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How the United States Can Escape the Inequality Trap

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

As inequality grows, the rich become more powerful than the rest of the population, enabling them to veto any policy that impedes their one-sided enrichment. They also become less empathetic toward the rest of the population, whose lives seem less similar to their own with each passing year.

Karen Lewis: Will She Give Rahm Emanuel a Real Fight?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

The study of relevant history can shed insight into present-day events, even if the specific details may differ. With that in mind, it may be worthwhile to look at four historical Chicago mayoral campaigns as Karen Lewis sets her sights on Rahm Emanuel.

The Fare-ness of Uber, Airbnb, and the Sharing Economy

Sheila Raju | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Sheila Raju

The long standing dominance of taxi unions and hotels around the world have led to expensive fares and limited options. These are only two of the many arenas that are ripe for innovation.

Market Basket's Forgotten Customers

Benjamin Powell | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Benjamin Powell

Market Basket does not exist for the benefit of its employees. It exists to serve consumers. Unfortunately, Market Basket hasn't been able to serve them well for the last month because of the turmoil.

The Mechanics of Change

John Feffer | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

Janos David is a sociologist who has spent his professional life studying change. He experienced the Hungarian uprising of 1956 firsthand and much later helped to produce documentaries about it.

New Report Shows 'Stark' Racial Inequalities In Service Jobs

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices

A report released by labor union UNITED HERE last week has revealed serious racial employment inequalities at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)...

Why the Anti-Union Argument Loses Every Time

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

It is ugly individualism that underlies the political ideology of the rich industrialists who are spending billions in an effort to shred Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and who are attempting to stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Unions are an impediment to their grand scheme, so they're coming after us with a vengeance.

There's a New World Superpower -- And 4 Other Things I Learned at Netroots Nation

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
Ruairí McKiernan

I had barely touched down in California when it was time to take off again. This time, to Detroit, to attend Netroots Nation, billed as the United States' biggest annual gathering of progressive activists, organizers and online social justice innovators.

Qatari Labor Report Offers Solutions But Is Unlikely to Reduce Pressure on World Cup Host

James Dorsey | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A long-awaited Qatar Foundation report recommends a radical overhaul of the labor recruitment system in Asian labor exporting countries as well as the Gulf state that expects to host the 2022 World Cup. The report, however, stops short of calling for the abolition of Qatar's widely criticized kafala or sponsorship system.

What Do Opera Singers Actually Get Paid?

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

Why do we value our artists so little in the U.S. that we question whether $100,000 per year is too much money to earn for essentially being the backbone of the most well regarded opera house in the country?

Substitute Teachers Deserve More Respect

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 07.08.2014 | Education
Randy Jurado Ertll

The sad reality is that substitute teachers have been getting the short end of the stick for way too long. Most receive only a fraction of what regular teachers get paid. Most have no union representation or a retirement plan.

Dave Jamieson

Indie Bookstore Rehires Workers It Fired For Supporting The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business

The owners of an independent bookstore in New York City have rehired four workers who were fired shortly after they voted in favor of union representa...

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters' Staff Votes To Join Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Service Employe...

Harris v. Quinn: A Personal View

Keith Kelleher | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Keith Kelleher

Following the progress of the latest anti-labor lawsuit, Harris v. Quinn, I'm reminded of the story of a homecare worker named Evelyn. She had recentl...

St. Louis' Spanish Lake, White Flight, and the Shrinking of the American Middle Class

Umar Lee | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Umar Lee

The decline of Spanish Lake isn't just about white flight, it's also about de-industrialization and the weakening of organized labor. What happens to neighborhoods built for factory-workers when the factories close?

No to 'Boehner' Trade, No to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Larry Cohen | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For the third time this year, three-fourths of the members of House Democratic Caucus have written to the president, rejecting the current framework of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Driver Fatigue is No Joke

Lawrence J. Hanley | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Lawrence J. Hanley

Last weekend's tragic accident in which a Wal-Mart truck crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan's limo-van, killing one passenger and leaving the comedian and another passenger in critical condition, shines a national spotlight on driver fatigue. Tired drivers are no joke.

Workers Are Rising -- and Winning

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

If you work hard, you should make enough to live a good life and provide a better one for your kids. That's a conviction worth fighting for and a sentiment that rings true for most people, not just in Seattle but everywhere.

Chris Christie Faces Legal Battle Over Pension Funding Plan

Reuters | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics

June 9 (Reuters) - Teachers, police and firefighters in New Jersey have gone to court in an attempt to block Governor Chris Christie's plan to slash...

Religious Progressives Confront the Sociopathic Economy

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In today's economic environment, we need a revival of trade unionism. A robust trade-union movement must be premised on recognition of the right that all persons have to come together for economic purposes.

Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board

Randi Weingarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

How is it that, 60 years after the Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended the legal basis for separate but equal schooling, some public schools in the United States have gleaming labs, libraries and laptops while others lack textbooks, toilet paper and teachers certified in their subjects?

Home Care Workers Rely on Unions, and We Rely on Them

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Ai-jen Poo

The progress made by Michigan home care workers since 2005 was undone when legislators decided to exclude them from the state's definition of public employees. Without adequate wages and benefits, the home care workforce is not sustainable.

Qatar Misses the Plank on Labor Reform

James Dorsey | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A long awaited and much hyped announcement on a reform of 2022 World Cup host Qatar's controversial kafala or labor sponsorship system has sparked more questions than answers and cost‎ the Gulf state an opportunity to gain the upper hand in a bruising debate that has significantly tarnished its image.

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brothers Face Insults While Unions Face Threats To Their Very Existence

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Not a week goes by these days without Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) denouncing the billionaire Koch brothers as "un-America...

My American Dream: A Minimum Wage That Allows Everyone to Prosper

Carmen Berkley | Posted 07.02.2014 | Women
Carmen Berkley

We need to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 to help hardworking families who are struggling to scrape by. In tough economic times, there are few policies that could have as immediate, and as dramatic, of a boost for American workers, particularly for women of color.