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Working It: The Activist Art Magazine Fueling Labor Rights for Strippers and Other Sex Workers

Katherine Koster | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Katherine Koster

It's a Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before her domestic violence hotline shift begins, and Matilda Bickers has put out the final call for submissions to the fall version of Working It, a Portland-based quarterly by, about, and for sex workers.

Al Jazeera America Won't Recognize Employee Union

International Business Times | Gabriel Arana | Posted 09.29.2015 | Media

After several weeks, the management at Al Jazeera America (AJAM) has decided not to recognize the union drive announced by its digital staffers o...

On Labor Day: Corporations Deploy Anti-Worker Weapon

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.07.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Instead of picnicking, Steelworkers in six states will spend this Labor Day picketing the gates of a dozen Allegheny Technologies Inc. (ATI) specialty mills. These 2,200 Steelworkers are not on strike. They never even took a strike vote to threaten a walkout. ATI locked them out of their jobs.

On Labor Day, Here Are 5 Ways To Help Labor

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics

Labor Day isn’t simply a time to fire up the grill and enjoy one last weekend of summer. It’s a day to think about the challenges facing ...

Inside Bernie Sanders' Strategy To Win Over Organized Labor

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics

Sept 6 (Reuters) - Union activist Cliff Smith once thought of Bernie Sanders as an "obscure" U.S. senator. That changed in August when Smith joined 2...

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.

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...

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.

What's the Matter With Indiana?

Steve Early | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Steve Early

In recent years, Indiana has become a "red state" disaster area for labor, one of several in the Midwest that used to be more "blue." The hostile environment for public employee unions has now enveloped unionized workers in manufacturing and the building trades.

Boycotts Aren't Always the Answer

David Macaray | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
David Macaray

American sweatshops didn't begin to improve significantly until labor unions began representing their workers. Accordingly, if we truly wish to help Bangladeshi textile workers, it won't be by refusing to purchase the apparel they produce. All that will do is destroy their livelihoods. Rather, the goal should be to promote the Bangladeshi labor movement.

Governor Scott Walker Strikes Another Blow Against Organized Labor; Wisconsin Becomes 25th "Right to Work" State

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Critical thinking says if you want to earn more money, bullying your employer with a mob isn't the answer. Production is. If you want to earn more money, provide more service.

Secret Treaties: Why I'm Against the TPP

Vincent Gentile | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Vincent Gentile

If a bunch of countries are getting to together to make game-changing decisions about jobs, workers' rights and environmental standards, shouldn't the people have a say? Shouldn't we at least be aware of what's being discussed before a decision is made?

GOP's Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

It has never been clear until now why Republicans so hated the idea of hard-working Americans banding together to negotiate to receive a more fair share of profits derived from the sweat of their brows. Walker's conflating ISIS terrorists with labor protestors while CPAC conference attendees cheered explains it all.

It's Past Time We Invested in Young Workers

Liz Shuler | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Liz Shuler

Free, high-quality public higher education. Expanded apprenticeship programs. Jobs that pay living wages. Workplaces that are free of discrimination. Strong union rights. Don't those sound great?

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.

Samantha Lachman

New Right To Work Bill Could Blow Up Wisconsin Again | 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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Why Richard Trumka Still Thinks McConnell Will Lose | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few things seem to excite AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka quite like the prospect of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) los...

Dave Jamieson

American Airlines, US Airways Workers Vote Overwhelmingly To Join Union | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Thousands of service agents at American Airlines unionized with their new colleagues at US Airways on Tuesday, making the most of last y...

Why Fight for Unions? So We Can Fight an Economy Rigged Against Us

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

This misclassification game is just one way that big companies have been rigging the rules to give themselves an edge, getting around what We the People set down for our democracy. The result, of course, is even more people paid even less with even worse working conditions.

St. Louis' Spanish Lake, White Flight, and the Shrinking of the American Middle Class

Umar Lee | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Umar Lee

The decline of Spanish Lake isn't just about white flight, it's also about de-industrialization and the weakening of organized labor. What happens to neighborhoods built for factory-workers when the factories close?

Labor Unions Fear Outcome Of Illinois Governors Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — When superrich Republican Bruce Rauner decided to run for governor of Illinois, it was clear this wouldn't be the kind of race the st...

Dave Jamieson

How College Football Players Will Get Their Union | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This coming Friday, lawyers for Northwestern University football players are set to begin making their case to federal officials that th...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Get Some Good News | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Despite long-term declines in union membership, the proportion of U.S. workers who belong to a labor union held steady overall last year...

Jillian Berman

Leaked PowerPoint Reveals Walmart's Anti-Union Strategy | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Walmart is pushing back against labor groups by providing managers with talking points to discourage workers from joining up, internal documents revea...

Boeing Workers Approve Controversial New Contract

AP | MANUEL VALDES | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

SEATTLE (AP) — The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly ...