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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.

Correction Officers' Unions Essential to Criminal Justice Reform

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 09.03.2015 | Crime
Chandra Bozelko

For too long, people have assumed that correction officers' unions, by their very nature, must oppose justice reform. This assumption is based on the belief that decarceration is a zero-sum game and unions benefit from mass incarceration. But this isn't true; strong correctional unions are essential to justice reform.

Amazon's Labor Exploitation is a Broader National Epidemic

Cody Cain | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Cody Cain

We see it all around us in our friends and families, and indeed in ourselves. It seems like just about everyone is unhappy and unfulfilled with their jobs. People are working way too much. We all know people who have become increasingly unavailable to their families and friends.

Americans Are Becoming More Pro-Union

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

Americans have grown more supportive of labor unions in recent years, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. The poll found that nearl...

Hollywood "Takes Care of its Own," Unless You are Trans

Darya Teesewell | Posted 08.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Darya Teesewell

A young trans friend of mine in the Hollywood film industry, a union member, spoke to me recently about a conversation she had when she asked an individual representing the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan about health care for herself.

Sanders Wins Endorsement of Nation's Largest Nurses Union

David Macaray | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
David Macaray

Bernie Sanders may eventually get flattened like a proverbial pancake by the Hillary Clinton juggernaut, but for the time being at least, he's not only drawing increasingly large and enthusiastic crowds to his rallies -- he has landed his first major labor endorsement.

Management Vs. Labor: Is The Game Rigged?

David Macaray | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
David Macaray

You chose to work in a union shop? Fine. Then pay your fair share of the freight. Not only does it cost money to negotiate and administer a union contract (collective bargaining, adjustment of grievances, arbitrations, etc.), but most people readily understand the "strength in numbers" argument.

Immigration Activists Accuse Bernie Sanders Of Using GOP Talking Points

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said this week that he opposes open borders -- more a hypothetical than an actual policy proposal -- n...

On Deflategate, Tom Brady, Unions, Roger Goodell and Unaccountable Power

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 07.31.2015 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

George Atallah, a representative for the NFL Players' Association, was on Mike and Mike Thursday morning to explain why and how the union would be defending Brady against the now-upheld four-game suspension.

An Open Letter to Union Leadership: It's Time to Evolve

Ryan Mack | Posted 07.31.2015 | Detroit
Ryan Mack

The unions are a vital part of America's past, and should continue to be a vital part of America's future. However, I want to take a moment to challenge union leadership to expand your focus because your people are suffering and your model is outdated.

Qatar's quagmire: existential fears and missed opportunities

James Dorsey | Posted 07.31.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Walking around Qatar's monumental Aspire Dome sports academy, coach Fred Engh noticed kids playing soccer on an indoor field big enough to accommodate four teams simultaneously during a break in an annual gathering of hundreds of sports leaders designed to project the Gulf state as an innovative, socially responsible global sports hub.

Who Cares for the Caregivers? What Unionization Could Mean for the Future of Publically Funded Childcare

Todd Grindal | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Todd Grindal

We should all be able to agree that, to date, home-based childcare workers have not received the compensation or the consistent support they need to effectively promote the health, development and safety of young children. Unions are willing (and may just be able) to push for these changes.

My Correspondence With Governor Scott Walker

Tim Koechlin | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Dear Governor Walker: I'm appalled by your willingness to trade off the well-being of working people and the health of a fabulous state university system for your grandiose, selfish ambition. I'll do whatever I can to make sure you will not become president.

The Power of Collective Voice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Through the union, educators are raising our collective voice. Together with parents and students, educators are turning the tide. Teaching is our heart. Our students are our soul. And the union is our spine. When educators raise their voice and their power, we can reclaim the promise of public education.

Dave Jamieson

Clinton Picks Up The First Major Labor Endorsement Of 2016

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton picked up an early if not surprising endorsement on Saturday from one of the country's largest labor unions: the America...

Labor Unions Will Press Hillary Clinton On Trade

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will meet privately this month with leaders of the nation's larg...

One Goal: What the Cup-Winning Blackhawks Can Teach the Champions of Working People

Roberta Lynch | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

Like the Blackhawks, we have to focus on One Goal: standing up against the ruthless assault that is now underway not just on labor unions, but on the American Dream of fairness for all, that unions have been so critical to building and sustaining.

Hollowing Out the Middle Class

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The Department of Labor's new regulations aim to expand the number of workers who are entitled to receive time-and-a-half pay for working over 40 hours per week. While the White House claims this change is a lifeline for the middle class, the reality is that these new rules will hollow out the middle class and likely increase inequality in the workplace.

Ding, Dong: Labor Sends a Message to One of Its Biggest Corporate Collaborators

Jamie Court | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Jamie Court

In the labor movement, there are two kinds of leaders -- those who fight big corporations, and those who collaborate with them. The poster child for the collaborators just had half his membership taken away.

Zach Carter

Here Are The Trade Fight's Biggest Winners And Losers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bruising battle over President Barack Obama's trade agenda was very likely decided on Tuesday as the Senate advanced a fast-track bi...

Stronger United: Workers' Unions Across the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the working poor, unions can provide a structure for voicing grievances and a collective power for bringing about change, often in the face of resistance. In this article, we travel from Mumbai and Bangalore to Tehran and Ho Chi Minh City to explore some of the struggles waged by unions to demand the rights of their members.

Driverless cars will reshape the economy, but these three hurdles will make it a slow process

Sam Tracy | Posted 06.22.2015 | Technology
Sam Tracy

In the past decade, the idea of cars driving themselves has quickly gone from sci-fi dream to impending reality.

Walking The Walk For Working Families

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.21.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

As we fight our way back from the recession, it's clear that our economy isn't working for everyone. Too many don't have the skills they need for the jobs available. As a union, the AFT takes on these issues. This work isn't loud or provocative, but it's vital for our communities and our nation.

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Labor Rights And Tribal Sovereignty Collide At Indian Casinos

HuffingtonPost.com | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

In 2013, Gary Navarro took a job working the slots at the Graton Resort and Casino, an Indian-owned casino in Rohnert Park, California. He was just 45...