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Dr. Adjunct or: How I Learned to Stop Suffering and Love Collective Bargaining

Tracy Strauss | Posted 11.18.2014 | Education
Tracy Strauss

If university administrators continue to cling to Wall Street principles of financial greed, then faculty unions are essential for the survival of teaching and citizenship. We must work together, in solidarity, to get back to the substantive heart of higher education.

A Wakeup Call for School Leaders

Diann Woodard | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

What do you say after an election night like November 4? We lost. As a matter of fact, some have called it "a bloodbath." We are educators though. We must take a stand. We must talk to our communities and business partners about what is right for our schools.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader Demands Mandatory National Workplace Safety Standards For Ebola

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The president of the AFL-CIO labor federation sent letters to the White House and Congress on Tuesday demanding that national workplace ...

Stop Protecting Walmart, Raise Workers' Wages

Michael Stewart | Posted 10.17.2014 | New York
Michael Stewart

We must do more than just call Walmart out for their truly shameful practices. Without unions or government rules, companies like Walmart will never do the right thing.

Viewpoint From Honduras: CAFTA, Forced Immigration, Deportation Connections

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Let's end Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) which allows multinationals to sue for lost future profits. This means that if Honduras passes new legislation to safeguard the environment from African palm or a higher minimum wage, multinationals that lose profits can sue the government for billions of dollars.

Senator Alexander Needs to Read the NLRA

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Sen. ​Lamar Alexander has become the newest worst expert on U.S. labor law. Instead of upholding the law as required by his oath of office, he wants to gut it while claiming to reform it.

Alexander C. Kaufman

Germany To Consider Ban On Late-Night Work Emails

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Business

A decade ago, Antje Schmid would have left her office in Germany's financial hub of Frankfurt, gone out to drink a frothy pilsner or two with friends,...

The True Story of Public Education in America

Randi Weingarten | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Instead of starving our schools of critical funding and pushing market-based, test-driven policies that ultimately fail our kids, we should be relying on evidence and input from those closest to the classroom to find solutions that work.

Big-Money Radical Right Groups Help Huge Grower to Avoid Paying Millions Already Owed Its Farm Workers

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Well-financed anti-labor groups related to America's radical right are coming to the aid of giant Fresno, Calif.-based Gerawan Farming to avoid implementing a union contract under which it already owes millions of dollars to thousands of its grape and tree fruit workers.

AFL-CIO and Uruguayan Workers in Solidarity to Protect Democracy From 'Corporate Courts'

Celeste Drake | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Celeste Drake

Why is the AFL-CIO standing in strong solidarity with the workers of Uruguay? We believe that the people, through their elected officials, should be the ones to determine which policies are best for their health, their environment and the general welfare.

Lydia O'Connor

Labor Unions Blamed For Derailing Campaign Transparency Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

A California bill that supporters say could have shifted campaign finance into a new era of transparency was instead involuntarily withdrawn last week...

Christina Wilkie

AFL-CIO Launches 'Koch Sisters' Campaign To Counter Billionaire Brothers

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON - One of the nation's largest labor unions on Thursday launched a coordinated campaign to highlight the differences between average America...

Obama On Labor Day: Don't Take Your Rights For Granted

AP | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for grante...

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

Labor Day Reality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Strong Unions

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Workers are struggling to stay afloat. Incomes haven't gone up in the 21st century. Inequality reaches new extremes. A record portion of our national income goes to corporate profits, while a record low goes into workers' wages. Three-fourths of Americans fear their children will fare less well than they have. This Labor Day, we should do more than celebrate workers -- we should understand how vital empowering workers and reviving worker unions is to rebuilding a broad middle class. The raging debate on inequality and its remedies often omits discussion of unions and workers' power. Our extreme inequality is attributed largely to globalization and technology that have transformed our economy. But this leaves power and politics out of the equation.

Looking Back At America's Changing Opinions On Unions

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

On May 14, 1882, unionized workers in New York City held a parade and picnic, and the seeds of the Labor Day holiday were planted. About 50 years late...

Working Americans Can't Just Wait for the Next President

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.27.2014 | 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.

The Republic of Writers

John Feffer | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hungarian writer Katalin Mezey and I talked about her memories of 1956, her trade union activities, and how the republic of writers has dealt with the issue of collaboration during the Communist years.

The Vote -- A Right Worth Fighting For

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

Today marks Women's Equality Day. It is also a little more than two months from the 2014 midterm elections. In my mind, these two things are inextricably linked.

How the United States Can Escape the Inequality Trap

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.22.2014 | 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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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 10.15.2014 | 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)...