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Unity Is Strength for Progressives

Amy B. Dean | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Business and liberal elites have long invested in developing collaborative leadership. In Occupy Wall Street and beyond, grassroots progressives are now getting into the game of working together.

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.

AFL-CIO Opposes Wars in Afghanistan, Iraq as "Costly Mistake"

Tom Hayden | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

The AFL-CIO's statement is the most forthright in the history of a labor movement marked by pro-war allegiances for many decades. It reflects a deep sentiment among working families.

Wisconsin Democrats Don't Take Back Senate -- But Do Take Considerable Political Ground

Robert Creamer | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Even though they fell short of achieving the end goal, progressives in Wisconsin did take considerable political ground in the ongoing war over the future direction of American politics -- and the fate of the middle class.

"We Are One" Rallies Across America

Miles Rapoport | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

The conservative assault on the budget, the health care law, unions, public broadcasting, and the rights of women has predictably continued. Less unpredictable was the powerful response by millions of people.

Why Wisconsin Matters to LA

María Elena Durazo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
María Elena Durazo

I had the privilege to go to Madison, WI with 161 union members from LA. Where but in America could an immigrant worker from LA join arms with a Wisconsin dairy farmer in a common cause?

Labor Boosted by Proposed Merger

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Will Marshall

America's embattled labor movement hasn't had much to celebrate lately, so it's worth noting when a major union welcomes a business mega-merger.

Gov. Scott Walker Puts Out Fire With Gasoline

Dave Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Zirin

Scott Walker has taken Wisconsin, a state so chock-full of "Midwestern nice," you need insulin after talking to the locals, and turned into a place where people are talking General Strike. Seriously.

Of Teachers and History: A Brooklyn Memoir

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

I'm often struck by the fact that although everybody has one, a history that is, one's individual stories are seldom considered to be connected to "history."

Wake Up America! Labor Needs a New "Clock Movement" to Keep Up With the Times

Armand F. Pereira | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Armand F. Pereira

The right to organize and bargain collectively is beyond limited union powers to organize workers and mobilize crowds.

Sierra Club Stands With Workers

Jack Darin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jack Darin

Sierra Club members were proud to join workers' rights rallies in Chicago and Springfield this weekend.

We Are All Part of the Labor Movement Now

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The battle of Wisconsin is about the principle of whether everyday people have the right to sit at a bargaining table and have a say about their wages, their working conditions, and their jobs.

Wisconsin, Labor, and the Future of America

Jerome Karabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerome Karabel

Without public sector unions' capacity to mobilize voters during elections, neither progressive candidates nor progressive policies would stand a chance in a money-drenched political system.

Amanda Terkel

Unions: Sunday Shows Are Shutting Us Out | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

UPDATE: NBC just sent out its line-up for Sunday's "Meet the Press" and it does now include AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, who will be part of a roundta...

Why Union?

Krystal Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Krystal Ball

A more equitable society is not just good for union members, it is good for every person in our country and it is certainly good for the middle class.

Wisconsin's Tunisia Moment

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The Republicans' miscalculation in Wisconsin was to declare war on the one bastion of organized economic representation of regular people -- the labor movement.

Wisconsin Governor's Attack on Labor May Backfire on Radical Right

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Scott Walker's plan was a blitzkrieg attack to catch the opposition with its defenses down.

Wisconsin Is Ground Zero in America's New Uprising Against the Corporate Oligarchy

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The one-sided class war by the corporate oligarchy against the middle and working class has, until now, been met by remarkably little resistance from the latter. But is all changing now in Wisconsin.

IGNORE The Wisconsin Protests and Instead LOOK OVER THERE! (video)

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


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.

Season of Hardship Connects Struggling Workers in Two Worlds

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Those toys and gadgets that we wishfully spent our savings on may have made the holidays a little more bearable. But remember that that they're symbols of other aspirations, too.

5 Reasons Why EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gasses Is Good for Labor

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

American labor unions have been heavily involved in green job discussions. But few have raised their voices in support of the regulation of greenhouse gasses. Here are five reasons they should.

Building a Values-Based Movement

Sarita Gupta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

Last Tuesday, although Democrats maintained control of the Senate, Republicans reclaimed the House of Representatives by a margin not seen since 1948....

Unions Create the Silver Lining

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Before the pity parties and recriminations begin, I hope that Democrats will see the silver lining and remember the millions of hard-working men and women who have stood up and fought for them.

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.