As Union Membership Drops “Scabby” Is Reconsidered

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 7:55 am

The decline of the American labor movement has continued despite the rise in power of the Democratic Party. From the Detroit News: The nation’s unions lost 400,000 members in 2012 as the percentage of U.S. workers represented by a labor union fell to 11.3 percent, its lowest level since the 1930s – declining by 0.5 [...]

Indiana Legislature Secures Final Passage of Right-to-Work Legislation

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 11:43 am

Before moving on to Arizona, let’s note that Indiana will soon become the nation’s 23rd right-to-work state, after the state Senate passed a revised bill to that effect. The bill now can go to Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to make Indiana the Rust Belt’s first right-to-work state, passing legislation that [...]

Unionization Rate Rises in 2011

By: Friday January 27, 2012 2:13 pm

This isn’t how conservatives wanted things to play out. They wanted to use the post-Tea Party period as a time to crush union membership. They sought out a coordinated strategy, in places like Wisconsin and Ohio and Indiana and Tennessee and Oklahoma and Idaho, to roll back and bust up unions. And despite all that, [...]

No Real Job Creation from Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline

By: Monday November 7, 2011 12:20 pm

Justin Elliott follows up on my story about America’s Building Trades Unions and the oil industry co-opting the 99% movement in a push to pass the Keystone XL pipeline. The fact that 12,000 activists formed a human chain around the White House yesterday in a demonstration against the pipeline suggests that this co-opting isn’t gaining [...]

Trumka Draws Fine Line Between Supporting and Usurping #OcupyWallStreet Protests

By: Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:15 am

Members of the political elite have finally had to confront the question of the #OccupyWallStreet protests and the larger movement for social and economic change that it represents. Sen. Jeff Merkley agreed with the goals of the protesters and their belief that the system is broken, and expressed interest in going to a protest. Ron [...]

Obama Pushes for Clean Highway Bill Extension

By: Wednesday August 31, 2011 7:30 am

The White House is getting an early jump on the House Republicans’ next potential hostage-taking event, and perhaps learning something in the process. In an event today, flanked by AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, President Obama will call for a clean extension of the Highway [...]

Labor Falls in Line

By: Thursday August 18, 2011 9:46 am

I remember a lot of fanfare over this Joan Walsh column, where labor leaders claimed they were “declaring independence” and moving to state and local politics for the purposes of self-preservation. Indeed, some of that has happened. The International Association of Fire Fighters closed their federal PAC. Labor poured a lot of money into the [...]

Coburn Returned to Gang of Six After Agreement on Health Care Cuts

By: Thursday July 21, 2011 6:55 am

Just about the only specific piece of the Gang of Six proposal, as explained well by Rep. Peter DeFazio above, is the move to chained CPI, a benefit cut for Social Security, veteran’s benefits and any program with a cost of living adjustment, along with a regressive tax cut. So that should give you a [...]

NLRB Seeks Rule to Streamline Union Elections

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 8:50 am

A new set of rules from the National Labor Relations Board would accelerate union elections and introduce an electronic element into the process. The labor board wants to tighten up the process by ensuring that employers, employees and unions receive needed information sooner and by delaying litigation over many voter-eligibility issues until after workers vote [...]

Trumka Wants “Independent” Labor Movement, Divorced from Party

By: Friday May 20, 2011 9:25 am

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will make a speech today in Washington where he will call for an independent labor movement that protects the interests of the working class and does not look out for one party or the other. In a speech at the National Press Club, the head of the nation’s largest labor federation [...]

Ohio Town Indicative of the Power of Unions to Lift People Into Middle Class

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 1:54 pm

Conservatives have successfully demonized the idea of organized labor to the extent that a lot of people probably think that unions are merely there for self-aggrandizement or shaking down taxpayers. In truth, a labor-led working environment is one that can bring benefits to the worker and lift them out of poverty. I find this example [...]

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