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Port Drivers Take on Low Wages in an Industry Built on a Lie

Richard Kirsch | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Richard Kirsch

The port drivers' story is emblematic of the forces that crushed America's middle class. Good paying, often union jobs were replaced by low wage, no-benefit jobs.

Brothers On The Line: New Documentary Explores Dramatic Fight for Worker's Rights

Kristin McCracken | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

After watching Sasha Reuther's riveting documentary Brothers on the Line, I realize that every education has a significant gap or two, and one of mine involved the fascinating and rich history of labor in America.

Workers Fight Back in Hungary

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

It was October 1990, and the economic changes were starting to bite. After the Soviet Union cut back oil shipments to Hungary, the government in Budapest dramatically raised the price of gas. In response, taxi drivers and teamsters essentially shut down the country over a three-day period. It was just a taste of what was to come in terms of austerity measures.

When Courts Stop Strikes Before They Start: Why Workers and the Public Lose

Michael M. Oswalt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michael M. Oswalt

This nullification of the strike -- the core building block of effective workplace advocacy for thousands of unrepresented, often low wage contract workers at airports -- deserves a lot more attention than it's been getting.

Life on $3 a Day: Garment Workers and Cambodia's Struggle for Human Rights

Elizabeth Daube | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Daube

Despite a day filled with marches and demonstrations, Phnom Penh remained relatively calm. The only government reaction: quietly relocating a dozen protesters who had camped outside the U.S. embassy. Fast forward a few weeks, and the demonstrations have taken a dramatic and deadly turn.

Arthur Delaney

Pentagon Food Workers Accuse Contractor Of Retaliating Over Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A private food service contractor at the Pentagon has been accused of illegally retaliating against workers who went on strike to protes...

Arthur Delaney

Pentagon Strikers Seek To Pressure Obama Before State Of The Union

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jerome Hardy said he's cooked and cleaned at the Pentagon's Center Court Cafe for eight years and never received a raise. He makes $9 an...

Ask An Economist: Will Raising Fast Workers' Wages Strengthen the Economy?

Nick Norton | Posted 03.05.2014 | Detroit
Nick Norton

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour would raise the wage of nearly 30 million workers, increase GDP by around $32 billion during the phase-in period, and create 140,000 net new jobs over that period.

Nightmare Before Christmas

AP | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of workers at Amazon.com in Germany have walked off the job in an effort to put pressure on the American online retailer in t...

Strikes To Hit 100 American Cities

AP | CANDICE CHOI and SAM HANANEL | Posted 12.02.2013 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in ...

Honduras Healthcare System Collapsing

Marco Cáceres | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Some 670 doctors remain on strike in Honduras because the Ministry of Health has not paid their salaries since January -- and in some cases as far back as 14 months.

From a Moment to a Movement

Robert Kuttner | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

A happy Labor Day to all -- a day for a last summer outing to the beach, a three-day weekend to shop the sales, or maybe just a day to stay home and get ready for the school year. And, oh yeah, a day to honor working people. As Labor Day weekend approached, fast food workers in at least 50 cities went on one-day strikes to demand a living wage. One double-edged analogy that comes to mind is the Occupy movement. It created a venue to confront the chasms of inequality in American society and the power of Wall Street. But what Occupy did not do was to translate into a durable politics that led to real reform. That's what the fast food movement needs to do.

Arthur Delaney

Low-Wage Strikes Come To Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tyrika Meade started working at the sunglass stand in Union Station six weeks ago. She said she earns $8.25 an hour on an irregular sche...

The Irony of Margaret Thatcher

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Nigel Hamilton

Margaret Thatcher didn't listen, because to have listened might have diminished her absolute conviction she was right, as well as her determination to change radically the way Britain did business, regardless of the social fall-out. But her inability to listen would be her undoing.

Bulgaria's Perpetual Crisis

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
John Feffer

The recent resignation of the Bulgarian government, after several days of protest, reveals the deep discontent among the people over the economic situation.

Greece: How Long Until Junta?

Bill Frezza | Posted 03.30.2013 | World
Bill Frezza

Read through the stories appearing everyday in the Greek press (which you might only find buried on the back pages of American newspapers) and you will undoubtedly ask yourself: "How long will these proud people put up with such degradation?"

Walmart To Pay Former Employee $1.49 Million

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.13.2012 | Money

As Walmart workers across the country participate in the company’s first-ever retail worker strike, one former employee’s dispute with the big box...

Chicago Teachers Strike for Us All

Alan Singer | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

I believe the Chicago teachers strike is an important stand in the battle to improve, even save, public education in the United States. As Karen Lewis said, "This fight is for the very soul of public education, not just only Chicago but everywhere."

Dave Jamieson

Romney Condemns Chicago Teachers Union Over Strike

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney condemned the Chicago Teachers Union for the high-profile strike it launched Monday, accusing it of...

Bonnie Kavoussi

U.S. Worker Strikes Recover To Pre-Recession Levels, But Remain Modest

HuffingtonPost.com | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

As the job market improves, some workers are regaining the courage to go on strike. After dipping to record lows following the financial crisis, th...

GOP Governor Looks To Stop Effort To Repeal Controversial Anti-Union Law

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH and ANN SANNER | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich and top Republican lawmakers said Wednesday they're offering to discuss weakening a new law limiting coll...

Starbucks Employees In Chile Plan Strike Over Wages

Posted 09.06.2011 | Business

Employees at Starbucks Corp's outlets in Chile plan to walk out on Thursday because, they say, their wages are so low that they can't afford to bu...

Union Hyatt Regency Workers Hold One-Day Strike

Posted 08.20.2011 | Chicago

Union workers at Chicago's Hyatt Regency launched a one-day strike Monday at the 151 E. Wacker Drive location as they called for better working condit...

Labor and Capital in the 21st Century: Legacy of the Haymarket Affair

Mark Cassello | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

May 1, 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of nationwide series of strikes that forced employers to begin to capitulate on the issue of the eight-hour wo...

Why We Strike

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

If today's labor movement is going to reverse decades of decline, union leaders are going to need to forget the habits of the last 30 years and learn something new from the rank and file: You don't win a fight by not fighting.