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Dave Jamieson

After 37 Years, Venerable Lefty Magazine Finally Unionizes

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive independent magazine In These Times joined the Communications Workers of America on Monday, formally making...

Why Unions Matter

Leslie Tolf | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Leslie Tolf

The flagging economy that welcomed Millennials into the workforce means that not only are our young people graduating with far fewer opportunities for high paying jobs, but they are coming out of college with mountains of debt.

Things Are Going Great

David Macaray | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
David Macaray

Even America's academics, who used to be one of organized labor's staunchest and most reliable friends, have turned their attention elsewhere, apparently bored or fed up with what they see passing for the current "labor movement."

Walmart Workers and Allies Protest, But Where Was the L.A. Times?

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Peter Dreier

If you want a good deal on a flat-screen TV, you can read about Walmart's pre-Christmas sale in the Los Angeles Times. But if you want to learn how Walmart's poverty-wage workers in the region will be coping with this year's holiday season, don't look for it in L.A.'s paper of record.

In Los Angeles, Labor Redefines Itself

Michael Winship | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

"It's time to turn America right side up!" AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka exhorted those in attendance at the labor alliance's quadrennial convention in Los Angeles on Monday.

Working on a Dream

Michael Brune | Posted 11.02.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

This Labor Day, the Sierra Club joins in celebrating working people everywhere. If we want to help working families, protect our air and water, and achieve justice for all Americans, we must first defend our democracy.

Arthur Delaney

Why Isn't Every Monday Like Labor Day?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

For nearly two years, Tom Allen clocked into his job at a defense hardware plant in Lansing, Mich. in the afternoon to start a 12-hour shift, usually ...

The Forgotten Religious Background Of The Labor Movement

Religion News Service | Adon Taft | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Of the 10 holidays recognized by the federal government, the future status of two – Labor Day and Christmas – may be short-lived. And, perha...

Carny Labor Day: From Beatings to a Prayer

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.21.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Even without many of the labor benefits of other jobs, I know carnies who never want to work any other way, or "be" anything else than a carny.

7 Reasons Why the Labor Movement Has Stalled

David Macaray | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
David Macaray

While there still seems to be strong and genuine "pro-worker" sentiment throughout the country, there's little codified social/political activism to go along with it.

America's Smartest Teenager

David Macaray | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
David Macaray

I agree with about 98 percent of the political opinions Bill Maher regularly presents on his HBO television show Real Time With Bill Maher The man can be both hilariously funny and dead-on brilliant. But there are three things about him that drive me up the wall.

Thinking of Home Care Workers on Mother's Day

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The need for home care workers is dramatically increasing with each passing year. Yet, low wages, long hours and no benefits will continue to drive more workers out of these important jobs. The tragic result will be more Americans with disabilities denied the services they need.

Daily Caller Writer: Progressives 'Don't Care' About Immigrant Workers

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Daily Caller writer Neil Munro told HuffPost Live Wednesday that progressives "don't care" about immigrant workers, a point adamantly refuted by Salon...

A Whole New Definition of "Luxury"

David Macaray | Posted 05.25.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Union membership is a luxury. A middle-class income is a luxury. In fact, everything north of genteel poverty is a luxury. In some ways, it feels like the storied American Labor Movement never happened.

Labor Violence in Colombia

David Macaray | Posted 05.04.2013 | World
David Macaray

Indeed, there were hundreds of episodes where club-carrying goon squads on the company's payroll cracked the skulls of picketers and strike captains, causing the streets to run red with blood. And where were the police while these thugs were whaling on the picketers?

Progress Is Still Possible for Workers Battling an Unfair System

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

Too many working people across the country have to hope for overtime, string together two or three jobs or rely on public benefits to financially stay afloat. Contractors and corporations are reaping the benefits of a productive workforce yet they aren't equitably sharing those rewards.

Labor's Story Retold

Lowell Peterson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics
Lowell Peterson

Labor must think about what people want and need, and about what moves them to action. Tales of faded glory or heroic defeat are not enough. We must talk about possibility and hope, about building the future, not about trying to hold ground that can't be defended.

Tuesday's Real Winners and Losers

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The real winners and losers are the constituents and causes who did battle on the ground and on the airwaves, and whose lives and livelihoods will be influenced by what happens over the next four years and beyond.

Cole Stangler

The Labor Movement's Profound Effect On Politicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Cole Stangler | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Politicians who come of age with the labor movement in their lives are more likely to advocate on behalf of worker-friendly policies, re...

There Once Was a Union-Made

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.02.2012 | Business
Peter Dreier

I walked in and meandered around the shop, looking at the pricy shirts, pants, sweaters, jackets, shoes, and other articles of clothing. After examining the apparel, I couldn't find any items with a union label. What gives?

'Definitely A Restart For Occupy Wall Street'

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business

* Movement inspires rallies in numerous cities * "Anarchists" wear black bandannas in some locations * Packets of harmle...

Let's Stand With Working People Against the Crony Capitalists and Their Political Lackeys

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Early union struggles need to be remembered and appropriately re-enacted if we are to take the country back from the corporate interests that again control it, their political and judicial allies, and the complicit mainstream media.

Does Labor Have Any Real Friends?

David Macaray | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

When it comes to the down-and-dirty battles necessary to get the job done, working people realize that no one can be relied upon except other working people, and the unions that represent them.

"We're the New Green Movement," Says Pirate Party Founder

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

It has branches in some 50 countries. It has members of parliaments and city councils. The Pirate Party, founded only five years ago, is today's fastest-growing party among voters under 30. Its core message: internet piracy should be legal.

Dave Jamieson

Pricey Restaurant Chain Pays 'Poverty Wages,' Worker Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- It's been a busy few months at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a scrappy non-profit that advocates for low-wage restaurant work...