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Labor Unions

New Jersey Anti-Union Bill Paves Way For Other States

AP | BETH DeFALCO | Posted 09.01.2011 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. — The nation's financial downturn left many states in such a precarious position that they were forced this year to make tough dec...

Rahm Avoids Layoffs, For Now, Pending Union Concessions

Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw down the gauntlet to the city's labor unions when he offered up an ultimatum: Accept his work-rule chan...

The Plane Truth: Unions Don't Equal Quality

Marty Robins | Posted 08.24.2011 | Business
Marty Robins

Given the fragility of our economic recovery, I feel compelled to speak out in opposition to well meaning, but potentially disastrous, suggestions for having government tell a private company how to enhance the quality of its output.

Raging Against The Machine: Tom Morello's Nightwatchman Persona

Michael Gilmour | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

With all the rhetorical force and righteous anger of the prophets, the Nightwatchman's biblically literate activism rails against the individuals and institutions responsible for the plight of the needy

AJ Barbosa

Stop Fighting And Start Teaching | AJ Barbosa | Posted 08.20.2011 | Education

This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at When the Hesby Oaks School reopened its doors in 2006 after being closed f...

Maine Governor Bombarded With Thousands Of Angry Emails Over Labor Mural Removal

AP | DAVID SHARP and GLENN ADAMS | Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage's decision to remove a mural depicting the history of the labor movement in Maine struck a raw nerve as critic...

Dave Jamieson

South Carolina Republican: Obama, Labor Board Engaged In 'Regional Warfare' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans escalated their attacks on the federal labor board under Obama Friday afternoon, as House Oversight Committee Chairman Darre...

New Jersey Union Workers Protest Cuts To Benefits, Collective Bargaining Rights

AP | ANGELA DELLI SANTI | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Hundreds are rallying at the state capital to protest legislation being considered that calls for New Jersey government employee...

What the Government Should Be Verifying: Jobs, Safety, and Training

Pablo Alvarado | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics
Pablo Alvarado

The government should stop its immigrant witch hunt and start focusing on real solutions. What we need is verification of workplace safety and effective enforcement of wage and hour laws.

Labor Deal made For Thousands Of Miners

AP | TIM HUBER | Posted 08.13.2011 | Business

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The United Mine Workers said Monday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with coal producers that employ thousands of ...

Paige Lavender

Blair Mountain: Protesters March to Save Historic Battlefield | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.10.2011 | Green

A week long protest calling for the preservation of West Virginia's Blair Mountain has rehashed conflicts within a coal mining community torn between ...

New Jersey Governor Pushes Anti-Union Bill

AP | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI and BETH DeFALCO | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey's Republican governor and Democratic state Senate president reached a deal Wednesday on legislation that would make public...

Dave Jamieson

Cities, States Move To Mandate Paid Sick Leave For Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Millions of American workers face an ugly choice when they fall ill: Either tough it out and head into work, or stay home and not get pa...

Dave Jamieson

Political Climate Helps Push Federal Workers To Unionize | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Conventional wisdom says American unions are wheezing. But at the largest union representing federal workers, there has been nothing but...

Public Employees Offer Solutions. Examples.

Eric Lotke | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Enough with blaming public employees for all of America's problems. Last week public employees in Oregon marched on the state Capitol with a billion d...

Americans Need To Lower Their Expectations, Ex-GM Executive Says

Posted 08.01.2011 | Business

DETROIT (Ben Klayman) - The United States has a window of opportunity to dump its reputation as a nation of importers and get back to being a glob...

In South Africa, Wal-Mart Refuses to Buy Local, Threatens WTO Action, and Wins

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Even in countries where the law clearly states that the public interest must be protected in large mergers, global trade agreements give corporations the upper hand, or at least give government authorities an excuse to ignore their own laws.

Dave Jamieson

Redskins Stand With TSA Agents in Union Bid | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Officers with the Transportation Security Administration know a thing or two about feeling under appreciated and belittled in the workpl...

An Unconscionable Silence

Rick Sloan | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Sloan

Where are labor's allies? Where are Israel's friends? Where, exactly, are the supporters of civil rights, immigrant rights and women's rights? Each ...

Note to Boeing's Jim McNerney: All We Are Saying Is Give the Truth -- and Your Union -- a Chance

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 07.24.2011 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

No worker anywhere should have to work without organizing protections, which is why Jim McNerney's and Boeing's demand that Boeing workers now agree to "a long-term no-strike clause" is so obviously unfair.

Dave Jamieson

Alabama Nursing Assistants At Center Of National Labor Dispute | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In late 2008, a small group of certified nursing assistants in Mobile, Ala., made a bid to unionize. Two and a half years later, the nur...

White House Budget Staffers Seek To Join Labor Union

AP | By SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Staffers at the White House budget office filed a petition Monday to join a labor union, seeking to gain more input over their working c...

Why Obama's Speech Won't Lead to Major Immigration Reform

Sahil Kapur | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Sahil Kapur

Whatever happens in the near term, the status quo is unsustainable in the long run and bad for almost everybody. Washington will eventually have to address those in the country illegally as well as make hard choices about who can immigrate and who cannot.

How Do Wrong Economic Ideas Become Conventional Wisdom?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.09.2011 | Books
Peter Dreier

If conservatives don't like labor unions, they are entitled to their opinions. But when they attack unions by arguing that they actually hurt working people, they don't have the facts on their side. They are crying wolf.

Labor and Capital in the 21st Century: Legacy of the Haymarket Affair

Mark Cassello | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

May 1, 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of nationwide series of strikes that forced employers to begin to capitulate on the issue of the eight-hour wo...