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Police Union Rips Rahm For TV Commercial

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With just over two weeks until the election, Rahm Emanuel is fighting off criticism from Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police and other union groups ov...

Next Sunday: Protest at Right-Wing Billionaires' Secret Summit near Palm Springs

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A broad coalition of consumer, community, labor, environmental, student, civil liberties, and faith-based groups are sponsoring a rally in Rancho Mira...


Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Lower income and special needs populations are likely to suffer most acutely from reductions in state and local services. It is essential to have a realistic conversation about who, what and where we are cutting.

Stop the Lies

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

Near the end of the now-classic film Chinatown, set in Los Angeles during the 1930s, working-stiff private detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) conf...

Voters Want a Recovery That Works for Everyone

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

Absent from the media narrative is that voters actually rejected most Senate Tea Party candidates who argued that government should do nothing to improve the economy or protect working families.

The State of Labor -- Now Take to the Streets

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

Last night was a disaster for the labor movement and for its members and all working people. We have no choice but to put a lot more effort, time and strategic thinking into non-legislative work.

What's at Stake Tuesday

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

The conventional wisdom in Washington right now is that the Republicans are about to take back the House, and possibly the Senate. That would be awfu...

Jon Stewart Rally Represents Elitism, Consumerism, and Disrespect for the Progressive Movement

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

Stewart's rally is not a political event aimed at informing grassroots progressive activists such as union members. It is an "entertainment event," in the tradition of Glenn Beck, aimed at increasing ratings so Comedy Central can make bigger profits.

Stemming the Tide of Secret Corporate Money

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

When historians look back on the 2010 election, it will be remembered for three things -- a bad economy, the rise of the Tea Party, and the undertow of anonymous corporate money. Time for a pro-democracy Tea Party.

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another: Labor Leaders Destroy Their Own Ability to Influence Democrats

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

When labor leaders in Washington aggressively back anti-labor Democrats and/or refuse to follow up their own threats with action, those labor leaders are destructively undermining the political agenda of their rank-and-file membership.

Sam Stein

AFSCME Responds To Critics: Unlike Chamber There's "No Mystery" With Us | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The public employees union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), defended itself on Friday from charges that the mass...

Rep. Gutierrez on Rahm Endorsement: AFSCME President McEntee Is "Disgrace to the Labor Movement"

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

AFSCME President Gerry McEntee has endorsed former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. McEntee's words carry a lot of weight within the labor movement.

Thank You Sir, May I Have Another: Spearhead NAFTA, Gut the Public Option, Get Labor's Endorsement?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Considering Emanuel's record of doggedly opposing the labor movement's most basic public policy priorities, you might expect labor leaders to at least remain neutral towards him.

The GOP's Bizarre and Cynical "Pledge to America"

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

One can only marvel at the extreme cynicism evident in the Republican Party's bizarre 21-page "Pledge to America." The document is only the tip of the...

Quinn Reaches Deal With Union To Avoid Layoffs, Save Money

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn has reached a deal with a major union that could save the Illinois government between $50 million and $100 mi...

New Jersey's Pension Fraud Hurts Investors, Taxpayers and Retirees

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

No one should be surprised that New Jersey's fraud against investors, retirees and taxpayers began with tax giveaways for the rich. Many states have lost revenue by passing unwise tax cuts.

The Strengthen Social Security Campaign

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Social Security is once again under attack. Time after time Social Security has come under attack. Do you remember the Bush "privatization" campai...

Netroots-Labor Solidarity: A Work in Progress

Mike Elk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Elk

there is substantially more discussion in the blogosphere about cultural issues (whatever stupid thing Sarah Palin said today) important to urban professionals on the East and West Coast than trade issues important to steelworkers in the Midwest.

This Is the Week

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

This is the week when we will tell who is looking out for political cover and who is standing with patients, families and doctors who need health care reform.

Say NO to the Fast-Track Commission

Ashley B. Carson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashley B. Carson

WASHINGTON, DC - On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 OWL, AFSCME Retirees, AFT Program on Retirement and Retirees, Alliance for Retired Americans, American A...

Rep. Kosmas's Health Care Position Draws Unions' Ire

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Waxman

All of the union leaders declared that their members felt betrayed by Kosmas and that she had sold out to her big insurance and real estate friends.

Quinn's State Layoffs Plan Blocked By Judge

State Journal-Register | Ryan Keith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A southern Illinois judge has blocked layoffs that would put hundreds of state workers out of a job later this week....

Why Health Insurance Reform Will Pass This Fall -- It's the High Political Ground

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

You have to wonder if there shouldn't be a penalty for pundits who make self-assured predictions that are regularly wrong, and yet continue to be treated as if they know what they're talking about.

Quinn Plans Layoffs After Union Balks At Concessions

State Journal-Register | Ryan Keith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration said today it will have to move forward with significant layoffs of state workers after the largest union refused to r...

Democratic Voters Rally to Pressure Their Representatives at Orlando Town Hall

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Waxman

Senators like Bill Nelson need to realize that they can't just automatically take Democratic voters for granted: if they are going to seek reelection they are going to have to earn their votes.