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Supreme Court Strikes Down the Heart of the Voting Rights Act, But This Isn't Over

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively striking down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote is shameful and a major setback to democracy.

Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington for Jobs and...

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'Working Families Flexibility Act' Doesn't Give Flexibility or Support to Working Families

(14) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 6:32 PM

In a perfect gift for mothers just short of Mother's Day, House Republicans have once again introduced legislation with a charming title and a potentially devastating impact for working women and families. According to the bill's sponsors, the "Working Families Flexibility Act," or H.R. 1406, would give employees the "freedom"...

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Thwart the Vote

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 1:32 PM

I was 14 years old and living in my home state of Texas when the 1965 Voting Rights Act passed. It pulled back the curtain in voting booths throughout the then "Jim Crow" South. It moved America another step forward in fulfilling its promise that all its citizens were created...

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Martin Luther King Stood With Workers in Fight for Civil Rights

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 1:48 PM

CORE spokesman Niger Innis should not find it absurd or insulting that workers and community allies around this country will stand up on April 4, 2011, on the 43rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, to show support for workers in states around this country -- like Wisconsin,...

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Jobs and Freedom -- and Hate

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 11:19 AM

Forty-seven years ago this Aug. 28, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.

The occasion was the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Americans need the spirit and the dream of Dr. King badly...

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Shirley Sherrod and All Workers Deserve To Have Their Voices Protected

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 4:35 PM

All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip. A moment of personal honesty about a redemptive experience in her own life was...

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Central Falls High School Employees Deserve Due Process

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2010 | 4:02 PM

In recent days, the Central Falls school superintendent fired en mass all 93 administrators, teachers and support staff at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island. Following public outcry, she now has agreed to resume bargaining and include the union in all discussions on a comprehensive education plan...

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Women and People of Color Down for the Count in Jobless Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 1:17 PM

A close look at the unemployment figures shows that while white males are taking it on the chin in this recession, women and people of color are down for the count.

Although, in this recession, unemployment is rising faster for whites than for African Americans, the fact is that...

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The Stars Align for Employee Free Choice Act

(27) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 5:49 PM

From the big screen to the Broadway stage, a stellar lineup of stars is joining the fight for working families.

Amy Brenneman, Nancy Giles, Esai Morales and Mike Farrell are among 47 performing...

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Is the Insurance Industry Getting Behind Comparative Effectiveness Research?

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2009 | 3:51 PM

This week many watched as the president joined with the largest associations of insurers and doctors to acknowledge the excessive costs of health care and the burdens it places on working families. While many who advocate for patients, consumers and workers' rights are skeptical of the industry's real commitment,

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Civil Rights Leaders Urge Passage of Employee Free Choice

(3) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 5:10 PM

Martin Luther King Jr. often drew the parallels and connections between the civil rights and union movements. Today, on the eve of the anniversary of King's assassination, national civil rights leaders called for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would give workers the choice of how to...

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Ask a Working Woman

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2008 | 6:48 PM

As working mothers, we struggle to balance work and family and sometimes fear we won't be able to make ends meet when we take unpaid maternity leave. As working women, we worry about affording health care or retirement security while suspecting we're being paid less than our male co-workers.

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AFL-CIO Survey Turns Politics of Health Care Reform Upside Down

(11) Comments | Posted April 11, 2008 | 12:47 PM

Despite all the hubbub about health care, the secret belief in the Washington punditry has long been that real health care reform in America is a political non-starter. They know that nearly all voters are insured, and they believe insured voters fear health care reform more than they desire it.

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