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NPR  Jun 30  Comment 
The Labor Department plans to change a rule so that 5 million more Americans will be able to collect overtime pay. Business groups say the change will hurt hiring, but labor groups are applauding.
Forbes  Jun 12  Comment 
I view the House vote today on trade-promotion authority, a necessary prelude to an important Asian trade deal, as a test of economic literacy. If there is anything most economists that don’t work for labor unions tend to agree on, it is freer...
Clusterstock  Jun 3  Comment 
It's time for a big push for labor to organize. We are at an economic crossroads. The economy is finally humming along, but we're seeing increasingly terrible working conditions, at both the high and low ends of the income ladder. The...
Wall Street Journal  May 12  Comment 
A push to radically reshape the outmoded U.S. air-traffic control system is gaining support among airlines and some labor unions and lawmakers.
New York Times  Apr 18  Comment 
Mr. Griffin, a former Republican senator and congressman from Michigan, championed a law to fight corruption in labor unions.
Yahoo  Apr 17  Comment 
Obama said during a news conference that some Democrats and labor unions would oppose the pact, while others "believe that we cannot stop a global economy at our shores." But he said previous trade agreements reached during his presidency did not...
Wall Street Journal  Mar 20  Comment 
Emirate Airline is based in Dubai, where labor unions and strikes are banned, so the carrier's current problems with unhappy cabin crew are an unwelcome novelty.
NPR  Mar 11  Comment 
This week, Wisconsin joined two dozen other states with laws saying workers can't be forced to join labor unions to keep a job. But as more states move to weaken unions, the unions are fighting back.
MarketWatch  Mar 11  Comment 
Dozens of major labor unions plan to freeze campaign contributions to members of Congress to pressure them to oppose fast-track trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama, according to labor officials.
MarketWatch  Mar 10  Comment 
Wisconsin now becomes the 25th ‘right-to-work’ state, writes Diana Furchtgott-Roth.




 
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A labor union or trade union is an organization run by and for workers who have come together to achieve common goals in fair wages and working conditions.

The most visible labor unions are among public sector employees such as teachers and police. Labor unions engage in collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions for their members and on representing their members if management attempts to violate contract provisions.

The main role of unions is to protect employee rights in the workplace and to negotiate salaries, benefits, training and other conditions of employment.

The role of labor unions were much debated within the 2008 "Economic Crisis" when the three largest automakers in the U.S. asked for $50 Billion in loans in order to stay viable. According to some Senators costly labor agreements including pension and health plans put the U.S. automakers at a disadvantage to foreign companies resulting in their collapse. The American automobile had nothing to do with it.

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