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Guest Opinion: Working women helped most by unions

Montana workers, on average, are among the lowest paid in the nation. But consider this; working men in Montana average $29,164 in annual earnings while working women in Montana average only $19,630. Throughout almost every stage of life, Montana women live in poverty in greater numbers than…

September 06, 2010 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Montana will grow by promoting sustainable jobs

With unemployment at 7.3 percent in Montana, thousands of workers wonder how their families will survive. Many Montana employers have closed their doors and others are still struggling to attract business.

August 07, 2010 12:00 amLoading…

Privatizing airport security puts Montana at risk

Remnants of the Bush administration threaten to leave the security of Montana airports in danger, as well as good Montana jobs. A little-known provision established in the Aviation and Transportation Security Act of 2001 called Screening Partnership Program allows airports to opt out of usin…

December 26, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: All Americans deserve access to good, affordable health care

This Labor Day working families are speaking out in support of quality, affordable health care for all that includes a public option and excludes any taxation of benefits.

September 07, 2009 12:00 amLoading…

Guest Opinion: Employee Free Choice Act would help middle class

You can't help the working poor by feeding the rich more. That's the verdict on the last 30 years of debt-driven credit card economics. Just look at the numbers. Worker productivity soared over the last 25 years, leading to record profits, while workers' wages stayed flat.

April 02, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: New company takes away union jobs, wages

Timec recently announced that it would hire 350 workers in Billings under a contract with area refineries. Its presentation to the community led people to believe these were new jobs. They're not. The jobs already exist. They're good union jobs filled by trained, skilled Billings-area workers.

October 19, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Many in U.S. work long, have no health benefits

Montana union members are participating in state and local government, community groups and local benefit events in record numbers. Union members play a huge role in strengthening neighborhoods, supporting economies and working to improve the lot of struggling families.

September 02, 2007 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Celebrating a good year for Montana workers

Labor Day 2006 is truly a time to celebrate in Montana, as efforts to improve the lot of the state's working families gain momentum. In one such effort, hundreds of union members donated time to gather signatures and helped qualify Initiative 151 - which will raise Montana's minimum wage by …

September 03, 2006 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Workers' priorities should be nation's priorities

President Grover Cleveland set aside the first Monday in September for the celebration of working people and made it a national holiday in 1894. Over the years, the day has come to mean the last farewell to summer and is marked by camping, swimming, boating and barbecues, and that's great. O…

September 03, 2004 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Everything must be on the table for Legislature

In the next few weeks, the 58th session of the Montana State Legislature will convene. Oaths of office will be taken, and promises will be made. This is a great opportunity for the citizens of our state. We look forward to a session of leadership. A session where name-calling, finger-pointin…

December 15, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: Labor ready to work with anyone on state's economy

As another beautiful Montana summer draws to a close, Labor Day is upon us. This celebration is usually considered the last weekend of summer, and while many working families will be relaxing, recreating, barbecuing and picnicking, it is also a time of reflection for all workers. Labor Day p…

September 01, 2002 11:00 pmLoading…

Guest Opinion: AFL-CIO leadership takes new approach

The first official celebration of Labor Day took place 107 years ago. On September 3, 1894, workers throughout America put down the tools of production and took time out to celebrate their accomplishments. This weekend the whole country will be celebrating the working people of America in a …

September 02, 2001 11:00 pmLoading…

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