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Actors Equity Meets Franz Kafka

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though the proposal had been voted down by two-thirds of its Los Angeles voting membership.

Employees At Gawker Announce Effort To Unionize

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 04.16.2015 | Media

Employees at gossip site Gawker are trying to unionize, the site’s Hamilton Nolan announced in a post Thursday. A "large group" of editorial staffer...

Huntington Hospital Nurses Defy Union-Busting Campaign

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The union organizing campaign has marshaled the support of many community and political leaders, including Congressman Judy Chu and the two run-off candidates - City Council members Jacque Robinson and Terry Tornek -- now vying to become Pasadena's next mayor, both of whom have appeared at pro-union events.

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 2015

Keith Mestrich | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Keith Mestrich

The backlash to this incident became a turning point in the history of the US and global labor movements. But 104 years later, it has become clear that too many folks in this country have forgotten the painful lessons of that day.

How Many Union Members Are in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.20.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has made his criticism of public unions clear, signing an executive order to stop mandatory "fair share" fees and expressing support for local "right-to-work zones" throughout the state.

In Order to Form a Less Perfect Union...

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

When Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) went out and gutted unions in Wisconsin, he knew that the state legislature had his back. The state government was pretty closely divided between parties, but Republicans had the majority, and so they could ramrod most any decisions down the gut of the state. Which as we now know is just what they did.

Unions and Other Old Things

Michael Hodin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

The minimal role of unions in the 21st century prompts us to consider what else does and does not make sense in the workplace when we live healthy, active lives into our 70s, 80s, and 90s. In societies that are defined by more old than young, the traditions that have for decades shaped work need to be reconsidered.

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.

Congress Should Respect Our Great Nation of Immigrants

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

You can't really blame people for giving up on Congress when every indication is that Congress has given up on us. But I still believe in our democracy and in our nation's ability to come together and solve the tough problems.

The Most Important RSVP from Pope Francis

Catherine Nagle | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

I have seen examples of people ending a marriage only to realize later that they hadn't been so bad off after all. In the Church, discernment, listening to our hearts, and deep prayer and meditation, are all called for before entering into or ending such a union.

Movie Review: "Braddock America"

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Van Buren

If I'd made a documentary film about the scars left on America through industrialization, instead of writing Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent about it, what I would have likely ended up with is "Braddock, America."

Labor Board Threatens an American Tradition

Job Creators Network | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Job Creators Network

By Bernie Marcus Mr. Marcus is co-founder and former CEO of The Home Depot and founder of the Job Creators Network, a business advocacy organization....

What's Wrong With Fast Food Workers Earning a Living Wage?

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The goal of $15 per hour is likely a pipe dream. But with around $8.5 billion in income, $3.5 billion in dividend payments, and another $67 million in executive compensation (2012), it seems McDonald's can afford to increase wages some.

Trade Deals Set Their Sights on Public Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

For much of this decade, Tea Party-backed lawmakers have been at war with public sector employees across the country. They've tried, and in a few cases succeeded, in taking away public servants' ability to collectively bargain. But now the battle is going abroad.

Arguments Against Raising Minimum Wage Don't Hold Up

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One in four U.S. employees are low-wage workers. That is 20 percent higher than in the United Kingdom, and the highest percentage among industrialized nations. So how'd that all anti-union stuff work out?

New Koch, Same as the Old Koch

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Don't be fooled by the recent USA Today column in which Charles Koch, a man who made billions while trampling workers' rights, shares his supposed deep concern for working families, young people and the disadvantaged.

The Supreme Court Doesn't Care for Caregiving Workers

Annette Bernhardt | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Annette Bernhardt

The root of the problem is that because we don't value caregiving work, millions of home care workers earn poverty wages taking care of our loved ones.

One Step Closer to Eliminating Power Hungry Unions

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

In the historic Harris v. Quinn case, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that home-care workers, many of whom are just parents acting as the primary caregiver for their ill children, shouldn't be forced to join a union.

Scotland? It's A Family Affair

Nick Jefferson | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Nick Jefferson

Like many English people, I'd been pretty ambivalent about it all, and very much of the "if they wanna go, let 'em go" school. But in Scotland, I changed my mind. And dramatically so.

Can the Arts Save Detroit?

Leslie Tolf | Posted 07.12.2014 | Detroit
Leslie Tolf

After graduating from the University of Michigan, I became a graphic artist in D.C. Twenty years later, I was involved with the labor movement. At the time, I didn't think that there was a connection between the two, but now I'm quite sure that there is.

Chicago Pension-Cutting Plan Would Harm City Retirees, Neighborhoods

Henry Bayer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Chicago
Henry Bayer

roponents of the drastic Chicago pension cuts sought by the city have threatened a range of doomsday scenarios if their proposal is not enacted. Rather than the thoughtful, informed discussion this matter deserves, this is the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

Making Equal Work for Equal Pay an Official NYC Policy

David Nocenti | Posted 06.08.2014 | New York
David Nocenti

While the focus has been on the negotiations with the unions representing New York City employees, missing from the picture are the thousands of union members whose salaries are entirely paid for with City funds, but who are not on the City payroll.

What Church and Culture Both Get Wrong About Marriage

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For some, the Church is the final bastion in the culture war to preserve the notion held by some of "traditional family." For others, marriage is merely a civil contract, in which organized religion should have no part.

China's Militant Workers Embrace Collective Action

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.02.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

China is the big business story of the 21st century, but is it also the big labor story? A new report on China's labor movement, covering about 1,170...

Court Okays Labor Department Rule: Guestworkers Must Earn Prevailing Wages

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued major reforms to a flagship guestworker program known as H-2B. Business groups, predictably, sued to block the regulations -- but last week, an appeals court finally put their arguments to rest.