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Uber Drivers Have No Right to Strike

Steve Siebold | Posted 02.05.2016 | Business
Steve Siebold

Some Uber drivers in New York City went on strike this week, after the company reduced rates on its basic service, UberX, in New York City by 15 perce...

Labor for Bernie Booming in Iowa

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Larry Cohen

This week, on my fifth trip to Iowa in recent months, once again I have been stunned by the increasing excitement of working women and men as they volunteer in droves and discuss Bernie in workplaces, union halls and communities.

Raises, Not Roses

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Librarians. Clerical Workers. Janitors. More than 1,500 municipal workers decided that enough was enough, and dared to demand respect and justice. They decided they would strike.

Labor Unions Should Heed Obama's Call to Reform Solitary Confinement

Rev. Ron Stief | Posted 01.28.2016 | Crime
Rev. Ron Stief

Correctional officers and their unions need to join the growing chorus to shut down solitary confinement in the U.S., not only to get on the right side of one of the major human rights issues of our day, but to address the long overdue subject of the well-being of workers in U.S. prisons and jails.

After Bernie Wins, Then What?

Les Leopold | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Les Leopold

If Bernie captures the nomination, then what does his "political revolution" look like? Arguably, whether he wins or loses the nomination, our task will be roughly the same.

In Philly, Nurses Are Fighting Back Against Healthcare that Puts Profits Before Patients

Patty Eakin | Posted 01.25.2016 | Business
Patty Eakin

In short, hospitals are increasingly acting like corporations. They're not the same not-for-profit, community-centered organizations that many of us like to remember.

I Embrace Democratic Socialism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

No country in the world today stands as a fully Socialist state, but rather, some of the most successful economies combine elements of Capitalism with Socialism to create greater degrees of equity and lesser disparities between the rich, the poor, and those on the continuum in between.

This is Bad! Attack on Teacher Unions is an Assault on Students, Workers and Democracy

Alan Singer | Posted 01.14.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Unions can sign legal contracts with states and school districts that require all public employees to be union members or they can simply negotiate wage and benefit contracts that only apply to union members. But to establish the worth of working people we may need something as bold as a general strike.

Some New York Politicians Are Not Truthful to the Working Class

John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
John Burnett

It's not easy to explain viable alternatives to sharply raising the minimum wage. Anything to the contrary makes a person sound like a scrooge. Who doesn't want to see people earn a higher wage, right?

WaPo Fired Lefty Columnist Harold Meyerson

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.02.2016 | Media
Peter Dreier

At a time when America is experiencing an upsurge of progressive organizing and activism -- from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to Bernie Sanders' campaign for president -- we need a regular columnist who can explain what's going on, why it's happening, and what it means.

Bernie and Immigration: Reclaiming the Concept of "Open Borders"

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

It is to be hoped that in the long-term, Bernie's "political revolution" will give rise to a more inclusive and internationalist spirit, thus challenging the limited confines and debates which have so recently clouded meaningful discourse.

Lighten the Load on Our Nurses for Better Health Care

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Prior to the OSH Act, workplace safety was a concept only familiar to those with a good union or an unusually goodhearted boss. There was no law saying your employer had to send you home every day in one piece. The OSH Act changed that.

While Women's Wallets Are Heard, Apparel Workers Are Restrained by a Web of Violence

Judy Gearhart | Posted 12.17.2015 | Women
Judy Gearhart

During the holiday shopping season, women's opinions matter: we account for 80% of consumer spending in the United States. A new report, Our Voices, O...

Standing in Solidarity: A Faith-Rooted Call to Action With and for Black Women and Girls

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Together, we can stand in solidarity, striding to a faith-filled future of freedom from sexism, freedom to live into an economy that values that worth and work of black women and girls.

How This Missouri Mega-Donor Is Making His Pet Projects Part Of The 2016 Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid troubles back home over how to close a $765 million deficit, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback traveled across the border earlier this yea...

It's Time to Take a Stand for Workers on TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

While those promoting the TPP trade deal said it would advance workers in member nations and allow the formation of unions, the actual language in the agreement offers only false promises of progress. That, in turn, would negatively impact domestic manufacturing.

What Do Burmese Workers Want?

Tim Ryan | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Tim Ryan

In meetings with more than 100 rank-and-file workers and union leaders from Burma's factories and fields the week after that country's momentous elect...

The Crisis in Our Midst: Ensuring Quality Home Care in an Aging America

Doug Moore | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Doug Moore

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to offer gratitude to those who step in to care for their loved ones when they need it most. It is work that requires a great deal of self-sacrifice, and it often goes unnoticed. In November we take time to recognize family caregivers for the role they play in protecting the independence and dignity of so many Americans.

20 Years Later: How the Union Made Our Dreams a Reality

Keri Vaca | Posted 11.23.2015 | San Francisco
Keri Vaca

In San Francisco, the unions are strong and they have been such an important part of our life. I am forever grateful for all they have provided for our family.

Supreme Court Case Pits Working People Against Wealthy Elite

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

Unions are one of the few groups advocating for the interest of working people. If we make it harder for unions to do their job, working people will lose a major ally in the fight to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the richest 1 percent.

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.

The Way to Make our Prisons Less Porous? Stop Punishing Offending Guards

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.11.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

Justice reform has led the public to believe that we need to focus on who's leaving our nation's correctional facilities. If the last few weeks prove anything, it's that the nation's prisons are porous; we need to worry about what's going in, not who's going out.

Fast-Food Workers' Fight for 15 Is My Fight Too

Letasha Irby | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Letasha Irby

On Tuesday, I'll be joining fast-food workers and other underpaid workers all across the country to demand higher wages and a voice on the job. We have a common fight, and when we stick together, we can win.

For Shame! Legal Maneuverings Putting Coal Miners' Futures at Risk -- Yet Again

Sally Greenberg | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Sally Greenberg

Over the last several years, watching developments in the Patriot Coal bankruptcy and resulting fallout for workers has been a roller coaster for those of us who care about the workers who risked their lives for decades working hundreds of feet underground.

It's Work and Family Month: We Will Not (Continue to) Give Up Our Family Time!

Carol Joyner | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Carol Joyner

October is Work and Family Month, and it was packed with events, progress on policy, press conferences and declarations on working families.