Why Progressives Should Take Heart

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Michael Sigman: Voter suppression is the last refuge of scoundrels, and they are still swinging for the fences. But in the 2012 elections, highly successful efforts were waged to fight back against these efforts, and the pushback was successful.

Labor Day 2013

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Bill Londrigan: We may very well be witnessing at this very moment in history the beginnings, the sparks of a resurgence of labor activism which has the potential to eclipse the worker uprising of the 1930s.

Can the Labor Movement Save Its Soul?

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Hasira Ashemu: If labor cannot utilize everything in its toolkit to turn the tide, then it and the aspirations of millions of black, brown, yellow, red and yes, white people will be tragically marginalized.

Obama, Union Buster?

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Wendy McElroy: Unions are dropping their enthusiasm for Obamacare. Some push for the new subsidies. Others bristle over the excise tax. Many protest the impact of health care cutbacks by employers who cannot afford to fully implement Obamacare.

United Mine Workers Need Your John Hancock

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Berry Craig: Peabody, Arch and Patriot Coal appear willing to stand by and do nothing as these brave miners and their spouses suffer and die from their work-caused illnesses and injuries without the health care these companies promised them.

The “Flim Flam Man” Fibs Again

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Berry Craig: Romney told another whopper about unions the other night. “We will stop the unfairness of requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing,” he said.

Chris and David: Do Your Homework

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Berry Craig: I’m not against Romney just because he was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. Likewise, it makes no sense for any union member to vote for Santorum just because his grandfather was a coal miner.

NAFTA of the Pacific?

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Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement – Out of the public eye, trade ministers and corporate lobbyists are pressing for a NAFTA-style deal that would encourage off-shoring of US jobs and drive down wages

Rick Santorum: “The Most Dangerous Man in the Room”

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The not so decisive victory of Mitt Romney in Tuesday’s Iowa caucus has a lot of people talking about the guy he almost lost to, a certain former Senator from Pennsylvania named Rick Santorum. Whether or not Santorum has the ability to capitalize on his strong showing in Iowa going forward in the Republican presidential [...]

Retirement: Sitting on a One-Legged Stool

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Vivian Rothstein: According to the American Association of Retired People (AARP), a frightening 35 percent of Americans over 65 currently rely only on Social Security (an average person gets benefits of $14,000/year) to survive.

Alan Grayson Visiting Los Angeles

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Want to spend your afternoon at an event hosted by Richard Trumka, Tim Robbins, Ed Asner, Ry Cooder, Tim Robbins, Michelle Phillips, John Heard, Elliot Gould, Ed Begley Jr, Mike Farrell, Joan and Kurtwood Smith,Valerie Harper, Jon Bauman, Eric Roberts, Earl Katz, Mimi Kennedy, Frances Fisher, Peter Coyote, Sara Nichols, Norman Lear, Jeff Wald and Jordan Sommers, Steven Nemeth, Naren and Cheri Shanker, Joel Diamond, Michael Butler, Jan Goodman and Jerry Manpearl, Sylvia Aroth, Lili Haydn, Vivek Maddela, Lila Garrett, Nina Merson, Jodie Evans, Teray Stephens, and Paul Cummins?

Why Teachers Must Become Community Organizers and Justice Fighters

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Mark Naison: Teacher Activists must put forth a vision of Radical Democracy which envisions an education which empowers students as critical thinkers and agents of historical change, not just as obedient test takers and which envisions schools playing a central role in neighborhoods united and mobilized to get a fair share of the nation’s resources.

From Occupation to Door-to-Door

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Craig Williams: Now is a great time for the AFL-CIO and a coalition of groups involved in the Occupation of Wall Street movement to begin a national door-to-door campaign. It might not only be helpful to the effort but necessary given the commercial media’s negative coverage of the movement.

Whistling Past the Graveyard

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Jeff Wiggins says David Williams is making his job a lot easier. “He just keeps on proving the point that I’m trying to get across to our members,” said Wiggins, president of Steelworkers Local 9447 in Calvert City, Kentucky “David Williams hates us.” Williams is the Republican candidate for Kentucky governor. He hopes to unseat [...]

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