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Dr. King and the Gang of Four

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

As minority candidates, the path each one of us walked was particularly tough. Few thought that the Gang of Four, also known as the Harlem Clubhouse, were up to the job. But we overcame great prejudice and paved the road to politics in which race was less a factor than talent.

Six Reasons to Cheer for Unions This International Women's Day

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

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.

Dave Jamieson

In Pittsburgh, Mass Protests Over The Booming Health Care Sector's 'Poverty Wages'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business

Hundreds of demonstrators poured into downtown Pittsburgh Monday to protest low wages at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, escalating a two...

Kathleen Miles

Red Carpet Protesters Ask For Yearly Wages That Add Up To At Least One Oscar Gown

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.01.2014 | Business

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Days before celebrities strut their Armani and Gucci gowns at the Oscars, protesters rallied on the red carpet Friday to shine a ...

A House Is Not a Home Without Rights for Care Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Does a public union belong in the most private of workplaces? Thousands of personal care workers in Illinois who tend to elders and people with disabilities at home wouldn't have it any other way.

NAACP Has 'Serious Concerns' With New Voting Rights Bill

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The NAACP on Thursday expressed appreciation for lawmakers' effort to update voting rights laws, but raised "serious concerns" with provisions of the ...

In 2013, Low-Wage Workers' Frustration Led to Action; 2014 Will Be a Year of Change

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

The movement to transform low-wage jobs into jobs that can support a family is just getting started. Expect a lot more change in 2014.

Why a Climate Activist Fasted Nine Days for Immigrant Families

Tom Weis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Tom Weis

As someone who believes all social justice issues are interrelated, here was a chance to take a stand in defense of families being torn apart by an immigration system that flies in the face of our nation's immigrant history, and the bedrock American value of justice for all.

For-profit College Group, Linked to ALEC, Keeps Working to Harm Students and Taxpayers

David_Halperin | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
David_Halperin

It's a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America's for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers.

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. It's time for Progressives -- and Americans of all stripes -- to wake up and smell the coffee.

My Thanksgiving Prayer: May Obamacare Be the Beginning of the End of Economic 'Exclusion'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

As I sit down to a Thanksgiving feast I ache and pray for millions of Americans who won't be able to obtain health coverage because, as Pope Francis notes, we treat people as "leftovers."

Dave Jamieson

It's Official: Workers Win $15 Minimum Wage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

It appears the ayes have it. After weeks of careful ballot counting, officials in Washington state on Tuesday certified the results in a potentiall...

Advocates Fasting for Families Embody the Strength and Determination of the Immigration Reform Movement

Janet Murguía | Posted 01.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

This week I visited the National Mall and walked into a tent with a sign that said "Day 9 of Fasting." Inside sat a group of advocates who have been fasting to draw attention to the impact of our broken immigration system. Sometimes the quietest acts of protest can be the most powerful.

Paul Blumenthal

Donors To Liberal Dark Money Group Revealed

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The billionaire Koch brothers and their conservative network may be the best-known users of "dark money," but their liberal foes have no...

Growing Number Of Adjunct Faculty Are Banding Together

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.01.2013 | College

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of part-time college professors are joining labor unions, a growing trend in higher education that's boost...

CAP Anniversary Celebration: Where Walmart And Labor Unions Come Together

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought down the curtain on the celebration of the Center for American Progress' 10-year anniv...

Are BART Unions Prepared for Public Disdain Now Targeted at the Tea Party?

David Paul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Like the Tea Party, BART workers have the strong support of barely one-quarter of the population. Yet, there is little doubt that those that support the goals and tactics of the BART unions particularly revile the Tea Party, and would be loath to acknowledge those things that they have in common.

Congress Shouldn't Leave Immigration Bill Behind This September

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Sayu Bhojwani

This month, the prospect of attacks on Syria has once again nudged immigration reform to the back burner in Congress. Is immigration reform doomed to failure once again?

Michael McLaughlin

The Must-Win Battlegrounds In NYC Mayor's Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 09.07.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- Remember the battleground states where Democrats' and Republicans' hopes for the White House rose and fell during recent presidential elec...

Fast Food Workers Seek Justice, Respect and a Living Wage to Lift Them Out of Poverty

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Fast food workers are drowning in economic hardship, trying to live on $7.25 per hour, and in some case a bit more. These workers are mainly women, with 25% being parents who can barely make ends meet on an average pay of less than $11,200 per year while working in a $200 billion industry.

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.

Fast Food Strikes: Raising Wages and Saving the Economy

Richard Brodsky | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

These are hard-working folks, often with two jobs, who simply can't survive on what they are paid. Think about it. Work 50 hours at $8 bucks an hour, and your weekly pre-tax income is $400, or about $20,000 annually. Raise a family of four on that.

For Any Working Mom, Child Care Is Essential

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In California and nationwide, our youngest citizens' futures must be at the top of our agenda. This is not the time to be timid, or deal with it in K-12 proposals and politicking. Later is too late; the research keeps mounting about where we need to put our money and why.

Dave Jamieson

Two Obama Nominees 'Thrown Under The Bus' In Senate Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Labor unions greeted news of the Senate filibuster deal between Republicans and Democrats as a qualified victory on Tuesday, happy to se...

Dave Jamieson

Major Union To Rejoin Forces With Largest Labor Federation

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After leaving the nation's largest labor federation eight years ago, the United Food and Commercial Workers union is looking to rejoin t...