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Headed to the Bank? Tell Bank Employees About New Whistleblower Protections

Stephen Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Lerner

The new Wall Street reform law includes protections for front-line bank workers to blow the whistle, which means they can now be our first line of defense against predatory banking practices.

SEIU Supports Marijuana Legalization

The New York Times | Adam Nagourney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A ballot measure to make California the first state to legalize the sale and use of marijuana has won the support of one of the state's most powerful ...

Labor's Stand for Immigration Reform: An Interview with Eliseo Medina

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

Medina, executive vice president of SEIU, spoke to me about labor's position in the pro-CIR movement, SEIU's role in the boycott of Arizona and the union's efforts to increase Latino political strength throughout the country.

SEIU Uses Fear, Lies, and Million$ to Sway Kaiser Workers

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Shaw

SEIU is not promoting its efforts at Kaiser hospitals for good reason. Its campaign is taking a page from the playbook of professional union-busters by avoiding public debate, instead seeking to sway workers through lies and fear.

NUHW vs. SEIU: Kaiser Workers Prepare to Make History

Shirley Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirley Nelson

Nearly 30,000 of us signed petitions telling the government that we want NUHW to be our union and we wanted this election to make it official -- the biggest private sector union election in more than 70 years.

Raising Hell, Not Raising Money, Is What the Middle Class Needs From American Labor

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

As we scan the labor movement across America, the hell raisers are building their numbers and the fundraisers are fading away. The fate of the middle class depends largely on what paradigm American labor chooses.

Wall Street Is to Blame for Pension Shortfalls

Eliseo Medina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eliseo Medina

Rather than blaming state employees for the mess Wall Street has made of our economy, Governor Schwarzenegger must work with us to make sure our economy recovers in a healthy and sustainable way.

Sam Stein

Major Unions Pooling Resources For $100 Million 2010 Effort | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In yet another sign of thawing between the two rival factions of the labor movement, leaders of the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Un...

Legislative Prospects for Immigration Reform: An Interview With Marshall Fitz

Daniel Altschuler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Altschuler

I spoke with Fitz to explore the current context in the Beltway. We discussed the congressional politics on immigration in 2007 and 2010 and the significance of Latino voting patterns for the prospects of immigration reform.

Worried About Retirement? Time to Strengthen Social Security

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

The politicians and corporate interests pushing arguments that we can't afford Social Security are the same people who destroyed our pensions. The same people who want to hand the fate of our retirements over to Wall Street.

After SEIU: The Work Ahead to Build a Progressive Future

Anna Burger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anna Burger

Today I announced my retirement as Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU and Chair of Change to Win. Our union is a gift and it gave me, the daughter of a disabled truck driver and a nurse working the night shift, the opportunity to transform my life.

Glenn Beck Compares Obama's America To 'Planet Of The Apes' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Glenn Beck compared Obama's America to "the damn Planet of the Apes," Thursday during a rant against the president's praise for the AFL-CIO. Beck ma...

Entire SEIU steward council steps down in order to choose NUHW

Shirley Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirley Nelson

This week, 48 SEIU-UHW stewards at Kaiser Santa Rosa Medical Center sounded the first note of our historic union election campaign at Kaiser Permanent...

Ryan Grim

Labor Legend Dolores Huerta Rips SEIU For Worker Intimidation | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A legend of the labor movement stepped into the turmoil engulfing organized labor in California on Tuesday, pressing the new head of the Service Emplo...

An Open Letter to SEIU President Mary Kay Henry

Dolores Huerta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dolores Huerta

Tactics that are intended not to persuade or inform, but to intimidate and deny workers' right to free speech in public space, have no place in any union election campaign.

Too Big Not to Organize: SEIU-International Coalition Try to Unionize the Banks

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Elk

Why would SEIU, which has risen to prominence during the last 25 years in part by organizing janitors, be interested in organizing bank workers?

Gender Inclusiveness? Women and Young Workers May Abandon Labor, Report Says

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Akito Yoshikane

A new report says labor is at the "tipping point" of losing women and young workers unless unions make changes to become more inclusive and responsive to their needs.

No Break For Lobbyists Over Congress' Memorial Day Recess

Roll Call | Matthew Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The business community and organized labor are fanning out over the country during the Memorial Day recess, attempting to roust grass-roots support fo...

Hijacked: Stolen Health Care Reform V

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

This is the last of my five posts on the PPACA wherein I will analyze whether the legislation delivers enough to be worth the $1 trillion investment over the next 10 years and whether it will really work.

From Civil War to Labor Vision

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

The announcement of a settlement between two rivaling unions should be an occasion for us to refocus on what the labor movement is really about.

Hijacked: Stolen Health Care Reform IV: Will the Quality of Care Improve?

John Geyman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Geyman

In our last three posts, we examined how the PPACA stacks up against the goals of reform for cost containment, affordability and access to care. Here we consider what its likely impact will be on the quality of care.

SEIU-UNITE HERE Settlement Reached

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Shaw

After an 18-month battle that began with SEIU believing it could affect a hostile takeover of a fellow international union, the two unions reached a settlement today almost entirely on UNITE HERE's terms.

Netroots-Labor Solidarity: A Work in Progress

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

there is substantially more discussion in the blogosphere about cultural issues (whatever stupid thing Sarah Palin said today) important to urban professionals on the East and West Coast than trade issues important to steelworkers in the Midwest.

John Delloro's Legacy of Labor Leadership

Jonah Lalas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonah Lalas

Workers are not perfect, John would remind us, but even if they are racist, sexist, homophobic, or anti-immigrant, they need to be organized.

On the Foul Line with the Chamber of Commerce

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Like LeBron James, the Chamber of Commerce's Tom Donahue knows who his Super Friends are: big business, the conservative, naysaying obstructionists in Congress and their candidates, poised to take back the majority.