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Celebrating a Labor Legend During Black History Month

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 02.09.2015 | 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 | 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 01.16.2015 | 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 | 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.

In Los Angeles, Labor Redefines Itself

Michael Winship | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

"It's time to turn America right side up!" AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka exhorted those in attendance at the labor alliance's quadrennial convention in Los Angeles on Monday.

Working on a Dream

Michael Brune | Posted 11.02.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

This Labor Day, the Sierra Club joins in celebrating working people everywhere. If we want to help working families, protect our air and water, and achieve justice for all Americans, we must first defend our democracy.

Arthur Delaney

Why Isn't Every Monday Like Labor Day? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

For nearly two years, Tom Allen clocked into his job at a defense hardware plant in Lansing, Mich. in the afternoon to start a 12-hour shift, usually ...

The Forgotten Religious Background Of The Labor Movement

Religion News Service | Adon Taft | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Of the 10 holidays recognized by the federal government, the future status of two – Labor Day and Christmas – may be short-lived. And, perha...

Carny Labor Day: From Beatings to a Prayer

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Even without many of the labor benefits of other jobs, I know carnies who never want to work any other way, or "be" anything else than a carny.

7 Reasons Why the Labor Movement Has Stalled

David Macaray | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
David Macaray

While there still seems to be strong and genuine "pro-worker" sentiment throughout the country, there's little codified social/political activism to go along with it.

America's Smartest Teenager

David Macaray | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
David Macaray

I agree with about 98 percent of the political opinions Bill Maher regularly presents on his HBO television show Real Time With Bill Maher The man can be both hilariously funny and dead-on brilliant. But there are three things about him that drive me up the wall.

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

Daily Caller Writer: Progressives 'Don't Care' About Immigrant Workers

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Daily Caller writer Neil Munro told HuffPost Live Wednesday that progressives "don't care" about immigrant workers, a point adamantly refuted by Salon...

A Whole New Definition of "Luxury"

David Macaray | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Union membership is a luxury. A middle-class income is a luxury. In fact, everything north of genteel poverty is a luxury. In some ways, it feels like the storied American Labor Movement never happened.

Labor Violence in Colombia

David Macaray | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
David Macaray

Indeed, there were hundreds of episodes where club-carrying goon squads on the company's payroll cracked the skulls of picketers and strike captains, causing the streets to run red with blood. And where were the police while these thugs were whaling on the picketers?