gloria Steinem.

This Women’s History Month, it’s important to recognize thought leadership from feminists like Gloria Steinem, Audre Lorde, and Selma James that has demonstrably influenced current feminist policy efforts. 

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A New Direction for Restaurant Workers? Zingerman’s and the “Thriveable Wage”

Zingerman's building on Detroit Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Restaurant workers, half of whom are women, are among the lowest earning workers in the United States. But one Michigan company, Zingerman’s, is moving toward a “thriveable wage” for its restaurant workers.

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Behind the Runway: Modeling Might Not Be As Pretty As You Think

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It’s hard for some of us to view models as “workers” in the way labor rights advocates understand the term, but working conditions in the fashion industry indicate a need to organize.

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