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Collective Bargaining

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.

Commissioner Manfred

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 08.15.2014 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

One would hope that Commissioner Manfred will staunchly defend the partnership arrangement that has brought baseball its renewed prosperity. Working with the union and not against it, Major League Baseball will continue to grow its influence worldwide.

Don't Let Michigan Republicans Fool You Again

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

So while Republicans have spent the last few months putting lipstick on the pig that is their legislative priorities, it is important for voters to remember that the softened positions these individuals are taking now don't represent a true Republican agenda.

Fast Food Workers Prepared To Do 'Whatever It Takes'

AP | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national...

Why Collective Bargaining Is a Fundamental Human Right

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The ability for ordinary working people to organize and collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions is a fundamental human right. It is a right just as critical to a democratic society as the right to free speech and the right to vote. Over the last 30 years many in corporate America and the big Wall Street banks have conducted a sustained attack on that human right. Unionization dropped from 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983 to 11. 3 percent in 2013 -- and the results are there for everyone to see. The simple fact is that absent government regulation and collective bargaining agreements, the market by itself does not assure that everyone shares in the fruits of society's increased economic productivity. In fact, we know that just the opposite is true.

Germany Adopts the World's Best Minimum Wage

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

If Merkel and her Christian Democratic party can help lead this effort in Germany, and with real results, what accounts for the 19th century U.S. framework of free markets, free trade, elimination of collective bargaining, and the destruction of economic opportunity for all but a few Americans?

Paul Blumenthal

Prosecutors Allege Scott Walker At Center Of Campaign Finance Criminal Conspiracy

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Prosecutors allege that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was at the center of a criminal conspiracy to illegally coordinate the activitie...

Beyond Summit, Sustained Focus Needed for Working Women and Families

Liz Shuler | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Liz Shuler

It's crucial that we help working families who are quickly falling further and further behind.

Corporations Hope Court That Gave Them Speech in 2012 Will Rob Unions' Power Next Week

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 07.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

Anti-union politics behind the Harris vs. Quinn decision may be just as dangerous as the pro-corporate speech politics that led to the Citizens United decision in 2012.

The Cause He Died For

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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 05.21.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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.