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Food Deserts, Unemployment Could Give Wal-Mart And Daley An Opening

Chicago Sun-Times | Laura Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's called kicking the can down the road. In 2006, Mayor Richard M. Daley took a political hit that still reverberates today. The Service Employee In...

Protests Across Country Focus on Workers' Strife, Citizen Journalists Report

Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reporting by Natasha Chen, Daniel Howes, Karen Kilpowicz, Pamela Mays McDonald, Linda R. Monk, Dorothy Noble, Elizabeth Ross, Jim Stevenson, Betty Ten...

Arthur Delaney

Bailout Bonus Rage Hits The Streets (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rage over $165 million in bonuses for employees of bailout-beneficiary American International Group spilled into the streets Thursday when over 100 pe...

Boosted by Pro-Union Poll, Labor Targets Blue Dog Congressman, AIG, Banks

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

The union movement has been buoyed by a new independent Gallup Poll yesterday showing that a majority of Americans favor the Employee Free Choice Act that would make forming unions eager.

Anti-EFCA Dem Linked To Dead Worker In New Union TV Ad

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This is some rough stuff. The SEIU has just launched a hard-hitting Web video that ties Blue Dog Democrat Dan Boren to the horrific death of a worker ...

Sam Stein

Unions Targeting GOPers, Including Rep. Shadegg, On EFCA | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Members of the powerful Service Employees International Union are working members of Congress, including House Republicans, in an effort to drum up su...

Five Things to Know about the Employee Free Choice Act

Andy Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Stern

Corporate interests are bent on lying about EFCA -- they'd have you believe that the bill means the end of the secret ballot, when it simply gives employees the choice to join unions -- not the employers.

Big Business Lobby Goes to War with Grassroots Workers Over Pro-Union Bill Today

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

The biggest battle between corporate power and workers' rights in over 50 years starts today with the official introduction of the Employee Free Choice Act by leading Democrats in the House and Senate.

Sam Stein

SEIU, Chamber Of Commerce Dust Up Started With A Tweet | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It started with a tweet. Though the SEIU and the Chamber of Commerce are the thorniest of political foes -- and their heated opposition on the Emplo...

Major Labor Unions Consider Reuniting After Bitter Split 4 Years Ago

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Union leaders are talking about reuniting under a single, more powerful federation, nearly four years after a nasty breakup split o...

Sam Stein

SEIU's Stern: Solis' Absence Hurt Workers On Stimulus | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the nation's most prominent union leaders says that working Americans were deprived a voice during the debate over the stimulus package and hou...

Live from DC - The Energy Summit

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jack Hidary

While clean energy broadly speaking is on the table, the summit is mainly focused on power transmission -- how do you get solar, wind and other renewables to the grid?

Why Healthcare Can't Wait

Andy Stern and Jeff Kindler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Stern and Jeff Kindler

Through the years, there have been many issues where labor and business don't see eye to eye. Here's one where we firmly agree: the need to fix healthcare, now, not in spite of the economic crisis, but because of it.

Sam Stein

SEIU Set To Realign And Potentially Lay-off Work Force | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the nation's most influential unions is making preparations for staff cuts and rearrangements in an effort to meet challenging economic and pol...

We're All Wal-Mart Shoppers Now

Ron Galloway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Galloway

WalMart has 1.4 million employees at its 4000 U.S. locations. These employees have one thing in common: a job. Maybe not the most rewarding job in the world, but a job nonetheless.

Labor Unions Divided In Emanuel Replacement Race

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Organized labor is splitting its vote in the race to succeed Rahm Emanuel in Congress. AFSCME, the big government workers' union, quietly endorsed st...

A Labor Secretary Who is Actually Pro-Union

Jonah Lalas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonah Lalas

Once the employer realizes his/her employees are willing to stand up for better pay, more affordable healthcare, and better working conditions by forming a union, they begin to fight.

Obama To Host Labor Leaders While Issuing Executive Orders

Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has notified leading labor officials that it will host them at the White House tomorrow at an event where President Obama pla...

SEIU To Call For Firing Of Bank Of America CEO

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The labor powerhouse Service Employees International Union will become the first union to call on Bank of America to fire embattled CEO Ken Lewis late...

Powerful Union SEIU May Stay Out Of Emanuel Replacement Race

Chicago Sun-Times | Laura Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Service Employees International Union is still puffed up over its prowess in the 2007 Chicago aldermanic elections, when the SEIU helped turn over...

Sam Stein

SEIU: We Trust Obama To Spend Bailout Money Wisely | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The head of the powerful Service Employees International Union said on Thursday that he trusts Barack Obama will use the bailout money transparently a...

ACORN Helps Lead Progressive Action to Pass A Stimulus Package

Bertha Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bertha Lewis

Because of reality facing America's low- and moderate-income communities, ACORN members and their neighborhoods function as the canaries in our nation's economic coal mine.

Sam Stein

The Indefinable Barack Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama's appointment of Rep. Hilda Solis as Secretary of Labor put an end to the preliminary process of crafting his economic team. It has been,...

Obama Opens the Door, Will Labor Go Through It?

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Obama has essentially invited American workers to come out of the political cold and step into the sunshine. Are their leaders going to accept, or will the keep hanging out in the shadows of power?

Wal-Mart's Failure to Protect Its Workers: An Unfortunate Symbol

David Nassar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Nassar

When ten employees of the Wal-Mart meat department in a TX store elected UFCW as their union, Wal-Mart immediately scrapped their entire network of in-store butcher departments nationwide.