| Feb 5, 2014
| 10:54 AM
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday reignited a debate after proposing rules that would speed up and streamline union elections, a move business groups immediately opposed.
The NLRB, divided along party lines, faces a battle with business...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:14 PM
The former executive assistant at a union that represents many workers at Port Everglades, pleaded guilty to stealing members' money for her personal use Thursday just days before she was scheduled to go to trial alongside the union's former president....
| Jan 30, 2014
| 7:19 PM
CAMBRIDGE, Md. — A Republican blueprint for immigration reform offers legalization for some of the nation's 11 million people who are in the country illegally, but no special pathway to citizenship except in the cases of children brought here by...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 5:22 PM
WASHINGTON — President Obama's State of the Union address raised hope among business leaders for action this year on some of their priorities, including immigration reform, a corporate tax code overhaul and more trade deals.
But the domestic...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 5:40 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ largest government employee unions sued Tuesday to overturn Illinois’ new pension law, ripping the long sought, landmark money-saving changes as outright “theft” from workers that won’t pass a...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 4:32 PM
From Sunday's print column Note that in the last quarter of 2013, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner raised about four times as much campaign cash as his three rivals combined in the March primary. Even if you don't count the......
| Dec 13, 2013
| 7:51 AM
Californians' view of organized labor has soured over the past two and a half years: 45% of those surveyed in a poll released Friday said unions do more harm than good, up from 35% in a March 2011 reading.
The results of the independent Field Poll...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 9:08 AM
With calls for a day of service to the poor and a renewed commitment to nonviolence, Americans on Monday commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the federal holiday that honors the slain civil rights leader.
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will...
| Jan 19, 2014
Was I serious the other day when I coined the term "Sweetnessgate" to describe the controversy and lingering questions about how Illinois GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner got his daughter into Walter Payton College Prep?
Sure. As serious, anyway,...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:57 PM
Los Angeles could soon take the national lead in dramatically raising the minimum wage — with members of the City Council expected to propose that large hotels be required to pay roughly $15 an hour to their workers.
That rate would more than...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 2:30 PM
It's nothing short of a miracle: The fact that, after three years of lurching from one fiscal crisis to another, a badly-divided Congress, in the waning days of 2013, was able to come together and agree on a budget with strong bipartisan support. True, in...
| Sep 9, 2013
Over the next few days, the largest national group of unions, the AFL-CIO, meets in Los Angeles to look at ways to stem the long-term decline of American unions. African Americans and other people of color have a lot at stake.
Many people think of a...