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Celebrating Family and Medical Leave Act With Family Values

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

Twenty years later, mothers and dads are still waiting. In the meantime, almost every other country around the globe has instituted a form of paid maternity leave. There is a tiny trio of countries that do not: Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and the United States.

Beware of False Slogans Such as 'Right to Work'

Gerry Hudson | Posted 03.10.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

More than 50 years after Dr. King warned of being "fooled by false slogans" such as "right to work," working people are facing a string of coordinated, corporate-backed attacks. But what the wealthy special interests don't have behind them are numbers.

The Fiscal Cliff, Bah Humbug: It's Time Congress Redeems Itself

Linda Meric | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Linda Meric

The holidays are upon us - a time to make merry and spread good cheer. But there is a more contemplative side to this season as well - a time for self-reflection and for thinking of others who need our help.

The Road to Jobs and Economic Growth

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

One of the great lies of our time is that raising taxes on the wealthy hurts job creation and undermines economic growth. There is absolutely no evidence anywhere in the world that this claim is true. In fact, all the evidence points to the exact opposite being true.

America's Working Families Won

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Election Day 2012 brought very good news for the working middle class, the Main Street movement and the American Dream. The American people sent a clear message that we will stand with a President who stands with all Americans.

Yes on 30 & No on 32: Moving California Forward

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

Propositions 30 and 32 are pivotal for the future of education, public safety and the voice of hard-working families in our state. They both carry major implications for the future of California.

Why Mitt Romney's Anti-Union Platform Is Very Bad for U.S. Workers and Their Families

Laura Merriman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Laura Merriman

Under President Obama, however, unemployment rates have continued to decrease. Also, even if there are 12 million new jobs under Romney, what types of jobs will they be? Given Romney's stances and allegiances, he is probably talking about poverty wage jobs.

Time to Vote

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Barack Obama and Joe Biden have stood up for us. Now, it's time for us to stand up for them.

Older Workers, Adult Children and Working Longer

Kathleen E. Christensen | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
Kathleen E. Christensen

Do you provide financial support to your adult children? If so, does this mean you forsee yourself having to work later into life?

Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 12.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Buchanan

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to spe...

Matt Sledge

WATCH: 'Law & Order' Star Featured In Political Ad | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.12.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- Former "Law & Order" star Sam Waterston is returning to the rough and tumble world of New York politics. But he is not reprising his role ...

Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

Richard Trumka | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Richard Trumka

It is clear now more than ever that the labor movement and the domestic workers' movement need to continue to work together to protect the rights of all workers.

R U 4 Paid Sick Days?

Debra L. Ness | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

At a time when more than 40 million hardworking Americans can't earn any paid sick time to use when they get stomach flu or need a medical test -- and millions more can't earn paid sick time to care for an ailing child -- it's a question we all need answered.

From Behind the Counter: A Different View of the 47%

Diane Russell | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Diane Russell

I believe in an American Dream predicated on a system where everyone plays by the same rules, where the game isn't rigged to benefit the elite at the expense of the rest of us, and where a convenience store clerk can run for state office -- and win.

Celebrating All of America's Workers

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 11.03.2012 | Politics
Marielena Hincapié

Over 100 years ago, Americans began to celebrate Labor Day to honor our nation's working people and the prosperity they contribute to society. Unfortunately, the many labor rights we take for granted today are at risk due to policies that make working people more vulnerable.

Affordable Care Act Helps Working Families

Laphonza Butler | Posted 08.28.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

The Supreme Court's ruling upholds something that we have all known: a person's ability to stay healthy should not be a privilege for the few but a right for all.

What to Get Dad: Compassion and Curiosity

Dan Mulhern | Posted 08.15.2012 | Parents
Dan Mulhern

In '50s homes we were at mom's feet; in this park, kids saw the world from six feet up on dad's shoulders.

Fighting Discrimination, Giving Women -- and All Workers -- a Fair Shake

Debra L. Ness | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

It's time for all members of Congress to get past the baseless excuses, partisan talking points and rhetoric about valuing families and instead vote for common sense policies that would truly help. The Senate has that chance with the Paycheck Fairness Act.

New York's Families Need Minimum Wage Increase

Gordon Campbell | Posted 07.11.2012 | New York
Gordon Campbell

The Occupy Wall Street movement has drawn the nation's attention to these economic issues, starting a necessary dialogue, but we need legislative action to help those toiling away for next to nothing.

Finding Success Together

Loren Ridinger | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Loren Ridinger

Growing your business and personal life together is a challenge that will forever require attention and work, but will also deliver rewarding feelings and memories, while undoubtedly filling your heart with love.

Service Groups Give Working Families A Lift With Auto Loans

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.13.2012 | Detroit

A national program that offers families loans to buy or fix up used cars will soon be available in Detroit. The Ways to Work program will provide $...

Protecting Democracy in America Means Protecting Voting Rights and Civil Rights

Gerry Hudson | Posted 05.09.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

It is imperative that we not only understand the fight against restrictive voter ID laws , but that we also acknowledge that racist, anti-immigration laws, like Alabama's HB56, is an assault on the very values that civil rights marchers stood for nearly 50 years ago.

Unemployment and Poverty in America

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the historic Social Security Act of 1935, unemployment insurance has kept American families from falling into poverty. Seventy seven years later, this vital lifeline for unemployment insurance recipients continues to be weakened.

The Golden Years: One Step Forward or Several Steps Back?

Gerry Hudson | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

While the recent drop in unemployment numbers is great news, I wonder about how it will impact older African-American baby boomers. Our looming retirement security crisis, disproportionally affects African Americans, many of whom are retiring in poverty after a lifetime of work.

Connecticut Workers Welcome Paid Sick Days

Ellen Bravo | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business
Ellen Bravo

As of January 1, hundreds of thousands of Connecticut workers will begin to earn paid sick time under a new statewide paid sick days law -- the first in the nation.