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May Day: From the Haymarket Massacre to the Occupy Movement

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

Many people might be surprised to learn that the May Day celebrations that occurred around the world in 2012 were born more than a century ago out of a struggle by American workers for the eight-hour day.

Dave Jamieson

More Workers Killed On Job In 2010, Labor Group Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.03.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Thirteen U.S. workers were killed on the job each day and roughly 50,000 died from work-related diseases in 2010, a worrisome increase i...

May Day

Noam Chomsky | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

May Day started here, but then became an international day in support of American workers who were being subjected to brutal violence and judicial punishment. If you get to a point where the existing institutions will not bend to the popular will, you have to eliminate the institutions.

Elizabeth Warren Will Lead

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.26.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In a Washington full of revolving-door sellouts who effortlessly glide between special-interest sinecures and government jobs earning personal fortunes on the payroll of the 1 percent, Elizabeth Warren will never sell her public conscience for private wealth.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Fear Plan To Speed Up Chicken Processing Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When he was working on a poultry processing line in northern Alabama last year, Jorge Polanco-Mercado watched new workers come and go al...

U.S. Workers Aren't Using Their Vacation Days

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.12.2012 | Business

Wanna get away? No. Nearly half of American workers didn't use all of their allotted vacation days last year, according to a recent survey conduct...

Study Finds Earning Less Than Colleagues Actually Makes Some People Happy

University of St. Andrews | Posted 04.05.2012 | Fifty

Knowing that your colleagues and peers earn more than you can actually raise your satisfaction levels, but only if you are under 45, according to new ...

Saki Knafo

Workers And Managers Face Off At Iconic New York Bookstore

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.23.2012 | New York

Visitors to the Strand Book Store, a quirky bastion of the New York intellectual tradition on Broadway and 12th Street, may have noticed that the plac...

Beating China, Corporate Style

Hannah Gurman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics
Hannah Gurman

The compact between U.S. corporations and U.S. labor is over. Especially in light of all that has transpired since 2008, why should anyone believe that catering to the interests of U.S. corporations located in or returning from China will make American workers any better off?

What Raising The Retirement Age Really Means

American Independent | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

In state legislatures across the country, slashing the benefits and pension plans of public sector workers has come into bipartisan fashion. Even in t...

Dave Jamieson

Warehouse Woes: More Workers Claim They Were Ripped Off

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.15.2012 | Business

Warehouse workers in Southern California filed a lawsuit in federal court on Thursday alleging labor law violations against a Walmart contractor, the ...

In All-India General Strike, Workers Go All Out Against Neoliberalism

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

India's economic ascent seems like it should be the envy of the world's richest nations. Except Indian workers just gave the boosters of global capitalism a few million second thoughts.

The Cost Of Hiring A Factory Worker In The U.S. Vs. China

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

Since 2001, the United States has lost 2.8 million manufacturing jobs to China -- that despite U.S. factory workers being far more productive. Par...

International Women's Day: Don't Get Mad, Get Elected

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.08.2012 | Women
Christine Pelosi

On International Women's Day, each woman in the world must use this as an opportunity to step up and fight the good fight. For our health. For our jobs. And for our future.

Dave Jamieson

Florida GOP Tries To Kill Anti-Wage Theft Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

A bill moving through the Florida legislature would kill any local laws designed to help workers recover wages owed by their employers, prompting demo...

Dave Jamieson

Lone Miner's Death Tells 'Story Of The Appalachian Coal Miner'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green

Richard Coots, Jr. wasn’t killed in a massive explosion, and the accident that claimed him barely made a ripple of news beyond Eastern Kentucky. He ...

Bye Bye American Pie: The Challenge of the Productivity Revolution

Robert Reich | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

Here's the good news. The economic pie is growing again. Growth in the 4th quarter last year hit 3 percent on an annualized rate. That's respectable. But here's the bad news: The share of that growth going to American workers is at a record low.

Dave Jamieson

Life-Saving Regulation Languishes As Campaign Money Flows

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal rule meant to protect the lungs of workers has been caught in bureaucratic purgatory for more than a year now, frustrating pub...

Workers Hold Key to Reigniting Egypt's Revolution

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

While workers are consumed with immediate problems of economic instability and unemployment, labor activists struggle to find unity as organizations jostle for representation in the fractious post-Mubarak political landscape.

Dave Jamieson

Bill Would Outlaw Tip-Skimming By Hotels, Restaurants

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Business

A bill introduced in Rhode Island's legislature this week would prevent restaurants and hotels in the state from pocketing portions of the "service fe...

Free College Is the Answer to Our Higher Education Crisis

Bernard Starr | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Bernard Starr

Our nation is facing a crisis -- with vast domestic and worldwide implications -- that can only be addressed by thinking out of the box about education.

Dave Jamieson

Arizona GOP Leader: Let Kids Work For $4.65 An Hour

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican lawmakers in Arizona are pushing legislation that would lower the legal minimum wage for younger part-time workers and tipped...

Migrants Struggle in the Shadows of Asia's Rising Tide of Inequality

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

In both the "developed" and "developing" worlds," migrants' labor struggles are deepened by social alienation. In Malaysia, exploitation of Filipino and Indonesian migrants is rampant in sectors such as domestic work.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Bill Would Strip Workers Of Overtime, Minimum Wage Protections

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A little-noted provision in the House Republicans' controversial energy and transportation bill would strip several thousand workers wit...

One Walmart Store May Pay Big For Workplace Safety Violations

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department has recommended fining Wal-Mart Stores Inc. $365,500 after inspectors say they found 24 workplace safety ...