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Labor Day

Raising Hell, Not Raising Money, Is What the Middle Class Needs From American Labor

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

As we scan the labor movement across America, the hell raisers are building their numbers and the fundraisers are fading away. The fate of the middle class depends largely on what paradigm American labor chooses.

Department Of Labor Launches New Website To Help Unemployed Americans

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For most Americans, Labor Day is a welcome holiday off work. Yet for others, it is just another day without work, following months without a steady so...

Not Just Jobs -- Good Jobs

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The economy not only has a scarcity of jobs, but a shortage of good jobs. And while Republicans would resist legislating a serious public jobs program, the administration should fight for one anyway.

Restoring Pride and Fairness to American Jobs

Joe Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Hansen

If retail jobs are going to be a crucial part of America's future, then retail jobs need to be the kind of jobs that support American families and communities.

On Labor Day, How We Can Give Both Workers and Our Environment a Chance

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

This Labor Day, America is facing a dizzying array of problems, none more acute than the twin crises of how poorly we treat our workers and how appallingly we treat our planet.

Want to Pay Tribute? Then Pay Equally

Linda Hallman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Hallman

The 23-cent average difference between men's and women's pay isn't simply about fairness. This long-standing pay disparity hurts our nation, too. This serious problem needs immediate Senate action.

Labor Day and the Start of the Semester

Michael Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Roth

As students plan their courses for the fall, and as faculty plan their curricula, how should we connect the reality of labor and unemployment to the broad liberal learning we so value?

Welcome Mr. President, but Laverne and Shirley Don't Work Here Anymore

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Bottari

MILWAUKEE. -- For many Americans Lavern and Shirley remain the enduring icons of the city of Milwaukee. Barack Obama was a teenager when the sitcom ab...

The Real Lesson of Labor Day

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The rich are better off with a smaller percentage of a fast-growing economy than a larger share of an economy that's barely moving. We learned that lesson decades ago; until we remember it again, we'll be stuck in the Great Recession.

Four Trends We WON'T Be Celebrating This Labor Day (CHART)

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Labor Day, of course, was intended to celebrate the American worker. But, for those of us lucky enough to be employed, the labor market still isn't pr...

Labor Day of Mourning: The Religious Challenge in a Shattered Job Market

Rev. Peter Laarman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Peter Laarman

What happens when we Americans can no longer measure our value -- or even feel very human -- based on our paid work? Where is our self-worth to be centered and nurtured in this unsettling new world?

Happy Labor Day

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

Poor Labor Day. Gets no respect. It's the Rodney Dangerfield of celebrations. The runt of the holiday litter.

A World of Sauces for Labor Day

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Cheryl Carlesimo

As Labor Day approaches, with the last big grilling feasts of the year, I can't help but think about my favorite part of a mixed grill -- the sauce you put on top! Here's my favorite recipe.

Labor Day History: 11 Facts You Need To Know

Huffington Post | Nate Hindman & Craig Kanalley | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business

Yes, Monday is a federal holiday in the United States, but Labor Day is much more than that. Labor Day has a rich history centered around workers. ...

A Lament for Labor Day: When Unemployement Happens To You

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Most of the media focuses on the big companies that have slashed their work forces. But small companies are also suffering, cutting back, and closing. Companies like ours.

Labor Day: Labor Got It Right -- Who Could Have Known?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

"Who could have known?" That's the cry from the big-corporate and D.C. elite as the economy and the environment and so many important things crash ar...

What Labor Day Means to Me

Jim Gibbons | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Gibbons

Labor Day often represents the end of summer, which means the end of summer vacation, back to school and one last barbecue or block party. But what do...

A New Labor Standard for Labor Day: Paid Sick Leave

Jake Blumgart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Blumgart

All employees should be able to take time off for their illnesses, not just those lucky enough to have the right job. Experience shows that we can make our economy friendlier to beleaguered workers without harming their employers.

The Funniest Someecards To Send To Friends For Labor Day

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

We love someecards, not only for their utterly depressing birthday cards, and their anti-marriage wedding cards, but for their hilarious cards for les...

Saluting America's Workers on Labor Day

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Rep. Charles Rangel

Since it was first celebrated in New York City in 1882, Labor Day has celebrated the social and economic achievements of America's workers. I salute all these hardworking men and women, and say, despite these difficult times: Don't give up hope.

This Labor Day, Will Trader Joe's Agree to Fair Food?

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Leslie Hatfield

Like Whole Foods and Chipotle, Trader Joe's attracts a decidedly progressive league of shoppers, but has managed, at least until recently, to avoid much scrutiny.

Labor Day Irony: The People Who Want to Cut Social Security All Have Great Retirement Plans

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the Deficit Commission members want their recommendations for cuts to have any credibility, they should pledge to live on the same Social Security benefits that they would impose for other Americans.

Labor Day Reflections by William Shakespeare

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ken Adelman

The Bard realized that any workplace may be tough to navigate, given personal quirks and boss' demands. Enduring this pressure can cause anyone in an office to sigh, "O full of briers is this working day world".

The Future of Education in the U.S.

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

What is the best way for us to have an educated population while we face a challenging economic environment both at home and internationally?

On Labor Day, Work to Save the Middle Class

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

Together we can organize and mobilize and create a grassroots groundswell that gives government no choice but to respond to our needs, the needs of working people.