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Let's Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Americans of every stripe know money corrodes our politics. In a poll last year, the New York Times and CBS found that 85 percent of us think the system for funding political campaigns should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt.

Bernie Sanders Calls For '15 Bucks And A Union'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

With protests underway in dozens of cities, presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke to a crowd of low-wage workers outside the ...

It's Time for Paid Safe Time

Marcy Karin | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women
Marcy Karin

This October, it is time we recognize the intersection of domestic violence and work-life issues. An effective national policy on domestic violence must understand the impact this epidemic has on the workplace, including the problems for both employees and employers, some of which result from the structure of the workplace itself.

Obama Signs Executive Order On Paid Sick Days

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Labor Day requiring that federal contractors provide their employees with paid sick leave, t...

From Receptionists to Rocket Scientists, MANPOWER Undermines Higher Wages

Mary Bottari | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

In 2013, a U.S. Senate committee exposed the fact that too many federal contractors are violating federal wage laws and health and safety standards, yet continue to profit off of U.S. taxpayers with repeat contracts.

Bernie Sanders Introduces $15 Minimum Wage Bill As Federal Contract Workers Strike

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of progressive members of Congress introduced a $15 an hour national minimum wage bill on Wednesday as hundreds of federal...

U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

Reuters | Lawrence Hurley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a long-standing ban on U.S. government contra...

Democracy Demoralized

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it's no secret to the American public that the rich are buying the government.

Obama Administration Implements Major Advance for Civil Rights

Paul Bland | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Paul Bland

In today's regulations, the Department of Labor puts an end to these unfair Supreme Court decisions, including forced arbitration for millions of employees of federal contractors. It's a huge step towards strengthening the civil rights laws.

Obama's Next Action: Empowering Low Wage Federal Workers

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The sad reality is that the United States government remains the country's largest low wage job creator. All those Senators tromping through New Hampshire promising to rebuild the middle class are part of a Congress that doesn't pay the workers who serve them enough to lift a family out of poverty.

Learn An Entire Semester Of Campaign Finance Law In 4 Minutes

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

As American elections become even more outrageously expensive, the advocacy group Public Citizen argues voters deserve to know who is making a financi...

The Future Looks Bright for Hiring Workers With Disabilities

Joe Entwisle | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Joe Entwisle

I'm going to be bold and say it: 2015 will be the best year yet for job seekers with disabilities.

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

White House: Obama Move On Minimum Wage To Help 'Couple Hundred Thousand'

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's executive order to increase the minimum wage on new federal contract workers will li...

Hey Employers: If You Build It, Job Seekers With Disabilities Will Come

Barbara Otto | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Barbara Otto

People with disabilities are really the last frontier for workplace equality. They represent millions of working-age Americans who just happen to have a disability. And they're ready, willing and qualified to work.

An Executive Order Whose Time Has Come

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

These days, when I say "federal contractor," you think Snowden. And it turns there are lots of them doing highly classified work for which they are handsomely paid. They are not the folks we're talking about here.

Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.

'This Wasteful Expenditure Of Taxpayer Resources Must Stop'

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) - The White House proposed legislation on Thursday to cap the pay of federal government contractors at no more than the...

Small Contractors Are Getting Screwed

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Small Business

It's tough out there for a small contractor -- especially when you don't get the work you thought you were going to get. Almost a third of subcontr...

Obama Appointee Bucks Citizens United Trend

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A judge has turned aside a request to temporarily lift a long-standing ban on contributions by federal contractors to political campaign...

President Obama: LGBT Workers Can't Wait

Ian Thompson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Ian Thompson

President Obama could and should follow a bipartisan tradition by using his executive authority to require nondiscrimination on the part of federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Mitt Romney Super PAC Took Banned Contributions

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

The pro-Mitt Romney super PAC, Restore Our Future, accepted $890,000 in donations from federal contractors despite a ban on such donations, the Washin...

Obama Signs Bill To Help Jobless Vets

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Heralding a rare moment of bipartisan agreement, President Barack Obama signed into law Monday legislation aimed at helping unemplo...

With Border Surveillance in Trouble, a New Defense Contractor Lines Up

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

A defense mega-contractor recently unveiled another expensive product for keeping the nation safe: a remote detection device to catch would-be border crossers. And if all of this is starting to sound familiar, it should.

Congress Must Get Tough on Tax Cheat Contractors

Rep. Brad Ellsworth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Brad Ellsworth

We would never dream of rewarding those who break the law. Yet, that's just what Congress is doing: rewarding government contractors who are delinquent on their taxes with lucrative federal contracts.