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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...

America's Class War: A Dispatch From the Front

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Once again, the facts speak for themselves: Unions are the first and last line of defense for America's workers.

Apple to American Workers: 'Scr__ You!'

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Never has there been a bigger "Scr__ You" to American workers and manufacturing than tax-avoider Apple's tag line on all of its national advertising: "Designed by Apple in California"

LOOK: Worker Savages Former Boss In Epic Letter To The Editor

Posted 06.16.2013 | Good News

A former employee of a restaurant in Crested Butte, Colo. has a bone to pick with her erstwhile boss. In a letter to the editor of the Crested But...

A Voice at the Top

Cathy Youngblood | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Cathy Youngblood

The odds are stacked against anyone who challenges corporate hierarchy. Changes affecting the workforce are implemented without asking what their workers think. This is the precise reason why American workers have begun to fight back.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Pay A Steep Price For Your Cheap Chicken

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A recent government study of workers at a poultry plant in South Carolina determined that four out of 10 showed signs of the painful han...

How To Fight Age Discrimination In The Workplace

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Fifty
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D.

Around the world, older adults are exposed to negative stereotypes and, sometimes, outright discrimination. These vulnerabilities are especially worrisome today, given older workers' increasing demand for employment.

The Right's War Against Hispanics

Brent Budowsky | Posted 08.03.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Demographics are destiny, and if Republicans keep attacking core values and interests of Hispanics, the GOP destiny in coming elections will be as bleak as the GOP destiny in recent elections.

Get a Bucket of Feelings: Smuggling KFC in Gaza

Pam Murtaugh | Posted 07.20.2013 | Science
Pam Murtaugh

If you lived in a perpetual blockade, imagine the lengths to which you would go for feelings of freedom, optimism, boundless opportunity.

Stand With Low-Wage Workers

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

We have everything to gain by supporting men and women who are putting a human face on the statistics about growing inequality in America. We all lose because the polarization of wealth threatens our economy and our democracy.

Goodwill Minimum Wage Loophole Will Shock You

John Hrabe | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business
John Hrabe

A majority of Goodwill entities in the United States pay people with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage, while these same Goodwills simultaneously spend tens of millions of dollars per year on executive compensation and travel-related expenses.

What Shameful Postville, Iowa Immigration Raid Teaches Five Years Later

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Five years later, the national push for commonsense immigration reform threatens to come undone at the hands of one of Postville's own senators.