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Workers Supporting Trump Is Like Chickens Supporting Colonel Sanders

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

It's about more than just a list of issues. Trump preys on working-class Americans' anxieties about their stagnant wages and crumbling dreams and turns those anxieties into hatred of immigrants.

World Labor Leaders Call For 'Global New Deal' To Combat Demagogues Like Trump

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dozens of senior European labor union officials gathered this week at the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. federation of labor unions, to trade...

The $15 Minimum Wage Is a Moral Imperative

George Gresham | Posted 03.24.2016 | New York
George Gresham

There are tens of thousands of healthcare workers throughout New York's nursing homes, clinics, hospitals and pharmacies who make less than $15 and are struggling to survive.

Obama Makes One Last Bid To Save Controversial Obamacare Tax

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama is making one last attempt to save the “Cadillac tax,” even though he knows he won’t be able to finish the job before lea...

It's Time to Stop Whitewashing Civil Rights History

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

Civil Rights history makes the movement into a fairytale: Once upon a time there was racism; Martin Luther King Jr. marched into town; and we all lived happily ever after. The End. Nearly every Civil Rights movie follows this basic script. It would be nice if this history were true, but just about all of it is false.

We Need More Green-Collar Jobs

George Gresham | Posted 12.12.2015 | Green
George Gresham

We must also ensure that there are low-cost training and continuing education opportunities for workers to transition from the fossil fuel industry into good, green-collar union jobs. We need a just and fair transition so that working people, their families and communities are protected and supported as we move toward a clean energy economy.

What Labor Icon Joe Hill Can Still Teach the World 100 Years After His Death

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

If legendary labor activist Joe Hill were alive today - and some contend that he is - he would have plenty to say about the state of the American worker. And the country, if it listened, would have plenty to learn.

5 Women Labor Leaders Speak Their Minds on the Future of Labor

Leslie Tolf | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Leslie Tolf

"A woman's rights affect everyone's rights. This is happening in sectors where people think it's not -- like manufacturing, where women might get only $11-12 an hour. Collaboration is important, and women need to come together. We also need men supporting this."

Labor Must Act to Stop Mass Incarceration

Richard Trumka | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
Richard Trumka

When a nonviolent offender spends a decade or more of their life behind bars because of mandatory minimum sentencing, no one benefits. When those who have paid their debt to society cannot find housing or a job, the entire economy suffers. When a generation of young Americans advance through our prison system instead of our school system, our nation is weaker for it.

25 Years Ago L.A. Janitors Planted the Seeds for Today's Movement

Valarie Long | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Valarie Long

Today is the 25th anniversary of "Justice for Janitors Day," which commemorates an event that sparked one the most successful underpaid-worker campaigns in recent history: Justice for Janitors. But perhaps the most important contribution by janitors to our country has been how they have shaped today's broad and growing workers' movement.

Boycotts Aren't Always the Answer

David Macaray | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
David Macaray

American sweatshops didn't begin to improve significantly until labor unions began representing their workers. Accordingly, if we truly wish to help Bangladeshi textile workers, it won't be by refusing to purchase the apparel they produce. All that will do is destroy their livelihoods. Rather, the goal should be to promote the Bangladeshi labor movement.

Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Thomas E. Perez

During Black History Month, I'm reminded yet again of the ways that the struggle for civil rights is interwoven with the struggle for workers' rights. Perhaps no one better personifies that link than A. Philip Randolph, the first African-American inducted into the Labor Department's Hall of Honor.

Matt Sheehan

China Nears Peak Coal, But Its Rustbelt Pays the Price

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 02.02.2015 | World

China’s great coal boom is grinding to a halt, and the consequences for both the global climate and hundreds of millions of Chinese factory workers ...

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.

They Want Us to Stay Home on Nov. 4

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

The tea party and other elected extremists cannot bring themselves to believe that voters just aren't buying the poisonous policies they're trying to sell. So they operate under the belief that if you won't vote for them, you shouldn't vote at all.

Climate Crisis Is Every Working Person's Crisis

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Mary Kay Henry

Will we leave the children we love a safer, healthier planet than the one that was handed off to us? Will they breathe clean air, swim in the ocean, find jobs in healthy communities and a healthy economy? This is why we march.

People's Climate March: Working For A Better World

George Gresham | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
George Gresham

Thousands of union members will link arms with environmental activists, to demand action from global leaders to reverse the effects of climate change. At first, that might seem strange -- the labor movement and environmentalists are not often characterized as natural allies.

Will Rain Stop Play? G20 Team on the World's Economic Playing Field Face Nail-Biting End to Season

Sharan Burrow | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Sharan Burrow

Australia is known to many people for its sunshine and sporting prowess. But every so often rain stops play. As G20 labor ministers gathered at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, a wall of torrential thunderstorms and flash flooding hit the city. And rain nearly stopped play.

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.

Can the Arts Save Detroit?

Leslie Tolf | Posted 07.12.2014 | Detroit
Leslie Tolf

After graduating from the University of Michigan, I became a graphic artist in D.C. Twenty years later, I was involved with the labor movement. At the time, I didn't think that there was a connection between the two, but now I'm quite sure that there is.

Where Are the "Disrupters" for Labor on College Campuses?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Take a fresh look at the labor movement. You could be organizers who make the case for union membership, or push for laws that help college students and working families.

Dave Jamieson

After 37 Years, Venerable Lefty Magazine Finally Unionizes

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive independent magazine In These Times joined the Communications Workers of America on Monday, formally making...

Why Unions Matter

Leslie Tolf | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Leslie Tolf

The flagging economy that welcomed Millennials into the workforce means that not only are our young people graduating with far fewer opportunities for high paying jobs, but they are coming out of college with mountains of debt.

Things Are Going Great

David Macaray | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
David Macaray

Even America's academics, who used to be one of organized labor's staunchest and most reliable friends, have turned their attention elsewhere, apparently bored or fed up with what they see passing for the current "labor movement."

Walmart Workers and Allies Protest, But Where Was the L.A. Times?

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Peter Dreier

If you want a good deal on a flat-screen TV, you can read about Walmart's pre-Christmas sale in the Los Angeles Times. But if you want to learn how Walmart's poverty-wage workers in the region will be coping with this year's holiday season, don't look for it in L.A.'s paper of record.