In spite of these strides, millions of female workers are getting the squeeze in today's economy. Even as women break the glass ceiling in business and politics, they still earn on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by men -- and unions are a big part of the solution.
In the 2012 presidential election, voters put forth a clear mandate: We want a more prosperous country, where everyone can work for a living, support their families and have a fair shot at a better life.
This year, Americans celebrated their independence at a time when almost 10 percent of the workforce is officially unemployed, millions more are underemployed, and millions of families are losing their homes. Under these circumstances, why isn't the left gaining momentum?
As the SEIU awaits the results of its Kaiser election contest with NUHW, the union faces a reckoning regardless of the outcome. SEIU confronts a "heads I lose, tails you win" scenario as Kaiser election results are announced on October 8.
The politicians and corporate interests pushing arguments that we can't afford Social Security are the same people who destroyed our pensions. The same people who want to hand the fate of our retirements over to Wall Street.
After an 18-month battle that began with SEIU believing it could affect a hostile takeover of a fellow international union, the two unions reached a settlement today almost entirely on UNITE HERE's terms.