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The Fight for $15's latest win is in Connecticut—the state has passed a bill to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. More than 30% of the U.S. workforce is now on a path to the $15 minimum wage. Fuck the federal government, anyhow!

AFL-CIO Budget Is a Stark Illustration of the Decline of Organizing AFL-CIO Budget Is a Stark Illustration of the Decline of Organizing

A leaked copy of the AFL-CIO’s internal budget for 2018–2019 shows that America’s largest organized labor federation now dedicates less than a tenth of its budget to organizing—down from nearly 30 percent a decade ago—illustrating a broad philosophical shift in the union world’s priorities.

The Deal With the Devil That Got Us Here The Deal With the Devil That Got Us Here

How is it that, against the will of the public, a minority sect of religious zealots can be empowered to essentially ban abortion in an entire state? This is the product of a grand bargain that keeps our political system permanently broken. We often don’t notice until it kills us or throws us in jail.

Teachers at Mundo Verde, a DC charter school, are trying to unionize. The school has hired a union buster. Among the school’s board members: “the Communications Director at Change to Win Federation,” a federation... of unions. How unlikely!!

Sell Your Florida Property Now Sell Your Florida Property Now

We all know, in a theoretical way, that climate change is going to turn the state of Florida into a narrow peninsula of watery broken dreams. But I bet you are not scared enough!

Let's Speculate About the Crazy Shit Donald Trump Will Do to Our Economy in the Next 18 Months Let's Speculate About the Crazy Shit Donald Trump Will Do to Our Economy in the Next 18 Months

Donald Trump, an incompetent buffoon, is basing his reelection campaign in large part on the strength of the U.S. economy. As our worsening trade war shows, he is bound to fuck it up. And then what happens? Crazy shit!

Former AFL-CIO Officials Criticize Richard Trumka as a Failed Leader Former AFL-CIO Officials Criticize Richard Trumka as a Failed Leader

Over the past week, a leadership dispute atop the AFL-CIO—America’s biggest coalition of labor unions—has spilled out into the open, exposing bitter divisions. Now, former AFL-CIO officials have decided to go public with serious criticisms of the reign of AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

The staff of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, which unionized in March, just announced that it has ratified its new union contract. Now do every other campaign, and company.

Tom Friedman Talking Some Shit About Spoons--If You Can Follow This, You're Smarter Than Me--No Damn Idea What He Means Here Tom Friedman Talking Some Shit About Spoons--If You Can Follow This, You're Smarter Than Me--No Damn Idea What He Means Here

Thomas Friedman, a free AOL CD-ROM from 1994 resting atop a Jon Meacham book, reveals today: How to Defeat Trump. Does it involve a horribly twisted and nonsensical metaphor? You bet!

The Most Powerful Men In the AFL-CIO Batter One Another With Charges of Negligence and Misconduct The Most Powerful Men In the AFL-CIO Batter One Another With Charges of Negligence and Misconduct

The remarkable dispute that has gripped the leadership of America’s biggest labor union coalition peaked yesterday with a testy exchange of letters in which two top officers denigrated one another’s professional conduct in rather strenuous terms. You can read them below.

Tefere Gebre Is Going Back to Work at the AFL-CIO, But the Drama Continues Tefere Gebre Is Going Back to Work at the AFL-CIO, But the Drama Continues

Sources tell us that AFL-CIO executive vice president Tefere Gebre, who had been suspended by AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka in a controversial workplace dispute, has been reinstated to his job. But the fallout from the remarkable battle atop the highest ranks of organized labor is sure to continue.

Imprison the Royal Baby Imprison the Royal Baby

It appears that one of the small family of monarchs that lords over the “United” “Kingdom” has produced a new child. Workers of England—seize that baby at once!

AFL-CIO's Own Employees Weigh in On Brewing Leadership Conflict AFL-CIO's Own Employees Weigh in On Brewing Leadership Conflict

Last night, the personal and professional dispute that has gripped the highest ranks of the AFL-CIO’s leadership was joined by another relevant party: the AFL-CIO’s own unionized employees.

Labor Leaders to Meet Monday on AFL-CIO Leadership Drama Labor Leaders to Meet Monday on AFL-CIO Leadership Drama

Earlier this week, we reported on serious internal drama within the leadership of the AFL-CIO: the labor coalition’s third-in-command had appealed to the executive council to save him from being suspended for allegedly improperly expensing a strip club receipt. We’re told there will be a meeting on Monday that will…

Sara Nelson Wants to Run That Militant Line All The Way to the Highest Seat in Labor Sara Nelson Wants to Run That Militant Line All The Way to the Highest Seat in Labor

There is an argument to be made—a plausible argument, even a strong argument—that the political environment is ripe for a revival of organized labor in America. Only one thing is lacking: a truly charismatic national leader. Many people believe that Sara Nelson is that leader. If she wants that title, she must first…

Bizarre Dispute Over Expense Account Sparks Power Struggle In the Top Ranks of the AFL-CIO Bizarre Dispute Over Expense Account Sparks Power Struggle In the Top Ranks of the AFL-CIO

At the AFL-CIO, the 12.5 million-member strong coalition of unions, a strange conflict over alleged spending misconduct has divided the top leadership and sparked a power struggle that is now certain to play out—dramatically—in public.

The One Collar Movement The One Collar Movement

Anyone following the labor movement today could be forgiven for thinking it’s one-dimensional. The museums are unionizing. The academics are unionizing. The media is unionizing. The political workers and nonprofit workers and tech workers are unionizing. Has organized labor become white collar? Not at all. We all wear…

Private Equity Has an Achilles' Heel Private Equity Has an Achilles' Heel

Private equity is in the news! Private equity is in your workplace. Private equity is in your pocket, taking money out. Many people consider these shadowy financiers to be an unstoppable force. Many people are wrong.

Terence Crawford Is The Humiliator Terence Crawford Is The Humiliator

NEW YORK CITY — Terence Crawford is skinny, almost bony, with the gap-toothed smile of a kid who just got caught stealing Honey Buns in the lunchroom. It is kind of an evil smile. He has not spent much effort cultivating the soft fan-friendliness that the best big-money fighters often rub on themselves like lotion,…

Understanding the Difference Between Income Inequality and 'Income Insufficiency' Understanding the Difference Between Income Inequality and 'Income Insufficiency'

You know that the class war has reached a dire level when all the billionaires start weighing in with plans to help. The latest is billionaire financier and Trump whisperer Steve Schwarzman, who has coined a new term: “income insufficiency.” What does that mean, exactly?

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