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Sunday, April 30, 2017
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The Great Job Exodus Is Upon Us: Trump’s Promise To Save American Labor Is Already A Bust

One of the many impossible promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail was that he, and he alone, would be able to stem the tide of American jobs moving overseas. Though it was on its face a lie as unbelievable and untenable as all the other lies, it only further solidified Trump’s “America First” bonafides with his base.

April 29, 2017
Boycott, Trump

May Day, Reinvigorated To Fight Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies

Events are planned nationwide. In Houston, Texas, workers and allies will gather and wear red for a morning rally and march. In California (Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento), there are multiple marches occurring throughout the day and even after 5pm, for those unable to strike during work hours. Also on the West Coast, in Vancouver, Washington, local chapters of the ACLU and Indivisible groups are meeting for a march and rally, also after the workday.

April 29, 2017
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President Trump’s Corporate Government

We’re 100 days into Corporate Government. While giant corporations have for decades and on a bipartisan basis exerted far too much influence over government decision-making, we’ve never seen anything like the Trump administration. The key officials in the federal government, starting with the president himself, come from Big Business: the administration openly seeks guidance and direction from giant corporations and corporate CEOs on policymaking.

April 28, 2017

The Price For Killing Workers Must Be Prison

These are not all accidents. Too many are foreseeable, preventable, avoidable tragedies. With the approach of April 28, Workers Memorial Day 2017, the USW is seeking in America what workers in Canada have to prevent these deaths. That is a law holding supervisors and corporate officials criminally accountable and exacting serious prison sentences when workers die on the job.

April 27, 2017
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Can We Think Our Way Past Robots?

Bubbling beneath today’s comic-book politics are threats to American workers that have nothing to do with people or things coming over the border. Robots and artificial intelligence are nipping at the heels of not only blue-collar workers but also white-collar professionals who assumed that a degree would keep them several steps ahead of the machines.

April 26, 2017
Judge blocks Obama Administration's overtime rule

Here Comes The Big Assault On Workers’ Rights

Fast forward to 2017: After decades of dwindling union membership and worker power, and regulatory diminishment under both parties’ administrations, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are pushing a radical Heritage-style agenda that could deliver immediate and long-term harm to workers and unions across the United States—including millions of those who helped elect Trump.

April 23, 2017
Guaranteed Job

Calling Trump’s Bluff: A Guaranteed Job For Every American Who Wants To Work

The job guarantee asserts that, if individuals bear a moral duty to work, then society and employers bear a reciprocal moral duty to provide good, dignified work for all. It would finally make real the ideal, stated in Franklin Roosevelt’s “Economic Bill of Rights,” that every American possesses a “right to a useful and remunerative job” and “to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation.” Not a paternalistic aid, and not some tribute to aristocratic virtue, but a right to be claimed and exercised

March 25, 2017
Tracy Duve serves nachos at Tony's I-75 Restaurant in Birch Run

Low-Wage Workers Want Respect, Regular Shifts And Better Wages

At work, they keep their heads down, grappling with retaliatory managers who cut their hours for slight infractions like needing to pick up a sick child from school. They deal with customers who proposition them sexually, with coworkers who demean and belittle them.

August 12, 2016

Verizon CEO Visits Striking Workers, Tells Them ‘I’m Not Sure Why You’re Out Here’

The CEO claimed to be unaware of how many jobs his company was outsourcing.

April 20, 2016
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Hillary Clinton Meets With Health Care Workers

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told home health aides that raising the minimum wage is a central part of her campaign’s economic agenda.

August 7, 2015

U.S. Jobless Claims Drop To 41.5-Year Low

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemployment benefits last week fell to its lowest level in more than 41.5 years.

July 23, 2015
Hillary Clinton

Clinton Will Unveil Aggressive Economic Agenda That Targets Wall Street, High Earners

Hillary Clinton will announce Monday what aides call a far-reaching plan to restructure the economy to move more of the nation’s wealth to middle- and low-wage earners.

July 12, 2015

With U.S. Wages Flat, Jeb Bush Calls For More Full-Time Jobs

Jeb Bush said Americans need more full-time, not part-time work in order to grow the U.S. economy, comments some called out of touch. Also, he said nothing about wages.

July 9, 2015

Jobless Rate Down; Wages Flat

Although employers added 223,000 jobs in June, workers’ average wages flattened, and the unemployment rate fell due to a shrinking labor force.

July 3, 2015
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Labor Department Proposes Extending Overtime Pay

Low-wage workers — many of whom are educated — stand to gain from the Department of Labor’s proposed new overtime rules. Even if workers may not work more hours, it’s likely the rule could lead to greater employment.

July 1, 2015
Jeff Merkley

The New Law That Would Outlaw LGBT Discrimination Everywhere

Congressional Democrats plan to put forward legislation that would outlaw LGBT discrimination not only in employment but also in education, credit, federal programs, housing, and jury service.

June 26, 2015
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Mexico Farm Workers Win Pay Hike In Landmark Deal, But Fall Short Of Goal

Farm workers gain a pay increase in Mexico, but at what cost?

June 5, 2015
Protesters demonstrate against right-to-work laws in Madison, Wisconsin (Light Brigading via Flickr)

How The Media Enable The Anti-Worker Movement

Intentionally or not, news organizations often help the Koch brothers, ALEC, and other enemies of labor.

March 21, 2015
Farmworker Bernardo Velasco Vasquez, 47, stands on the Baja Trans Peninsula Highway in Colonet, Baja California, Mexico, in solidarity with fellow striking strawberry farm workers on March 19, 2015. "We've been here for years working for the same wage. We've had enough," he said. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Mexican Farmworkers Strike Over Low Wages, Blocking Harvest

A major labor battle is brewing in Mexico.

March 20, 2015
Wisconsin workers protest the state's right-to-work policy (Preston Austin via Flickr)

Defending Unions Against The Haters

The stats don’t lie: ‘Right-to-work’ is bad for workers.

March 19, 2015

Tackling Tip Theft

Employers routinely rip off service-industry employees — but you can help protect workers.

March 18, 2015
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Walker Says Union Law Popular With Republicans Wasn’t His Idea

Scott Walker is trying to distance himself from Wisconsin’s new right-to-work law.

March 9, 2015

Wisconsin Passes Walker-Backed Labor Bill After Marathon Debate

Labor has lost the dramatic battle against right-to-work in Wisconsin.

March 6, 2015

Banking Goes Postal

Could the United States Postal Service become a financial lifeline for vulnerable American families?

March 2, 2015

Wisconsin’s Right-To-Work Fight Moves To Senate After Abrupt Vote

Wisconsin Republicans are advancing their plan to crush unions, as Scott Walker prepares his presidential bid.

February 25, 2015