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Labor Day

Friday Talking Points [138] -- "Candidate" Obama Returns

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

America (as, likely, everywhere else) always has a seamy underside, crawling with metaphoric maggots, to anything that is mostly seen as good by the m...

Recession Recipe: Bar-B-Que Baked Beans!

EconomyBites | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

Lastly: Beans on toast is a Southern thing. It's a great light meal, a yummy snack and it's crazy cheap to eat. It's cowboy food.

Rank-and-File Workers, Professional Athletes, Actors, and Recording Artists Tweet Their #Unionmember Pride

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Over this past Labor Day weekend, American Rights at Work teamed up with Actors' Equity, AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Major League Baseball...

So, You Think You Earn an Honest Living?

Crystal Syben Haidl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Crystal Syben Haidl

While Tea Partiers, pundits, lobbyists and mid-term candidates are out-shouting mantras on how to fix the system, the one thing almost everyone agrees...

This Labor Day, Think of Those Who Keep Your Lights On

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

I have a lot to be thankful for this Labor Day: a job that I'm passionate about, a family that's happy and healthy, and a president who cares deeply a...

What will it take to make every workplace as safe as the corner office?

Elizabeth Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elizabeth Grossman

Labor Day, its picnics, parades, and speeches have now come and gone. But as I wrote on The Pump Handle, despite the vast improvements in workplace sa...

Labor Day: We've got work to do.

Jim Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jim Thomas

Maybe a lesson in working for change is among Labor Day's messages to modern America. Change is slow and uneven, so take a long view. We seem to need a crisis, or even crises, to move change along.

On Road to Clean Energy Economy, America Is Stuck in Traffic

David Foster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Foster

Only the American voter can break the partisan gridlock blocking our road and get the U.S. Senate back to the business of creating jobs in this country -- good, clean energy jobs -- now.

Summer well and truly over

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

So here we are - Labor Day marks the end of the summer, not the autumnal equinox which is still just more than two weeks away. Everyone should be bac...

Staycation: 10 New Orleans Labor Day Photos

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Karen Dalton-Beninato


Happy F**kin' Labor Day!

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Moore

Dear Rahm Emanuel, I read this week that during White House meetings about how to save the tens of thousands of jobs that would be lost if GM and Chrysler collapsed, your response was, "F**k the UAW!" Let me give you a little f**king lesson.

SEIU Uses Fear, Lies, and Million$ to Sway Kaiser Workers

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Shaw

SEIU is not promoting its efforts at Kaiser hospitals for good reason. Its campaign is taking a page from the playbook of professional union-busters by avoiding public debate, instead seeking to sway workers through lies and fear.

Reflecting on the Labor of Artists

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

While many have a holiday, Labor Day is a work day for the arts. Dancers dance. Musicians make music. Performances and festivals, and nightclub acts, and arts centers, are generally all open for business.

San Francisco Mime Troupe's Latest: "Posibilidad, or Death of the Worker"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If you are a member of a union (especially if you're an officer or hold other clout with your union), urge them to extend an invitation to the San Francisco Mime Troupe to perform POSIBILIDAD, or Death of the Worker.

America's Labor Day Message to Obama

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The president's stimulus bill notwithstanding, many believe that Obama could be doing more to create jobs. Here's a selection of the best editorials from around the country offering both insights and solutions.

NUHW vs. SEIU: Kaiser Workers Prepare to Make History

Shirley Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shirley Nelson

Nearly 30,000 of us signed petitions telling the government that we want NUHW to be our union and we wanted this election to make it official -- the biggest private sector union election in more than 70 years.

What Robert Kennedy Said

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Do you live to work, or do you work to live? I look forward to a Labor Day where every worker has a job, every worker has a pension, every worker has paid vacations, and every worker has the health care to enjoy life.

We Need Play-cations, Not Just Vacations

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ellen Galinsky

It's Labor Day Weekend--the last weekend of summer before we plunge into fall. Hurricane Earl swept up the East Coast, missing us, but bringing cold b...

'Work' On Labor Day 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"CHARLES LEDRAY: workworkworkworkwork" brings together over 25 years of remarkable work by Mr. LeDray, an artist who makes meticulously detailed, hand...

It's Labor Day!

Mike Bender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mike Bender

They may not be blood related, but that doesn't mean they aren't family. We celebrate birthdays and holidays with our co-workers, spend long weekends ...

Dumb Labor Day advice to workers: Roll over

Eve Tahmincioglu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eve Tahmincioglu

The headline in my local newspaper today reads: "Jobless must set sights lower." I wouldn't be surprised if your local newspaper or radio station has...

American Workers: Laid Off On Labor Day

Peter G. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peter G. Miller

Today we celebrate Labor Day but we don't celebrate labor. We're quickly dividing the country into rich and poor and shrinking the middle class. It's a formula for national disaster.

Reviving Workers' Rights in a New Economy

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

This Labor Day, we must consider how a new generation of unions can become relevant in a transformed economy. Every Labor Day, we hear about the land...

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...