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GOP Shakedown

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The threat made by the Grumpy Obstructionist Party (GOP) is simple: "Gimme what I want or I'll kill the government." Democrats refused to pay the ransom by defunding the Affordable Care Act, so the GOP defunded the federal government.

Wal-Mart's 'Invisible Army' of Lobbyists

Al Norman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Al Norman

By 2012, six out of 14 Wal-Mart's direct lobbyists had worked in Congress. In that same year, Wal-Mart retained a total of ten outside lobbying firms, bringing its total legislative agent count to 79 lobbyists -- of which 64 were revolving door lobbyists.

Federal Government Nation's Biggest Creator of Low-Wage Jobs: Time for Obama to Act

Mike Lux | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

President Obama has waited too long. The president could help those 2,000,000 low-wage workers working for government contractors with an executive order, and for over four years now, he has refused to act.

Finding the Right Health and Wellness Programs For Corporate America (PART 3)

Melissa Nordin | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
Melissa Nordin

Corporate America has begun to realize just how much of an impact the health and wellness of their employees has on the overall costs of running a business.

10 Things Obama Needs to Do in His Second Term

David Macaray | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
David Macaray

Don't spend one dime on a gala inauguration. In fact, don't do anything more than you are legally bound to do, which is placing your hand on a Bible and swearing to uphold the Constitution. Keep it austere. Why bother with the ceremonial glitter?

Expiration of Bush Tax Cuts for the 1 Percent Are a Step Forward, But Not Enough

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Reforms such as the Employee Free Choice Act, which would restore the right of workers to join a union, will have to become law and be enforced. Workers -- not just in manufacturing but throughout the economy -- will have to have some bargaining power.

California (And Every Other State) Should Pass a Law for Exercise Breaks

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.18.2012 | Business
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Most working people do not go hungry because they have no time to eat. Even the most rushed individuals can usually gulp a meal bar in five minutes. What they do lack, however, is time for exercise.

Pomona Firings Show the Paradox of Immigrant Labor Organizing

Nathan Robinson | Posted 04.10.2012 | College
Nathan Robinson

Fixing immigration and fixing labor are inseparable. Immigration reform could give increasing freedom to workers to organize without fear, but without vigorous protections on organizing, employers still hold all the cards.

Occupy Wall-Mart: Save America. Live Better.

Al Norman | Posted 02.04.2012 | Business
Al Norman

The encampments against corporate greed in the financial districts of America could just as well have appeared outside of Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. There is no better example of corporate exploitation in the world.

Labor's Success Fuels Decline

Al Checchi | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

In a "what have you done for me lately" world, there is little that labor can now offer and it is increasingly difficult to envision future circumstances for reversing its sagging political and economic fortunes.

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 Employee Free Choice Act. The ...

While the Middle East Is Fighting For Democracy, Ours Is Slipping Away

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

MONEY has always been the most corrupting influence in our politics, a fact that is now on full display in Republican-controlled state houses across the midwest that are voting against public employees' right to collective bargaining.

Obama and the King Who Knelt in the Snow

Rakim Brooks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rakim Brooks

Corporate business interests have had a strangle hold on Washington for many decades now. And the President's kneeling reveals that there is no easy way to break this corporate death grip.

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.

Weekly Audit: Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkis

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Banks Get Big Bucks, Consumers Get Bupkisby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Last week, the Federal Reserve announced a plan...

A Progressive Primary to Push for Jobs and End the Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The worst thing we must now face is that the 2010 election is likely a preview of 2012, unless some dramatic new element is introduced into our national politics that changes the character of national debate.

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.

Union Members to Palin: Where Do You Stand?

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edwin D. Hill

If Governor Palin expects to get union members to support her endorsed candidates, we'll need to see the details.

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.

What Kind of Capitalism?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

We are surely at a crossroads. Like the choices facing America during the Great Depression, we need to rescue capitalism again. But what kind of capitalism will best serve the most people?

Who Is to Blame for the BP Disaster?

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael J. Wilson

The first thing we need to do to prevent more catastrophes like the Deepwater Horizon is to change our laws so that workers can feel comfortable speaking up when they see something dangerous.

Getting America Back to Work

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff


Can Obama's "Made in America" Strategy Save Jobs -- and Dems?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

On Wednesday, President Obama used the platform of the AFL-CIO Executive Council to emphasize reviving American manufacturing and keepi...

Shirley Sherrod and All Workers Deserve To Have Their Voices Protected

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip.

A Progressive Candidate Ignored By the Democratic Party

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps it is quixotic to pursue a seat in Congress these days if you are a progressive. I think not. Candidate Dr. David Gill has been chasing that d...