Wanted Economic Patriots to Save American Dream

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka yesterday described the upcoming elections this way: This election is about economic patriots, and it’s also about corporate traitors. Economic patriotism resonates among working people and […]
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We Couldn’t Have Said It Better

AFL-CIO Now blogger Mike Hall lets President Obama tell it like it is. After President Obama finished delivering his speech to the AFL-CIO Executive Council this morning, AFL-CIO President Richard […]
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Trump: Tax China, Create Jobs in America

      Donald Trump knows a few things about making money. The first step: You need a job. But a job is something more than 17 million of America’s […]
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The Working Class Has Spoken. Will Democrats Listen?

Massachusetts voters sent a strong signal to Washington lawmakers Tuesday that they want results—and aren’t seeing any. Not on health care reform, not on job creation and not on fixing […]
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China and the U.S. Housing Bubble

      We often write about how China’s policy to devalue its currency, the yuan, has been a key factor in the U.S. trade deficit. It’s not an easy […]
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We Are All Steeworkers

So I took a tour of a steel plant today. There was a lot of hot, molten steel, but also high-tech computerized systems running the show, making sure just enough […]
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Jobs Don’t Live Here Anymore

      The unemployment data is due tomorrow, and it’s likely to be bad, with an expected 300,000 to 320,000 jobs
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Made in America: Corporate PR, Not Practice

   Big Business wants it both ways: It wants to wrap itself in the ol’ red, white and blue while feeding the decline of the U.S. economy through its actual […]
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Take the Pledge: Buy America

So, the world isn’t flat after all. Not that some of us ever bought into Thomas Friedman-speak. But many in this country did, especially those running the political show, and […]
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Can’t Ship Out Those Green Jobs

We’re giving up Styrofoam cups here at our building in Washington, D.C. Also doing an energy audit and taking a few other steps as a start toward making our building […]
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Economic Terrorism

Corporate opponents of workers’ freedom to form unions repeatedly have shown they are not interested in the welfare of their employees or any of the pseudo-lofty ideals they cite while […]
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Remembering Studs Terkel

What bitter irony. Studs Terkel, who gave voice to working people throughout his life, passed away yesterday, just days before a potentially historic presidential election. Should Sen. Barack Obama win on […]
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Meet Joe the REAL Plumber

Sen. John McCain, meet Joe the plumber. Unlike Samuel Wurzelbacher, Joe’s given name is…Joe. And, unlike Wurzelbacher, he’s a licensed plumber. Joe Moenck, a plumber in Zumbrota, Minn., is a […]
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CEOs Get Bailed Out. Workers Get Sold Out

Before she became the first female Labor secretary in 1933, Frances Perkins had seen firsthand the tragedy of Manhattan’s 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Locked in by their employer, 146 mostly […]
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Working Harder for Less Mocks the American Dream

Worsening unemployment. Millions of home foreclosures. Two-income households unable to support families. America’s workers are facing economic disasters so severe, even the national media is paying attention. But the current […]
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In This Election, It’s the Economy–and Race

The issue of race in this presidential campaign is one we talk around, or whisper about, or don’t discuss publicly at all. Or, as with some McCain supporters, the issue […]
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McCain’s Flea-Market Economy

George W. Bush’s solution to our nation’s economic mess—that his failed policies helped create—is to applaud people who must work three jobs to make ends meet. Sen. John McCain colors […]
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Take It–The 2008 Ask a Working Woman Survey

  A woman who spends years in medical school emerges to take her place alongside a panoply of male physicians—who, on average, make 38 percent more than she does. Female […]
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Electrocuted at Age 22

Every day, most of us go to work and then come home. Next day: Rinse, repeat. But some U.S. workers go to work and never come home. In April 2005, […]
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Greedy Troglodytes Attack Teachers

What is it about teachers that reactionaries don’t like? Maybe it’s because an educated electorate poses a threat to those who seek to control the public—”Danger: Educated Union Member” is […]
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Green, the Color of Good Jobs

The union movement is turning green. Not with envy, but with an escalating sense that the nation must work to address climate change and that we must be part of […]
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Who’s Really Sick?

Anyone can get health care in the United States. Just ask George W. Bush. Last year in Cleveland, he had this to say to the 47 million Americans without health […]
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