Labor Report Hits Union Busting by Immigration Agency

An important report by the AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work and the National Employment Law Project paints a shocking picture of how, under the Bush administration, ICE, (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) ran roughshod over the rights of immigrant workers and blocked enforcement of labor law.


Rebuild America with Good Jobs

Over the next decade, America is poised to invest $2 trillion in infrastructure, health care and a greener economy. The big question is this: Are we going to just spend this money? Or will we invest it strategically in a new economy? We’re together in this room today because we’re committed to the latter.


Past, Present and Future: The Politics of Reform in the Era of Obama

I don't remember what the world was like before Ronald Reagan. My first political memory is of the day John Hinkley shot him. That was March 30, 1981. I was eight.


Will Workers See a Recovery?

Members of Congress have begun debating how to use the money leftover from the Wall Street bailout. The speed an urgency with which the US government moved to stabilize the financial markets after the meltdown last summer has proved so apparently successful that hundreds of billions of dollars from that bailout have gone unused.


Class, Community and Working-Class Consciousness

“There is very little class consciousness in this country,” one high-level leader in the AFL-CIO told me several years back, during the nadir of the Bush-Republican Party stranglehold on the US government. “So, if the labor movement is going to grow, build strength, win victories and win more political power, we need to build coalitions with the community,” he concluded.


L’Unità del Popolo: The Voice of Italian American Communism, 1939-1951

The association of Italians with Communism in the United States has been obscured by the unfounded assertion that in 1927 Italian American radicalism along with Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti died. This perspective predominates despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.