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The Roots of the Enthusiasm Gap Go Back to 1992

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

Every time the Democrats are too timid to promote a policy solution that the party's base actually wants, they walk into a trap. We're now seeing with Obama what we saw with Clinton.

Moves Against Off-Shoring Should Be More Than a Political Afterthought

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

Yesterday, Democrats failed working people and demonstrated once more how wide the gulf has become between political rhetoric and tangible legislative...

Labor and the Democrats: Accountability for Next Election Cycle Must Start Now

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

For those who question whether the labor movement is still relevant in the United States, the last two months before an election should clear up any d...

San Francisco Mime Troupe's Latest: "Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If you are a member of a union (especially if you're an officer or hold other clout with your union), urge them to extend an invitation to the San Francisco Mime Troupe to perform POSIBILIDAD, or Death of the Worker.

Raising Hell, Not Raising Money, Is What the Middle Class Needs From American Labor

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

As we scan the labor movement across America, the hell raisers are building their numbers and the fundraisers are fading away. The fate of the middle class depends largely on what paradigm American labor chooses.

This Labor Day, Will Trader Joe's Agree to Fair Food?

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leslie Hatfield

Like Whole Foods and Chipotle, Trader Joe's attracts a decidedly progressive league of shoppers, but has managed, at least until recently, to avoid much scrutiny.

Labor Day's Legacy: A More Inclusive America

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

This Labor Day, I propose we think less about the material gains that working Americans have secured. Instead, we should consider the values that organized labor embodies that we might hope to pass along to our children.

Is the Labor Movement Speaking for Its Female Members?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Karen Nausbamm, the director of the AFL-CIO's Working America, has a penchant for pointing out that the AFL-CIO is the largest women's organization in...

Sad, Startling Stats: Number of Union Elections, Strikes Continue Steady Decline

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

If unions are serious about rebuilding their movement, they must start by cleaning their own shops first.

The Priority of Growth and Jobs -- the IMF's Dialogue With the Unions

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

While the IMF and the labor movement might have some differing views, our goals are ultimately the same -- standing against narrow domestic interests, against nationalism, against war. And standing for better living standards for all, and for peace.

Uprising in Cairo: A New Labor Movement Takes Shape

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

In a state where workers can't form independent unions, Egypt's labor movement promises something more than wages and elections: a new polity based on participatory democracy.

Why Are the LGBT and Immigration Movements Vibrant as the Labor Movement Dies?

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

This White House has made it clear it will only take on controversial issues if it is forced to through vocal protest against the White House. Its time for labor to turn up the heat on the White House.

Term Limits for Labor Leaders?

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

In the two weeks since Andy Stern announced his retirement after 14 years as the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), most o...

Wall Street to Protestors: Get a Job! (PHOTOS: Bankers React to Thursday's March)

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Yesterday Wall Street, for perhaps the first time, answered directly to the people, as more than ten thousand union members and community members took the streets in the heart of New York's Financial District.

On the Death of My Grandfather, Solidarity, and Hope

Mike Elk | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mike Elk

My grandfather probably couldn't imagine all the social change he would see in his lifetime. He could hope that the solidarity of those united for justice would eventually lead to victory.

Sam Stein

Andy Stern Laments Washington Politics But Scoffs At Idea Of Running For Office | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SEIU President Andy Stern announced this week that he would retire after 38 years in the labor movement, leaving a historic achievement as part of his...

Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing Must Be Bipartisan Cause

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edwin D. Hill

Maybe we'll never get back to the post-WW II days when our country was the world's only industrial power, but we've got to start somewhere and regain as much ground as possible.

Sam Stein Talks Labor, Movement's Senate Allies

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost political reporter Sam Stein appeared on "The Ed Show" Tuesday to discuss the U.S. labor movement and SEIU president Andy Stern's decision to...

Sam Stein

Gibbs Walks Back Disparaging Union Remark, Labor Remains Displeased | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The labor community remained peeved with the White House on Wednesday even after Press Secretary Robert Gibbs gently retreated from disparaging remark...

Sam Stein

Blanche Lincoln Win Sparks Furious Sniping Between White House, Labor | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The loss of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in the Arkansas Senate Democratic primary runoff election resulted in a rare outburst of intense, sometimes nasty, gr...

Why Taking on Blanche Lincoln Was the Right Call

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

Let's not abandon our strategy just because we lost on the Halter drive. It will take several attempts before we will really start to send a message about what a new approach to politics means.

Sam Stein

AFL-CIO: Election A 'Real Condemnation' Of Lincoln, Runoff Not 'Problematic' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The nation's largest union conglomerate predicted on Wednesday that it has the enthusiasm and momentum to defeat Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) in the ...

Jeff Biggers Reveals Coal's Dirty Secrets From the Heartland

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

We must insist that coalfield communities get their fair share of clean energy jobs, and clean energy investments, not just the crumbs. Committing to a coal free future begins in the coalfields.

Maybe Conservatism is Dead?

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

The leaders of the Republican Party and the ideologues of conservatism have no answers for any of the problems that our country and our people are trying to deal with.

University Of Illinois Strike Ends As Graduate Instructors, School Reach Deal

The News-Gazette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The University of Illinois and the Graduate Employees' Organization reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday morning, ending a day-old strike by...