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The Benefit of Investing in Unions

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By GREGORY N. HEIRES Union-busting law firms and right-wing groups charge that unions are fleecing members through mandatory dues charges. What’s worse, they say, workers get little back for their contributions. “Union Dues Are A Prohibitively Bad Investment” blared the … Continue reading






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The Minimum Wage and the Divide Between Wall Street and Main Street




By GREGORY N. HEIRES It’s always eye-opening to look at the divide between Wall Street and Main Street. The income gap gives you a sense of the depth and cost of inequality in the country, where an estimated 42 percent … Continue reading






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The Threat to Black Public Sector Jobs




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The Great Recession disproportionately harmed public sector black workers—and especially black women. Job losses and growing racial inequality in the public sector threaten the gains that minorities and women have made over decades through government employment. … Continue reading






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The Recovery Fails to Deliver Rising Wages




By GREGORY N. HEIRES If you believe that the so-called economic recovery means that the living standards of workers have improved, you should think again. The stagnation of wages—the defining characteristic of our economic times along with rising inequality—continues. Since … Continue reading






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The War on Unions




By GREGORY N. HEIRES As unions come under harsh attack nationwide, they need to do a better job mobilizing members, working together, building community alliances and strengthening their political operations. Around the country, labor unions are fighting back as state … Continue reading






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The Greening of the Labor Movement




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Thousands of union members participated in Sunday’s People’s Climate March, which is believed to be the largest demonstration by environmental activists ever to take place in the United States. National, statewide and local unions played a … Continue reading






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An Economic Recovery for the 1 Percent




By GREGORY N. HEIRES The evidence just keeps coming in: The country’s economic elites are the only ones who have benefited from the so-called economic recovery. The triennial Survey of Consumer Finances by the Federal Reserve Board, released this month, … Continue reading






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Municipalities Face Obstacles as They Seek to Address Inequality




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Rising inequality is a permanent fixture of our economy. That bleak assessment of our economic landscape is one of the troubling conclusions of a new report by the United States Conference of Mayors. “Unless policies are … Continue reading






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Civil Rights and Union Organizing




By GREGORY N. HEIRES With unions nearing extinction in the private sector and under relentless attack in the public sector, making union organizing a civil right could help revive the battered U.S. labor movement. A bill recently proposed by Rep. … Continue reading






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Criminalization of Immigration Causes Warehousing of Thousands in Inhumane Privatized Prisons




By GREGORY N. HEIRES Thousands of immigrants are locked up in a shadow private prison system as a result of the criminalization of immigration over the past decade, according to a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union. The … Continue reading






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