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Collective Bargaining

The Cause He Died For

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

We still must do more to extend opportunity to those who live on society's margins. With patience, persistence and partnership, we can create economic opportunity for every person willing to work hard for it.

ALEC: The New-and-Improved Political Corruption

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Over the last 41 years, ALEC has worked tirelessly to tear down many of the programs and protections Americans, particularly seniors, have come to rely on, and only recently have many of their objectives come to light.

Janet Yellen's Nemesis--The Great Moderation

Harlan Green | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

New Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a great task ahead of her. How to combat the results of the Great Moderation, as it was called, that period of l...

Is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Violating Her Own State Law?

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

It's not clear what South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is trying to accomplish when she says, as she did on Feb. 20, that corporations with union representation shouldn't even think about locating in her state.

Jamie Dimon's Big Pay Raise -- and the Minimum Wage

Robert Creamer | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Last week JPMorgan Chase's Board approved a 74 percent pay raise for its CEO, Jamie Dimon, for 2013. Sometimes we get numb to numbers like $20 million. To put it in perspective, in 2013, Dimon made $9,615 per hour. In other words, he made more in the first two hours of the first workday of the year than a minimum-wage worker made all year long.

We Need Young People to Become Teachers

Randy Turner | Posted 03.05.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

It is nothing short of a miracle that we still have so many excellent teachers in our schools. I want young people to become classroom teachers. The first step toward making that a reality is to let teachers know they are wanted and valued.

What Typing Cows Teach Us

Carl Fillichio | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type has certainly made an impression since it was published in 2000. There is no doubt it is helping to shape an important aspect of work in America.

Fixing the Economy Through Collective Bargaining

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The reality is that there are fewer rich people in the US then many would have you believe and regardless of effort the majority of those that make it big already had a seat reserved by their parents before they got there.

December 10, 1948

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

As we celebrate International Human Rights Day this December 10, we need to realize how far we must go compared to the promise of 1948.

Wisconsin Unions Decide To Move Ahead With Elections After Walker Law Weakened Them

AP | TODD RICHMOND | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin officials decided to move ahead with elections that will allow school workers to decide if their unions should retain...

It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing America

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Growing income inequality is caused by the human decisions and the economic rules of the game we create. And shamefully, America lags behind every other first world nation in closing that income gap. That can be changed.

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Battle Heats Up

AP | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court says it plans to decide whether to block a contempt ruling against Wisconsin labor relat...

Judge: Officials In Contempt Of Union Decision

AP | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison judge has found Wisconsin labor relations officials in contempt of court for continuing to enforce p...

TPP Is a Race to The Bottom -- We Need a Race to the Top

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."

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 ...

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.

Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Reforms Do Not Violate Workers' Constitutional Rights: Judge

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

MILWAUKEE, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining reforms do not violate the free speech and equal protection rights of p...

Working Families Need Fair Trade, Not Free Trade

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Working families haven't seen much of an economic recovery, and we definitely can't afford to lose more manufacturing and service jobs to yet another free trade agreement written by the State Department and multinational corporations. But that's exactly where we're headed if the Trans-Pacific Partnership moves ahead unchallenged.

We Are All Detroit

Robert Kuttner | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Do you think the damage from the pending bankruptcy of the city of Detroit will be limited to Detroit? Think again. Detroit is partly the victim of economic trends far beyond its control, the downsizing and outsourcing of the auto industry and the collapse of the sub-prime bubble, to name just two. And yes, the city has suffered from corrupt and inept local government. But leaving Detroit to a bankruptcy process that favors investment bankers over local pensioners will neither provide a fair outcome nor contain the damage. It is a travesty that the federal government and the Michigan state government are not sending Detroit a lifeline. Other cities and states stand to lose both public services and pension benefits as this trend spreads. Chicago, which just suffered three levels of bond-downgrading, looks to be next.

Legislative Democrats in Strong Position Heading Into 2014

Michael Sargeant | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

From fighting for working families to ensuring that Americans have access to equal rights, Democrats are on the right side of voters and the right side of history, and we are in a solid position moving into the elections later this year, in 2014, and for elections to come.

How the GOP Hopes to Take Away Americans' Right to Collective Bargaining

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

By standing up to Republican abuse of rules in the Senate, Democrats will be standing up to the economic abuse inflicted on most Americans by a tiny minority of unelected, wealthy speculators and CEOs who think they are entitled to be "masters of the universe."

The California Bill That Leaves Injured Workers to Fend for Themselves

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We shouldn't tolerate sports team owners taking a page from Walmart's playbook to increase their profits at the expense of workers and taxpayers.

Court Grants Corporations Impunity to Mug Retirees

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

When a kid snatches an old lady's purse, it's punished as a crime. But when a corporation manipulates bankruptcy law to deny thousands of retired coal miners benefits they labored their entire lives to earn, it's endorsed by federal court.

We Decide How to Share Gains

Stan Sorscher | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We can rehabilitate a Social Contract that connects us. With a restored self-image, we can reverse Citizens United, rebalance our political process, and find trade policies that serve society as a whole.

Dave Jamieson

Fast Food, Retail Strikes Expected In Chicago

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

Labor groups are predicting that hundreds of Chicago-area fast-food and retail workers will walk off the job for a one-day strike on Wednesday, just w...