Reactions to the Rights-Stripping Bill in Wisconsin

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 7:10 am

Here’s a lazy post where I just throw up some statements about what happened last night in Wisconsin. I thought you might enjoy reading them. Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO “Senate Republicans have exercised the nuclear option to ram through their bill attacking Wisconsin’s working families in the dark of night. Walker [...]

Not So Fast: Ohio’s Anti-Union SB 5 Has Several Hurdles to Clear

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 8:25 am

When we last left Ohio, the state Senate had passed a bill, SB 5, that would severely restrict collective bargaining for all public employees, including police and fire. It would all impose criminal penalties for strike actions, and allow local officials to determine arbitration disputes rather than an independent third party. At the time, there [...]

Wisconsin: Capitol Building Ordered Open During Business Hours, But Can Be Emptied at Night

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 6:23 pm

A dramatic few hours in the Capitol building in Madison. A Dane County court judge, John C. Albert, all Capitol access restrictions must be lifted by the Department of Administration. This allows open access to the Capitol for the public, including protesters, during business hours. Albert gave a deadline of March 8 at 8am (next [...]

TSA Allows Unionization, But Not on Pay and Benefits

By: Friday February 4, 2011 1:06 pm

One area of the FAA authorization bill that has caused significant debate in the Senate concerns worker rules. An amendment yesterday that went down would have limiting Davis-Bacon “prevailing wage” rules in the airport construction projects authorized by the bill (noticeably, Mark Kirk and Lisa Murkowski voted with the Democrats on that one). Rand Paul [...]

Labor, Chamber of Commerce Issue Joint Release Supporting Public Investment

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 12:01 pm

While I don’t agree with the whole piece, Steven Pearlstein was right today on Republicans’ quick rejection of public investment of the kind that the President proposed in the State of the Union. But Republicans could find themselves alone on at least one plank of that investment strategy. In a rare joint statement, Rich Trumka [...]

Liveblog: Obama Press Conference

By: Tuesday December 7, 2010 11:16 am

President Obama is holding a press conference in moments, amid signs that his deal with Republicans on the Bush tax cuts is falling apart. Joe Biden visited the Hill to try and save the policy, but Democrats and allies from across the political spectrum are opposed. Mary Landrieu, of all people, called the deal “almost [...]

Progressives Look Through the Scraps of the Election

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:42 am

Progressives have begun to crawl out from under their rocks and assess the 2010 elections. There’s no good way to spin them. It wasn’t about “fighting” candidates winning in swing seats or moderates keeping their seats or anything like that. Everybody lost. Everyone got whipsawed by the economy. Here’s how Justin Ruben of MoveOn put [...]

One Nation Working Together: The Fight to Build a Mass Movement for Jobs

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 11:45 am

Next Friday Saturday, on 10.2.10, a large and diverse coalition of over 200 faith, labor, youth, student and civil rights organizations will mass in Washington and cities all over the country for One Nation Working Together. Organizers expect participants in the six figures to “demand the change we voted for” and build a social movement [...]

Trumka: Taking Out Anti-Health Care Dems in Primaries “Never Our Policy”

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 11:15 am

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took issue with the suggestion that the labor movement failed in punishing Democrats who voted against the health care law through primary challenges in 2010. Speaking about the One Nation Coming Together rally scheduled for Washington DC and 300 satellite sites around the country on October 2, Trumka disputed the notion [...]

AFL-CIO Seeks to Organize the Unemployed

By: Wednesday August 18, 2010 9:24 am

Working America, the organizing arm of the AFL-CIO, has announced a plan to mobilize the unemployed for the fall midterm elections, attempting to leverage a growing constituency that typically does not vote. In a statement, the director of Working America, Karen Nussbaum, said that “Millions of people are unemployed and underemployed, and millions more are [...]

Cobell/Pigford, Defense Bill Wrangling Underscore Need for Senate Rules Reform

By: Friday August 6, 2010 8:00 am

The Senate made it through a bit of their backlog last night, passing the state fiscal aid bill, confirming Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court and clearing a child nutrition bill and a hastily arranged border security bill. But other items on the calendar remained stalled. Senate Republicans, for the sixth time this year, blocked [...]

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