Needed: Jobs

Two hundred fifty billion dollars budgeted for the Wall Street bailout has gone unused, the media reported this week.


Problem is ‘private option’

If ever there was an argument for strong government action to guarantee health care for all it is the outrageous threat by the insurance industry that it will massively increase premium rates if it does not get its way on the health care bills now before Congress.


The choice of Rio de Janeiro

Chicago didn't get the 2016 Olympics. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, did.


A good direction on Iran

On Oct. 1 in Geneva, the U.S. engaged in the first direct talks with Iran in 30 years, the ultimate outcome remains to be seen, but it was a step in the right direction.


Making a nuclear-free world

Concrete steps are needed to remove the nuclear threat.


Out of Afghanistan

The time has come to set a timetable for bringing our troops home.

Reclaiming a lost decade

The AFL-CIO’s recent report entitled “Young Workers: A Lost Decade” documents in no uncertain terms that young workers (defined as those 35 and under) are having more trouble than ever getting ahead financially.


Memo for the G20

As you, the leaders of the G20, the world's "wealthy" nations, gather in Pittsburgh, some of you still debate whether to call the world economic crisis a "recession" or a "depression," and, whatever it is, whether it is ending.



Crystal Lee Sutton: Thunder in North Carolina

In the 1960s and early 1970s, textile workers in North Carolina inspired labor and workers everywhere with their successful assault on the Southern, non-union fortress, built by JP Stevens. In 1967, the Steven’s sweatshop empire included 44,000 workers in 85 plants, mostly in the Carolinas. The critical union victory came when 3,000 textile workers at Stevens’ flagship Roanoke Rapids mills won union recognition in 1974.

Take a stand for democracy

At noon next Tuesday, Sept. 8, the president will speak via live video to schoolchildren across our country. He will be welcoming them back to school, and urging them “to take personal responsibility for their own education, to set goals, and to not only stay in school but make the most of it,” according to the White House blog.

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