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Fast Food Workers Prepared To Do 'Whatever It Takes'

AP | Posted 07.25.2014 | Business

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national...

Raising the Floor for Home Care Workers Is Critical to the Nation's Economic Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

In the decades to come, raising the floor for home care workers will become increasingly important. Unfortunately, many of those who take care of our most vulnerable - even full-time workers - are still in poverty.

Women Victorious In U.S. Supreme Court's Harris V. Quinn

Julie Gunlock | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Julie Gunlock

Women just scored a significant victory in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Harris v. Quinn, decided just last month, the Supreme Court declared that childcare providers and personal care aids (PCAs attend to hygiene, housekeeping, and meal preparation for the elderly and infirm) are not required to unionize.

SEIU Targets House Republicans In New Immigration Ads

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

The Service Employees International Union launched a series of Spanish-language ads on Tuesday going after House Republicans for their failure on immi...

Dave Jamieson

Union Plows Ahead After Major SCOTUS Setback

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

After being dealt a major setback by the Supreme Court just two weeks ago, the Service Employees International Union is plowing ahead in its efforts t...

Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Low wages, debts and dim prospects all subjugate. This is the condition of a shocking number of Americans as income inequality rises. And their economic desperation and subordination occurred by design.

Immigration Legislation Is Dead -- Now What?

Ryan Campbell | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

You don't need a crystal ball to see that immigration-reform legislation is dead. It is consistently one of the most difficult topics for any country to tackle, and we have the most dysfunctional, do-nothing Congress in U.S. history.

Ending Domestic Partner Benefits "Unbearable Crisis" for Lesbian Couple in Pennsylvania

Sue Kerr | Posted 07.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Sue Kerr

Eileen Halloran has knee replacement surgery scheduled for late August and will have to schedule a hysterectomy soon afterwards. She and her partner, an employee of Allegheny County, have carefully coordinated their respective health needs and recuperation periods. But now their careful plans for their health and their relationship are now up in the air.

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters' Staff Votes To Join Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Service Employe...

Dave Jamieson

Supreme Court: Partial Public Employees Can't Be Required To Contribute To Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a setback for organized labor that could have been much worse, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that certain government-funded emplo...

Behind the Disney Magic, Reality Bits Back for Those Who Work There

Gary Stein | Posted 06.24.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Disney employees may be in "The Most Magical Place on Earth," but it looks as if it is dark magic that surrounds them.

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters To 'Walk The Walk,' Let Employees Unionize

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Employees at the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America will soon vote on whether or not to join a union. Last w...

Workers Are Rising -- and Winning

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

If you work hard, you should make enough to live a good life and provide a better one for your kids. That's a conviction worth fighting for and a sentiment that rings true for most people, not just in Seattle but everywhere.

Starving for Higher Wages: UPMC Workers Fast for a Week (VIDEO)

Julie Sokolow | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Julie Sokolow

Since 2012 a battle has been raging between UPMC hospital workers like Chaney Lewis and CEO Jeffrey Romoff, who makes $6 million a year. Chaney has worked at UPMC for over nine years but still only makes $11.97 an hour. Consider this added offense: UPMC enjoys the status of "charitable nonprofit."

Why Are Many Members of Congress Among the Few Americans That Can Retire?

Jane White | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Jane White

If we can't reform our system, we at least need to communicate to baby boomers that they need to stay at their decently-paying jobs at least another decade, rather than "retiring" and ending up taking part-time, benefit-less minimum-wage jobs to try to make ends meet.

Dr. King and the Gang of Four

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 06.04.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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.