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Collective Bargaining

The Hypocrisy of 'Pro-Life' and the GOP

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

In actuality, the GOP conducts itself as a party that stands for life until birth; then one is left to fend for oneself.

IL Governor Rauner's Pal Made $625,000 Per Hour Last Year and Then Gave $10 Million to Rauner Campaign to Attack Unions and Cut Worker Pay

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The New York Times reported yesterday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's chief political backer, Ken Griffin, made $1.3 billion last year as manager of the hedge fund Citadel Capital. Griffin made as much personally as 26,000 average Americans making the median wage.

The NFL and its $25 Billion Train

Chris Koras | Posted 04.03.2015 | Sports
Chris Koras

The NFL has made itself so relevant in main-stream media that regardless of what time of year it is, every sports media outlet will be featuring an NFL related story. It has become a soap opera with a few games mixed in, and it has thrived as a result.

Onward, Toward Plutocracy

David Macaray | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
David Macaray

Which outcome has the better odds of succeeding? The UAW forcing the Big Three to adhere to an "equal pay for equal work" format and return to a one-tier wage format, or the Big Three eventually implementing a third, fourth, fifth and sixth wage tier? Not to sound defeatist, but I think we know the answer.

America Needs Labor Unions

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Considering that studies have found a direct correlation between the number of people in labor unions and the distribution of wealth, it becomes clear that if the Republicans' goal is to build a stronger, healthier economy for all Americans, then continuing to add obstacles to organizing is the wrong approach.

Unions Are Key to Tackling Inequality, Says Top Global Financial Institution

Sabina Dewan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

Rising inequality is directly tied to waning rates of unionization, says a groundbreaking report released recently by the International Monetary Fund.

GOP's Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

It has never been clear until now why Republicans so hated the idea of hard-working Americans banding together to negotiate to receive a more fair share of profits derived from the sweat of their brows. Walker's conflating ISIS terrorists with labor protestors while CPAC conference attendees cheered explains it all.

Dave Jamieson

How Right-To-Work Laws Hurt Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This week, Republican state legislators in Wisconsin plan to take up right-to-work legislation in a special session. If the measure pass...

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.

Dr. Adjunct or: How I Learned to Stop Suffering and Love Collective Bargaining

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Tracy Strauss

If university administrators continue to cling to Wall Street principles of financial greed, then faculty unions are essential for the survival of teaching and citizenship. We must work together, in solidarity, to get back to the substantive heart of higher education.

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

M&G has stricken hundreds of families in this rural West Virginia region with fear. They're scared they won't be able to afford health insurance they believed they'd earned. A decision by the Supreme Court affirming the lower courts' rulings would relieve retirees like 78-year-old Tackett and restore justice in Point Pleasant.

Senator Alexander Needs to Read the NLRA

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Sen. ​Lamar Alexander has become the newest worst expert on U.S. labor law. Instead of upholding the law as required by his oath of office, he wants to gut it while claiming to reform it.

Trade Deals Set Their Sights on Public Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

For much of this decade, Tea Party-backed lawmakers have been at war with public sector employees across the country. They've tried, and in a few cases succeeded, in taking away public servants' ability to collectively bargain. But now the battle is going abroad.

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

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. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

Commissioner Manfred

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 10.15.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

One would hope that Commissioner Manfred will staunchly defend the partnership arrangement that has brought baseball its renewed prosperity. Working with the union and not against it, Major League Baseball will continue to grow its influence worldwide.

Don't Let Michigan Republicans Fool You Again

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

So while Republicans have spent the last few months putting lipstick on the pig that is their legislative priorities, it is important for voters to remember that the softened positions these individuals are taking now don't represent a true Republican agenda.

Fast Food Workers Prepared To Do 'Whatever It Takes'

AP | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national...

Why Collective Bargaining Is a Fundamental Human Right

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right. It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right to vote. Over the last 30 years many in corporate America and the big Wall Street banks have conducted a sustained attack on that human right. Unionization dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11. 3 percent in 2013 -- and the results are there for everyone to see. The simple fact is that absent government regulation and collective bargaining agreements, the market by itself does not assure that everyone shares in the fruits of society's increased economic productivity. In fact, we know that just the opposite is true.

Germany Adopts the World's Best Minimum Wage

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

If Merkel and her Christian Democratic party can help lead this effort in Germany, and with real results, what accounts for the 19th century U.S. framework of free markets, free trade, elimination of collective bargaining, and the destruction of economic opportunity for all but a few Americans?

Paul Blumenthal

Prosecutors Allege Scott Walker At Center Of Campaign Finance Criminal Conspiracy

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prosecutors allege that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was at the center of a criminal conspiracy to illegally coordinate the activitie...

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.

Corporations Hope Court That Gave Them Speech in 2012 Will Rob Unions' Power Next Week

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

Anti-union politics behind the Harris vs. Quinn decision may be just as dangerous as the pro-corporate speech politics that led to the Citizens United decision in 2012.

The Cause He Died For

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

We still must do more to extend opportunity to those who live on society's margins. With patience, persistence and partnership, we can create economic opportunity for every person willing to work hard for it.

ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and protections Americans, particularly seniors, have come to rely on, and only recently have many of their objectives come to light.

Janet Yellen's Nemesis--The Great Moderation

Harlan Green | Posted 05.06.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

New Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a great task ahead of her. How to combat the results of the Great Moderation, as it was called, that period of l...