Meat Workers
Labor Standards
Teacher Pay

One of the most dangerous and exploitative industries in the country, the slaughter and processing of the meat we eat relies heavily upon rural workers—disproportionately immigrants, refugees, and people of color—who have few better options. Read more

President Trump has said he would ‘protect’ and ‘fight for’ workers. Instead, his administration has systematically done the opposite. EPI reviews 50 ways the administration’s actions (or inactions) have harmed workers over the last four years. Read the report

Another 1.5 million people applied for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in the week ending September 19. That includes 870,000 people who applied for regular state UI and 630,000 who applied for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This was the 27th week in a row—more than six months—that total initial claims were far greater than the worst week of the Great Recession. Read more


The latest report in EPI’s teacher pay series finds that public school teachers earn about 20% less in weekly wages than nonteacher college graduates. Providing teachers with a decent middle-class living is not simply a matter of fairness but is necessary to student and economic performance. Read the report

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