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Workplace Safety Is Still an Elusive Goal for Many on the Job

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Today is Workers' Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor our fallen brothers and sisters in the labor movement all across the globe. But while technological advancements should be making the workplace safer, deaths and injuries on the job are still a major concern.

Will Uber's New 'Drivers Association' Have Any Real Power?

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.26.2016 | Business

Last week, ride-sharing pioneer Uber announced it was settling a pair of major class-action lawsuits brought by Uber drivers in California and Massach...

DOL Rule Change Sheds Light on Anti-Union Tactics

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.24.2016 | Business
James P. Hoffa

It is clear to most people that corporations hold numerous advantages over everyday Americans when it comes to power in the workplace. But thankfully, the Obama administration just took a step to close a loophole that will shine a spotlight on those engaging in anti-union activities.

Nation's Water Crisis Extends Beyond Flint

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Other communities nationwide could face a similar public health emergency if elected officials don't act to beef up U.S. water infrastructure. In recent years there have been reports of high levels of lead in the water supply in Washington, D.C. and Providence, R.I., among other places.

Prepping Vets for Jobs -- Before They Leave the Military

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 02.24.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

It's time to break down the myth that service members who get out of the military will find employment right away. That's simply not realistic -- and those who have been laid off, out of work or watching a recent college graduate look for a job will recognize this.

Everyone Who Wants Film Production to Return to Hollywood Say 'Aye'

Dick Guttman | Posted 02.09.2016 | Entertainment
Dick Guttman

That loud chorus of 'ayes" you just heard came from the leaders of six of the most powerful organizations in what used to be known as the Film Capital...

A Good Neighbor

Eric Trules | Posted 01.25.2016 | Los Angeles
Eric Trules

Some people say, "Good fences make good neighbors." I like to say, "you're lucky if you find a good neighbor. Especially a good next door neighbor. Es...

21 Organizations Fighting for Labor Rights in the Food System

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

From farmworkers to restaurant servers, the food system employs millions of laborers around the world to pick, package, transport, deliver, and cook our food every day. Of the 3 billion workers in the world's labor force, about 40 percent are employed in agriculture alone, according to the International Labor Organization of the United Nations (ILO).

Safety Can't Be Compromised as Part of Transportation Funding Bill

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

There are 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. today and 28 percent of urban roads are in substandard condition. Quite simply, the nation's transportation infrastructure is in crisis. Congress has the ability to change it. But it must put forward a bill that takes both funding and safety seriously.

Despite Deal, Resistance to TPP Grows in All Corners

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Protesters warned about the problems the Pacific Rim trade deal could bring to people around the world. Whether it's jobs being shipped overseas and wages being driven down in the U.S., medicine prices going through the roof, more pollution or unsafe food and products heading to our shores as a result of this bad trade deal, that wasn't enough to sway TPP negotiators.

Retirees, Workers Deserve to Receive Their Pensions

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

The golden years of everyday Americans who worked hard for decades to put away money for retirement are increasingly being jeopardized by the nation's pension system. But the Teamsters and a top presidential contender are working hard to change it.

Vocational Training Makes for Better Paid, Better Prepared Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

A college degree is not the answer for all people. There is a need to boost vocational training for the U.S. population at large. Better worker training means better services and safety for all Americans. Labor unions like the Teamsters make it happen every day.

Disgraced United CEO Jeff Smisek Is the Reason for Income Inequality

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Smisek's failed leadership at United Airlines illustrates exactly how this CEO self-dealing scheme works to the advantage of wealthy executives and shareholders while damaging workers, communities, customers and corporations.

The Labor Ruling McDonald's Has Been Dreading Just Became A Reality

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON -- McDonald's, Burger King and every other company that relies on a franchise business model just suffered the legal setback they've been f...

A Failure of Capitalism: Trump, Trucks and Voter Rage

Hal Donahue | Posted 08.03.2015 | Entertainment
Hal Donahue

Trump taps into the righteous anger of an electorate while misdirecting those voters to scapegoat our struggling veterans, military, federal workers, retired people, sick and challenged under the clever and nondescript term -- dependent class. The American worker does not deserve to be squeezed by its own government. If politicians like Senator Casey and Hillary Clinton cannot get their message across, extremists, like Trump, win.

A Blueprint for Getting America Back on Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Given the economy's size and complexity, our problems cannot be solved by tinkering around the edges. Instead, a total revamp is necessary, one that both grows the middle class while reining in the runaway excess of the business class.

Walmart at the Crossroads: Live Better, Do Better for All of Us

Joann Lo | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Joann Lo

It is time for Walmart to take a leadership role, not just in size and revenue, but in social responsibility. And Walmart can actually take action today. Walmart's actions, both good and bad, will strongly influence its suppliers and competition.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

Congress Is Facing Its Last Call to Stand Up for Fair Trade

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

When we have complicated trade agreements that could put thousands of U.S. workers on the unemployment line and hamper this nation's economy, shouldn't our elected officials have a chance to review and make changes to them? After all, lawmakers have certainly spent significant time considering more frivolous matters in recent years.

TPP Investor Language Will Leave Taxpayers on the Hook

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.26.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Based on one TPP chapter alone, the average worker is going to get screwed. The provisions will give corporations the ability to do an end-around on U.S. laws they don't like. How is that fair? What about the rights of the American people? What about democracy?

Port Driver Efforts Show the Long, Hard Fight for Justice

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Over the last 18 months, port truck drivers at the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have dramatically escalated their decades-long struggle against trucking companies.

No Time to Waste in Letting Public, Lawmakers Know About Fast Track

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Not everyone is aware of the consequences that a quick up-or-down vote on the 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal will bring. It will devastate not only wage earners, but their families as well.

Walmart Needs to Show More Thanks for Its Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.

Drug Distributor Punishes Vets While Receiving Billions From VA

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.11.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

McKesson Corp. is the nation's largest drug distributor and earns roughly $4 billion a year serving as the primary pharmaceutical vendor for the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. But it doesn't pay employees like Claude Hickerson, a veteran himself, enough to afford health care.

The Ballot Box Is the Great Equalizer for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

American workers are facing significant challenges. Whether it's low pay, a system that favors corporations over citizens, a gender wage gap, the effects of unfair trade or a voting system that hampers the most disadvantaged among us, these problems are real. But will those affected the most bother to do something about it?