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Politics of Poverty blog

Charging up the “deportation machine”

As the Trump administration makes good on its promise to ramp up ICE workplace raids, the damage ripples far and wide. Families are torn apart, industries are drained of workers, and communities are suffering economic and social hits.


Welcoming progress for poultry workers in the US

Working in a poultry plant is tough. But it just may be getting better—finally. This past year brought some light to the darkness (and the cold, noise, and wet). for poultry plant workers. We look back at a significant year…

Politics of Poverty blog

Doing the tasks that nobody else will do

The poultry industry has a long history of tapping vulnerable populations to do the jobs that no one else will do. The latest workforce targeted to work in these arduous and exhausting conditions? Refugees.

Politics of Poverty blog

New proposal could deliver “devastating” blow to tipped workers

Being a tipped worker poses a number of challenges, and even some dangers. But one slight upside is that if you know how to play the game and hustle, you can take home pay above the minimum /poverty wage of $7.25 an hour. However, if the restaurant industry has its way, even that meager advantage would be gone. Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Google+