Opinion

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Better read than dead: the Communist Manifesto and southwest Ohio

How could the Communist Manifesto, a 160-year-old book, have any relevance in explaining southwest Ohio labor's recent electoral defeat?

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Crumbling bridges, rotting pipes and a jobless economy

A public works program would create thousands of jobs and repair the nation's crumbling infrastructure.

What we can learn from the elections

The  "tea party movement" is neither "populist," or new; nor was it as I see it, a major factor inthe GOP victory. So what was?

Constitutional amendment for right to work needed

Given the worst losses for the Democrats in Congress in the last 50 years, some serious rethinking seems called for.

In wake of election, labor must move on four tracks

WASHINGTON (PAI) - In the wake of massive losses of union-friendly lawmakers on Election Night 2010, the labor movement must re-group and re-think its strategy for accomplishing its goals, by moving on four tracks: organizing, mobilizing, legislation and working through regulatory agencies. And don't forget the states.

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Workers in struggle on and off screen

While audiences were treated to one of the most exciting pro-labor films in decades at last month's Toronto Festival, a real-life struggle was going on outside.

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A waitress in Georgia and why Nov. 2 matters

"We the lower class people wish for better waitress pay, better health care, day care, and more jobs," says a waitress in a small town in Georgia.

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People before Profits: Sound bites about jobs

The Republicans are fond of saying that small business creates 70 percent of all jobs. They don't tell you that small business is also responsible for 70 percent of all layoffs. That's the nature of small business. They start up and go out of business all the time.

Undocumented immigration in international perspective

There are at least 214 million people living outside their countries of origin, either as naturalized citizens, legal noncitizens, temporary workers or undocumented. At least 100 million of these are in the labor force.

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Lions and tigers and "economic treason:" Oh my!

Some of my steelworkers retiree friends are a little nervous because Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, talked about "economic treason" in a speech this month in Ohio.

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