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The War on Workers: L.A. Is On!

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James P. Hoffa

It's not just about red states and blue states, it's not about public sector versus private sector workers, and it's not about any of the other propaganda that gets thrown around to divide Americans. It's about all of us.

Fairness for Workers

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Bruce Braley

Hard working Iowans and all middle class Americans deserve fair wages. That's why I defended Project Labor Agreements at yesterday's hearing

Workers Gloomier, More Fearful Than Ever About Retirement, Survey Says

Reuters | Linda Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In its annual Retirement Confidence Survey, it found that worker expectations for their later years withered in the face of high unemployment, governm...

How Can We Win in Wisconsin?

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

A small group of us LGBT activists went to Madison today to join the tens of thousands of people from there and around the region standing up for unio...

Broken Promises of the Obama Administration

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

President Obama's unwillingness to support programs aimed at assisting poor and working class people in a time of recession is tragic, especially after his campaign rhetoric to address social and economic justice issues.

William Alden

When Cities Struggle, Workers Punished -- But Bondholders Spared

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As cities across the nation struggle to balance their budgets, a chorus of experts has told investors to take cover. Economists, analysts ...

100,000+ Protest Across America, 3,000 in Denver

Nancy Cronk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Rallies were held at state capitols in all fifty states on Saturday, bringing out hundreds of thousands of Americans to stand in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin.

Will Facebook Replace Labor Unions?

Tom Hayes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayes

While the hidebound institution of the union will become less relevant, organized labor as a force will become more powerful in years to come. Things will just happen differently.

Right to Work: Representation Without Taxation

Dean Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

Scott Walker's "right to work" proposal is a great name from the standpoint of proponents, just like the term "death tax" is effective for opponents of the estate tax, but it has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

Retirees Proud To Stand With Public Workers

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Barbara J. Easterling

In these difficult times, retirees across the country are proud to support public sector workers. We value the work these men and women do every day....

Religious Voices Enter Wisconsin Union Debate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service The pro-union rallies in Wisconsin have a retro feel to them -- particularly for people of faith. Clergy a...

Whose 'Egypt Moment' in Education?

Brian Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Jones

lein, oblivious to this extreme irony, continued: "Will we seize the moment? We will talk to each other and go home. I challenge this group to seize the moment." Seize the moment and do what?

The Republican Strategy

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The Republican strategy is to pit average working Americans against one another, distracting attention from the almost unprecedented concentration of wealth and power at the top.

Workers' Rights: The Big Picture

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Amy Traub

Adapted from authors' remarks at the Urban Justice Center Human Rights Luncheon, February 3 2011 You don't have to work at a think tank to realize th...

Jobs Lost to Deep Drilling Ban Less Than Predicted

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Susan Buchanan

The Gulf Coast remains banged up and broken from BP's spill. But worries that Louisiana workers would be hit hard by the federal drilling ban still haven't materialized.

The F Word: Setting the Story Straight on Snow "Slowdown"

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

It's worth noting: the story of a union-staged work slowdown after New York's first major snowstorm of the year has been debunked pretty thoroughly by now.

High Unemployment Means Workers Are Losing Power

nytimes.com | David Leonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For corporate America, the Great Recession is over. For the American work force, it's not. Unfortunately, fixing the job market will take years. Ev...

The F Word: Widening Concern for Public Workers

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, the holiday that celebrates the Nobel Peace Prize winner's birth and life. The Rev. King wasn't assass...

Put Down the Resume, Stoner

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

A drug addict who has their state assistance cut off probably isn't going to rationally reexamine their life, quit cold turkey, run out to secure a minimum wage job, and open a college fund for their kids.

Wages Have Endured Worst Drop In Decades

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Wages for American workers have fallen dramatically since the financial crisis, in what will likely turn out to be the worst such plunge since the Gre...

The F Word: Leaving the People Out of the Debate

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's not just the unemployed we don't tend to see on U.S. TV. Take public workers. They're in the news every day, but it's not actually them. It's people talking about them.

The F Word: Public Workers Getting Snowed

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Flanders

Non-New Yorkers gloat beware -- the Big Apple's storm offers just a taste of the problems that are likely to be coming your way.

Season of Hardship Connects Struggling Workers in Two Worlds

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Those toys and gadgets that we wishfully spent our savings on may have made the holidays a little more bearable. But remember that that they're symbols of other aspirations, too.

Georgia Prison Strike: A Hidden Labor Force Resists

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

As a captive workforce and disenfranchised populace, the prison system reaches deep into American society, and the distance between the people on the inside and those on the outside is increasingly a matter of luck.

South Africa Wakes Up to Wal-Mart

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The next battleground for Wal-Mart could be South Africa's burgeoning consumer marketplace, and labor groups are watching nervously as the Biggest Box of All descends on Africa.