Issue Briefs

Below you'll find issue briefs, fact sheets and “101s” that cover the basics of organizing, labor law and other issues impacting working people.

Keeping ICE Out of Organizing

December 7, 2013

The POWER CampaignThe POWER Campaign seeks to eliminate the threat of ICE in worker organizing efforts. It also aims to expand protections for worker leaders who stand up to unscrupulous employers. Learn more through our new fact sheet: About the POWER Campaign

Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About Sallie Mae

May 8, 2013

Read these ten critical facts about Sallie Mae that exemplify the need for increased regulation in the private student loan industry. Download: Top 10 Things You Don’t Know About Sallie Mae (PDF)

The Importance of Worker Protections in Immigration Reform

April 25, 2013

It is far too easy for unscrupulous employers to manipulate current immigration laws to exploit immigrant workers. Labor protections must be included in immigration reform or nearly every worker — no matter where they were born — stands to lose. Get the facts on the importance of worker protections in… Read More»

Resources on Contingent Employment and Misclassification

July 31, 2012

Contingent workers are those not employed in traditional, full-time jobs that are expected to last. This term also covers workers who are subcontracted, employed by temp agencies, or work as independent contractors. While widely accepted as a standard business practice to enable flexibility in hiring, employers are increasingly exploiting workers… Read More»

Right to Work Is Wrong for Everyone

February 9, 2012

“Right to work” sounds like a good idea. But in reality, these laws have nothing to do with providing rights or work. Right-to-work laws make it optional for workers protected by a union contract to help pay for the expenses that the union incurs while guaranteeing the rights of all employees.… Read More»

Unions 101

September 27, 2011

If you’ve never been in a union, chances are the concept is pretty foreign. When it comes to understanding unions, collective bargaining, and labor laws, the technical jargon can get really confusing, not to mention all of the misinformation about unions that’s regularly spread around. This quick tutorial gives the… Read More»