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On the Foul Line with the Chamber of Commerce

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Like LeBron James, the Chamber of Commerce's Tom Donahue knows who his Super Friends are: big business, the conservative, naysaying obstructionists in Congress and their candidates, poised to take back the majority.

The F Word: The Year of Which Women Again?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

So it's “the year of the women" in the media again. But again, it's only some. All about money media are all about the women of the GOP. It...

Mary Kay Henry Elected SEIU President

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The nation's fastest growing labor union elected its first woman president Saturday. The Service Employees International Union sel...

Corporate America Offshoring More Jobs in Economic Crisis

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

How long will America force its own people into poverty just to pad the pockets of those who make more in a day than we could spend in a lifetime?

Q&A with Veteran Labor Organizer Stewart J. Acuff

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The economic history of the twentieth century is crystal clear. When unions were strong, working people had the lion's share of income and the economy worked well.

How Many More Must Die?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Here in the United States, you can get more jail time for harassing a burro on federal land than for killing a worker through workplace negligence. We must do more to ensure worker safety.

Deficit Craze Stiffs Jobless Again -- 3 Million Could Lose Benefits in July

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Deficit-mania has struck Washington again, with most Democrats and the Obama administration essentially accepting the propaganda of ...

Workers' Rights: Your Best Ally Is Probably Sitting Next To You ('Soul Of A Citizen')

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Whatever our situation, we need allies to work successfully for change. We need people to talk with, brainstorm ideas, lift us up when we're down, and build power by acting together. Many of us involve ourselves in local and national political issues, but what about our workplaces?

Wall Street to Protestors: Get a Job! (PHOTOS: Bankers React to Thursday's March)

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Yesterday Wall Street, for perhaps the first time, answered directly to the people, as more than ten thousand union members and community members took the streets in the heart of New York's Financial District.

I'm Glad Dave Weigel Resigned: Now the Washington Post Can Hire a Labor Reporter

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mike Elk

With Weigel gone, it means the Post might finally have the money to hire a labor journalist. Despite the labor movement's 16 million dues-paying members, the newspaper has no full time labor reporter.

I'm Marching Today to Make Wall Street Pay

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard Trumka

Our message is simple: Big Banks tanked our economy and took our money when they needed a bailout. Now they're thumbing their noses at our communities but making billions in profits. It's time they pay up.

Richard Trumka Slams Wall St. For Not Learning Their Lesson: They Brought Us To 'Brink Of Disaster' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had some harsh words for Wall Street on CNBC today ahead of a planned march by labor union members in support of fina...

Ms. Wegner Takes On Wall Street

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

An 81-year-old widow from Des Moines, Iowa, Ferol Wegner wasn't the type of person who would normally go to a protest against the banking industry. B...

March on Wall Street Today Boosted by Goldman Sachs Hearing, GOP Filibuster Cave

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

After the GOP folded, what's still up in the air is how meaningful any financial reform package needing a few Republican votes will be -- and whether there is support for breaking up too big to fail institutions.

Sam Stein

Neil Cavuto Called An 'A**hole' By AFL-CIO Economist On Live TV (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

How can you spice up a fairly mundane debate on the efficacy of deficit spending during a recession? Put it on Fox News and pit the show's host, defic...

$33 Billion for War, How Could I Spend Thee on Local Jobs?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Suppose we decided to pay the two-year cost of the Local Jobs for America Act by shortening the war in Afghanistan. By how long would we have to shorten the war?

Showdown on Wall Street and K Street

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Organizers believe that the recent victory on health care reform will help propel a similar movement to take on banking giants.

Who Are You Calling Names?

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Blaming immigrant workers for our economic catastrophe is like blaming shrimpers for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Where Are the Tea Party Protests About Wall Street?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

The Tea Parties were originally formed to protest the bailouts. So they will take this opportunity, of course, to launch their own protest of Wall Street. Just kidding! They're not going to do anything.

Exclusive NRA Deal for Campaign Law?

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Under H.R. 5175, every other group would have to report names of people who donate at least $600 for election activities. Every. Other. Group -- the Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO -- except the NRA.

Andy Stern Retirement: Ezra Klein Interview SEIU President

Ezra Klein | Ezra Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Andy Stern is the president of SEIU, a service employees union with 2.2 million members. He led the breakaway unions that split from the AFL-CIO and f...

Angry on Tax Day: Labor as the Tea Party Alternative

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

It's tax day, and Tea Party participants want you to know they're boiling with rage, denouncing activist government and the taxes that pay for it. Ana...

The F Word: Unifying Labor Post-Stern

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The announcement this week that labor's maverick leader, Andy Stern, is stepping down -- "very soon" in the words of a colleague -- creates a void in the country's labor movement at an awkward time.

New Outrage Exposes Obama's Failure To Help Unions

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Shaw

Candidate Barack Obama pledged to end undemocratic union elections. But President Obama has not even acted to get legislation addressing the loophole introduced.

CEO Pay: Average S&P 500 Chief Took Home $9.25 Million Last Year (CHART)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One of the nation's largest unions is taking aim at CEO pay. Vowing to keep tabs on the country's largest companies, the AFL-CIO today launched ...