Mario LoVerde

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The day when three NASA astronauts staged a strike in space

Blows on behalf of fair labor treatment don't always have to come from factory workers. Sometimes they're delivered by unionized professors or even multimillionaire ballplayers. On Dec. 28, 1973, or 42 years ago Monday, one was delivered by three U.S. astronauts orbiting the globe in<p>NASA's Skylab …

Space Science

When America Was 'Great,' Taxes Were High, Unions Were Strong, and Government Was Big

The bygone nation Donald Trump’s supporters yearn for looks awfully liberal, at least in terms of economic policy.<p>There is plenty about GOP hopeful Donald Trump to which potential primary voters respond. He’s successful. He’s plainspoken. At a time when politicians are historically unpopular, he’s …

Political Science

An entire generation of men in the U.S. have not gotten raises

Once upon a time, American men used to get something called a "raise."<p>That is when your employer would actually pay you more money. Now, it is true that some people still have experience with this all-but-forgotten practice, but even the ones who do tend not to get pay increases that keep up with …

Pope Francis Is Not ‘Progressive’—He’s a Priest

How to read the pontiff as he visits the United States of America<p>“The next person who tells me Pope Francis is a Democrat—I’m going to punch them.”<p>Perhaps Christopher Hale, the executive director of a small Catholic non-profit in D.C., puts the point a little more bluntly than most Catholic priests …

Christianity
Middle-class

How bad are American labor practices? This bad.

After reading the "why don't employers have to give you two weeks' notice" post, which consisted of replies from American redditors madly trying to …

Joliet hotel developer says it needs more incentives to cover union labor costs

JOLIET – The potential developer of a Joliet hotel-conference center wants more tax incentives, saying the project otherwise is too expensive to …

Late labor effort on ‘fair share’ union fees stalled for session

A labor union-inspired push to deal with the potential financial fallout of an unfavorable U.S. Supreme Court decision is not expected to occur in …

Americans' Support for Labor Unions Continues to Recover

Americans' approval of labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year, and is now at its highest point since 2008, when 59% …

7 Union Heroes To Remember This Labor Day

This Labor Day, while you’re enjoying the three-day-weekend, take a moment to celebrate the heroes of the union movement. These noteworthy people …

Middle-class

Labor unions hold back on endorsements for Hillary

Many of the nation’s top unions are sitting on the sidelines, content to let Clinton sweat it out while they withhold endorsements.<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>Some …

Study looks at union membership, a child’s economic future

Children who grow up in homes where a parent is a member of a labor union appear to have a greater chance at economic success than children growing …

Income Inequality
Middle-class

THE LABORER – A THOUGHT FOR LABOR DAY

I, like so many before me, am a part of the skilled labor force of this great country of ours. In fact, going back to almost the turn of the last …

The Company You Work For Is Not Your Friend

One thing becomes apparent after the honeymoon of a newly-launched career is over: Your employer—whether it’s a scrappy startup or a massive …