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The Terrible Cost of Not Fixing the Filibuster Sooner

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Dave Johnson

There is a simple fix that will stop obstruction -- except when obstruction is appropriate. This simple fix is to change the rules back to what people think the rules already are: make them actually filibuster in the way the public understands.

Getting Labor Unions to the Adult Table: Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right

Dean Baker | Posted 05.13.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

There needs to be some change in the rules if workers in the private sector are going to have chance of being able to organize successfully.

Friends Without Benefits: Obama's Betrayal of Labor

David Macaray | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
David Macaray

It's now a bit embarrassing to admit, but organized labor actually had high hopes for Barack Obama. But unfortunately, the man who said, "Politics didn't lead me to working folks; working folks led me to politics," hasn't done much to help working folks.

The Employee Free Choice Act is Back; The National Labor Relations Board has Awakened a Sleeping Giant

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

Keep an eye out for the newly proposed changes to the National Labor Relations Act. They are remarkably similar to the " target="_hplink">Employee Fre...

Zach Carter

Labor Union Threatens To Support Progressive Challenger To Key Democrat Over CEO Pay | Zach Carter | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's largest labor union federation on Friday threatened to challenge the powerful chairman of the Senate Banking Committee in t...

Changing the Rules for Workers

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

It's no surprise that Republicans are up to their old games. Having successfully blocked efforts to strengthen the right of workers to organize, they now want to stop workers from learning their rights too.

'Class War' Between Private and Public Sector Unions?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

There does seem to be a growing resentment of union workers in the United States as other workers' standards of living decrease. But are we at the point of a class war between these two sectors or is this just some conservative fantasy?

Do the New NLRB Rules Really Help Workers Organize?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

A series of rules have been proposed recently by the NLRB that improve the rights of workers on the job. The rule changes by the NLRB have been hailed by organized labor as great triumphs that will promote the right to organize.

Bernie Filibusters Not Just on the Senate Floor, But On Picket Lines

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

If Democratic elected officials wish to remain power, they must use their offices the way Bernie Sanders does to secure a fair and free union election for all.

What a Great Dog Named Murphy Taught Me About Life and Labor Journalism

Mike Elk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mike Elk

Writing about the labor movement has not been easy. At times it's been incredibly depressing. We have a president who seems fundamentally indifferent and at times openly attacks organized labor.

Is the Federal Pay Freeze Obama's PATCO?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

The Obama administration, looking to bolster its deficit-cutting credentials and show its desire to take on what some label a "special interest" -- organized labor -- just announced a two-year freeze on the wages of all federal workers.

Electoral Defeat Shows It's Time Progressive Bloggers Started Caring About the Labor Movement

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Perhaps after the recent election losses, bloggers will stop viewing elections as the key to challenging corporate power -- and instead focus on creating power in the workplace.

The State of Labor -- Now Take to the Streets

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Last night was a disaster for the labor movement and for its members and all working people. We have no choice but to put a lot more effort, time and strategic thinking into non-legislative work.

What the San Francisco Giants and My Dad Can Teach Progressives About Overcoming Defeat

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Like the San Francisco Giants, the progressive movement will someday win if we believe in all of our players and play as hard as we can.

Jon Stewart Rally Represents Elitism, Consumerism, and Disrespect for the Progressive Movement

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Stewart's rally is not a political event aimed at informing grassroots progressive activists such as union members. It is an "entertainment event," in the tradition of Glenn Beck, aimed at increasing ratings so Comedy Central can make bigger profits.

Honeywell, America's Top Political Donor, Has Received $13 Billion in Federal Money

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Honeywell has used their increased fundraising clout to build a close relationship with the White House. Obama cites Honeywell CEO David Cote as one of his closest advisors in the business community.

When Progressives Unilaterally Disarm: AFL-CIO Says EFCA Is Now an Insignificant 'Non Issue'

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Sirota

This week, Senator Bennet finally ended his silence on the Employee Free Choice Act by coming out against it. This is not surprising. What is surprising is the labor movement's messaging about Bennet's announcement.

Despite New Hailed Organizing Rules, Airline Workers Still Face Tilted Playing Field

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

US Airways is determined not to see its Piedmont Airlines workers unionized. Baggage handlers at non-unionized work subsidiaries of US Airways Express, like Piedmont, make half of what their unionized counterparts.

Labor Unions, the Economy, and the EFCA

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

The Employee Free Choice Act could lead to a re-empowerment of labor in the face of corporate greed and the possibility of restoring sanity and balance to a system that stacks the deck in favor of the wealthy.

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.

Too Big Not to Organize: SEIU-International Coalition Try to Unionize the Banks

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

Why would SEIU, which has risen to prominence during the last 25 years in part by organizing janitors, be interested in organizing bank workers?

Bennet Dodges the Card Check Question, Again (VIDEO)

Kelly Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Kelly Maher

Appointed U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will not give a straight answer on whether he supports card check, which would eliminate a secret ballot ...

Q&A with Veteran Labor Organizer Stewart J. Acuff

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The economic history of the twentieth century is crystal clear. When unions were strong, working people had the lion's share of income and the economy worked well.

Obama: No "Appetite" for Immigration Reform Now

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

President Obama has said the White House will not bring up immigration reform until next year. But reform is only going to get more difficult to pass after the election.

The F Word: Bubba Goes to Arkansas

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

OK, so in case anyone was wondering where the White House stands vis-a-vis its base these days, the defeat of Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter makes it...