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Hey Walmart, Instead of a Labor Day Sale, How About Labor Day Wages?

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the nation's largest employer with 1.3 million workers and $15.8 billion in profits in 2012, Walmart occupies the unique position of being able to make a positive contribution to the lives of its workers and to our overall economy, and yet the company refuses to give up its exploitative ways.

Labor's Love Lost Over Obamacare?

Steve Early | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Steve Early

Just months before key ACA provisions go into effect, Obamacare is backfiring in multiple ways on a labor movement already battered and bruised. Contrary to repeated White House assurances, many unionized workers now face more, rather than fewer, health plan problems and costs.

What Low-Wage Workers Need Most

Robert Reich | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Robert Reich


The Strong Arm of California Labor Unions

Bob Williams | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Bob Williams

The reforms in California will not solve all of the Golden State's pension problems -- there is a long way to go, but reforms are progress and the federal government should not stand in the way of the states attempting to be fiscally responsible.

Spark the Future With Us This Labor Day Weekend

Brian D'Arcy | Posted 08.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Brian D'Arcy

Throughout our country's history -- electricity, along with the men and women who produce it, harness it and deliver it into our homes and businesses -- has been a vital part of America's progress. But it hasn't always been easy making sure America's progress lives up to our principles.

The Bungalow Colony Experience -- Part III

Martin Kleinman | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Many years ago, in summers long past, this week was the saddest week of the year. For, after 10 weeks or so of free-range kid bliss at our Sullivan County bungalow colony, the morning air was no longer cool and refreshing.

Good Jobs Now

Adam Hollier | Posted 10.28.2013 | Detroit
Adam Hollier

If we don't make good jobs available to every resident of Detroit, we will lack in safety, education and the economy.

Dear Mr. Dolan: Where the Papers At?

Larry Cohen | Posted 10.28.2013 | New York
Larry Cohen

In January 2012, these brave workers became the first Cablevision employees to vote for union representation when they joined CWA Local 1109. Since then, Cablevision management has thrown everything at this group.

VIDEO: Keeping the Dream Alive for American Democracy

Philip Radford | Posted 10.27.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Tomorrow, the progressive movement will stand together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington because we want to protect working families, keep our air and water clean, and ensure justice for every American.

Living Wage Now!

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Hard-working Americans from coast-to-coast have stood up to their corporate bosses in the trucking, warehouse, fast-food and retail sectors. They are demanding fair treatment. And the battle has just begun.

The Federal Government Didn't Lose the War on Poverty -- It Retreated

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

This historical amnesia is a dangerous mistake. It poisons our hearts with pessimism. It blinds us to the lessons and solutions we need. Most New Yorkers have no idea how prevalent poverty used to be -- or how their predecessors made it go away.

Unions Under Siege in Guatemala

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Guatemala is beginning to emerge from a grim history of military dictatorship and civil strife, but its workers remain mired in the nation's bloody le...

Dave Jamieson

Walmart Workers Detained During Protest Over Labor Practices | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Ten current and former Walmart workers and two organizers were ticketed by police outside the retailer's Washington, D.C., office on Thu...

King's Dream Is Also an Immigrant Dream

Bertha Lewis | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

It's time to get rid of this unfair two-tier workforce. We need a commonsense immigration system that includes a realistic path to citizenship, keeps families together, raises standards for all working people and strengthens the economy.

Who Is Organized Labor's Most Feared Enemy?

David Macaray | Posted 10.21.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Even with corporate profits at record levels, the Chamber hasn't let up in its war against the American worker. It rejoices in wages remaining low and workers being laid off, because skeleton workforces and tiny payrolls translate into more coin in the company's pocket.

Dave Jamieson

Unions Blast White House Over Obamacare | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Signaling a growing rift between some unions and the White House over the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a stingin...

A Call for America

Bob King | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Bob King

With joblessness still far too high, the income gap between rich and everyone else widening, racism and discrimination still festering and cities such as Detroit in the throes of bankruptcy, the words still call us to fight harder to achieve the unfinished agenda of civil rights and labor.

Some Good News for Organized Labor

David Macaray | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
David Macaray

A couple of good things happened on the labor front recently. Granted, thirty-five years ago, neither of these events would have merited more than a ...

A Decade of Defiance and Dissent: A Wake-up Call for Sports

James Dorsey | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The wave of popular defiance and demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa parallels widespread protest across the glob against sports organizations' mismanagement and mega-events. It is driven by lack of confidence in institutions that have failed to root out corruption and meet demands for justice, dignity and inclusiveness.

Dave Jamieson

Workers Score Another Victory Against Bain Capital-Owned Company | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business

Giving a boost to a budding organizing campaign, workers at a Guitar Center store in Chicago voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store ...

What's Wrong With Unions...And How To Fix Them

Gene Marks | Posted 10.09.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

What do you think of when someone mentions "unions"? Me? I think of striking workers marching down streets. I think of Tony Soprano. I think of ceme...

We Cannot Build a Strong, Equitable Economy on Low-Paying Jobs

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

What started out last fall as a one-day walkout at fast-food restaurants to protest poverty-level wages and stand up for basic human dignity has transformed into a movement that has captured the public interest.

Dave Jamieson

Big Shakeup In Organized Labor | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United Food and Commercial Workers, one of the largest private-sector unions in the country, re-affiliated with the AFL-CIO labor fe...

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Looks For Some New Friends | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The past year hasn't been easy for organized labor. Union density dipped to a historic low of just 6.6 percent of the private sector. Mi...

Walmart and the Mayoral Field Give D.C. the Bait-and-Switch

Sam Jewler | Posted 10.06.2013 | DC
Sam Jewler

The real bait-and-switch is happening right now, as politicians who once called for city-wide agreements and reasonable wages at local Walmart stores -- including the mayor and two mayoral candidates -- switch their rhetoric and their votes.