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Mary Kay Henry 'Almost Certain' To Be Next SEIU President

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The race to become the next president of the nation's fastest growing labor union became clearer on Wednesday after one of the cand...

Difficult Questions in the Wake of a Coal Tragedy

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

Instead of clinging to the status quo, West Virginia's elected officials must use this tragedy as an opportunity to ask difficult questions about the future of coal in West Virginia. Here are some of mine.

Sam Stein Talks Labor, Movement's Senate Allies

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost political reporter Sam Stein appeared on "The Ed Show" Tuesday to discuss the U.S. labor movement and SEIU president Andy Stern's decision to...

Friday Talking Points [127] -- Letting A Crisis Go To Waste

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama's administration was supposed to follow a basic premise: never let a crisis go to waste. That was according to one of his own ...

"Confederate" Heritage? The Suppression of Truth and the Misuse of History

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

If Governor McDonnell wants to promote the Civil War in Virginia, I say more power to him. Let him call it "Civil War Heritage Month" and let it address the plight of the slaves, and the atrocity of post-Reconstruction civil rights violations in Virginia.

The F Word: Shaky Foundations for the Economy

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Laura Flanders

In 2009, a year of decline for most of us, the top 25 hedge fund managers made an average of $1 billion each. There was, said investor Carl Icahn "a great opportunity in debt" last year.

"We are at a Crossroads" - Yannick Etienne on Sweatshops as a Development Model.

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

The U.S. and U.N. have based their plan for Haiti's redevelopment on the expansion of the assembly industry. Toward this end, the U.S. Congress passe...

Charlie Crist Asks AFL-CIO Union For Senate Endorsement

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist, who shed the "R" next to his name and replaced it with an "I" – asked for the labor union AFL-CIO...

Safety Awards That Endanger Workers' Lives

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

BP, Massey Energy and Tesoro all have hauled out plaques celebrating safety achievements to deflect allegations of corporate recklessness in the after...

Primary Victory Over Conventional Wisdom

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats had better relish their victory in PA 12 while they can, because this weekend a special election in Hawaii is likely to elect a Republican in a very Democratic district.

Rule Change Brings Fairness to Airline and Rail Union Elections

Edward Wytkind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward Wytkind

Until now, workers in the airline and rail industries had to fight an uphill battle in order to exercise their right to choose union representation. The change levels a playing field that has been uneven for too long.

Frontier Airlines Teamsters Is Taking Republic Airways To Court

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

MILWAUKEE — The union for mechanics at Frontier Airlines is going to court over plans to shift their work to Milwaukee. Republic Airways Holdin...

Democratic Primary Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Some of the Democratic primaries being held next week may have just as interesting an impact on the Democrats as the Tea Party challenges are having on the GOP.

The F Word: Working Families Still Squeezed

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The president's failure to deliver on two key issues: labor law reform and taxing Cadillac health plans, have enraged union members who see cumbersome rules as an impediment to organizing new workplaces.

The Women I Love (on Women's Day): Agitators Who Stand Up to Big Coal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

"In the US Senate, Mother Jones was once called the 'grandmother of all agitators.' She replied that it was her desire to one day be the 'great-grandm...

Greece Debt Crisis, Euro Woes Could Infect U.S. Recovery

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The United States, which led the world into recession, may now see its fragile recovery stifled by events across the globe. Danger...

Hidden Dangers of Citizens United Ruling

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

My main concern is not the money that will be spent overtly, but rather with what happens outside the public's eye -- the unseen influence which may be wielded.

Calling on All Working Americans to Stand Up and Fight

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

America's union movement is leading a broad uprising of working people ready to make sure elected leaders and candidates get the message and don't forget. Don't just watch for us in the streets -- join us.

Walmart's Layoffs Raise Serious Questions

Taylor Leake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Taylor Leake

Walmart's Sam's Club shocked more than 11,000 of its workers yesterday morning when it laid them off without warning. The reason for the layoffs? Outsourcing. But not to China. Or anywhere overseas.

Combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa: Soccer Instead of Unsafe Sex

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

Boredom -- and drinking -- often led to unsafe sex with prostitutes at the truck stops along the highway. As a result, truck drivers have one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in Eastern Africa.

Upcoming HBO Documentary Views Economic Crisis Through a New Lens

Bruce Raynor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bruce Raynor

Anyone who cares about maintaining the middle-class in this country should see Schmatta. The film tells a storied history and raises questions that are central to the future of the American Dream.

NHLPA: So What Is the Rumpus and Why is It Important?

B.D. Gallof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
B.D. Gallof

No, this isn't the Coen Brothers gem of a movie. This is what has been happening to heads of the NHL's Player Association ever since Bob Goodenow stepped down.

The New School of Education?

Paul Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Miller

Some of the most interesting examples of urban education reform anywhere in the nation are happening here in Los Angeles. One of these reforms is in teacher training.

Women and People of Color Down for the Count in Jobless Recovery

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arlene Holt Baker

A close look at the unemployment figures shows that while white males are taking it on the chin in this recession, women and people of color are down ...

US Chamber of Commerce Hates "Buy America" Slogan

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Papantonio

The organization that use to represent small business interests has morphed into a lapdog that serves a new master. That master is international mega-corporations.