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Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

Weary U.S. Workers Are Still Experiencing Hard Times

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Labor Day is seen as a day of rest for many hardworking Americans. But for a growing set of U.S. workers, there is no break from trying to earn enough to support their families. Despite a dip in unemployment during the past few years, low pay continues to plague many employees while their corporate bosses rake in record profits.

Footwear Giant Skechers Can Run, but It Can't Hide From Abusive Labor Practices

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Peter Dreier

A report released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) exposes the huge gap between Skechers' carefully crafted image as a hip retailer and the reality of a company for whom truck drivers and warehouse workers labor under harsh, stressful, and exploitative conditions.

It's Time to Terminate Temp Abuse, Pass Calif. Bill AB 1897

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Fueled by the growth of "perma-temp" workers who toil for years at the same job for low wages, few if any benefits and with no protections, thousands of employees are increasingly being left behind while their companies reap the benefits of their hard work.

Dave Jamieson

GOP Senator Under Fire Over Truck Safety After Tracy Morgan Crash

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

Two days after a tractor-trailer crashed into Tracy Morgan's limousine, killing a passenger, road safety advocates hammered Sen. Susan Collins (R-Main...

Food Industry Giant's Walmart-Style Labor Practices Leave Bad Taste in Mouth

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business
Julie Gutman Dickinson

When you hear about poverty wages and extreme anti-union tactics practiced by the largest company of its kind in the world, it's natural to think of Walmart. But California-based Taylor Farms is giving the retail giant a run for its money.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pro-Keystone Group: Scott Brown Lied To Our Face

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Brown can't win for losing. After helping torpedo Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-N.H.) energy efficiency legislation, he is now being hi...

'It's Not A Question Of Economics Anymore. It's A Question Of Morality.'

Capital and Main | Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics

The following story was reported by Capital and Main and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. It’s 5:45 a.m. on Wednes...

Cerberus Loots Bankrupt Airline's Health Care Account

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

We don't know how much was in that account. We do know it barely amounted to pocket change for Cerberus, which stands to profit handsomely from the wind-down of World Airways and the sale of assets from a sister airline.

Republic Nuclear Dump Fire Threatens Investors, Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
James P. Hoffa

Since 2010, a landfill fire has been moving toward 8,700 tons of unlined illegally dumped radioactive waste in Bridgeton, Missouri. The site is in the middle of working-class neighborhoods, right next to the Saint Louis airport, and near a hospital, schools and a great number of businesses.

America's Sweatshops on Wheels Find a Light at the End of the Tunnel

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics
Julie Gutman Dickinson

It's been a long, dark road for America's port truck drivers, but finally there's a light at the end of the tunnel. It won't happen overnight, but the nation's port truck drivers are leading the way for all American workers to once again have a shot at the American Dream.

UPS Fires Hundreds Of Workers Who Defended Fired Colleague

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

UPS, one of the world's largest shipping and logistics companies, has decided to fire 250 workers who staged a 90-minute protest in February. The prot...

Cesar Chavez's Legacy

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

When Chavez left his job as a community organizer in San Jose in 1962 and moved to rural Delano to try, once again, to bring a union to California's lettuce and grape fields, even his closest friends figured he was delusional.

Dave Jamieson

An Exploited Workforce Comes One Step Closer To Unionizing

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business

A port trucking company in California has been ordered to hang a small notice that could become a big deal. As part of a settlement with the Teamst...

Here's 30 Billion Reasons Why Mexican Trucks Are No Joke

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

This is not the time for America to be signing off on new trade deals that could worsen the problem. The appeal made by Mexican truckers will only be a drop in the bucket of what is to come if this 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal comes to fruition.

NAFTA Shows the Damage Fast Track Could Bring

James P. Hoffa | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Congress will kick off 2014 by likely considering legislation that would allow bum trade deals to speed through Capitol Hill with little debate and no amendments. The Teamsters and others have been vocal on what a bad idea that would be. And it isn't hard to prove why.

It's Time to End the Secrecy Surrounding TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

There needs to be more certainty for policymakers and the public if they are going to go along with such a deal. Americans deserve a bigger say in their future.

Corporate America: 'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Today the Teamsters and American workers face a moment of reckoning. The time has come where people must stand up and say enough is enough to companies that seek to take advantage of employees and taxpayers.

Dave Jamieson

D.C Taxi Commission Thinks Cabbies Talk Funny

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.14.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The D.C. Taxicab Commission forbid a Washington cab driver from speaking at a public meeting Wednesday because he didn't provide written...

Lawmakers Increasingly Realize Fast Track Is a Fraud

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

The Teamsters for years have been an outspoken critic of fast-track trade authorization which allows bad proposed trade agreements to move through Congress on just a quick up-or-down vote. And in the last week, we were joined by 185 House lawmakers who feel the same way.

Dave Jamieson

Hoffa To Cruz: Stop Saying My Name!

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It seems Teamsters President James P. Hoffa has tired of hearing his name come from the mouth of Sen. Ted Cruz. In countless anti-Oba...

Labor's Love Lost Over Obamacare?

Steve Early | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Steve Early

Just months before key ACA provisions go into effect, Obamacare is backfiring in multiple ways on a labor movement already battered and bruised. Contrary to repeated White House assurances, many unionized workers now face more, rather than fewer, health plan problems and costs.

Living Wage Now!

James P. Hoffa | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Hard-working Americans from coast-to-coast have stood up to their corporate bosses in the trucking, warehouse, fast-food and retail sectors. They are demanding fair treatment. And the battle has just begun.

Dave Jamieson

Unions Blast White House Over Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Signaling a growing rift between some unions and the White House over the Affordable Care Act, the Nevada State AFL-CIO passed a stingin...

Will Labor Pains Give Birth to a New Mayor?

Tom Allon | Posted 08.20.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

Why should voters care about who these organizations support? Now, more than ever, the city's fiscal health and tax policies are linked to how the next mayor handles labor negotiations.