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Why the Fed Is Not Close to Achieving Full Employment and Shouldn't Be Discussing Raising Interest Rates: The Case of Young Workers

Labor Day is soon. And while it is a day to celebrate the history and contributions of America’s working people in building our nation, it also marks a return to school for students. And, it is a time to reflect on those seniors, in high school and college, starting their final year before joining America’s labor market.

Unemployment Rate Edges Down to 5.1% in August

Jobs numbers released this morning show workers continue to suffer the negative effects of a global economy where the rules are written to keep wages low. The U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August and unemployment was 5.1%, down from July's 5.3%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Need to Win Schedules That Work

The past 10 years have been a nightmare for retail and other working people who are subjected to automated scheduling. That’s a fancy term for a tool that allows employers to schedule staffing according to predictions of consumer demand with no discussion and often no notice. People in retail and other industries are instructed to select from predetermined options generated by a centralized database. 

This Labor Day, I Stand in Solidarity with the 'Rednecks' on Strike in Texas

As a good-ole country boy from the hills of Arkansas, I’ve been called a redneck a time or two in my life.

I’m sure those who chose to refer to me as a redneck didn’t do so as a compliment. But I have to say, that I am proud to be a redneck. And, if you were up on your labor history, you might be, too.

Join the Celebration at a Labor Day Event Near You

This Monday is Labor Day, when people across the country will come together at barbecues, festivals and other family events to recognize the incredible achievements of America’s working people and celebrate all those who make our country run. And you can join in the celebration by finding a Labor Day event near you. This Labor Day should be a celebration of working families because we are ready to speak up together, change the rules and bring lasting economic balance so that every family can pursue the American Dream and work for a better life.

What Do Families Need Just to Get By?

In his song "Get By," rapper Talib Kweli asks a question...

A Bigger Share for Bike-Share Workers: One Worker’s Story on Winning a Voice (and Contract) in the Workplace

There is an invisible hand that mysteriously guides bike behavior in New York City, making them disappear and reappear all around the city…and those hands belong to Dolly Winter. Dolly, a friendly veteran dispatcher, has worked for Citi Bike in New York City since its launch in 2013. Dolly says her favorite part of the job is watching the flow of the bikes and people in the city. She is truly a bike enthusiast who believes that bike-share programs change lives and build healthier communities.

The Browning-Ferris NLRB Decision Explained

Last week, working people won a significant victory when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued the Browning-Ferris decision and increased employer accountability for wages and work conditions. As with most rulings issued by government bodies, it's a little complicated and a lot of questions are being asked about what exactly the ruling means. We're here to tell you.

A Pizza Shop Owner Wrote a Facebook Post About Locked-Out Union Members. Then Something Amazing Happened

It's good to be union. Especially when your family is by your side. 

Check out this video from the United Steelworkers (USW) about Maddio's Pizza and Subs owner Matt Struhar who wrote a Facebook post in solidarity with the locked-out steelworkers at ATI Technologies a few weeks ago. 

Worker Wins Update: Southern Edition

Despite facing a difficult political climate and "right to work," workers across the South have stood up in the past year to fight for better wages and working conditions.

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