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This Labor Day we need protest marches rather than parades

It’s been the worst decade for American workers in a century. That hardly calls for a celebration. Verizon worker Steven Simard, of Danvers, Mass., holds a placard and chants slogans from a picket line outside a Verizon office, in Boston. Conditions for American workers warrant ... Read more

As Hotels Outsource Jobs, Workers Lose Hold On Living Wage

By Dave Jamieson Huffinton Post, August 24, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS — Maria Fajardo has been working as a housekeeper and janitor in Indianapolis hotels since 1987. The job has changed a lot in 24 years, but not for the better. The work is much more difficult than it used to be, and the ... Read more

Where 30 Years of Real Class Warfare Has Left America

By  Larry Womack The Huffington Post, August 24, 2011 There’s a novel idea being championed by Republicans this month. Everyone, from Mitt Romney to Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, seems to believe that the problem with the tax system is not that the very rich get off too easy, but ... Read more

Germany discovers that boosting unions reduces unemployment

  By SY SLAVIN, Ph.D., Kentucky Labor Institute Director August 2011 Germany, with a 6% unemployment rate, relatively low by economic measures both in Europe and USA, has found that strengthening unions is an important way for reducing unemployment. It is also an important policy ... Read more

Some Facts About Solar Energy

Solar Energy Facts Blog #1. The earth receives about 1,366 watts of direct solar radiation per square meter. That’s an incredible amount of energy. In fact, it has been estimated that the total surface area required to power the world with solar energy is only around 366,375 square kilometers. That may seem like a ... Read more