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Phony Populism Doesn’t Feed the Family

The 2016 election was supposed to be the one in which the interests of the non-elite got a hearing. We still have two months to make it happen.

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A Message to Working People From a Former Labor Secretary

Your typical wage is below what it was in the late 1970s, in terms of what it can buy. Yet the American economy is twice as large as it was back then.

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A Look at Just Some of the Ways Green Energy Is Helping Americans

As we celebrate American workers, let’s remember where their future lies. And that is, in part, in the renewable energy sector.

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A Labor Day Parade for Hillary Clinton and the 0.1 Percent in the Hamptons

The illustration above provides a frame for the scene in the Hamptons during the lead-up to the holiday weekend, with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton holding court at a series of big-ticket fundraising events in tony seaside towns.

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The New York Times Wants You to Get a Raise

Raising interest rates before employment and wages have recovered would harm working people and the U.S. economy, The New York Times’ Editorial Board writes on Labor Day.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

Why the Real Labor Day Is May 1

Whereas May Day “celebrates the historic power of the working class to oppose its oppression and fundamentally alter society … Labor Day is just another legacy of worker defeat,” writes Jonah Walters in Jacobin magazine.

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Labor Day

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On This Labor Day, Here’s How We Can Honor the Men and Women Who Fought for Workers’ Rights

Labor Day is a time for honoring the working people of this country. It is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of the activists and organizers who fought for the 40-hour work week, occupational safety protections and other workplace rights.

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Labor Day

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A Labor Day Worry: The Court’s Right-Wingers Are Sharpening Their Knives

In the coming term, the Roberts court—no friend of the worker—could deliver a ruling that will kill off organized labor.

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Upsurge in Uncertainty About Work Income

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow.

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Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

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The New York Times Speaks in Defense of Labor

On the eve of Labor Day, the editors of The New York Times called for a federal “full-employment agenda that regards labor, not corporations, as the center of the economy.”

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Happy Labor Day, America!

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 ENLARGE

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A Market Basket of Dignity

Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO?

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Top 5 Reasons ‘Labor Day’ Isn’t for Laborers Anymore

As we burn dead meat and play frisbee in a warming climate, we could stop to consider the lives of the laborers we are theoretically honoring.

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Labor Day—You Remember ‘Labor,’ Don’t You?

Labor Day is a farce. Even public employees—read Wisconsin!—are losing what security America offers. At the minimum, the first Monday in September should be called "Reagan Day."

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Happy Labor Day

Posted on Sep 2, 2013 ENLARGE

Marc Lagneau (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Some Labor Day Observations: Where Will the Fight Go From Here?

As the nation faces a continued and massive gap between the haves and the have-nots, we listen to some different voices and observations about where organized labor is, and where it might be headed.

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Labor Day

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American Unions’ Troubles Could Be Fueling a Resurgence in Labor Activism

As the nation’s union structures crumble, the stage is set for labor unrest similar to what came during the Great Depression. The reason: reduced mechanisms for mediating grievances as income equality grows.

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Management Day

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Fast Food Workers Super Size Their Walkout

Fast food workers demanding a livable wage of $15 an hour are pushing for a nationwide walkout Aug. 29, leading, fittingly enough, into Labor Day weekend.

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Anti-Labor Day

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Help Wanted

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Half Labor Day

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Labor Pains

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Labor Day and the Election of 2012: It’s Inequality, Stupid

The most troubling economic trend facing America this Labor Day weekend is the increasing concentration of income, wealth and political power at the very top – among a handful of extraordinarily wealthy people – and the steady decline of the great American middle class.

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Labor Day

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Obama Labor Day Speech (Video and Transcript)

On Monday the president celebrated working people and the contributions of unions to our society and he previewed some of the proposals in his forthcoming jobs plan at an AFL-CIO-sponsored speech in a GM parking lot.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

White House / Samantha Appleton

Obama Previews Jobs Agenda

The president will officially unveil his plan to create jobs and rescue the economy at a joint session of Congress on Thursday, but he offered a sneak peek Monday to union workers in Detroit. It comes down to bridges and taxes. (more)

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Labor Daze

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Reading ‘Capital’ on Labor Day

Is there a better way to honor the working-class struggle than to study Karl Marx’s “Capital” on Labor Day? How about reading along with distinguished City University of New York professor David Harvey, who after almost 40 years is still teaching the book? (more)

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

Library of Congress / Howard Liberman

The Last Labor Day?

We may still celebrate Labor Day, but our culture has given up on honoring workers as worthy of genuine respect.

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Labor Day

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Labor Day 2011

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Flickr / John McNab

Unemployment on Labor Day: By the Numbers

For the millions of Americans who have lost their livelihoods over the last few years and the millions more who have been unemployed since before the 2008 financial crisis, Labor Day will underscore the daily suffering. (more)

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GOP Booted From Wisconsin Labor Day Parade

Labor leaders in Wisconsin’s Marathon County have announced that Republican politicians are not invited to participate in the annual Labor Day parade in Wausau. (more)

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Reagan’s Defense of Collective Bargaining

In 1980, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan defended collective bargaining as a fundamental human freedom. Soon after his election victory, both he and others in his party promptly forgot that stand.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Builder Barack Wants a Mini Stimulus (Update)

With unemployment still rising and the American infrastructure getting no less crumbly, President Obama is set to announce a six-year plan to build roads and create jobs, starting with a $50 billion investment. That’s assuming Congress gets on board the recovery train.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE

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Here Comes Hurricane Earl

As Labor Day weekend draws near, for Americans on the East Coast so does a Category 4 hurricane by the folksy name of Earl. Good people of North Carolina, you’re on notice.

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Happy Labor Day

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 ENLARGE

Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobless Labor Day, Afghan Plans, Obamacare

President Obama’s got a lot of work to do to convince “Left, Right & Center” regulars Arianna Huffington, Tony Blankley and Robert Scheer that he’s going to make good on his promise of “change” when it comes to bettering Americans’ health care options, the economy, the job market and that whole war thing he’s got going on in Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Painting on May Day

Dare We Use the S-Word?

The current global economic crisis is not just another roller-coaster ride. Many sane and sober observers fear that the international locomotive of corporatism is going off the rails. Is this a necessary crisis of the capitalist system, determined by the self-destruction and self-renovation of a perpetual motion machine?

Posted on May 1, 2009 READ MORE

Free Market Madness

With Labor Day approaching, it must not go unnoticed that Angelo Mozilo, chief executive of Countrywide Financial—the company that has helped drive world markets into turmoil with its lending—raked in $42.9 million last year. The Nobel laureate Harold Varmus, chief executive of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, was paid $2.5 million.

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE

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