Killing Uncle AL

By locking out workers, and wasting untold millions on highly paid but inexperienced replacements and on security guards, ATI has finished converting itself from a pillar of the community into a pariah.
Leo Gerard

The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. It’s the biggest change in the American workforce in over a century, and it’s happening at lightening speed.

Are Unions An ‘Us’ Or A ‘Them’?

Divide and conquer works. When you face a strong enemy it's good strategy to break them apart into smaller units that can be fought separately. Example: a state initiative to gut California's public-employee pensions does just that.

Those Republican Spending Caps Are Costing Us Jobs

The Congressional Budget Office said that by ending the sequester federal spending caps, the economy would be able to add as many as 1.4 million additional jobs in 2016 and 2017. We need those jobs.
Isaiah J. Poole

Transportation Spending Priorities Are a Civil Rights Issue

Not having access to good public transportation destroys the promise of equal opportunity for millions of Americans. When Congress returns to address long-term transportation funding, this needs to be part of the debate.
Jacob Woocher

Congress’ Transportation Stall Is Our Chance to Mobilize

This time short-term congressional paralysis offers the chance to prevent a long-term disaster. Progressives gets three months to break the momentum of a corporate tax giveaway and get a better transportation bill.
Isaiah J. Poole

Republican Candidates On Raising The Minimum Wage

We rounded up of the opinions of the Republican presidential candidates on the minimum wage. A few see the light, but most of them oppose supporting American workers with a wage increase. A few even advocate getting rid of it altogether.
Joshua Ferrer

Federal Workers Demand $15 and a Union

Yesterday, thousands of federal workers – led by Senate cafeteria workers – walked off their jobs to demand a living wage, decent benefits and union. Sen. Bernie Sanders joined them, as pressure builds on President Obama to act.
Robert Borosage

The Norquist Roadblock Leads To a Social Security Raid

When did it become OK to use savings from the Social Security trust fund – which people have paid into with their payroll taxes – to pay for transportation projects? To avoid the ire of Grover Norquist.
Isaiah J. Poole

Workers In The Sharing Economy Need Shared Security

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer has proposed a way for workers in the "gig economy" to have such benefits as a living wage, health insurance, paid vacations and sick leave, and retirement savings.
Isaiah J. Poole

Jeb! Cracks the Whip

As a result of Bush’s “work harder” scolding, Americans know what that symbol is at the end of the name Jeb! on all his presidential campaign literature. It’s a whip handle and blood splotch. As President, he’d crack Americans into shape.
Leo Gerard

Schumer Takes the Low Road to Fund a Transportation Bill

Democrats should be championing tax reforms that call on multinational corporations to pay more, not less, of their profits toward the infrastructure and services that support their profit-making.
Isaiah J. Poole

Walmart’s Misleading Claims, Made In America

Walmart is aggressively highlighting its commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion worth of American-made goods by 2023. Here's how to avoid being fooled by the giant retailer’s rhetoric.
Jacob Woocher

There’s Always Money for the Boss

After President Obama proposed making more workers eligible for overtime, the National Retail Federation said “there’s no magic pot of money” to pay overtime. There is, however, always a big fat magic pot of money to pay CEOs.
Leo Gerard

Minnesota Loses the Race to the Bottom – And Wins

When CNBC released the results of its latest ratings of "top states for business," the winner wasn't one of the states where conservatives have cut government spending, lowered taxes on the wealthy and weakened unions.
Isaiah J. Poole

A Small Pushback Against The Uber-ization Of Work

A ruling against the ride-sharing service Uber in California is a sign of the increased scrutiny some regulators and courts are giving the labeling of workers as independent contractors in these new disruptive industries.
Jacob Woocher

President Obama Should Make Rebuilding America His Legacy

Federal investment to rebuild America needs a champion. President Obama could give running room to the members of Congress and progressive activists with bold plans for the nation's infrastructure.
Isaiah J. Poole

The Fed Should Wait For Wages To Rise

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected on Wednesday to announce the latest verdict on if, and perhaps when, interest rates will begin to rise. The answer should be: when workers' wages rise.
Isaiah J. Poole

Justice Gets Delivered To FedEx Workers

The company will pay $277 million to resolve the claims of workers who were victims of worker misclassification – bossed around like employees, but without the rights and benefits of an employee.
Emily Foster

St. Louis Mayor Joins the Fight for $15

Missouri's second-largest city is on its way to join others across the nation in gradually moving to a living wage of $15 an hour. But it must get past a door Republicans have timed to slam shut on the effort.
Emily Foster

May Jobs Report: Progress and a Long Way to Go

The economy continued into its sixth year of recovery in May. But over 17 million people remain in need of full-time work. Wages still aren't picking up. The economy is recovering, but workers are not.
Robert Borosage
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