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    Morning Bell: Is America Still the Land of Labor?

    For all the talk these days of how to revive our supposedly moribund American Dream, it took a college dropout-turned-actor to state the obvious. “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like work,” Ashton Kutcher recently said at the Teen Choice Awards. “I never had a job in my life that I … More

    Morning Bell: A Jobless Labor Day

    For 14 million unemployed Americans and their families, this Labor Day will not be a happy one. Instead of enjoying a day off of work, they’re suffering a disturbing trend under the Obama economy: Jobs are not being created, the unemployment rate has not improved, and the economy is at … More

    NLRB Heralds Labor Day with an Attack on Workers' Rights

    This week, just in time for Labor Day, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) handed down several decisions that undermine workers’ rights to tell union organizers “no.” In one ruling, Specialty Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center of Mobile, the NLRB radically redefined the definition of a collective bargaining unit—the workers a … More

    Labor Day 2011: Slideshow of Unemployment in America

    America has the weakest labor market since the Great Depression. Unemployment remains above 9 percent, primarily because job creation hasn’t recovered. In a new paper, Heritage’s James Sherk looks at unemployment in America and what Congress can do about it. And in the interactive slideshow below, see what America’s employment … More

    Anatomy of An Obama Jobs Speech

    Yesterday, the White House announced that President Obama would once again be giving a “major jobs speech” in September after his Martha’s Vineyard vacation. If spending three years delivering identical speeches created jobs, President Obama would be taking credit for 4% unemployment today. Alas, they do not. In fact, President … More

    Morning Bell: Labor Day Has Become Government Day

    This Labor Day marks a milestone in the history of the U.S. union movement. It is the first Labor Day on which a majority of union members in United States work for the government. In January the Department of Labor reported that union membership in government has overtaken that in … More

    Labor Day Fact: Unions Unpopular

    While Americans now celebrate the end of summer over Labor Day weekend, Labor Day originally began in the 1890s as a celebration of “the strength and esprit de corps” of labor unions. In their early days unions fought primarily to improve working conditions and protect workers rights. Large majorities of … More

    With Cap and Trade, It Will be Laborless Day

    Traditionally, Labor Day symbolizes the end of summer but historically, Labor Day was a “creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” A day of rest. A paid holiday. Well, if Congress passes cap and trade legislation, many Americans will be … More