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AFL-CIO Tells 2016 Presidential Candidates There Is ‘No Place To Hide' On Wages, Fast-Track

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation’s largest labor union drew a line in the sand Tuesday for those vying to become the next president of the United States, co...

Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans Should Oppose Fast Track Trade Bill

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The pro-Netanyahu lobby has attached language to the trade bill package before Congress that seeks to block European sanctions against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Mr. President: The More You Attack Us, The More We'll Fight Back

Mike Lux | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

I shouldn't be giving advice to the President since he is on the other side of this Fast Track/TPP fight, but I will anyway: Mr. President, you are badly hurting yourself by escalating this fight with the progressive community over trade.

Actors Equity Meets Franz Kafka

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though the proposal had been voted down by two-thirds of its Los Angeles voting membership.

White House Trade Strategy: Talk Progressive, Use Wall Street to Negotiate the Deal

Mike Lux | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

This administration can talk all day long about how progressive the TPP is going to be, but if they were willing to be more transparent in the negotiations, or maybe appoint someone with progressive values to be part of the negotiating team, it would be a lot easier to believe them.

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Finds Another Way To Keep Wages Low

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

Walmart is famous for keeping labor costs down inside its more than 5,000 brick-and-mortar U.S. stores. According to a new report from the AFL-CIO, th...

Elise Foley

Labor Leader: 'We Will Not Stop' Fighting For Immigration Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Help from the government for undocumented immigrants isn't coming as quickly as they wanted, but union leaders and immigration activists...

For Women, History is Happening Now

Laura Reyes | Posted 03.27.2015 | Women
Laura Reyes

As we look back on Women's History Month, it's easy to look forward with great expectations. Women are still making a difference -- in the labor movement and throughout our society. Unions remain a solid pathway to success for America's women.

How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families

Roberta Lynch | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

While it may seem mysterious to many in the Illinois media, Gov. Rauner's obsession with weakening unions fits within the context of the corporate elite's nationwide crusade to eliminate organized labor from the American political landscape.

Black Lives Matter to Labor

Rev. Terry L. Melvin | Posted 02.27.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Terry L. Melvin

It is not enough to scrape by and survive. It is not acceptable to try and make a dollar out of fifteen cents. Black Lives Matter beyond just living, it matters in how we live, the way we live, and the way this society has attempted to prevent us from living.

Obama: Stop Wall Street Brokers From Putting Their Interests Above Clients Saving for Retirement

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

We're not suggesting that everyone who gives retirement investment advice is taking advantage of their clients, since many advisers do act in their client's best interest. But, because the law does not require them to do so, far too many do not. That's why the President's recent action is so important.

Dave Jamieson

Scott Walker, Union Buster-in-Chief

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics

It's been more than two decades since Gov. Scott Walker (R) first pushed right-to-work legislation as a state lawmaker in Wisconsin. Now, all these ye...

Zach Carter

Harry Reid Hires Longtime Labor Ally As Economic Staffer

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has hired Ellen Doneski, a longtime aide to former Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) who is high...

Gov. Bruce Rauner's Executive Order Stops Mandatory 'Fair Share' Illinois Public Employee Union Fees

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.12.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday declared that Illinois state employees who do not wish to belong to a union can no longer have "fair share" fees deducted from their paychecks. In doing so, he likely set in motion a legal proceeding that will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and could have a major effect in labor law across the country.

Financial Firms Fight to Protect their Right to Profit at Customers' Expense

Barbara Roper | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Ever since the Department of Labor proposed several years ago to close regulatory loopholes that allow financial firms to offer conflicted retirement advice without having to act in the best interests of the retirement savers who rely on that advice, financial services firms have been nearly apoplectic in their opposition.

We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

We've finally emerged from the crash of 2008. We've had 58 consecutive quarters of job growth. Unemployment is declining. Productivity is up. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.

It's Past Time We Invested in Young Workers

Liz Shuler | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Liz Shuler

Free, high-quality public higher education. Expanded apprenticeship programs. Jobs that pay living wages. Workplaces that are free of discrimination. Strong union rights. Don't those sound great?

Put Working People First

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years. It's all so very jolly, except for one looming factor: wages.

Do Financial Advisers Work for You or Wall Street?

Liz Shuler | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Liz Shuler

Did Wall Street win on Election Day? The U.S. Department of Labor's watchdog agency charged with protecting pension and retirement savings is on the verge of issuing new worker and retiree protections.

Elizabeth Warren and the Four Corners of American Politics

Mike Lux | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

The last couple of days have been a provocative view of the near-term future of American politics. There are four major teams on the scene at the same time, coming from four different corners of the field, and they all have some amount of political juice. On the Republican side, there is the increasingly conservative -- but apparently never extreme enough -- establishment wing of the party led by Boehner and McConnell and the big business lobby, and there is the Tea Party anti-establishment wing. The two wings of the Democratic Party are similarly the insiders and the populists. How they end up interacting and competing with each other will be the driving political story for quite a while into the future.

Dave Jamieson

Warren: Economy Is 'Rigged' Against Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a celebrity assist from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the AFL-CIO union federation hosted what it billed as a national summit on...

Why 401(k)s Shouldn't Replace Pensions

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 02.27.2015 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

It's not just basic finance, it's common sense: A large pool of money invested by professionals will yield far greater returns than small, separate accounts managed by individuals with no professional training in finance.

Shahien Nasiripour

AFL-CIO Targets Navient As Scrutiny Over Student Loan Servicing Mounts

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

The nation’s largest labor federation is taking aim at Navient Corp. for alleged mistreatment of borrowers, adding to the student loan specialist's ...

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent: Pay Employees a Living Wage

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This year the day after Thanksgiving will be remembered not as the biggest shopping day of the year but as the day Americans took action to demand that Walmart, the country's largest employer, pay workers livable wages and play a part in improving our economy.