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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.

The Promise of Career and Technical Education

Randi Weingarten | Posted 01.15.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Policymakers, business, labor and community can come together to make CTE a thriving component of our 21st-century education system -- and with it, an engine that helps more young people have access to good jobs and the American dream.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader Demands Mandatory National Workplace Safety Standards For Ebola

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The president of the AFL-CIO labor federation sent letters to the White House and Congress on Tuesday demanding that national workplace ...

Viewpoint From Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

Larry Cohen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Let's end Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows multinationals to sue for lost future profits. This means that if Honduras passes new legislation to safeguard the environment from African palm or a higher minimum wage, multinationals that lose profits can sue the government for billions of dollars.

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Gets Enlightened On Mass Incarceration

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.10.2014 | Politics

Backers of a California ballot measure that would release thousands of non-violent prisoners have found a surprisingly enthusiastic ally in their figh...

Dave Jamieson

Obama Gets Tough On Worker Rights With Trade Partner

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States accused Guatemala this week of failing to live up to the labor standards spelled out in the countries' trade agreement...

Samantha Lachman

Here's How Progressives Plan To Beat Back The GOP Tide

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the problems for progressive groups this election cycle is that there isn't an Elizabeth Warren or a Tammy Baldwin on the ballot....

Dave Jamieson

How Obamacare Could Be A Huge Boon To 'Alt-Labor' Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Officials at Working America, the AFL-CIO's non-union affiliate, believe they may have found a path toward long-term financial viability...

Christina Wilkie

AFL-CIO Launches 'Koch Sisters' Campaign To Counter Billionaire Brothers

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON - One of the nation's largest labor unions on Thursday launched a coordinated campaign to highlight the differences between average America...

Dave Jamieson

Guitar Center Accused Of Union-Busting

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after its initial election victory at a Guitar Center store, the union representing the chain's first unionized employe...

Let's Call 'Corporate Inversion' for What It Is: A Gaping, Unpatriotic Tax Loophole

Richard Trumka | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Richard Trumka

We need to start demanding a little more patriotism from these corporations. If they want to keep benefiting from everything our great country has to offer, they need to start showing a little more loyalty to the people who live and work in America.

Dave Jamieson

This Congressman Wants To Give You The Right To Sue Union Busters

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If your boss tramples on your right to organize in the workplace, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) believes you should be able to sue for da...

Elise Foley

Labor Group Encourages Green Card Holders To Become Citizens

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO is teaming up with local immigration reform and labor groups this weekend to encourage green card holders to apply to be cit...

Beyond Summit, Sustained Focus Needed for Working Women and Families

Liz Shuler | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Liz Shuler

It's crucial that we help working families who are quickly falling further and further behind.

Zach Carter

How Democrats Are Accidentally Helping The Koch Brothers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past two years, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has repeatedly wrestled with factions of his own party as he tries to...

Does War Have a Future?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Perhaps the rulers of nations, learning nothing since the time of Alexander the Great, will continue to mobilize their citizens for war until only small bands of miserable survivors roam a barren, charred, radioactive wasteland.

Pessimism Economics

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Why should we aspire, or even accept, sub-par educations for American workers that leave them unable to compete in every sector of both the U.S. economy and globally as well? Why not be serious about education reform, vocational training, and lifelong learning? What a pessimistic vision!

Shahien Nasiripour

Labor Groups Petition Arne Duncan To Dump Sallie Mae

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

A prominent student group and the nation’s largest labor federation are among organizations with close ties to the White House demanding that the De...

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brothers Face Insults While Unions Face Threats To Their Very Existence

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Not a week goes by these days without Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denouncing the billionaire Koch brothers as "un-America...