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It's Work and Family Month: We Will Not (Continue to) Give Up Our Family Time!

Carol Joyner | Posted 10.29.2016 | 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 10.26.2016 | 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 10.26.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 10.20.2016 | 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 10.12.2016 | 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 10.06.2016 | 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 health policy ex...

GOP: No Bootstraps For You, Baby!

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.19.2016 | 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 09.20.2016 | 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 09.19.2016 | 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 09.11.2016 | 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 09.08.2016 | 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

President Barack Obama skewered Republicans Monday for failing to "walk the walk" on their promises to middle-class Americans. Speaking at a Labor Day...

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

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.07.2015 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden celebrated labor unions Monday in remarks at a rally organized by AFL-CIO in Pittsburgh. At the Labor Day event, Biden credit...

Ten Troubling Labor Day Stats 2015

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.06.2016 | 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 09.04.2016 | 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 09.04.2016 | 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 09.03.2016 | 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 08.20.2016 | 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 nearly 6 in 10 A...

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

Darya Teesewell | Posted 08.14.2016 | Queer 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 08.10.2016 | 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 08.05.2016 | 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 -- no...