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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.

Bernie Stands With Working Families and We Need to Stand With Him

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Today I am proud to stand with Senator Bernie Sanders and hundreds of Verizon Workers at a Wireless retail store in Manhattan as 39,000 CWA and IBEW members battle for their contract and the organizing and bargaining rights of Verizon Wireless workers.

Middle-Class Joe Expresses Middle-Class Angst

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision last week not to run for president, he talked about dreams denied, possibilities foreclosed. He wasn't speaking of his own aspirations, though.

Desperately Reading the Fed

William Spriggs | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
William Spriggs

As time goes on, the case by those suggesting the Fed must act now before inflationary pressures kill off the economy grows weaker.

Cutting Corners on Construction? Think Again

Richard Roberts | Posted 10.20.2015 | New York
Richard Roberts

As far too many developers continue circumventing safety regulations that endanger New York City construction workers and the public at-large, the now considerable power of the Construction Fraud Task Force is looking to remove the economic incentive for those cheating the system.

Prayers for Howard Schultz, Starbucks and the Coffee Industry

Jonathan Walton | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

Would you pray with me? Father in Heaven in the mighty, transformative name of Your Son Jesus, I plead your redemptive blood over the coffee industry...

H&M Needs To Deliver On Its Worker Safety Commitments

Judy Gearhart | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Judy Gearhart

H&M has fallen behind schedule on securing life-saving safety upgrades in their Bangladeshi supplier factories. Such delays are risky for a company that saw 21 workers killed in a fire at their supplier, Garib & Garib, in 2010. H&M is the largest buyer in Bangladesh, and with great power comes great responsibility.

101 Economists Sign Letter Defending Obamacare's 'Cadillac Tax'

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

The experts who brought you the “Cadillac tax” aren’t about to let it go without a fight. On Thursday, 101 economists and other hea...

GOP: No Bootstraps For You, Baby!

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In a GOP field filthy with candidates who kiss up to corporate bosses and systematically suppress workers' wages, Walker is a stand out. But the whole motley GOP crew is determined to do whatever it takes to deny workers and their children economic mobility.

When Unions Are Strong, Families Are Strong

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.20.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Republicans have staked out endless signature issues: shutting down the government, vilifying immigrants, denouncing rights like paid sick leave and equal pay because they are "women's issues," privatizing education, and--wait for it--obliterating the rights of working people to negotiate together for better wages and benefits that can sustain their families.

Revisiting Trade Education

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
Christina Gagnier

Apprenticeships and trade opportunities should not be an idea of times past: they are essential to the economic recovery of communities across this country. Instead of reinventing the wheel, it would be of merit to reinvigorate our education in the trades as a path to employment.

President Donald Trump's Cabinet

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.11.2015 | Media
Christopher Lamb

If elected, Trump will fill his cabinet with people who know his management style. He would, therefore, draw heavily from his reality program, Celebrity Apprentice, and from business and politics associates.

Labor Day Matters

Rudy López | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Rudy López

The idea of "Labor Day" was birthed as a way for the nation to acknowledge the need for safer working conditions and respect and dignity for all workers. As Labor Day celebrations grew across the nation, calls for a national holiday succeeded shortly after the Pullman strike of 1894.

Obama Hits GOP In Appeal To Union Workers On Labor Day

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics

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Joe Biden Tells Union Workers: 'We Build Labor, We Build The Middle Class'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics

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Ten Troubling Labor Day Stats 2015

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

This widely reported "official" number overlooks the millions of people unemployed for more than a year, nor does it count those who are working part-time and looking for full-time work. The Department of Labor monthly report which includes people working part-time and looking for full-time work shows the real rate of unemployment.

This Labor Day, Americans Deserve A Raise And Fair Trade

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

We can afford to pay workers fairly and it is the right thing to do. We also need equal pay for equal work. Today, women, on average, still earn only 78 cents for every dollar earned by men. It is even less for women of color -- for African-American women it's 64 cents and for Latinas it's 55 cents. This is unacceptable.

Dr. King Supported Workers' Rights

Andrew Wilkes | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Andrew Wilkes

Labor Day celebrates the dignity of work across America. The first Labor Day celebration took place within New York City on September 5th, 1882.