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Larry Cohen
Larry Cohen is the president of Communications Workers of America (CWA). He has been president of CWA -- the union for the Information Age -- since 2005. He is a leading voice on the need for real reform in collective bargaining, including the need for the Employee Free Choice Act, and for building workplace democracy through the “Stewards Army.” He has united workers in a broad range of sectors including high tech, public employment and customer service.

CWA represents 700,000 workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It’s one of America’s fastest growing unions. CWA members work in communications, media, airlines, manufacturing and public service.

Entries by Larry Cohen

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

(9) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 2:02 PM

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. Collective bargaining coverage for working Americans has fallen to the lowest level in eight years. Productivity grows, while wages have not yet rebounded to...

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Report from Berlin: Global Trade Deals Can No Longer Include Investor-State Dispute Settlement

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:27 PM

As negotiations move forward on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a wide range of German elected and civic leaders are in disbelief that the U.S. remains serious about including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). From the German perspective, that's a failed 20th century approach. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman...

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Germany Adopts the World's Best Minimum Wage

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 10:19 PM

This week, the German Bundestag adopted Germany's first minimum wage and a model for the global economy. At €8.50 ($11.60) per hour it is not only among the highest minimum wage rates in the world (France, Belgium and Luxembourg) more importantly it is a model in other ways. The new...

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No to 'Boehner' Trade, No to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 5:49 PM

For the third time this year, three-fourths of the members of House Democratic Caucus have written to the president, rejecting the current framework of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The first letter focused on U.S. Trade Representative's failure to raise currency manipulation as an issue. Three-fourths of House Democrats were joined...

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Korea-US Free Trade Agreement Two Years Out: Promise vs. Reality

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 10:13 AM

Before the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) was adopted, a lot of promises were made. This deal would result in more U.S. jobs and bigger markets for U.S. goods in Korea, we were told. The problems of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would be fixed, we were promised....

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Is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Violating Her Own State Law?

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 9:19 PM

It's not clear what South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is trying to accomplish when she says, as she did on Feb. 20, that corporations with union representation shouldn't even think about locating in her state.

Does she mean that the Port of Charleston should close, because the dockworkers...

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Senator Corker Must Be Held Accountable for Attacking VW Workers

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 11:22 AM

Last week, on the eve of a long awaited representation election in Chattanooga, Tenn., Sen. Bob Corker made the outrageous statement that if workers voted "no," Volkswagen would add a new product to the plant. Even though the plant manager denied this, Corker persisted. Given the role of the Volkswagen...

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Trade Yes, But a Different Track

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:06 PM

What does a global economy mean? And who does it serve?

These are the questions we need to ask as the United States seeks to negotiate new trade deals with Europe and Asia. Unfortunately, as 12 Pacific Rim nations race towards completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), negotiators are...

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Get TPP Off the Fast Track

(10) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:07 AM

Twenty years after the North American Free Trade Agreement, working Americans are still reeling from job loss, pay cuts and a deepening environmental crisis. We are tired of leftover promises from 2008 and say it is time for a new deal on trade, only to face...

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December 10, 1948

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:33 AM

Eleanor Roosevelt proclaimed International Human Rights Day, speaking mostly to the rest of the world emerging from war and facing human rights issues on every continent. At that moment, the U.S. led the world's democracies by almost every measure. Now 65 years later, the blocks to our democracy...

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Our Veterans Deserve More Than Tickets to a Ball Game

(5) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 3:00 PM

Once again we honor the tens of thousands of Communications Workers of America veterans among our active and retired members. We honor them not simply on this day, but by ensuring they have the essential health care and other services they need, whether they are working or retired.

But, as...

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Mel Watt's Confirmation and the Senate at a New Low

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 2:56 PM

On Thursday the Senate failed to invoke cloture and consider the nomination of Mel Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency, where a Bush holdover continues to restrict access to lower rates for millions of working Americans. Never before has cloture been used to prevent a sitting...

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TPP Is a Race to The Bottom -- We Need a Race to the Top

(63) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 8:54 AM

For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."

After 19 rounds of negotiations between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand,...

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Dear Mr. Dolan: Where the Papers At?

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Cablevision technicians in Brooklyn are asking CEO James Dolan, "Where the papers at?"

The workers were invited by the National Action Network to perform at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and they took the stage with their latest rap, "Dear...

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Working Families Need Fair Trade, Not Free Trade

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Working families haven't seen much of an economic recovery, and we definitely can't afford to lose more manufacturing and service jobs to yet another free trade agreement written by the State Department and multinational corporations.

But that is exactly where we're headed if the Trans-Pacific...

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Imagine a Labor Day Without Labor Law

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 5:06 PM

In 1934, there were over 1,800 strikes involving more than 1.4 million workers. General strikes followed walkouts by dock workers in San Francisco, truckers in Minneapolis and auto parts workers in Toledo.

In reaction, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democratic-controlled Congress enacted the

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Give Us Five: A Fully Functioning NLRB Needs All Five Members

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 4:23 PM

The Senate is dysfunctional. That's not news to anyone following the long list of agency and judiciary nominations that are going nowhere.

That might be okay for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its allies, which prefer that agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau don't function. Or that...

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No NLRB, No Voice

(9) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Today Congress essentially told working Americans to drop dead. House Republicans pushed through a dangerous bill that would paralyze the National Labor Relations Board, blocking the only path that workers have to workplace justice.  

H.R. 1120, the “Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act,” is designed to...

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Ending Congressional Gridlock Requires Curbing Abuse of the Filibuster

(25) Comments | Posted January 20, 2013 | 11:55 PM

Jefferson Smith, the fictional filibustering senator in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, has captivated the imaginations of many Americans. But when was the last time a senator took a principled stand in the form of an around-the-clock speech, then collapsed with exhaustion, having convinced the crooked political establishment to mend...

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No More Gentlemen's Agreements

(6) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:30 AM

No amount of handshakes or pledges is going to curb obstructionism in the Senate.

The weak package of reforms being offered by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is not acceptable. It would still provide multiple opportunities for obstructionists to block legislation without any debate and...

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