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Organized Labor

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

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Why Richard Trumka Still Thinks McConnell Will Lose

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Which Way America: Labor Management Collaboration or a Return to Labor Wars?

Thomas Kochan | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Thomas Kochan

State officials and the Supreme Court face a critical choice: Do they endorse a return to the 19th- and early 20th-century era of conflict and bloodshed that characterized America's labor history, or endorse a system based on innovation, partnership, collaboration, and mutual respect?

Reality TV Workers Have Little to Be Thankful for

Michael Winship | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

Working on shows like "Real Housewives of Atlanta" often means working exhausting schedules without breaks or even overtime pay.

Leaked Anti-Union Rant Shows What Workers Are Up Against In America

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business

Listen to the full recording from the Iron Mountain meeting in the above player. A leaked audio recording showing managers trying to talk their t...

Dave Jamieson

Labor To Dems: We'll End Your Career If You Cut Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With fresh Capitol Hill budget battles on the horizon, the head of the leading labor federation planned to issue a blistering warning to...

Another Worker Strike Hits Walmart

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business

Workers at a Walmart store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., walked off the job Friday morning in protest of management, demanding that they be given full-tim...