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So-Called Right to Work Is Still Wrong for Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Lawmakers must resist the cheap corporate rhetoric pushed by ALEC and others that makes right-to-work seem like a solution. It isn't.

A Living Wage is an Equal Voice

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

If you believe in the power of numbers to tell a true story, and that acting on these equations can help create a better future for all of us, then read on.

New Report: More Working Mothers Are Low-Income; State Actions Needed

Brandon Roberts | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

State governments have significant authority and opportunity to assist low-income working families with children... if they have the will.

Senate Women Say: Raise The Minimum Wage!

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

At a time when 400 American families have more wealth than 150 million, an American single mom earning minimum wage at a full-time job takes home just $15,000 a year to support her family -- below the poverty line.

Congress Must Heed the President's Historic Call for Paid Leave, Fair Pay and a Stronger Health Care System

Debra L. Ness | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

The State of the Union should be the start of a new era in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle work together to make all our lives better.

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.

A Strong Start to 2014 for Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted 01.02.2014 | Business
Debra L. Ness

Building off of the victories of last year, 2014 is off to an equally strong and promising start. In fact, America is already more family-friendly.

From a Place at the Table to Setting the Agenda

Luz Vega-Marquis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Luz Vega-Marquis

Without the social capital that network represents, our current goal -- to harness the energy generated by the Equal Voice into a lasting, family-led membership-based organization -- would be out of reach.

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.

No Longer Leading: U.S. Lags Other Advanced Economies in Women's Employment

Eileen Appelbaum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Eileen Appelbaum

It's past time to update the Fair Labor Standards and Social Security Acts for the 21st century. Today's workers need a minimum number of paid sick days in addition to a meaningful minimum wage.

Who Is Going To Take Care Of You In Your Old Age?

Sara Rix | Posted 11.26.2013 | Fifty
Sara Rix

If you are a boomer, chances are good that you are more concerned about providing appropriate care to aging parents than about the help you might need someday. But the future will see fewer family caregivers: Households have gotten smaller, and many boomers have few or no children.

What's Best for Babies? Moms Who Get Great Benefits

Jennifer Owens | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

I can tell you about 100 employers that are committed to supporting new working parents, but for too many employees, the juggle is still a struggle.

Privatizing Cincinnati's Retirement System -- A Bad Deal for Retirees, Workers and the City

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

A proposed charter amendment slated for Cincinnati's ballot this November would break its pension promises to city workers, harming working families and the city economy. It is part of an immoral national fight against retirement security.

A Bittersweet Labor Day

Debra L. Ness | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

This Labor Day weekend, let's pay tribute to the sweet victories that have shown the kind of change that is possible when workers, businesses, advocates and lawmakers come together.

Rural America, Poverty, and Why the Farm Bill Matters

Tori Taylor | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Tori Taylor

I grew up in rural North Carolina. I have seen the impact that America's farmers have on our economy and our culture. And as someone whose family has benefited from nutrition assistance in the past, I understand on a personal level the importance of the farm bill.

Rhode Island Becomes Third State With Paid Family Leave

Ellen Bravo | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

The Temporary Caregiver Insurance bill will be the first law of its kind in the U.S. to protect the job security of all employees needing to take leave for a new child or to care for a seriously ill family member or personal illness. The bill will ensure that workers can take up to four weeks of paid leave.

Dave Jamieson

House GOP Passes Bill Loosening Overtime Laws | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As part of their efforts to rebrand the GOP as a more caring party, House Republicans passed a hotly debated bill Wednesday that would l...

'Working Families Flexibility Act' Doesn't Give Flexibility or Support to Working Families

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

In a perfect gift for mothers just short of Mother's Day, House Republicans have once again introduced legislation with a charming title and a potentially devastating impact for working women and families.

Mothers, Working Families Aren't Fooled

Debra L. Ness | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

Why are some members of Congress wasting time on a bill that would make things even worse for many of these families?

Eric Cantor's New Plan Would Cost Workers Time, Flexibility and Money

Ellen Bravo | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Workers desperately want more time with their families, more control over their hours, and fair compensation. The Cantor/Roby bill would make it harder for them to have any of the above.

Raising the Minimum Wage

Rep. David Cicilline | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Rep. David Cicilline

In the 20th century, we built a strong and thriving middle class that was based on a simple premise -- if you worked hard and played by the rules, you could afford to provide for your family, own a home, send your kids to college, and maybe even put a little away for retirement. It's time that we renew that promise.

Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer: 'Lean In' and Get Your Butt to the Office!

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 04.29.2013 | Women
Joanne Bamberger

They may mean well, but the ways they are going about these two goals will only take us back to the time when we had to sneak out of the office to get home for dinner (oh, wait, Sandberg admits she did that) and increase the mom guilt I thought we'd all agreed wasn't good for anybody.

It Doesn't Matter Who Is to Blame for the Sequester

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Ana Garcia-Ashley

An in-effect sequester would compromise our national security, food security, and even stunt the healing economy.

The Dishonorable Republicans

Ethan Rome | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

While Republican governors like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas play games with people's lives to throw red meat to the extremists in their party, Kasich and the a growing number of GOP governors put the needs of their state before their political party.

20 Years Ago Today, America Became a More Family-friendly Nation -- And We Must Do It Again

Debra L. Ness | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

"Groundbreaking" is a word that's thrown around a lot, but this victory truly was. The FMLA is the first national law ever to help Americans manage the dual demands of work and family.