Stuart Appelbaum

There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men. - Black Elk, Oglala Lakota Sioux

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All New Yorkers need a raise

New York’s low-wage workers are facing another difficult holiday season. They know it will be a struggle to just pay the bills and put food on the table, before even considering what it will take to buy gifts for their families.

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Fifteen dollars per hour sets precedent

If $8.75 isn’t enough for fast-food workers, it isn’t enough for retail workers or any of the other hardworking New Yorkers who still find themselves in poverty.

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New law brings order and oversight to car-wash industry

New York City’s car wash industry has long operated as if it has been doing business in the Wild West, with a history of wage and hour violations and exploiting workers.

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We need better pay for all low-wage workers

We are pleased that a state wage board has been called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to examine the impact of low pay in the fast-food industry.

Car wash workers win strike, sending a powerful message

After four months on the picket lines that spanned a brutally cold winter and a difficult holiday season, “carwasheros” at Vegas Auto Spa in Brooklyn, N.Y., have won their strike and ratified a landmark contract agreement that includes wage hikes, strong worker protections and a $1,500-per-person signing bonus.

Workers need opportunity, not credit check roadblocks

Far too many New Yorkers are struggling to survive and are desperate for jobs so they can support themselves and their families. But nowadays, applying for a job can mean an invasive credit check, and prospective employment can hinge on an applicant’s credit history.

The labor movement and the 2014 elections

The results of this year’s elections throughout the country were not what we in the labor movement had hoped for.

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Mass incarceration and discrimination in our justice system hurts our communities

The expansion of the U.S. prison system—driven by privatization that has turned imprisonment into a profit center for corporate America—has taken a toll on our neighborhoods. Our justice system disproportionately targets communities of color, sending far too many young people into prison, often for nonviolent crimes.

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Wal-Mart no model citizen

When President Barack Obama visited a Wal-Mart store in California recently to praise the company’s allegedly progressive environmental philosophy, he couldn’t have picked a worse example of a good global neighbor.

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Mothers’ March for Justice

“Economic inequality is the defining challenge of our time,” President Barack Obama declared late last year.

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