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Joe Hansen is International President of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the UFCW. The UFCW represents more than 1.3 million workers, with nearly one million working in the supermarket industry. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream.

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The Wal-Mart-ization of Education: Wal-Mart Wants Classrooms to Run More Like a Business, Teachers Are Fighting Back

(105) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 2:31 PM

As part of Wal-Mart's back-to-school marketing efforts, the company recently launched a series of teacher appreciation videos, ads, hashtags and discounts. Teachers--who routinely dig deep into their own pockets to pay for supplies and materials for their students--are grateful for appreciation in all its forms. They are understandably less pleased...

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President Obama Should Go Big on Immigration Reform

(10) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 5:30 PM

On Monday, President Obama went big by signing a loophole-free executive order to protect employees of federal contractors and the federal government from employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In the face of inaction by Congress, he demonstrated the will and authority to use his...

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Workers Are Leading the Fight Against Income Inequality

(21) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 11:13 AM

President Obama's focus on income inequality during his State of the Union address, along with his intention to raise wages for federal contract workers, was a step forward for the low-wage workers across the country that have been fighting for better wages and benefits. While Congress continues to...

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Why the Fight at Walmart Matters

(83) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Walmart is the largest private employer in the country, and the company's low-wage, part-time business model has an enormous impact on our country's labor, business, and employment climate. The "Walmart Economy" is a disaster for most Americans. That's why we should all be thankful that, during this holiday season, Walmart...

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Will Republicans Listen to Paul Broun or Paul Ryan?

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:25 AM

"These illegal aliens are criminals and we need to treat them as such." - Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA)

"We want to give people an ability to come out of the shadows and get themselves right with the law." - Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI)

House Republicans have a decision to make:...

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Home for the Holidays? Not for Walmart Workers

(256) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 6:54 PM

Wanted: Store Associates who will work for low pay, poor working conditions, erratic schedules -- including working on Thanksgiving Day -- and not enough hours to qualify for health care. Associates must be willing to live on public subsidies at taxpayer expense in order to survive. Those who try to...

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A Clear Choice for Workers

(14) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 4:13 PM

"This is the clearest choice labor has had in a presidential election in my lifetime." Those were the words spoken by Vice President Joe Biden on a conference call with members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Thursday night. It's a pretty bold statement. But the Vice President...

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The Moral Test of Government

(71) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 2:05 PM

Hubert Humphrey once said that "the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy...

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Big Poultry's Dangerous Push for Faster Line Speeds

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 4:14 PM

The only thing worse than a chicken with its head cut off is one with its head in the sand. That was my initial reaction after reading Administrator Alfred Almanza's piece defending Big Poultry's push to dramatically increase line speed in our nation's plants.

Much of the...

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Paul Ryan's Class Warfare

(110) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 2:57 PM

"Class warfare may make for really good politics, but it makes for rotten economics."

That's what House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) told Fox News Sunday last September.

I would argue it makes for both rotten politics and rotten economics. And there is no greater...

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Daniels Wrong On 'Right to Work'

(70) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 9:35 AM

In responding to President Obama's State of the Union address, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels advocated the failed Republican policies of the past: tax breaks for the rich, deregulation, and cuts to the social safety net. But even more extreme than the plan he laid out last night is what he...

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Stand With Workers This Thanksgiving

(58) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 8:17 AM

When one retail worker speaks out and takes public action against unfair scheduling practices, it's a media story. When his coworkers stand with him and speak with one voice, they've got a union, and that's the best way to make real change.

Anthony Hardwick, a retail worker at a North...

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Restoring Pride and Fairness to American Jobs

(68) Comments | Posted September 5, 2010 | 8:12 PM

If the past is prologue, what can we say about the future of American jobs this Labor Day? Rosy is not a term that comes to mind.

Over the last 30 years we have seen workers' wages remain essentially flat while worker productivity skyrocketed by 75 percent. The Economic...

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Immigration Reform is Critical Part of the Road to Recovery for America's Workers

(75) Comments | Posted December 17, 2009 | 2:15 PM

Rep. Gutierrez's (D-Ill.) immigration bill, introduced this week, charts a new course for our country -- a course that protects workers and respects families. It also reflects our nation's interests and our better instincts.

The legislation upholds our values as a nation of immigrants and embraces the vitality and...

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