iOS app Android app More
May 28, 2015

10 Ways to Make the Economy Work for the Many, Not the Few: #7, Strengthen Unions and Preempt State 'Right-to-Work' Laws

One big reason America was far more equal in the 1950s and 1960s than now is unions were stronger then. That gave workers bargaining power to get a fair share of the economy's gains -- and unions helped improve wages and working conditions for everyone. But as union membership has weakened -- from more than a third of all private-sector workers belonging unions in the 1950s to fewer than 7 percent today -- the bargaining power of average workers has all but disappeared. In fact, the decline of the American middle class mirrors almost exactly the decline of American labor union membership.

Lynch Takes On The Most Powerful Man In Sports

Loretta Lynch
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Politics
Barney Frank Schools Us.. Who SCOTUS Could Hurt.. Moore vs. RBG.. Addiction Treatment Alters?

George Pataki Announces Presidential Run

Pataki
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Foul Play Feared After Russian Opposition Leader Hospitalized

Vladimir Karamurza
Alex Wong via Getty Images

More WorldPost
Palmyra Executions.. Iran Leak.. Suu Kyi Hot Water?.. Yemen Toll.. Classified Deaths.. Name Change!

Cops Posed With Black Suspect Like A Hunting Trophy

Chicagopd
Court File via Chicago Sun-Times

More Black Voices
#LoveYourCurls.. Deputy Fired Over Racist Tweets.. 'The Mugshot Series'.. Cleveland Police

Western Women Who Join Extremists In Syria Find It's A One Way Trip

Isis Schoolgirls
WPA Pool via Getty Images

Disgraced Former CEO Of Lehman Brothers Makes Bizarre Comeback

Richard Fuld
KAREN BLEIER via Getty Images

More Business
CEO: I'll Pay For Your Kids' Tuition.. German Amazon Taxes.. WTF, FIFA?.. Greece's Deadline Looms

Jon Stewart Gleefully Kicks FIFA Where It Hurts

Stewart
Sports Illustrated

More Sports
Russia 2018 To Use Prison Labor.. Controversial NBA Playoffs Call.. Drogba May Play In US

Rick Santorum 'Sickened' By Duggar Molestation Revelations

Rick Santorum
Scott Olson via Getty Images

Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him

Police Tape
Sean_Warren via Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren Agrees With Rush Limbaugh On Trade, And No One's More Surprised Than Her

Elizabeth Warren
Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Health Care Of Millions Hangs In The Balance

Conservative Supremes Mobile
Getty

Rand Paul: Crime Is A 'Spiritual Problem'

Rand Paul Chicago
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Anti-Legalization Group Calls For Medical Marijuana Research Overhaul

Medical Marijuana
OLIVER BERG via Getty Images

U.S.-Trained Commander Of Elite Police Force Defects To ISIS

Raqqa
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHAT'S WORKING
How San Francisco Is Helping Give Ex-Offenders A Better Shot

San Francisco Tenderloin
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Senate Bill Would Dramatically Alter U.S. Addiction Treatment

Rand Paul
Scott Olson via Getty Images

FBI Investigating Identity Theft At IRS

John Koskinen
Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

'Undecided' Still Winning The Republican Primary Race

2016 Republicans Rubio
ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHAT'S WORKING
This Indian City Developed A Plan To Protect Vulnerable Citizens Amid Brutal Temperatures

India
SAJJAD HUSSAIN via Getty Images

New Flood Warning For Texas, Where Storms Have Killed At Least 16

Texas Flooding
Eric Kayne via Getty Images

China Defends Building Islands In Disputed South China Sea

South China Sea
Ritchie B. Tongo/Pool Photo via AP

Study: Don't Wait To Start HIV Treatment

Hiv
Rafe Swan

More Healthy Living
'Processed' Food.. Yoga For Balance.. Happy Reminders.. Addictive Foods.. Fitness Rules.. Sleep

WHAT'S WORKING
Giving People Choice In Food Pantries Can Help Feed More

West Side Campaign Against Hunger
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Black Ex-Cop: Here's The Truth About Race And Policing

Police
Karen Mower

Priest Fired From Job As Campus Chaplain Comes Out As Gay

Warren Hall
Frances Micklow/courtesy of The Star-Ledger

Executions In Saudi Arabia Have Skyrocketed

Saudi King Salman
FAYEZ NURELDINE via Getty Images

WHAT'S WORKING
Women Petition Removal Of 'Tampon Tax'

Tampons
Getty Images/Image Source

India's Brutal Heat Wave Persists, Claiming Over 1,400 Lives

India Heat Wave
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jon Stewart Gets Schooled On Allergies

Daily Show Pollen
Comedy Central

More Comedy
Schumer Tackles Cosby.. Big Lebowski In Wonderland.. BAD Tic-Tac-Toe.. Dan Rather On Fleek

Coroner: Esquire Food Critic Drowned

Josh Ozersky
Aaron Davidson via Getty Images

More Media
Newsroom TRAUMA.. Duggar SCANDAL.. Station Kills Rabbit.. Dan Rather On 'Dad Bods'..

Corruption Crackdown The Greatest Threat Yet To FIFA's Untouchable Ruler

Sepp Blatter Fifa
Getty

Listen To Barney Frank School Us All On The History Of LGBT Rights

Barney Frank
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Yahoo Will Face Class Action Suit For Allegedly Spying On Emails

Yahoo Spying
KAREN BLEIER via Getty Images

American Students Return From China With Rosier Picture Of The Middle Kingdom

American Study China
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mental Illness Is A Much Bigger Problem For The Poor

Mental Health
Shutterstock / altanaka

Check Out Jimmy John's Ridiculous Dress Code

Jjdresscode
Jimmy John's

FOLLOW HUFFPOST

    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    1. HuffPost
    2. View all RSS feeds

ON THE BLOG
To The Man Who Yelled At The Movie Theater About My Child

Nicole Skaro
Nicole Skaro

More Parents
What I Want for My Kids In School.. Top Baby Names By State.. 4 Questions To Ask Everyday

What Praying Nuns' Brains Have In Common With Psychedelic Drug Users'

Nun
Colin Anderson via Getty Images

More HuffPost Live
Matt Taibbi.. Your Brain On Music.. 'Entourage'.. Barriers To Sexual Satisfaction.. Natural Beauty

These Are Bantu Knots, Not 'Mini Buns.' There's A Difference.

Rihanna Bantu Knots
Jason Merritt via Getty Images

More Style
Full Lip Look.. Hair Salon Concerns.. Week's Best Looks.. Trends To Skip.. Pixie Cuts.. Lavender Benefits

15 Essential Pieces Of Marriage Advice From Grandma And Grandpa

Grandparent Love
Clare Dych

More Weddings
Tech Trends.. How To Save $.. Miserable Pics.. Ask This ? Before Marriage.. Ed Sheeran Is King<3

Tatum O'Neal Reveals A Surprise Fact About Her Sexuality

Tatum Oneal Dating Women
Kevin Winter via Getty Images

More Gay Voices
U2 Offers Awesome Pro-Gay Tribute.. The Hypocrisy Of The Duggars.. Topping & Bottoming & HIV

How Ronda Rousey Became An Unstoppable Force

Ronda Rousey
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Report: Duggar Spinoff In The Works

Duggar Spinoff
Instagram

VIDEO: What NOT To Use When Putting Out An Oil Fire

Oil Fire
The Slo Mo Guys/YouTube

More Taste
DIY Dressing.. Citrus Recipes.. Ben & Jerry's New Flavor.. Chocolate Flowchart.. Cupcake Tips

How 'Frasier' Tackled The 'Preposterousness' Of Gay Stereotypes

Frasier
Getty

Amazon Now Offers Free Same-Day Delivery To Prime Members

Amazon Logo
ASSOCIATED PRESS

More Tech
Optimistic Technologists.. Cars Get Android.. 'Abused Emojis'.. Instagram Science.. Bad Security

SkyMall Is Coming Back This Year, But Expect Some 'Dramatic Changes'

Skymall
SkyMall

More Travel
Weirdest Towns.. Airbnb Etiquette.. Overlooked Cities.. Legoland Hotel.. Best Beaches.. Top Taco Spots

Suge Knight Refuses To Attend Court Hearing On Robbery Charges

Suge Knight
ASSOCIATED PRESS

This Is What 365 Days' Worth Of Food Consumption Looks Like

Gil

More Arts
John & Yoko Photos.. Pin-Up Girls.. A New Monet?.. The Power Of Masks.. Queer Comic Artists To Know

The Rise And Fall Of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp
JOHANNES EISELE via Getty Images

More Entertainment
'ID 2'.. Amy & Tina Action Figures.. New Batmobile.. 'Twilight' All Grown Up.. Iggy Drama

I Wasn't Prepared For My Sexual Awakening At Age 17

127303575
Danielle Pearce Photography via Getty Images

What Your Midnight Bathroom Break Is Really Telling You

Insomnia
HP LIBRARY

More Healthy Living
'Processed' Food.. Yoga For Balance.. Happy Reminders.. Addictive Foods.. Fitness Rules.. Sleep

Watch Dutch Ninja Goose Defeat A Nosy Drone

Goose
The Guardian/RTV

The Keys To Mixing The Best Salad Dressing Ever

Salad Dressing
How Sweet It Is

More Taste
DIY Dressing.. Citrus Recipes.. Ben & Jerry's New Flavor.. Chocolate Flowchart.. Cupcake Tips

Pup Found Living Inside Tree Trunk Finds Home With Loving Family

Boosmile
Shirley Zindler

More Green
Water Problems.. China.. Telescope Protests.. Offshore Drilling.. Monkey Deaths.. Corgi Party.. Tornado

Bartender Found Guilty After Man Drinks 56 Shots, Dies

Alcohol
Tresia Cercado/500px

See Batman Ride On Top Of The Joker's Car In 'Suicide Squad'

Suicide Squad
David Ayer/ Twitter

More Entertainment
'ID 2'.. Amy & Tina Action Figures.. New Batmobile.. 'Twilight' All Grown Up.. Iggy Drama

Young Girl Is The Hero This Town Needed

Kitten
Lancaster Township Fire Department

More Good News
Obama Tweets At Girl.. Blind Ballerina's Return.. The Best Medicine.. Pup Gets 'Seeing-Eye' Dogs

U2's Longtime Tour Manager Found Dead

U2
Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images

Scary Footage From The Kardashian Car Crash

Kardashian Crash
E

Riley Curry Is Back On The Podium And Singing Drake

Riley Curry
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Look At This Tiny Dog

Tiny Pug
SWNS

Trip Out On These 11 Crazy Mushrooms

Mushrooms
Getty Images

More Weird
Poop Bus.. Buff Kangaroo.. Elephant Selfie.. Brains In Road.. Pats Obituary.. He's Not Dead

The Ugly Truth Behind Khloe Kardashian's Tiger Cub Selfie

Khloe Kardashian
Instagram/khloekardashian

Dan Savage Wants To Give 'Duggar' The 'Santorum' Treatment