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Nancy Jean Schiffer smiles at a confirmation hearing for her posting on the National Labor Relations Board while before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 23, 2013.      (Photo by Larry Downing...

Senate (finally) confirms labor relations board

07/31/13 11:28AM

After months of political wrangling and legal uncertainty, the National Labor Relations Board will soon be back in business. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to confirm four new members of the five-person NLRB and re-confirm current chairman Mark Gaston Pearce. read more

A group of workers and labor activists march down West Grand Boulevard as they demand a raise in the minimum wage for fast food workers in Detroit, Michigan May 10, 2013.  (Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

Fast food strike wave continues in the shadow of Detroit bankruptcy

07/31/13 08:00AM

Fast food workers in Detroit and Flint, Mich. participated in the week of rolling fast food strikes on Wednesday, the third straight day of labor activism in what now appears to be the largest industrial action in the industry's history. This is Flint's first strike of fast food workers and Detroit's second, following an early May work stoppage in which roughly 400 workers participated. read more

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. gestures as he speaks with reporters, on  Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, after a Democratic strategy session. (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Congress at impasse as budget clock ticks down

07/31/13 05:00AM

Listening to the debate in Washington this week—from immigration and the next Federal Reserve chair to the president's new jobs plan—you wouldn't guess we're just a handful of voting days away from a potential government shutdown. read more

Police tell the crowd of onlookers to head west on Olive Ave. near 5th St. in Huntington Beach, Calif., Sunday, July 28, 2013. An unruly crowd surged through a Huntington Beach, Calif., after the U.S. Open of Surfing. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka/The...

Gawker editor: Beware of the 'white-on-white crime scourge'

07/30/13 09:58PM

In his most recent Gawker piece, Cord Jefferson responded to the deluge of right-wing attacks on African-American communities with satire: "White-on-white violence is a menace to white communities across the country, and yet you never hear white leaders like Pastor Joel Osteen, Bill O'Reilly, or Hillary Clinton take a firm stance against the scourge." Jefferson continued the joke on an All In conversation Tuesday night: read more

Demonstrators supporting fast food workers protest outside a McDonald's as they demand higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation  Monday, July 29, 2013, in New York's Union Square.  (Photo by John Minchillo/AP)

Can fast food workers get a higher minimum wage?

07/30/13 08:00AM

For the fast food workers' movement, this week is a coming out party. Fast food employees are striking in unprecedented numbers and their campaign has attracted national media coverage. But now comes the real challenge: translating that momentum into an actual wage increase. The hundreds, possibly thousands of fast food workers on strike this week are demanding a base wage of $15 per hour, as well as the right to form a union. While union recognition can be won only workplace by workplace, there are multiple possible routes to a wage increase. read more

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#click3 Worst Fox interview ever conducted

07/29/13 08:41PM

1. FoxNews.com anchor Lauren Green interviewed religion scholar Reza Aslan about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. In the interview she questions Aslan's intentions "You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?" They go on to spar for nearly 10 minutes. Born from their exchange is the amazing #foxnewslitcrit. 2. David Ortiz got a little angry during a game and ruined the dugout phones. Good thing his teammates came back with a solution: can phones read more

Employees and supporters demonstrate outside of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant to demand higher pay and the right to form a union on July 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

All In agenda: Fast food workers strike in cities nationwide

07/29/13 05:15PM

Tonight on All In with Chris Hayes: After three months of weekly demonstrations, the final protest against North Carolina's right-wing legislative agenda was held Monday. Led by the NAACP, the "Moral Monday" protesters marked the closing of a momentous legislative session with a march and "Mass Social Justice Interfaith Rally." read more

Employees and supporters demonstrate outside of a Wendy's fast-food restaurant to demand higher pay and the right to form a union on July 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Food workers strike: 'I can't afford my shoes or rent'

07/29/13 01:57PM

Strikes involving thousands of fast food workers across seven cities launched Monday in what organizers said could be the biggest labor action in the industry's history. Hundreds kicked off the demonstrations in New York City Monday with workers starting a 24-hour strike demanding a base wage of $15 per hour and the right to form a union. Over the next four days, similar strikes will occur in St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, and Milwaukee, as well as Flint, Mich. and Kansas City, Mo. read more

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