Raising Minimum Wage Significantly Would Boost Economy

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 6:59 am

Contrary to the opinion that we’re headed for a consumer-led recovery in 2012, most economic analysts see little movement on consumer spending. Wages have not grown, credit-financed spending has returned and cannot sustain much past where it is, and most of the job growth over the past two years have come in low-wage service sectors. [...]

Labor Wins Back Working-Class Whites on Issue 2 in Ohio

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 10:18 am

Last night, Ohioans soundly turned back an assault on worker’s rights, defeating Issue 2 with 61% of the vote, and repealing the anti-labor SB 5. And they did it with a broad coalition, which points to a total reversal of the voting bloc that brought Governor John Kasich to power in 2010. It could have [...]

Wisconsin Recall Results Show Gains Among White Working Class

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 6:19 am

Harold Meyerson had a downbeat take on the flipping of two seats in Wisconsin’s recall elections, which kind of ignores the fact that the six elections took place in Republican districts. He’s right that this is the second time in two years that labor has made a major investment and taken a stand (the other [...]

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 [...]

Indiana Democrats Walk Out to Protest Union-Busting Bill, Deny Quorum

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 10:19 am

For the second time in a week, a group of legislative Democrats from a Midwestern state has bolted to protest an anti-union bill. We know about Wisconsin, but now Indiana Democrats have walked out: House Democratic lawmakers in Indiana have begun a de facto walkout in an effort to block a Republican-backed bill that would [...]

The Assault on the American Worker: Wisconsin Is the Beginning

By: Friday February 18, 2011 9:40 am

If you’re wondering why only the State Senate Democrats and not the Assembly walked out in Wisconsin, protesting the budget repair bill that would strip collective bargaining rights for public employees, it’s because Republicans and one independent are enough in the Assembly for a quorum. Bob Ziegelbauer, that one independent, seemed noncommital on going to [...]

Egypt’s Ruling Class Lashes Out at US Criticism

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 7:07 am

The demonstrations in Tahrir Square have captured the imagination of the working class in Egypt. Workers of all socioeconomic stripes – doctors in white lab coats, bus drivers, lawyers, textile workers – joined the protests today, and throughout the country, workers have walked out, seeking new freedoms or in some cases simply better working conditions. [...]

Corporations Show Largest Profits in History Amidst Jobs Crisis

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 10:13 am

According to revised statistics, the US economy grew at a faster rate than first expected, up to 2.5%. Earlier growth in Q3 2010 was estimated at 2%. But the entire problem with looking at this topline number is reflected in these three paragraphs: But the most recent increase in GDP still isn’t strong enough to [...]

Harry Reid Out-Obamas Obama With Working Class Coalition

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 7:57 am

I’m going to express what may be an unpopular opinion around these parts: Harry Reid’s victory was crucially important. First of all, it wouldn’t speak well to the durability of the Democratic Party to see their Majority Leaders go down to the defeat twice in six years. Second, we all may have problems with Harry [...]

“16 Deaths Per Day” Video Urges Passage Of OSHA Reform

By: Tuesday November 10, 2009 7:40 am

Every day in America, 16 people die at work from employer negligence. That’s the backdrop to 16 Deaths Per Day, a new video and website from the advocacy group Brave New Films, seeking to highlight the often-neglected issue of worker safety. The video makes the point that employers who provide an unsafe work environment are [...]

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