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Labor issues involve not only economic rights, but also human rights,
in the US, but especially in nations around the world where the right
of free speech and assembly is not a given.

General Motors is dimming the headlights on its industrial utopia in
Spring Hill, Tennessee. The cutback at the visionary Saturn plant,
where workers and managers once shared decision-making and cooperated as equals, is the latest affront to US autoworkers and American self-esteem.

Buoyed by their defeat of Schwarzeneggar's "referendum revolution,"
Democrats and organized labor are now energized to defeat the
governor's re-election bid next year.

The cynical restructuring plan for bankrupt Delphi Automotive calls for
massive wage and benefit givebacks for 51,000 American workers.
Governors of affected states must craft strategies to minimize loss of
jobs and income.

Delphi's bankruptcy is a marker of a new America in which there is no
collective security, no union to make you strong, no government to give
you shelter, in which workers stand alone.

When one of New York's biggest and most liberal institutions gets into the business of union-busting, it's hardly an internal matter.

In the wake of the labor split, nothing revolutionary or even progressive is discernible in this schism.

In the aftermath of the labor split, both sides must get beyond recriminations and hold themselves to common goals.

Picking up the pieces at the AFL-CIO convention.

David Moberg reports on the union dissidents leaving the AFL-CIO.

Blogs

Low-wage federal contract workers are once again asking Obama to raise the minimum wage.

July 29, 2014

Unions, community and religious groups organize to prioritize the interests of working families over the interests of Wall Street bankers.

July 17, 2014

National Education Association calls out Obama’s education secretary for focusing on high-stakes testing. Democrats should take the criticism seriously.

July 8, 2014

A 5-4 ruling threatens more assaults on labor rights.

June 30, 2014

Today’s ruling was not as devastating as labor advocates feared it would be, but nevertheless lays the groundwork for more sweeping attacks on unions.

June 30, 2014

The New Jersey’s governor’s plan to run on his record of working across the aisle isn’t looking too good.

June 19, 2014

Unions representing hundreds of thousands of workers go to court against the governor.

June 10, 2014

Safety advocates say the government has plenty of tools available to protect workers; it just needs the political will to apply them.

May 2, 2014

The New Jersey governor backs Wisconsin’s governor, a potential 2016 rival, in his capacity as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

April 25, 2014

It is time to call out politicians who use the authority of government to weaken existing unions and to thrwart the right to organize.

February 22, 2014