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#EndorseThis: ‘The Daily Show’ Takes On Trump’s Relations With Workers

As The Daily Show’s Ronny Chieng showed in a segment last night, Trump’s support among working class voters is far from universal — and for good reason.

August 16, 2016
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
A striking union member from the Trump Taj Mahal

Meet The Immigrant Union Members Striking Against The Trump Taj Mahal

In the early morning hours on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, nearly a thousand hotel workers went on strike July 1 against the Trump Taj Mahal after negotiations broke down over night. The strike entered its sixth day on Wednesday. In front of the hotel were two strikers, Kaushik and Bina Vashi, both immigrants from India and […]

July 6, 2016
An Uber sign is seen in a car in New York June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Uber Deal Shows Divide In Labor’s Drive For Role In ‘Gig Economy’

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers trumpeted an agreement reached recently to represent New York Uber drivers, saying it “gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values workers and their families.” But not everyone in the labor movement is cheering.

May 23, 2016
Sanders at the Verizon picket

Bernie Sanders Speaks To Verizon Workers On Strike

Bernie Sanders joined 36,000 striking Verizon workers yesterday in Brooklyn.

April 13, 2016
A U.S. border patrol officer sits in his vehicle along the border with Mexico near San Ysidro, California

Patrol Agents Union Endorsement Raises Troubling Questions

The Border Patrol union is so impressed with Trump that it has chosen to, well, trumpet its endorsement, breaking with union history in its first-ever official support for a presidential candidate during the primaries.

April 1, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Supreme Court’s Tie Vote Upholds Public Employee Fees For Unions

The Supreme Court announced a tie vote yesterday in what labor law experts had called a “life-or-death” case for public employee unions.

March 30, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump gives a thumbs up as his supporters rip apart a sign being held up in front of the candidate by protestors at a rally in Portland

Such a Curiosity, Those White Working-Class Voters

Most of them know that their current appeal to presidential candidates and the gawking media is as fleeting as it is intense.

March 10, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) takes part in a rally to preserve union pensions in Washington

Interview: Labor Historian Nick Salvatore on Eugene Debs, Bernie Sanders, and Socialism in Modern American Politics

The major difference between the Debs era and what Bernie Sanders is dealing with now has less to do with socialism than it has to do with capitalism.

February 27, 2016
"Assembly line at Kalamazoo Manufacturing Company, November 1957. I don't know anything about this vehicle, but I will do some research."

Feds Ponder Shafting Retirees In Pension Crisis

“Our country was founded on aspects of integrity, honesty, fairness, equality and righteousness. However, I see none of those traits in the decision that has been made with the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.”

February 19, 2016
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The Federal Government’s Little-Known Pension Heist

When banks are on the verge of collapse, Congress bails them out. When union pension funds are in mortal danger, Congress changes the law to let them shaft retirees.

November 27, 2015
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Clinton speaks at a campaign stop in Iowa

Clinton Wins Endorsement From U.S. Ironworkers’ Union

“Clinton’s record of looking out for the jobs that union members rely on was the largest factor in the council’s decision.”

November 23, 2015
File photo of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker shows off his motorcycle driver's license before a "Roast & Ride" fund-raising event in Des Moines Iowa

Harley An Awkward Ride For ‘Union-Busting’ Republican Walker

There’s something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that Scott Walker has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads “Union made in the USA.”

July 30, 2015
Scott Walker Wisconsin protests

5 Ways Conservatives Make Workers Poorer, Sicker, And More Dependent On Government

Conservative policies give workers weaker families, dimmer futures, and corporate governance. So why do they punish themselves by voting conservative?

July 27, 2015
Scott Walker

6 Things To Know About Scott Walker

He’s been playing political games since he was old enough to vote.

July 13, 2015
Right to Work Michigan

A Future For Unions, If They Can Keep It

The path forward for unions is murky. Union members are ebbing. Campaigning for issues takes money, which takes members who pay dues.

May 21, 2015
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Stand With Postal Workers This Thursday In A National Day of Action

A cabal of corporate predators, congressional anti-government ideologues, and pusillanimous postal officials are dismantling this invaluable public service, piece by piece .

May 13, 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
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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
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Wisconsin Passes Walker-Backed Labor Bill After Marathon Debate

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

March 6, 2015
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Cartoon: President Walker Takes On America’s Enemies

Scott Walker shows Vladimir Putin who’s boss.

March 4, 2015
Post Office

Banking Goes Postal

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

March 2, 2015
Scott Walker

Walker’s Comments On His Foreign Policy Credentials Draw Democratic Criticism

Did Scott Walker cross the line with his CPAC comments about unions?

February 27, 2015