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Pregnancy Should Not Be a Disqualification

Laura Reyes | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

Under doctor's orders not to lift anything weighing more than 20 pounds, she asked her employer for light-duty work, an accommodation UPS is required to give under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and frequently offered to other employees with a similar need.

We Demand a Shot at the American Dream

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It's been a rough four years for the women, men and children living on the margins in this country. Those margins have gotten a lot more pronounced and swallowed up a lot more folks in states run by extremist, right-wing governors.

They Want Us to Stay Home on Nov. 4

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

The tea party and other elected extremists cannot bring themselves to believe that voters just aren't buying the poisonous policies they're trying to sell. So they operate under the belief that if you won't vote for them, you shouldn't vote at all.

#TurnOutForWhat? Our Values, For a Start

Laura Reyes | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

At AFSCME, we've recently launched the #TurnOutForWhat campaign on Twitter and Tumblr. People across the country are sharing why they're turning out to the polls on Nov. 4 and they're recruiting others to do the same. It's not just a hashtag; it's a call to action that we will heed on Election Day.

The Death of Maria Fernandes Demands a Call to Action

Laura Reyes | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

When I heard about the death of Maria Fernandes, an exhausted worker who died while napping in her car between two of her four jobs, I felt an my immense sadness that quickly turned to anger. Maria was a victim of an economic condition that grinds up low-wage workers, particularly women.

From Labor Day to Election Day, 'These People' Are Ready for Action

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will enjoy the final stretch of summer. Most won't think about the 1.6 million hardworking public service workers of AFSCME who are on duty 24/7. But evidence of what we do for our communities will be everywhere.

#WEmatter and We Demand Change

Laura Reyes | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Laura Reyes

For too long the needs of women and families have been dismissed by our elected officials, as if women, who make up more than 50 percent of the population, are a special interest group seeking special treatment. It is way past time Congress understood that our issues are not an afterthought but are of critical importance.

New Koch, Same as the Old Koch

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Don't be fooled by the recent USA Today column in which Charles Koch, a man who made billions while trampling workers' rights, shares his supposed deep concern for working families, young people and the disadvantaged.

Kate Sheppard

Michigan Senate Candidate Gets Big Boost From Greens, Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The environmental group League of Conservation Voters and the union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announc...

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office?

David Morris | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
David Morris

The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity.

Black Colleges Face Hard Choices On $25 Million Koch Donation

AP | JESSE WASHINGTON | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

America's black colleges are struggling for funds. The Republican Party is struggling to attract black voters. Enter a $25 million gift to the United...

A Principle Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Last month, United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax announced that his organization has received a $25-million grant from the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, who also fund efforts to suppress voters' rights and workers' rights. I sent the following letter to Lomax on July 8.

Dave Jamieson

United Negro College Fund Pilloried Over Koch Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the largest labor unions in the country is severing its ties with the United Negro College Fund over the storied scholarship grou...

States Must Find Way to Do Right by Home Care Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When does justice delayed become justice denied? For the nation's 2 million home care workers, that time may be here. But states have the power to rectify the situation, and they should.

Where Are the "Disrupters" for Labor on College Campuses?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Take a fresh look at the labor movement. You could be organizers who make the case for union membership, or push for laws that help college students and working families.

Why He Was In Memphis

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed 46 years ago -- on April 4, 1968 -- in Memphis, Tennessee. But fewer know why he was there.

Paul Ryan and the Politics That Turn Stomachs

Laura Reyes | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

Paul Ryan's politics dictate that those who are down on their luck -- even children -- are soulless, not the Wall Street bankers who continue to crush the American middle class, necessitating such assistance in the first place.

Meet America's Highest Paid Government Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

As the nation seeks to understand the causes and solutions of income inequality, the recent trend of outsourcing public services to for-profit corporations should be a focus of study. We've allowed huge corporations to assume control of our schools, roads, prisons and libraries.

The Sexist Agenda Hidden in Harris v. Quinn

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. And while that's certainly troubling enough, this case is about more than workers' rights. It potentially opens up yet another front in the war on women.

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. It's time for Progressives -- and Americans of all stripes -- to wake up and smell the coffee.

Paul Blumenthal

Donors To Liberal Dark Money Group Revealed

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative network may be the best-known users of "dark money," but their liberal foes have no...

Why Is Affordable Health Care Such a Bitter Pill for Some to Swallow?

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

There's no doubt HealthCare.gov was weighed down by technical problems and that there are concerns about the ACA that need to be addressed. But this doesn't mean we should abandon the crucial health care reform that is now, for the first time, the law of the land.

CAP Anniversary Celebration: Where Walmart And Labor Unions Come Together

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought down the curtain on the celebration of the Center for American Progress' 10-year anniv...

Dave Jamieson

White House: No Bailout For Detroit

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Public workers and residents in Detroit shouldn't expect their city to be bailed out by the federal government. But during a meeting at ...