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Hardworking Americans Deserve Fair Wages and Full Benefits

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Food service workers, home care workers, farm workers and other low-wage workers log long hours. They come home tired after providing services and producing goods that make our country stronger. They deserve fair treatment from employers and they a voice in collective bargaining.

Solidarity Underground

John Feffer | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
John Feffer

Ewa Kulik was one of the key Solidarity leaders who kept the organization functioning underground. Today she is the director of the Batory Foundation in Warsaw, where she focuses on, among other things, civic education. She told me that Poland failed to focus on civic education after 1989.

Plutocracy the First Time Around

Steve Fraser | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Steve Fraser

Even before the grand denouement of the Great Depression and New Deal arrived, an answer to the labor question was surfacing, one that would put an end to the long era of anti-capitalism.

ILO Victory Boosts Qatari Hopes of Defeating Efforts to Deprive It of World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 04.02.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

A resolution by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to postpone until November a decision to investigate Qatar on charges of violating the Forced Labour and Labour Inspection Conventions is likely to boost the Gulf state's ability to defeat any attempt to strip it of the right to host the 2022 World Cup at next month's congress of world soccer body FIFA.

The Fallacy of 'Right to Work'

Marick Masters | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Marick Masters

Proponents of "right to work" insist that unions, through union-security agreements, abridge the (non-existing) right to work in an anti-democratic manner that threatens business competitiveness. All these specious arguments mask a concerted campaign to strip labor of its voice in political and economic affairs.

Workers Save Lives

William Lynch III | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
William Lynch III

Labor unions, particularly those for public sector workers, have become such a popular punching bag that their membership might as well wear Everlast tags.

America Needs Labor Unions

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Considering that studies have found a direct correlation between the number of people in labor unions and the distribution of wealth, it becomes clear that if the Republicans' goal is to build a stronger, healthier economy for all Americans, then continuing to add obstacles to organizing is the wrong approach.

Actors Equity's Threat to Los Angeles Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

A union that is over a hundred years old should not put itself at risk of splitting apart, simply because of a hidebound leadership mired in the past. While the union movement across the country is in a fight for its life, the last thing it needs is for union leaders to hasten its demise.

A Tale of Two States

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Trickle-down economics doesn't work, and frankly, it never has. If we want to restore a healthy middle class, we need a different approach, a virtuous cycle that begins with a high-quality public education that gives students the skills they need to get good jobs with fair wages.

Why I Was Arrested

Stuart Appelbaum | Posted 03.11.2015 | New York
Stuart Appelbaum

I chose to get arrested outside of a car wash in Brooklyn last week in support of the workers who have been on strike there since November. This is the first time I have ever been arrested -- even though I have supported many different causes in many different ways.

Weaker Unions = Higher CEO Pay

Sarah Anderson | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

We can only hope that the Jaumotte-Osorio Buitron research will help open more eyes -- from Wisconsin to Greece -- to the positive role labor unions can play in creating healthy economies.

GOP's Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

It has never been clear until now why Republicans so hated the idea of hard-working Americans banding together to negotiate to receive a more fair share of profits derived from the sweat of their brows. Walker's conflating ISIS terrorists with labor protestors while CPAC conference attendees cheered explains it all.

Zach Carter

Harry Reid Hires Longtime Labor Ally As Economic Staffer

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has hired Ellen Doneski, a longtime aide to former Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) who is high...

American Workers Need Stable Housing Free From Discrimination

Richard Trumka | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
Richard Trumka

The labor and civil rights movements worked hard to eliminate systems that perpetuate discrimination and segregation, and it is with this tradition in mind that the labor movement calls on the Supreme Court to uphold the disparate-impact protections of the Fair Housing Act to ensure fair treatment for every working American.

'Union Scholars' Can Open New Doors for Themselves, Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 02.19.2015 | College
Lee A. Saunders

Organizing -- the process of one-on-one engagement and relationship-building -- is the best strategy for building on millennials' social-media-oriented brand of activism. AFSCME sponsors a program that puts college students on the front lines of union-organizing campaigns across the nation.

It's All in the Narrative

William Spriggs | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices
William Spriggs

There is history--the facts of events--and then there is myth and fable--the essence of things, the narratives that shape our understanding of complex events inspiring, motivating, rallying and galvanizing us as people and nations.

A Legacy Remembered

Tefere Gebre | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Tefere Gebre

The history of the modern labor movement, which is positioned to speak, fight, and win on behalf of all workers, is filled with strong black figures who fought for civil and economic justice during a time when justice was not guaranteed for all.

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Over the past few months, protests have erupted in the halls of the U.S. Capital, and in the streets outside, to thwart the passing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)--a boon to corporate interests, the protesters argue, and an anathema to U.S workers.

Organized Labor Showing Signs of Life

David Macaray | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
David Macaray

On Sunday, when 3,800 members of the United Steelworkers (USW) walked off their jobs at nine oil refineries across the country (including two in my home state of California), it marked the first national oil refinery strike in more than three decades, going all the way back to 1980. Congratulations, USW. With this strike, organized labor is finally showing signs of life.

Maximizing the Dream

Rusty Hicks | Posted 03.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Rusty Hicks

For every theater-goer, minimum wage-earner or maximum wage-maker who applauded, cried, or expressed righteous indignation at the story told in Selma, we'd like to remind them that the story of economic justice is still being written in our country, city and state.

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About MLK Day

John A. Tures | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The battle over MLK Day moved a Super Bowl. Southern states weren't the last to celebrate it. The law making it a national holiday was signed by a Republican President. And you'll never guess who voted for it in the U.S. Senate!

A Streetcar Named Deception

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

Bright, shiny, new streetcars that convey "choice riders" around town are typically seen as a boon in any urban area. But the truth is that today's streetcars are making transit worse. It's time that municipal governments face up to the theft of public transit resources that the new streetcar lines really are.

Walker Faces GOP Rift At Awkward Time

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rolled over his Democratic opponents in Wisconsin, shutting down their allies in labor unions,...

Why 401(k)s Shouldn't Replace Pensions

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 02.27.2015 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

It's not just basic finance, it's common sense: A large pool of money invested by professionals will yield far greater returns than small, separate accounts managed by individuals with no professional training in finance.

Three Ways the Labor Movement Can Support the Call for Racial Justice Nationwide

Doug Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Doug Moore

Here's a list of three things labor can do to support those who are leading the charge to confront racism and promote justice in our nation: