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Ban Ki-Moon Accused of Union-Busting at UN

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.17.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

United Nations workers spend their time on the front lines of the global struggle for human rights, but now they are battling for rights in their own ...

Time to Make Job Creation a Team Sport

Frank Islam | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

We live in an era when self-centered individuals and extreme capitalism are extracting rather than adding value for society. As a result, the American dream is at risk for the vast majority of workers.

A Formula for Reawakening Labor: Capitalism, Communities and Cooperatives

Frank Islam | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

Based upon the rhetoric at the quadrennial labor convention held in Los Angeles this week, it appears that the labor movement will be trying new thing...

When Trust Turns to Rust in the Motor City

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

In Rick Snyder's Michigan, there's no money to make good on the pensions seniors in Detroit worked a lifetime to earn, but there's always a few hundred million available for a billionaire who wants an extravagant new sports arena.

MILLIONS Of Workers May Dump Obamacare Employer Plans

Reuters | Sharon Begley | Posted 09.09.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) - As many as 37 million Americans who receive health coverage through employers may be better off with the government-subsi...

Labor Daze: A Murky Future for the 'Average'

Frank Islam | Posted 11.09.2013 | Business
Frank Islam

In spite of the sometimes soaring and sometimes sour rhetoric surrounding Labor Day, the sad reality in 2013 is that, on average, the "average" American worker continues to struggle mightily.

McViolation: How American Fast Food Operators Break the Law

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

Labor Day may be over, but if the recent strikes in 60 cities are any indication, fast food workers intend to keep turning up the heat on a vast American industry built around poverty wages.

Obama Deregulatory Proposal on Poultry Gets Slammed by GAO: Food Safety in Jeopardy and Workers Ignored

Rena Steinzor | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Rena Steinzor

It's no surprise that the occupational safety and health analysis behind the rule is so bad. USDA failed to consult with OSHA before the proposal was rushed out the door last year.

Think Again: Labor for a Day, Capital for the Rest of the Year

Eric Alterman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

In the mainstream media, we focus on the business world every day and on labor one day a year. This obscures the awful treatment that so many U.S. workers endure -- particularly their meager vacation time.

Alt-Labor Day, 2013

Amy B. Dean | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

At a time when traditional unions are on the decline, scrappy organizing campaigns among low-wage workers, sometimes called "alt-labor," are capturing the national spotlight.

From 50th Anniversary March on Washington to Syria

Debbie Hines | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington called for Americans to continue the fight for the unfinished business of Dr. King's dream, a starting point is questioning America's continued quick stance to move on military intervention and its stalled stance on economic equality.

False Labor Commemoration: It's Time to Let Go of the Labor Day Holiday

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.02.2013 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Ask most American workers today if they are feeling confident about the American economy, their employment opportunities, and their chance of retirement these days, and most will answer in the negative.

9 Ways We're Better Off Now Than We Were On The First Labor Day

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 09.03.2013 | Business

In 1894, when Congress created the holiday now known as Labor Day, the world was a different place -- indeed, many states were still just baby territ...

Labor Day Message: Time to Make the American Dream a Reality Again

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

Our country is now a nation of two classes -- the small cadre of the super rich and the rest of us, bus drivers, restaurant workers, telecom workers, firefighters, working families who are being unfairly blamed for the problems of our country.

This Labor Day, Put Down the Ribs and Stand Up With Workers

Christine Owens | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Christine Owens

Ah...Labor Day -- one last chance to throw a burger on the grill and take our minds off work. Not usually a day people spend contemplating workers in America. If most of us really stopped to think about the state of workers on Labor Day, we would be in no mood to celebrate.

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Pinching Pensions to Keep Wall Street Fat and Happy

Dean Baker | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The debate over public pensions shows clearly the contempt that the elites have for ordinary workers. While elites routinely preach the sanctity of contract when it works to benefit the rich and powerful, they are happy to treat the contracts that provide workers with pensions as worthless scraps of paper.

Remember Dr. King's Dream of Economic Justice

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

As much as I appreciate the increased attention that's directed to Dr. King's vision and work, I fear too many of these events and statements will remember only half of his dream, forgetting a crucial element: economic justice.

We Cannot Build a Strong, Equitable Economy on Low-Paying Jobs

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

What started out last fall as a one-day walkout at fast-food restaurants to protest poverty-level wages and stand up for basic human dignity has transformed into a movement that has captured the public interest.

Why Are American Workers Being Left Behind?

Michele Masterfano | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

If our companies cannot find skilled employees, why don't they hire for aptitude and provide the specific training for the skills and abilities they need?

Obama's Amazon Economy

Scott Paul | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Scott Paul

The President will be speaking about rebuilding America's middle class from the depths of an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee. His message and the site from which he'll deliver it are dissonant, given Amazon's prominence as a massive importer and employer of temporary workers.

Day One

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

For 100 years, the Labor Department has been central to safeguarding and expanding the American dream for working families. As the first secretary of the department's second century, I will focus every day on creating more opportunity for more people.

Could This Be Labor's 'Southern Strategy'?

David Macaray | Posted 09.08.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Not counting all the other bad things that have happened recently, two ambitious AFL-CIO endeavors have failed spectacularly: Organizing Wal-Mart Stores and gaining a significant foothold in the Deep South.

What Happens When You Hate Your Job?

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

The cumulative effect of daily stress is known to be a health hazard. But even more germane is our personal investment in a job that can pay the bills but sap the life out of us.

Dave Jamieson

Worker Blames Supermarket Chain Chain For Death Of Her Baby

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.27.2013 | Business

A grocery store worker in California has filed a lawsuit against the Albertsons supermarket chain, claiming the company refused to accommodate her pre...