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Poor, Jobless, and Getting Out the Vote

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

The AFL-CIO has launched a campaign to mobilize unemployed voters across the country, hoping to turn out the "jobless vote" this November and bolster pro-labor Democrats at the polls.

Labor Says Mott's Apples Are Rotten to the Core

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Today, Mott's is owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (DPS), based in Plano, Texas. Ever since DPS took over the New York factory, union members claim, family spirit at the company has been destroyed.

Getting America Back to Work

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff


Is the Labor Movement Speaking for Its Female Members?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Karen Nausbamm, the director of the AFL-CIO's Working America, has a penchant for pointing out that the AFL-CIO is the largest women's organization in...

Public Private Partnerships, Public Transportation and Jobs for LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With the financial markets gyrating and Tim Geithner talking again about the need for more economic stimulus, I'm finding it hard not to holler, "It's about investing in public transportation, stupid!"

Jobs and Freedom -- and Hate

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

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. ...

Legislative Prospects for Immigration Reform: An Interview With Marshall Fitz

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

I spoke with Fitz to explore the current context in the Beltway. We discussed the congressional politics on immigration in 2007 and 2010 and the significance of Latino voting patterns for the prospects of immigration reform.

Labor Seeks to Mobilize Jobless, Labor Base

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

There are few voters as motivated to support jobs creation measures and, in theory, a Democratic victory in November as the unemployed -- if the Dem strategy of scaring voters over a potential return by the GOP to Congressional power takes hold.

Sam Stein

Working America, Labor Group, To Mobilize Unemployed Voters | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A labor-allied group is hoping to tilt the November elections toward Democrats not by playing to voters' dissatisfaction with the economy but by motiv...

Major Labor Union To Rejoin AFL-CIO In Show Of Greater Unity

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Laborers' International Union has agreed to rejoin the AFL-CIO, sparking hopes that a once-splintered labor movement is moving ...

There is No Tomorrow...America Needs Job Growth Now!

Mark H. Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mark H. Ayers

Tax breaks for the wealthy never built a bridge or an airport. They never increased American productivity by reducing traffic congestion, increasing broadband service, or creating a modern energy grid.

In Summer of Strife, China's Proletariat Debuts on World Stage

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The explosion of labor action in Chinese citie is bearing political fruit: Guangdong is working on a set of reforms to give muscle to collective-bargaining laws that have thus far existed mostly on paper.

Glenn Beck Compares Obama's America To 'Planet Of The Apes' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Glenn Beck compared Obama's America to "the damn Planet of the Apes," Thursday during a rant against the president's praise for the AFL-CIO. Beck ma...

Obama-AFL-CIO Lovefest: Once Again, Labor Hopes President Will Prove Loyalty

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Despite their frustrations with the Obama administration and Democrats, union leaders desperately want to believe the president is on their side after all the resources they invested in his presidency.

U.S. Files Historic Labor Complaint Against Guatemala

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Akito Yoshikane

The United States filed a complaint against Guatemala for failure to enforce labor agreements outlined in a free trade deal with Central American countries, making it the first time the U.S. has brought a case against a trade partner.

Sam Stein

AFL-CIO Prepared To Spend More Than $53 Million In 2010, Narrowing Targets | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top official with the AFL-CIO said on Tuesday that the union conglomerate is prepared to spend more than the $53 million it has already pledged towa...

AFL-CIO President Urges Unions To Step Up Support For Dems Ahead Of Midterms

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The head of the nation's largest labor federation on Tuesday urged union leaders to step up support for Democrats in the November e...

The Strengthen Social Security Campaign

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Social Security is once again under attack. Time after time Social Security has come under attack. Do you remember the Bush "privatization" campai...

Green Energy Generation can Help Rebuild Our Economy

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

The remarks below were presented to the Portland to the Northwest Conference on Transmission and Grid Policy to Facilitate Green Energy Generation I ...

Gender Inclusiveness? Women and Young Workers May Abandon Labor, Report Says

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Akito Yoshikane

A new report says labor is at the "tipping point" of losing women and young workers unless unions make changes to become more inclusive and responsive to their needs.

No Break For Lobbyists Over Congress' Memorial Day Recess

Roll Call | Matthew Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The business community and organized labor are fanning out over the country during the Memorial Day recess, attempting to roust grass-roots support fo...

Will House Dems Oppose a Jobless War Supplemental?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The war supplemental for Afghanistan is expected to come back from the Senate to the House next week, without any kind of timetable for military withdrawal, and without money to save teachers' jobs.

Netroots-Labor Solidarity: A Work in Progress

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

there is substantially more discussion in the blogosphere about cultural issues (whatever stupid thing Sarah Palin said today) important to urban professionals on the East and West Coast than trade issues important to steelworkers in the Midwest.

The Big Industry Lie: Regulation = Job Loss

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The phone and cable business appears to be "recession-proof," even as these companies do nothing to prevent their hardworking employees from feeling the effects of the lingering recession.

John Delloro's Legacy of Labor Leadership

Jonah Lalas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonah Lalas

Workers are not perfect, John would remind us, but even if they are racist, sexist, homophobic, or anti-immigrant, they need to be organized.