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

Umar Lee | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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?

Labor Unions Fear Outcome Of Illinois Governors Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — When superrich Republican Bruce Rauner decided to run for governor of Illinois, it was clear this wouldn't be the kind of race the st...

Dave Jamieson

How College Football Players Will Get Their Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This coming Friday, lawyers for Northwestern University football players are set to begin making their case to federal officials that th...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Get Some Good News

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Despite long-term declines in union membership, the proportion of U.S. workers who belong to a labor union held steady overall last year...

Jillian Berman

Leaked PowerPoint Reveals Walmart's Anti-Union Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

Walmart is pushing back against labor groups by providing managers with talking points to discourage workers from joining up, internal documents revea...

Boeing Workers Approve Controversial New Contract

AP | MANUEL VALDES | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

SEATTLE (AP) — The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly ...

Which Way America: Labor Management Collaboration or a Return to Labor Wars?

Thomas Kochan | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Thomas Kochan

State officials and the Supreme Court face a critical choice: Do they endorse a return to the 19th- and early 20th-century era of conflict and bloodshed that characterized America's labor history, or endorse a system based on innovation, partnership, collaboration, and mutual respect?

Reality TV Workers Have Little to Be Thankful for

Michael Winship | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Winship

Working on shows like "Real Housewives of Atlanta" often means working exhausting schedules without breaks or even overtime pay.

Leaked Anti-Union Rant Shows What Workers Are Up Against In America

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business

Listen to the full recording from the Iron Mountain meeting in the above player. A leaked audio recording showing managers trying to talk their t...

Dave Jamieson

Labor To Dems: We'll End Your Career If You Cut Social Security

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With fresh Capitol Hill budget battles on the horizon, the head of the leading labor federation planned to issue a blistering warning to...

Another Worker Strike Hits Walmart

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.18.2013 | Business

Workers at a Walmart store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., walked off the job Friday morning in protest of management, demanding that they be given full-tim...

Will AFL's Love Affair With 'Alt-Labor' Leave Existing Union Members Behind?

Steve Early | Posted 11.18.2013 | Business
Steve Early

Who wouldn't like to believe that a more exciting convention format prefigures a major turning point for labor?

Back to Basics on the Question of Labor

David Coates | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
David Coates

How a society organizes and rewards work is a central and core element in its overall character. We mustn't think about labor just once a year. We need to think about it, and its needs, all the time.

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.

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 ...

Dave Jamieson

Organized Labor Looks For Some New Friends

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Organizing for Leverage

Lowell Peterson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Business
Lowell Peterson

Our decline has certainly been precipitous, and our diligent efforts to reverse it over the last twenty or so years have not yielded much. But I think it is possible to overestimate the power of executives and capital and to underestimate the power of the people who actually do the work.

Dave Jamieson

Shake-up At The Nation's Leading Labor Federation

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arlene Holt Baker, the AFL-CIO's executive vice president since 2007, told colleagues in a meeting Wednesday that she would be leaving t...

They Want You to Think That Labor Unions Are Powerful

David Macaray | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business
David Macaray

Until unions learn how to do it -- learn how to play the system the way corporations play it -- they will continue to shrink in both membership and overall influence.

Oklahoma Sweatshop Tells One Story of Labor's Challenge

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Edwin D. Hill

All justice-loving citizens need to support regulatory and legislative efforts to more equally balance the playing field between employers and workers who -- like Dan Lee and his co-workers -- seek to turn today's sweatshops into decent, productive and family-sustaining places of work.

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.

Illinois House Should Pass Fair Pension Bill, SB 2404

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 07.21.2013 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.

Markets, Power and Economic Policy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

When economic "rents" or market failures provide economic benefits to weaker groups -- those with less stature or power in society -- efforts to eradicate such "inefficiencies" may further empower dominant elites in ways that are counterproductive for the larger society.

Colombia's Maids Lobby for Labor Rights

Elyssa Pachico | Posted 06.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Elyssa Pachico

Under Colombian law, domestic servants have the right to earn Colombia's minimum monthly wage, while their employers are required to pay for their benefits. This just doesn't happen.

Dave Jamieson

Major Ally Rips Obama Budget: 'Unconscionable'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama hasn't formally proposed his "compromise" budget plan yet, but the White House can already see cracks forming among its ...