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Labor Day

Our Favorite Comedies About Working

Posted 11.05.2011 | Comedy

How are we celebrating this Labor Day? By watching some of our favorite work-related comedies, of course. From vintage masterpieces starring Jack Lemm...

WATCH: 'You Made A Difference' Campaign Thanks Teachers

Posted 11.05.2011 | Education

In recognition of Labor Day, we'd like to draw your attention to a new campaign that focuses on the work that teachers do, and the ubiquity of their i...

Hope for Rebirth on Labor Day

Matthew Dowd | Posted 11.05.2011 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

We are at a moment when the rules and institutions we have lived by at every level no longer work. And we need to let them go slowly and begin to build a whole new system and new relationships with each other.

Happy First (Labor) Day of Classes!

Michael Roth | Posted 11.05.2011 | College
Michael Roth

Labor is on the mind of our students and their families in a more general sense this year. The awful job situation in the United States has lasted far too long, and each year frosh begin their college years hoping it will be better by the time they graduate.

Obama Previews Job Creation Ideas

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 11.05.2011 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama is previewing his ideas for job creation and economic growth at a Labor Day rally with union members in Detroi...

8 Amazing Historical Photos Of Women At Work

Posted 11.01.2011 | Women

On Labor Day it's interesting to think about the work you might have been doing had you lived fifty or eighty years ago. If you were working class or ...

Good Jobs

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

That government stimulus creates jobs and revitalizes economic growth is accepted as fact by businesspeople, financiers and even Martin Feldstein, Ronald Reagan's chief economist.

An Abbreviated Story of Labor: What Once Was but Is No More

Jeanne Allen | Posted 11.04.2011 | Education
Jeanne Allen

This Labor Day, let's resolve to change the system that once was needed but is no more. All of our great labors day in and day out aside, our schools and public institutions need the right to put results and effort first.

For Blacks, Too Little Work to Go Around This Labor Day

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

As Americans take a day of rest to mark the nation's commitment to a hard day's work, blacks and other racial minorities wonder if they will ever get back on the job.

BeLabor Day

Abe Gurko | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Abe Gurko

No one really celebrates Labor Day. Sure, we take off that Monday, but since Labor Day represents the end of summer and the return to school, who is c...

Obama, Jobs, and Labor Day: An Editorial Roundup

Danny Groner | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

With 9.1 percent of the nation's labor force desperately seeking work, what can we take away from this national holiday? Here, a roundup of what editorial boards at newspapers around the country are highlighting this weekend.

Black and Bleak

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.04.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

What a terrible irony this Labor Day that under America's first African-American president, black unemployment has risen to its highest level since the early Reagan years, and decades of black progress on homeownership have been wiped out.

President Obama's Speech and the Unemployed: Why Now?

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Robert E. Prasch

We are experiencing a jobless recovery and neither the administration nor Congress has demonstrated a sustained interest in unemployment. To grasp the full severity, we should closely examine an important statistic -- the unemployment rate.

Americans Love Democracy, Except in the Workplace

Johnda Bentley | Posted 11.04.2011 | Business
Johnda Bentley

Currently, 93.1% of the private sector work without any elected representatives in their workplaces. This Labor Day, it is worth pausing to reflect on the reasons why.

Honoring the Hands That Prepare Our Food

Mark Muller | Posted 11.04.2011 | Home
Mark Muller

Eat well this Labor Day. Thank our food chain colleagues for their sacrifices. But with that thanks, also make a shared commitment for a food system based on justice and health and not one that can verge on exploitation.

End of Summer Cucumber Cocktails

Mona Holmes | Posted 11.04.2011 | Home
Mona Holmes


Help Wanted!

Roger Fransecky | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Roger Fransecky

It's September. As you return to life's classroom, prepare for the teacher's question: "How was your summer?" Don't ask!

A Labor of Love

Terrell Harris Dougan | Posted 11.04.2011 | Women
Terrell Harris Dougan

Labor Day ought to include celebrating every woman who has survived having a baby. In fact, I see flags of every nation flying for all women who've gone into labor, because it really hurts like hell.

Nurses to Obama: Heal America, Tax Wall Street

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.04.2011 | Politics
Mary Bottari

As President Obama gets ready for his big jobs speech Thursday, America's nurses have a message for him.

Hot Dogs For Labor Day? Here Are The Best of the Wurst!

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 11.04.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

During Hot Dog Season, Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs! And while hot dogs are not exactly a health professional's favorite food, you don't have to ditch your dog completely this Labor Day.

Top 10 Labor Day Conspiracies | Posted 11.04.2011 | Weird News

Happy Labor Day everyone! That is, those of you who have the day off... have job to be taking the day off from... and so forth. But just be thankfu...

Drawing the Wrong Lessons -- as Usual -- for Labor Day

Carl Pope | Posted 11.03.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

What should our nation's leaders do? If China is gaining control of the solar panel space with cheap credit, why not set up a national clean-energy bank that can make loans cheaply?

The Psychological Price Of Unfair Pay

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

It appears that the unconscious mind can temporarily damp down the brain's contempt center, in effect allowing the rational, utilitarian brain to rule, at least momentarily.

Tropical Storm Lee Begins Pelting Gulf Coast

AP | MARY FOSTER | Posted 11.03.2011 | Green

JEAN LAFITTE, La. — Bands of heavy rain and strong wind gusts from Tropical Storm Lee knocked out power to thousands in Louisiana and Mississipp...

Friday Talking Points -- Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It surpasses all irony and actually enters into the realm of bitter humor that we're about to celebrate Labor Day when the unemployment rate remains at the sky-high level of 9.1 percent.