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March on Washington for Jobs, Hope and Real Change

Brent Budowsky | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is time for the real heirs to Samuel Adams, and John Hancock, and Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, to come Washington and answer the pretenders who do things in the name of the Founding Fathers that violate the ideals of the Founding Fathers.

Four Years Ago Today, Hardworking Families Finally Got a Little Help

Sen. Jon Tester | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester

Exactly four years ago, hardworking folks across the country finally got a pay raise ten years in the making. One of the first laws I helped pass, just a couple of months after joining the Senate, was the Fair Minimum Wage Act. And it became law four years ago today.

Is There Room for Empathy in Divorce?

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 06.08.2011 | Divorce
Claire N. Barnes, MA

Empathy is a popular topic these days...

The Right Priorities for Our Working Families

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand | Posted 05.29.2011 | New York
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Instead of marginalizing women, Congress must get to work on policies that can foster job creation and fuel economic growth. It's time to focus on solutions, not just for the fortunate few, but for every American.

The State of Charade

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marco Trbovich

In concert with the president's address, the "Be Your Best Buddy" seating arrangement for the State of the Union address swept away any doubt that American politics has become a single-party system devoted to militarism and corporate interests.

Stop the Lies

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

Near the end of the now-classic film Chinatown, set in Los Angeles during the 1930s, working-stiff private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) conf...

President Obama Should Have Fought This One

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Obama has again bent to the economic philosophy that rewards the casino gamblers on Wall Street and leaves the majority of the country standing outside the casino with a tin cup -- hoping that the gamblers are at least big tippers.

The Rich Get Richer, the Poor Poorer

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Americans are uncomfortable calling attention to pay discrepancies and exploitation because it smacks of class warfare. Thus they put up and shut up.

Veterans Advocates Reject Debt Commission's You're On Your Own Economics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

At a time when we strive to honor generations of service, the Debt Commissions comes out with draconian cuts that will have drastic consequences for veterans and military families. They must be stopped.

What's at Stake Tuesday

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

The conventional wisdom in Washington right now is that the Republicans are about to take back the House, and possibly the Senate. That would be awfu...

Ten Tips to Create a Flexible, Virtual Work Environment

Deborah Frett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Deborah Frett

The workplace flexibility movement has two things going for it: one, it's not going away, and two, just like the word itself, it can adapt and change to fit any organizational culture.

The GOP's Bizarre and Cynical "Pledge to America"

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

One can only marvel at the extreme cynicism evident in the Republican Party's bizarre 21-page "Pledge to America." The document is only the tip of the...

For Families, And...?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip N. Cohen

Someone should tell President Obama about Unmarried and Single Americans Week, coming up Sept. 19-25. USA Week doesn't get much attention, and the th...

Jobs Should Come First

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Could Senate Republicans deliver a harsher slap in the face to working families than heading out for a holiday recess after repeatedly blocking unemployment aid for hard-working people who've had their jobs taken away?

Sometimes, It Takes an Interpretation

Sec. Hilda Solis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sec. Hilda Solis

Since the Family and Medical Leave Act was first passed the concept of families changed but the flexibility to apply FMLA to shifting conditions did not. This week, the Administration took a major step in recognizing the need for such flexibility.

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.

Beyond the Noise -- 12 Quiet Ways Obama is Building a More Equitable America

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Quietly, under-the-radar and away from the cameras, the Obama Administration has been diligently working to lay the foundation for a more vibrant and equitable America.

Congress, Don't Tax Our Health Insurance Plans

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

87 percent of employers surveyed said they will cut benefits if reform increases their costs, and 86 percent said they would pass the additional costs on to workers. That isn't cost control.

News Flash to Mika Brzezinski: Not All Women Get Your Breaks And Can Have It All

Jill Brooke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jill Brooke

Brzezinski seems to lack any compassion for the many women who desperately wanted husbands and children, but fate -- not desire -- worked against them.

Health Care Reform: The New Promised Land

James M. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James M. Lynch

When my father died we were left in insurmountable, unrecoverable debt and we did, literally, go broke because he got sick.

Labor Day Investing

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Labor Day is a reminder of what workers can achieve when they organize: improved working conditions, fairness in the work place, holiday and vacation pay, health care and pensions.

A Message for Labor Day

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

This Labor Day, let's recommit ourselves to helping workers organize and fight for their rights. Let's work together to win meaningful reforms that ensure access to quality, affordable health care.

Providing Parental Leave Benefits Invests in Federal Working Families

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

As new parents, federal workers are forced to decide between staying home with their children without pay or return to work early. We believe this is a choice federal workers should not have to make.

Recession Spending: Furloughs, Shrinking Incomes

nytimes.com | MICHAEL LUO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

LINCOLN, Calif. -- The Ferrells have cut back on dance lessons for their twin daughters. Vaccinations for the family's two cats and two dogs are out. ...

Let's Honor Mothers Every Day

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

This weekend, families all across America will be thanking mothers for the sacrifices they make -- something we should remember long after the cards are opened and the flowers are put in vases.