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Organized Labor

They Want You to Think That Labor Unions Are Powerful

David Macaray | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Until unions learn how to do it -- learn how to play the system the way corporations play it -- they will continue to shrink in both membership and overall influence.

Oklahoma Sweatshop Tells One Story of Labor's Challenge

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

All justice-loving citizens need to support regulatory and legislative efforts to more equally balance the playing field between employers and workers who -- like Dan Lee and his co-workers -- seek to turn today's sweatshops into decent, productive and family-sustaining places of work.

7 Reasons Why the Labor Movement Has Stalled

David Macaray | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
David Macaray

While there still seems to be strong and genuine "pro-worker" sentiment throughout the country, there's little codified social/political activism to go along with it.

Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

Markets, Power and Economic Policy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

When economic "rents" or market failures provide economic benefits to weaker groups -- those with less stature or power in society -- efforts to eradicate such "inefficiencies" may further empower dominant elites in ways that are counterproductive for the larger society.

Colombia's Maids Lobby for Labor Rights

Elyssa Pachico | Posted 06.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Elyssa Pachico

Under Colombian law, domestic servants have the right to earn Colombia's minimum monthly wage, while their employers are required to pay for their benefits. This just doesn't happen.

Dave Jamieson

Major Ally Rips Obama Budget: 'Unconscionable' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama hasn't formally proposed his "compromise" budget plan yet, but the White House can already see cracks forming among its ...

Dave Jamieson

Mr. 47 Percent Has A New Gig | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Now that he's gone public, Scott Prouty, the man behind the infamous "47 percent" video of Mitt Romney's remarks at a Florida fundraiser...

Proposal Could Deliver Extreme Civil Service Makeover

Colin Curtis | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

HB 2384, a bill pending in the Kansas state legislature relating to civil service classification for public employees, advances a misguided solution i...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Take Stock As Numbers Dwindle | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

Just as the percentage of Americans belonging to a union has fallen to a historic low, the leader of the largest labor federation in the country on Th...

Case Made Against Kansas Workers Compensation Reform

Colin Curtis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon,...

Dave Jamieson

One Of The Biggest Labor Unions Just Got Bigger | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest labor unions in the U.S. will get a bit larger on Thursday, when the 1.5-million strong American Federation of Teache...

Dave Jamieson

Unions Push For Visa Caps In Immigration Reform | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As unions and the business lobby meet in talks over immigration reform, the head of the AFL-CIO union federation stressed Thursday that ...

The Judicial Attack on Labor

Roy Ulrich | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Roy Ulrich

Just this past week, the National Labor Relations Board was put in legal limbo as a result of a federal appeals court ruling that President Obama's recess appointments to the Board were invalid.

John Celock

Anti-Union Bill Aims At 'Problem That Doesn’t Exist' | John Celock | Posted 01.22.2013 | Politics

The battle over labor unions has reached a new state, with Kansas legislators due to start discussing a proposal that would curtail unions' political ...

How To Stop Kansas Labor Bill

Colin Curtis | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Colin Curtis

Once again the Republicans on the House Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development Committee are seeking to limit the voices of working Kansans with ...

8 Things I Miss About the Cold War

Jon Wiener | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Jon Wiener

It couldn't be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened in those years, but -- given what's happened in these years -- who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?

Ex-Owner: Marriott's Secret Deal Forced My Hotel Into Bankruptcy

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business

By Andrew Longstreth NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A former hotel owner sued Marriott International Inc on Monday, accusing the hospit...

Health Group Unites Labor Groups

Steve Early | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Steve Early

Two of the biggest U.S. strikes in the last 16 months were conducted by members of the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the National Union of H...

Labor Becomes Part of the National Conversation: The Best and Worst of 2012

Amy B. Dean | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

This was a tumultuous year for working people and their families. From the grassroots uprisings last winter to the low-wage workers' strikes at year's end, 2012 saw many people coming together for the first time and finding their voices.

Approaching the Twilight of the Labor Movement

David Macaray | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business
David Macaray

re these people locked into some sort of time-warp, where they still imagine seeing newsreel footage of union honchos doing the perp-walk? Those days are over.

We Lost Michigan

David Macaray | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
David Macaray

When you examine the history of organized labor -- the birth, growth, trajectory -- you have to be shocked and mortified by what just happened in Michigan.

WATCH: Union Leader: Obama Should Help Workers Who Got Him Elected

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 12.14.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union and member of the AFL-CIO's Executive Council, told HuffPost Live Thursday that President Bar...

The Oligarchs' Coup in Michigan

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In the coming months we'll see how many people in Michigan really have accepted the Republicans' disingenuous and bogus notion that it would be a good thing for the state to force everyone to earn less money.

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Ramps Up 'Fiscal Cliff' Fight | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The AFL-CIO federation of labor unions is ramping up its opposition to any budget deal that includes cuts to Social Security or Medicare...