President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Civil Works Administration on November 8, 1933, a short-lived program, but one that created jobs for millions of unemployed workers, giving temporary relief to the suffering in the midst of the Great Depression.
If federally funded extended unemployment insurance benefits expire as scheduled at the end of 2013, the economy will lose 310,000 jobs in 2014.
A string of recent Teamsters organizing victories has added almost 800 new members in seven locations in the last few months.
"When the airport opened, they were all well-paying jobs; now they're all minimum wage, with no benefits and many are contracted out."
Even in the industries with the most favorable ratio of unemployed workers to job openings, there are still 30 percent more unemployed workers than job openings
Over the last 5 years, government employment has dropped by 657,000 as a result of the Great Recession's effects. It's worth considering how much of that drop has hit public K-12 schools.
The drive to enact a higher state minimum wage in Minnesota has gained steam.
Millennials are facing double-digit unemployment rates, low wages, mounting college costs, and crippling student-loan debt.
The time for government action is now. In the days and weeks to come, labor and immigrant rights organizations will hold more dramatic actions.
Women's organizations, activists, and lawmakers launched a women's economic intiative that includes not just reproductive rights but pay equity, good jobs, and economic justice.