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Business and Progressives Allied: Politics and Pocketbooks

Mike Lux | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Progressives must strongly support policies that help small business and new companies, both politically and with our pocketbooks. We can't lessen income inequality, and we can't change the top 1 percent orientation of our politics, without having a vital and growing high road business sector.

Labor Leader Trashes Scott Walker In Just One Sentence

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

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Nearly 5,000 U.S. Workers Died On The Job Last Year

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of workers who died on the job in the U.S. rose 2 percent last year, according to new data released by the Labor Depart...

Democrats Want To Make Labor Organizing Akin To A Civil Right

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you get fired for trying to organize a union in the U.S., federal labor law does a pretty weak job of protecting you. Even if your e...

Correction Officers' Unions Essential to Criminal Justice Reform

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 09.03.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

For too long, people have assumed that correction officers' unions, by their very nature, must oppose justice reform. This assumption is based on the belief that decarceration is a zero-sum game and unions benefit from mass incarceration. But this isn't true; strong correctional unions are essential to justice reform.

Bernie Sanders Nabs Endorsement From National Nurses' Union

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics

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Hillary Clinton Voices Support For $12 Minimum Wage, But Balks At $15

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Putting some distance between herself and other Democratic presidential hopefuls, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced supp...

Presidential Hopefuls Woo Labor, But Don't Expect An Endorsement Yet

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) presented themselves to the executive council of the A...

Happy 5th Birthday, Dodd-Frank

Richard Trumka | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

On this fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, I wish I was writing a congratulatory letter to all the regulatory agencies in Washington, D.C. for its successful implementation. Instead, I'm expressing the frustration of millions of working families who believe there is a lot of work still to be to done to rein in Wall Street excess.

Labor Must Act to Stop Mass Incarceration

Richard Trumka | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

When a nonviolent offender spends a decade or more of their life behind bars because of mandatory minimum sentencing, no one benefits. When those who have paid their debt to society cannot find housing or a job, the entire economy suffers. When a generation of young Americans advance through our prison system instead of our school system, our nation is weaker for it.

The Asinine Arguments Corporations Have Used to Block CEO-Worker Pay Disclosure for 5 Years

Sarah Anderson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Sarah Anderson

When Dodd-Frank turns five years old on July 21, this simple rule will still not be in force. It may be the law of the land, but the SEC has not finalized the regulations to put it into practice.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader Issues Six-Word Statement On Walker's Run For President | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps Richard Trumka has already said everything he needs to say about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). On Monday morning, Walker o...

Bernie Sanders Will End the IMF's Economic Violence in Greece and Africa

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.03.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

Many people want to know more about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' foreign policy agenda. Yes, they say, we like what Sanders is saying about reducing extreme inequality, about reducing the political power of the billionaire class. But what about U.S. foreign policy?

Daniel Marans

Trade Deal Will Hurt Urban Black Communities, Labor Ad Warns | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

In a new line of attack against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers union released an online video ad on...

Collective Bargaining in the Digital Workplace

Lowell Peterson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Media
Lowell Peterson

As Gawker's writers have demonstrated, organizing in digital media is a real option, not an abstraction or a fantasy. People who do this work really can come together for their own common good.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Top GOP Senator Blames His Party For Not Prioritizing Our Terrible Roads And Bridges | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Tuesday that his own party is one of the main problems when it co...

Tyler Kingkade

Student Loan Repayment Can Be Confusing, So Nonprofits Are Creating A Hotline To Help | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 05.20.2015 | College

Student loan borrowers struggling with confusing information from the U.S. Department of Education will get help from a new website and hotline being ...

Laura Barron-Lopez

AFL-CIO Tells 2016 Presidential Candidates There Is ‘No Place To Hide' On Wages, Fast-Track | 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 06.27.2015 | 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 06.24.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.20.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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...