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It's All in the Narrative

William Spriggs | Posted 04.20.2015 | 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:

Our Fight for Justice

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Change takes time. But what sets our nation apart is that, even in our darkest hours, we strive to make things better. During this week's winter solstice, we celebrate the holiday season with light as a symbol of hope.

UC's Student Workers Union Fumbles Anti-Israel Initiative

Stuart W. Davidson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Stuart W. Davidson

As an American, a Jew and a proud trade unionist, the actions of a small minority in Local 2865 are very disheartening. In the course of the last ten years, I have participated in numerous labor delegations to Israel hosted by the American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center.

Bah, Humbug: 14 Facts Everyone Should Know About College Adjuncts

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 02.15.2015 | College
Jennifer McGaha

Because exploitation of workers is something we should all be concerned about, here are some facts about adjunct professors everyone should know.

5 Reasons Shopping at Walmart Makes You a Scrooge This Holiday Season

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business
Linsey Pecikonis

Employing this many workers may make the company seem virtuous and altruistic, but the business model is not a model other companies should emulate.

Fighting for Racial Justice in Ferguson and Everywhere

Doug Moore | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

For so long in the labor movement we have called for others to join us as we champion worker's rights and fight for a better future for working families. But we have fallen silent on issues of racial justice when our brothers and sisters needed us to speak up most.

Samantha Lachman

New Right To Work Bill Could Blow Up Wisconsin Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican state legislator in Wisconsin said Tuesday that he planned to introduce a right-to-work bill. The legislation could be the ...

The Great Twinkie Caper -- How U.S. Workers Get Flipped

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

So next time you're deciding whether to buy a Twinkie or Hostess cupcake, take a moment to think about the outrageous exploitation of hardworking Americans by the privileged wealthy "Ding Dongs."

Retail Workers' Rights: It's A Family Issue

Mark Ortiz | Posted 02.02.2015 | San Francisco
Mark Ortiz

It made me realize that all those feelings of wanting a voice, wanting a change and wanting to be treated with respect were not so alien in California. People here believed they deserved certain rights and were not afraid to fight for them.

Gulf Agreement on Improved Migrant Worker Conditions Unlikely to Fend Off Activist Pressure

James Dorsey | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Wealthy Gulf nations have agreed on measures to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers who constitute a substantial segment, if not the majority, in a number of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states.

An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The long-term deterioration of the middle class, accelerated by the Wall Street crash of 2008, has not been pretty. Today, we have more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth.

Likely Qatar Deportation of Striking Workers Raises Concerns

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar is signaling rejection of demands by human rights and trade union activists to grant trade union and collective bargaining rights to its majority migrant worker population with the detention and likely deportation of more than 100 predominantly South Asian laborers.

Dr. Adjunct or: How I Learned to Stop Suffering and Love Collective Bargaining

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Tracy Strauss

If university administrators continue to cling to Wall Street principles of financial greed, then faculty unions are essential for the survival of teaching and citizenship. We must work together, in solidarity, to get back to the substantive heart of higher education.

A Wakeup Call for School Leaders

Diann Woodard | Posted 01.06.2015 | Education
Diann Woodard

What do you say after an election night like November 4? We lost. As a matter of fact, some have called it "a bloodbath." We are educators though. We must take a stand. We must talk to our communities and business partners about what is right for our schools.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader Demands Mandatory National Workplace Safety Standards For Ebola

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The president of the AFL-CIO labor federation sent letters to the White House and Congress on Tuesday demanding that national workplace ...

Stop Protecting Walmart, Raise Workers' Wages

Michael Stewart | Posted 12.17.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

We must do more than just call Walmart out for their truly shameful practices. Without unions or government rules, companies like Walmart will never do the right thing.