Labor

The beauty and complexity of farm work in Washington
The beauty and complexity of farm work in Washington
Artwork created by farmworkers and their communities paints an authentic picture of farm labor in Washington.
A just transition for farmworkers
A just transition for farmworkers
As agricultural laborers continue to bear the brunt of climate change, activists in Washington chart a new path for climate justice.
Western workers fight for better conditions
Western workers fight for better conditions
Ski patrollers, grocery clerks and teachers organize for fair wages and support for their jobs.
Building equity into the renewable energy transition
Building equity into the renewable energy transition
Community and labor organizers shape New Mexico’s changing economy.
Gold country: A precious metal, a mining mega-corp and a captive workforce
Gold country: A precious metal, a mining mega-corp and a captive workforce
In 2019, two gold-mining giants joined forces, with huge consequences for the Northern Nevada community and economy.
What unions at green groups hope to gain
What unions at green groups hope to gain
‘We have to stand up against the exploitation of us.’
Betting the ranch
Betting the ranch
Cody Easterday wagered hundreds of millions of dollars on the price of beef. He lost.
Income inequality proliferates across the West
Income inequality proliferates across the West
How history, tax policies and gentrification play into wealth inequity.
Vacation resort replaces affordable housing in Teton Valley
Vacation resort replaces affordable housing in Teton Valley
Once-affordable towns near Jackson Hole have become real estate magnets since the pandemic.
What Biden’s infrastructure bill means for wildfire management
What Biden’s infrastructure bill means for wildfire management
The bill allocates $3.3 billion for firefighter raises, prescribed fire, defending communities and more.
Can younger generations spur corporations to divest from fossil fuels?
Can younger generations spur corporations to divest from fossil fuels?
Youth activists in Seattle call out banks and insurance companies for fueling the climate crisis.
Wildland firefighters struggle with homelessness
Wildland firefighters struggle with homelessness
Workers are being pushed out of the field by low pay and few affordable housing options.
Can Hatch green chiles outlast the climate crisis?
Can Hatch green chiles outlast the climate crisis?
Growers of New Mexico’s iconic crop wrestle with drought, water rights and labor shortages.
What Las Vegas area workers say about navigating record unemployment rates
What Las Vegas area workers say about navigating record unemployment rates
Federal benefits ended last month, but over 100,000 Nevadans are still out of work.
When public health becomes the public enemy
When public health becomes the public enemy
Far-right extremists are robbing the West of the officials who protect community health.
California Farmworkers Union fights to vote by mail in union elections
California Farmworkers Union fights to vote by mail in union elections
For a largely unorganized sector, expanded voting access would be a huge win.
Fuel for the electrical fire
Fuel for the electrical fire
Utility equipment sparks blazes, but climate change stokes them.
Anxiety and hope in wildfire-prone Oregon
Anxiety and hope in wildfire-prone Oregon
How might we live in the reality of our climate?
A new Conservation Corps for the climate
A new Conservation Corps for the climate
What it means to contribute to the future of a place.
Uncurbed climate change and extreme heat will extract a toll on outdoor labor
Uncurbed climate change and extreme heat will extract a toll on outdoor labor
A new report forecasts the loss in workdays and wages if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reined in.
Women in wildfire: What are the reproductive health risks?
Women in wildfire: What are the reproductive health risks?
Females working in a system ‘built for men’ experience a higher rate of miscarriage and other reproductive concerns.
Is there really freedom in the outdoors?
Is there really freedom in the outdoors?
After a year indoors, a writer remembers the joy — and pressures — of a childhood spent in Utah.
The incarcerated women battling wildfires
The incarcerated women battling wildfires
In ‘Breathing Fire,’ Jaime Lowe uncovers the benefits and drawbacks of California’s inmate fire program.
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