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We Need a New New Deal

US workers need more jobs as well as more pay

While Congress has been squabbling, California's legislature has been approving a batch of key measures.

Good News For Our Neediest Workers

More than 850,000 minimum wage workers in 10 states will be getting raises in the new year.

Michigan Is Just The Beginning

Michigan's new right to work law could lead to serious problems for labor - or to a revitalized labor movement.

Home Care Workers Need Presidential Help

It's time for President Obama to help the country's home care workers.

Many Profit From Bowl Games. But Not The Players

Student athletes get very little of the millions generated by college football's bowl games.

A Free Choice For US Workers

It's time to enact a proposed law that would give workers the absolute right to unionization.

Labor's Big Day

Organized labor was a big winner in the 2012 election.

We All Need A Higher Minimum Wage

Raising the minimum wage should be a key post-election priority.

We Know How To Vote, Don't We

An important suggestion for the election.

Missing A Vital Election Issue

Repealing the  Taft-Hartley Act should have been a prime issue in the election campaign.

Labor's Wise Election Choices

The stakes are high for labor in the country's largest state.

We've Providing The Wrong Kind Of New Jobs

Although we're recovering from the Great Recession, most of the new jobs are low-paying, non-union jobs.

Danger & Death In The Tobacco Fields

The workers who harvest tobacco face health hazards as great as those of smokers.

Let's Count Our Blessings On Labor Day

We owe much to organized labor.

Green Is Good For Us All

Urgently needed "green retrofitting" of the nation's infrastructure can benefit everyone.

The Billionaires Bill Of Rights

Anti-labor forces have launched a major drive to stifle the political voice of workers and unions.

Obama Needs Labor - Again

Labor is planning an extensive campaign on behalf of President Obama's re-election.

A Sure Path To Economic Health

It's way past time to raise the minimum wage.

Labor And The New Media

The Internet has had a profound impact on media labor coverage.

Bread And Roses

It's been 100 years since women textile workers waged one of the most important strikes in U.S. history.

Good News - And Bad - About Jobs

Although unemployment in the private sector is declining, it's growing in the public sector.

Want Better Health? Join A Union, Says Mom

A new study shows that union members are healthier than non-union workers.

Dolores Huerta Merits Our Highest Honor

President Obama has rightly honored activist Dolores Huerta.

Walker Won In Wisconsin, But So Did Labor

Labor showed important political strength in its failed bid to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Two Big Tests For Labor

Organized labor is facing major election challenges this month in Wisconsin and Arizona.

Make It A Truly Happy Graduation Day

Graduation time is here, but graduates can't be sure of good jobs despite their education.

Needed: Another Presidential Step Against Anti-gay Bias

It's time for President Obama to honor his pledge to ban anti-gay discrimination by federal contractors.

Union Rights Are Human Rights

The right to unionization, a basic civil right, is under serious attack.

Only We Can Save The Children

It's up to us to curtail the widespread use of child labor.

Fair Trade? Not With Colombia

The Colombia Free Trade Agreement aligns the US with a notorious abuser of workers and their unions.

The Obvious Solution To Our Social Security Problem

Raising Social Security benefits is essential to the well-being of American workers.

Cesar Chavez: A True American Hero

Cesar Chavez Day is coming soon, a time to celebrate the extraordinary life of a true American hero.

It's Not True What They Say About Pensions

Despite what anti-union forces claim, public employees are not drawing fat pensions that threaten to bankrupt state and local governments.

Labor's David Vs. GOP Goliath

Unions are preparing massive election campaigns in support of President Obama and other labor-friendly Democrats.

Apple's Unethical Innovation

The working conditions of those who manufacture the products of technological innovator Apple are brutal.

The IWW Legacy

Before the coming of the Occupy Wall Street Movement, there was the IWW - the industrial Workers of the World - to lead a major and fiercely fought anti-capitalist struggle.

The Farm Workers' Filipino American Champion

It's time to honor FIlipino labor leader Larry Itliong, who played a key role in formation of the United Farm Workers union.

The Plight Of The Pregnant Worker

Despite the anti-discrimination laws, many pregnant workers are being legally fired for being pregnant.

Sit Down, Punk!

Labor leader Art Carter was an important but now largely forgotten hero of the anti-Vietnam War movement.

So, What About The State Of The Unions, Mr. President?

Although President Obama said nothing about organized labor in his State of the Union address, he won labor plaudits for the pro-worker programs he proposed.

Walter Johnson Did What Needed To Be Done

San Francisco's Walter Johnson was a truly extraordinary labor leader.

It's Do Or Die For The United Auto Workers

The United Auto Workers is in danger of losing its standing as one of the country's most important institutions.

A Decent Living For All?

The minimum wage is increasing in eight states.

Stamp Out Sexual Harassment!

Strong action is needed to combat sexual harassment on the job.

Unemployment Slamming Public Employees

Public employees, many of them African-Americans, are being hit  hard by unemployment.

Six Ways To Heal The Economy

The AFL-CIO has a very promising plan to heal our very sick economy.

Jobless In Wonderland

Many employers are hiring only workers who already have jobs.

Newt's Wacko Idea

Newt Gingrich says the child labor laws are "truly stupid."

Lessons Of Ohio

Last week's Ohio election was a major victory for workers and unions.

Strange Bedfellows

The San Francisco Labor Council has actually joined forces with the city's anti-labor Chamber of Commerce.

Labor And The Occupiers A Natural Fit

A partnership of labor and Occupy Wall Street could lead to far-reaching reforms.

Searching For Joe

San Francisco unions are searching in vain for a mayoral candidate who would give them the unprecedented support they got from former Mayor Joe Alioto.

Respect For Car Wash Workers - At Last

Car wash workers have won what could be the first of many union contracts for the highly exploited workers.

Bridging The Income Gap

Unions can play a crucial role in correcting the serious economic problems raised by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

March Together, Vote Together, Fight Together

Labor leader Gene Debs died 85 years ago this month, yet remains an important inspiration for those struggling against powerful anti-labor forces.

NLRB Under Heavy Attack

The National Labor Relations Board is under heavy anti-union attack.

Time To Declare A New War On Poverty

It's time we acted to ease the economic misery of the 46 million Americans who live in poverty.

Heroes Who Did Their Jobs On 9/11

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 is a good time to recognize the importance of public employees.

Labor Day: Busting The Union Busters

The continued heavy attacks on public employee unions could make this an unhappy Labor Day.

Job Discrimination Hitting Women Hard

A new report shows there's much more discrimination against women workers than generally acknowledged.

Labor's Unhappy Anniversary

It was 30 years ago this month that Ronald Reagan struck the blow against air traffic controllers that sent labor into a steep decline

Caring For The Elderly

The number of Home Health Care workers who provide essential aid to millions of elderly Americans is steeply declining because of poor pay and working conditions.

Workers Gaining In Fight For Union Rights

Thanks to the Obama administration, powerful interests who are attempting to cripple the pro-union National Labor Relations Act are finally losing.

New Hope For Domestic Workers

Action is finally being taken to try to win decent treatment for domestic workers worldwide.

Farm Workers Need Drastic Change

Farm workers have suffered a heavy blow in their drive to win union rights.

Paid Sick Leave Good For Us All

More than 40 percent of privately employed workers do not have the paid sick days they need to recover from their often contagious illnesses or care for sick family members.

Can A Woman Beat Hoffa?

It may seem unlikely, but a woman could very well be elected to replace Jimmy Hoffa Jr. as president of the huge, corruption-ridden Teamsters Union.

"The Battle Of Our Generation"

President Bob King of the United Auto Workers Union is seeking major reforms to enable unions to strengthen union rights that are under attack.

Unions Save Lives

A new study finds that unionization is a sure way to lessen the heavy toll of deaths and serious injuries in the nation's coal mines.

The Minimum Wage Is A Poverty Wage

Although the minimum wage law was originally designed to guarantee workers decent pay, it now promises them no more than poverty-level wages.

Child Labor: Back To The 19th Century

The child labor laws that protect young workers from severe exploitation are under serious attack.

Hey, Nike - Pay Up!

Sports gear maker Nike owes us money for acting as billboards and wearing the Nike swoosh that's prominently displayed on Nike gear.

The Real May Day

May Day once marked more than the beginning of spring.

$11-Million-A-Year Bandits

The AFL-CIO is promising to launch a campaign to shrink the ever-widening pay gap between working people and major company CEOs.

Rebuilding The American Middle Class

United Auto Workers President Bob King has some important insights into the current attacks on working people and their unions.

Teachers Need Strong Unions

For the sake of the country's future, teachers are one group of public employees we must all support.

Shades of the Thirties

The attempt by Wisconsin's governor to all but eliminate union rights of state employees is one of the most important labor developments in decades.

Scapegoating Public Employees

Politicians and others who caused our economic troubles are attempting to shift the blame to public employees, whose vital work benefits us all.

Black Porters Led The Way

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters is high on the list of organizations to honor during February's Black History Month observances.

Ronald Reagan's Law Of The Jungle

In marking Ronald Reagan's centennial, don't forget he was one of the most viciously anti-labor presidents working Americans ever faced.

Thieving Employers Costing Us Millions

Employers are stealing millions of dollars from their employees and, in effect, from all of us.

Jack Hall: On The Right Side Of The Fence

Jack Hall led the remarkable struggle against huge corporate interests that brought industrial democracy to Hawaii.

Ernesto Galarza: "Man On Fire"

Ernesto Galarza was a key leader in laying the groundwork for the emergence of the farm labor movement led by Cesar Chavez.

Raise The Minimum Wage!

Raising the minimum wage could provide essential help to the poorest Americans while boosting the entire economy.

Labor's Outreach

It's a perfect match: Unions need new members, and young workers need unions if they are to improve their steadily declining economic and political status.

Investing In America's Future

Just as in the 1930s, America's infrastructure needs extensive repair and replacement - work that could provide millions of badly needed jobs.

Rebuilding The Labor Movement

It was 75 years ago this month that the Congress of Industrial Organizations - the CIO - set out on a dramatic drive to revitalize the labor movement that stands as an important guide to bringing new life to today's movement.

Election Over, What Next?

There's a rough road ahead for Democrats, labor and other progressive forces in the new Congress.

$100,000-A-Year Women

New Census figures show that women, despite lagging behind men in earnings generally, are doing better than men among higher paid workers.

Brown Or Whitman? No Contest

Pro-labor voters have a clear choice in California this November, where strong labor supporter Jerry Brown is running for governor against labor enemy Meg Whitman.

Remembering A Trio Of Great Hispanic Leaders

We're in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month, a good time to remember three of the most important Hispanic labor leaders in history: Chavez, Huerta and Galarza.

9/11 Rescuers Need Rescuing

An AFL-CIO report shows that many of those who rescued victims of the 9/11 attacks are still suffering from serious injuries and illnesses.

Labor's Promise

The AFL-CIO has begun a drive to recruit young workers to grow and strengthen the labor movement.

Labor Day Heroes

Labor Day is a good time to honor some of our most important yet most maligned workers, the public employees who perform many of the tasks that keep our country going.

Hands Off Social Security!

Republican leaders in Congress want to cut Social Security payments in order to reduce the budget deficit that's been caused in part by tax breaks for the GOP's wealthy friends.

"Most Crucial Election In 75 Years"

Labor and the Democratic Party share some serious political worries.

Need Better Benefits? Join A Union

Unionized workers not only earn more than non-union workers, they also have much better benefits.

Job Safety Urgently Needed

The number of serious on-the-job accidents this year have made clear the need for heightened government safety regulation.

Mooney and Billings: Framed!

Union organizers Tom Mooney and Warren K. Billings were victims of one of the most outrageous frameups in US history.

Congress Is Acting Stupidly

Congress is only adding to our economic problems by denying extra aid to the unemployed and states faced with laying off many vital public service workers.

Closing The Wealth Gap

The wealth gap between African-American and white workers has been growing steadily even as the wage gap has been shrinking.

God's Not On The Side Of Union Busters

A Catholic scholars group has declared that those who oppose unionization are committing a mortal sin.

Stop Child Labor On The Farm!

Yes, this is the 21st century, but America's agricultural industry still relies heavily on child labor.

Labor's Small Business Friends

A new survey disputes the claim that small business owners are as anti-labor as their big business counterparts.

Walter Reuther: Labor's Conscience

Americans rarely have had a greater champion than labor leader Walter Reuther.

An Environmental And Worker Disaster

Typically, the media paid relatively little attention to the workers who were killed or injured in the recent oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Invaluable Legacy of Willard Wirtz

Former Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz, who died in April, was one of the best friends working people ever had.

A Fitting Memorial To Labor's Dead And Injured

Workers Memorial Day honored the millions of men and women who've needlessly suffered and died because of workplace hazards.

Cheating U.S. Workers

Many U.S. workers are being cheated by their employers.

Let's Truly Honor Cesar Chavez

It's time to celebrate a national Cesar Chavez Day.

The Remarkable Harry Bridges

No one has ever done more for those to whom he dedicated his life -- "the working stiff -- that's who!" as he often declared.

Stop Mistreating Working Women!

Working women have been particularly hard hit by the global recession, in part because of long-standing discrimination

Labor & Obama: Sweethearts No More

President Obama's lengthy honeymoon with organized labor has finally ended.

Workers Safe At Last?

Hopeful govenrnent attempts to combat MSD (musculoskeletal disorder) - the most common of the serious injuries suffered by US workers - are finally underway.

State By State, Unions Matter

The number of unionized workers varies widely from state to state, but whatever the state, union members do much better than non-union workers.

A Union That Made Black History

The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters played a key role in the struggle of African Americans for equal rights.

We Need To Combat Workplace VIolence

Although almost two million Americans a year are victims of workplace violence, little is being done about it.

Obama's Promise To Women

President Obama's State of the Union promise to help women win pay equality has been largely overlooked.

Labor's Big Election Loss

Senate Democrats' loss of a filibuster-proof majority appears to doom efforts to revive the National Labor Relations Board.

MLK Was A Working-Class Hero

Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the labor movement's greatest allies.

Get Off The Bandwagon, Willie

Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, once a great friend of labor, has joined other politicians in bashing public employees.

Rights - Finally - For Airport Screeners

The airport screeners who are essential to air passenger safety finally are winning union rights.

A Lesson Too Long Unlearned

There's been an important breakthrough in the attempts to bring labor teaching into our schools.

Too Damn Old!

Ageism can be as harmful to its victims and to society as racism or sexism.

'We Need Jobs! Now!'

The AFL-CIO and its allies are waging a campaign aimed at creating many thousands of new jobs.

The Man Who Never Died

Joe Hill was - and remains - a true working class hero.

"Vetoes By Silence" Hamper Labor

The democratic principle of "majority rule" does not apply to unionization votes in the airline and railroad industries.

Young Workers - And Our Future

The young Americans who will shape our future are in particularly poor economic straits.

Justice At Last For Air Traffic Controllers

President Obama appears to have ended the decades-long sruggle of air traffic controllers for decent treatment.

Here Come The Women!

Despite the recession - or because of it - women workers are close to outnumbering male workers.

Obama, Labor & FDR

Barack Obama is becoming the most pro-labor president since FDR.

The Steelworkers' Bloody Battle

The steelworkers' strike of 1919 was a key event in American labor history.

Labor to Friends: "Hold Fast!"

Unions are facing extraordinary challenges - but with great expectations of success.

Labor Day: Safety First

Unions are marking Labor Day with high hopes that the Obama administration will move to finally lessen the severe on-the-job hazards facing U.S. workers.

Labor: The Key To Decent Health Care?

Organized labor is throwing its great political strength into the drive for a reformed health care system.

The Legacy of Wheatland

None of the events in the long history of attempts to bring economic justice to America's farmworkers has been more important than the "Wheatland Riot" nearly a century ago.

A Bloody Day In San Francisco

It's the 75th anniversary of "Bloody Thursday," a day of warfare between police and striking longshoremen.

Unions Make Us Strong

San Francisco has long been considered a premier "labor town."

The Bloody Homestead Strike

One of the most violent and most significant battles in U.S. labor history.

The Just Rights of Workers

A new landmark agreement promises full union rights to workers at the nation's Catholic health care facilities.

The Lifelong Crusade of Jack Henning

Jack Henning was one of labor's most extraordinary leaders.

"Slavery & Segregation"

Farm and domestic workers are seeking the basic union rights long denied them.

Give Workers What They Need!

A new study documents that millions of U.S. workers have been denied the vital right of unionization.

Join A Union, Get Fired

Many workers are being illegally fired for being pro-union.

Labor's White House Friend

President Obama is delivering on his promise to lead a pro-labor administration.

The Big Strike

No strike has had greater historical impact than the 1934 strike of West Coast longshoremen.

Hard Times For African-American Workers

The alarming growth of unemployment is hitting African-Americans particularly hard.

The Massacre at Ludlow

Twenty-six men, women and children died at the hands of authorities in one of the deadliest strikes in American history.

A New Deal For American Workers

A political battle over granting full union rights to U.S. workers is finally underway.

An Rx For Nurses - And Us, Too

A new alliance is seeking to unionize nurses and greatly improve the health care system.

Jobs May Decline, Unions Won't

American unions finally are growing significantly.

Sit Down! Sit Down!

Once, autoworkers overcame even greater hardships than they face today.

Bolsheviks in Seattle?

This month marks the 90th anniversary of one of the most dramatic events in labor history, the Seattle general strike.

Labor Says Goodbye To Bush - And Good Riddance!

The long struggle of working people against George Bush is finally over.

Help At Last For Air Traffic Controllers

President-elect Obama promises help for the nation's vital but badly treated air traffic controllers.

Obama's Pro-Labor Secretary of Labor

Hilda Solis, President-elect Obama's nominee for labor secretary, is determined to raise the status of U.S. workers.

Unions: A Surprise American Favorite

Contrary to what most people seem to think, polls show that most Americans approve of unions.

Eighty-hour Workweeks! Thirty-hour Workdays!

Few workers are more exploited than the doctors-in-training who provide much of our hospital care.

Women Bringing New Strength To Unions

Women will soon make up more than half of the country's unionized workforce.

"Homosexuals Need Not Apply"

The new movie "Milk" should inspire us to attack the job discrimination faced by gay workers.

Will the Young Rescue Unions?

Unions are finally attracting the young members they badly need.

The Other S.F. State Strike

State college faculty members waged one of the most significant strikes in California history.

Labor's High Hopes

Labor played a major role in Barack Obama's election and rightly expects much in return.

Who to Vote For? It's Obvious

For working Americans, Obama should be the overwhelming choice for president.

Repeal Taft-Hartley!

Ralph Nader is demanding repeal of the Taft-Hartley Act, the chief obstacle to a revitalized labor movement.

A Critical Economic Stimulus

More than one million Americans face loss of their badly needed unemployment benefits.

A First for Labor, A First for Women

Amid the speculation that Sarah Palin could become the first woman vice president, don't forget Frances Perkins.

It's Labor's Day for Great Expectations

U.S. unions are celebrating Labor Day with unusually high expectations of success.

Labor's Day - and Yours

Labor Day should remind us of the good that unions have done for all Americans.

Cindy Sheehan Knows What We Need

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is running for Congress on an unusually worker friendly platform.

18 Dead, More To Come

The Bush administration refuses to adopt safety regulations that would lessen the hazards that endanger construction crane operators and millions of other workers.

America's Second-Class Workers

Millions of Americans are being forced into part-time work.

Labor's Foot Soldiers

Organized labor is launching its biggest political campaign ever in hopes of playing a major role in electing Barack Obama and other labor-friendly Democrats.

A Summer of Deadly Heat

Summer's heat is posing serious dangers for the farmworkers who harvest most of our fruits and vegetables.

Workers of the World Unite!

The globalization of capital that has undermined workers everywhere finally has led to serious moves for the globalization of labor.

Working-Class Voters Demand A Fair Deal

Working-class voters are demanding a lot from political candidates.

The Disgraceful Treatment of U.S. Workers

The rotten treatment of many U.S. workers has become an international disgrace.

Labor's Choice Has To Be Obama

Barack Obama supports key issues that would greatly improve the life of American workers. John McCain opposes them.

New Targets for Tomato Pickers

The highly exploited farmworkers who pick most of the country's tomatoes have new targets in their drive for decent wages and working conditions.

A Memorial Day Massacre

A once suppressed film depicting police chasing down and killing strikers and their families played a key role in winning union rights for American workers.

Labor's Critical Election Role

Congressman Dennis Kuchinich says unions should go all-out to defeat Presidential candidate John McCain for the benefit of labor and the country in general.

The Jobless Need Help - Now!

Millions of jobless Americans badly need more of the unemployment benefits that have helped sustain them.

No Peace, No Work

Unions promise to wage major anti-war demonstrations on May Day.

Charlton Heston, Union Hero

Staunchly conservative actor Charlton Heston had once been a union leader and influential liberal.

An Honor Long Due Cesar Chavez

It's way past time to make Cesar Chavez' birthdate a national holiday.

Time To Check Those Union Cards

There's finally a realistic chance for passage of a law to give U.S. workers full union rights.

'Don't Be A Marshmallow!'

Few women are more deserving of special attention during Women's History Month than Dolores Huerta, a co-founder with Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers.

Unions Are Growing - Finally

The percentage of American workers belonging to unions is increasing for the first time in more than three decades.

"On A Good Evening, I Get Four Hours Sleep"

The loss of air traffic controllers is a main reason airlines are consistently operating behind schedule and facing serious threats to passenger safety.

Dancing in the Rain

The Oakland general strike in December of 1946 was one of the most effective ever waged.

Justice For Only A Penny

Burger King is trying to undermine agreements by its major competitors to improve the shameful working conditions of tomato pickers.

Tobacco's Other Victims

Few workers are more badly treated than those who harvest the deadly tobacco crop.

Second-Class Women

An ever-increasing number of highly qualified women are going into professional occupations - and encountering blatant discrimination.

Labor: Changing To Win?

U.S. unions are drawing closer together to wage major organizing and political campaigns.

Wooing Labor

Democratic presidential candidates are trying very, very hard to win union support.

Gene Debs, American Hero

Those seeking to improve the lives of ordinary Americans could find no greater guide than Gene Debs.

Viva La Causa!

Farmworkers are celebrating one of the most important and hopeful events in U.S. labor history.

A Trailblazing Organizer's Organizer

Although virtually unknown by the general public, Fred Ross was one of the country's premier organizers, the trainer of such leaders as Cesar Chavez.

Labor's Happy Day

Unions are celebrating Labor Day with great expectations for success.

It All Began in San Francisco

Labor Day has been observed for a much longer time than most historians say.

Raising the Minimum Wage: Don't Stop Now!

The new federal minimum wage should be raised to at least $9.50 an hour, as labor and Democratic Party leaders are urging.

Labor's Unhappy Anniversary

The decline that U.S. unions are struggling to reverse began a quarter-century ago at the hands of Ronald Reagan.

A Free Choice for American Workers

Workers may finally win the full union rights long denied them.

The Unfriendly Skies of George W. Bush

The Bush administration is abusing air traffic controllers and endangering the millions who rely on them for safe travel.

Injury, Death, the American Worker and George Bush

The Bush administration is failing to protect workers from the hazards that cause many of them serious injury or death.

Just A Penny More

The drive to win decent treatment for the tomato pickers who are essential to the fast-food industry is picking up steam.

It's Time We Kept Our Promise to Working Women

Working women have too long been denied the "equal pay for equal work" legally promised them.

Better Teacher Pay: The Key to Better Schools

A new survey shows how poorly we pay teachers despite their great importance.

Cesar Chavez - A National Hero

Farm union leader Cesar Chavez merits a national holiday.

Farmworkers Need More Federal Help - Now!

California farmworkers are still suffering from January's severe freeze.

A Good, Stubborn Irishman

They don't make labor leaders like Joe O'Sullivan anymore.

Busting Unions to Protect "National Security"

Despite their importance to our security, airport screeners are unable to exercise their full civil rights.

Sick Workers & Kids Need Our Help

We badly need a law to enable workers to take time off to care for themselves or their sick kids.

Payback Time for Labor

Congress is finally going to take labor issues seriously.

More Poison, Says Bush

The Bush administration has made certain that millions of Americans will continue to be needlessly exposed to methyl bromide, one of the most toxic of all pesticides.

'A Revolutionary, Apocalyptic Time'

Creation of the CIO brought profound changes to the American labor movement - and to American society generally.

Labor & the Democrats: A Winning Combination?

U.S. unions are waging one of their most important political campaigns ever.

Censoring Labor

Although most people work for a living, the mainstream media generally ignore their working lives and attempts to improve their conditions through collective action.

It's Criminal, What Congress Has Done to the Working Poor

Congress has openly violated the law that guarantees a living wage to American workers.

A Penny More for a Decent Life

We should demand that McDonald's join the drive to improve the miserable conditions of the tomato pickers whose work is vital to the country's fast-food outlets.

Thanks, Harry

Labor reporter Harry Bernstein of the Los Angeles Times was one of America's most important journalists.

Don't Bite the Hands That Feed Us

The immigration reform bills being debated in Congress would add to the great harm already being done to the country's miserably treated farmworkers.

Want More Money? Join a Union

Union members remain the most highly compensated and otherwise best treated of American workers.

Si Se Puede

Cesar Chavez is truly one of the most extraordinary leaders in U.S. history.

What Cesar Chavez Taught Us

Few leaders have made greater sacrifices than Cesar Chavez, who risked his very life in seeking social and economic justice for farmworkers.

UC's Quest for the Best, Brightest - and Greediest

Legislators finally are investigating the University of California officials' virtually unchecked spending of millions on each other's compensation.

Unions Continue the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.

The link between the labor and civil rights movements that Martin Luther King Jr. worked to forge is now stronger than ever.

The Terminator vs. Labor

Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to strike a crippling blow against the labor movement on Nov. 8.

The President's Anti-Labor Relations Board

Bush appointees are denying workers their union rights.

Labor: Rising from the Dead

The current turmoil within the labor movement is a sign of strength rather than weakness.

Elaine Chao Is No Frances Perkins

Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao is not a friend of labor.

You Will Eat, Bye and Bye

Few organizations have done more for working people than the 100-year-old IWW.

Living in the 21st Century, Working in the 19th

The immigrant sheepherders who perform that ancient and vital task for US ranchers are among our most poorly treated workers.

Is It Labor Party Time?

A genuine Labor Party to challenge the mainstream political parties is an idea whose time may finally have come.

Extortion in California?

It's still money first, education second for the University of California's greedy administrators.

The Terminator Will Get You If You Don't Watch Out

The very special interest of Califonia's clownish governor is bashing workers.

Will Pizza Carry a Union Label?

The overworked and underpaid drivers who deliver your pizza finally have a union.

Workers Feeling the Pain of Bush's Victory

Working people have taken the first of what are sure to be many heavy post-election blows from President Bush and his allies.

Labor's Crucial Second Step

Unions are following up their failed campaign to unseat President Bush with a major drive to revitalize the labor movement politically and otherwise.

A Teachers' Teacher

Jim Ballard was a key leader in the drive to give full rights to American teachers.

The Farmworkers' Unlikely Ally

Few people have been more important to farmworkers in their long fight to win basic rights from growers than Lionel Steinberg - a grower.

Labor's Great Challenge

Organized labor has rarely been confronted with a greater challenge than this year's presidential election.

Schwarzenegger and Reagan: Two of a Kind

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is proving to be no friend of labor.

Left-Wing - and Proud of It

Jimmy Herman was one of the truly great unsung leaders in recent American history.

Labor's on the March - At Last

American unions are finally taking steps that hold a real promise of reversing their steady decline.

Labor Board Heads Back to the 19th Century

The National Labor Relations Board actually claims that the indispensable work done by graduate student employees is not really work.

UC's On-The-Make Bosses

The University of California is a prime example of the many educational institutions that have adopted the values of corporate America.

He Made the UFW Possible

Al Tieberg was one of the most important, yet unsung, champions of the country's oppressed farmworkers.

The Courage of Rose Bird

It's time we remembered one of the best friends farmworkers ever had.

Decent Pay for All

Congress' refusal to raise the pitifully inadequate minimum wage has subjected millions of working Americans to lives of poverty.

All Workers Are Equal - Unless They're Women

The law guarantees equality to working women, but employers don't.

A Missing Chapter in Broadcasting History

The station involved in one of public broadcasting's major events isn't talking about it.

A Rare, Unheralded Champion of American Workers

Jim Drake, a long-time assistant to farmworker leader Cesar Chavez, was an extremely rare individual.

Ronald Reagan's War on Labor

Yeah, Ronald Reagan was great - unless you happened to work for a living.

Neither Safe nor Healthy

The job safety laws are supposed to protect workers - but they don't.

An Exceptional, Forgotten Leader

Lou Goldblatt teamed with Harry Bridges to create one of the country's most important unions.

The Great Pullman Strike

It was a virtual insurrection of working people, a key event in the creation of the American labor movement.

Hoffa Made Me a Hero

A great story that would have made a much better movie than that Jack Nicholson flick.

Labor & the Media

Rotten. That's the only word to describe the media's coverage of working people and their institutions.

Barbarity on the Farm

Some of the farmworker's tasks are downright torturous.

Heading Off Economic Disaster

There are hopeful alternatives to President Bush's disastrous economic policies.

What Women Want - and Badly Need

Half of America's working people are women, but they are still treated as secondary to their male counterparts.

Labor's Anti-Bush Troops

Organized labor is mounting a major drive to defeat President Bush in November.

Hoffa's Last Hurrah

On film he was a hero, but in real life Jimmy Hoffa was a violent, vicious anti-hero.

The Best Literary Friend Farmworkers Ever Had

Author John Steinbeck did much to better the conditions of farmworkers.

Fairy Tales About the Jobless

Despite what the Bush administration pretends, unemployment remains a severe problem.

Stop Wal-Mart - Now!

The retail giant is threatening to victimize us all.

Union Rights Are Human Rights

Millions of Americans are routinely denied the fundamental right of unionization supposedly guaranteed them by law.

Farmworkers vs. Goliath -- Again

The United Farm Workers union has resumed its decades-long battle with giant winemaker Gallo.

Bringing Real Democracy to Iraq

U.S. occupation forces are enforcing Saddam Hussein's anti-union laws in Iraq.

Bush Opts for Poison

The Bush administration is trying to increase use of the pesticide methyl bromide despite its disastrous effects on people and the environment.

The Drive for 'Contraceptive Equity'

Women are demanding -- and should be getting -- the right to "contraceptive equity."

A Porter Who Dared Protest

C.L. Dellums of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was one of the most important figures in the early struggles for racial equality.

Older Workers -- Down, But Not Out

Discrimination against older workers is a fact of American life, but maybe not for much longer.

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