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Collective Bargaining

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Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The NFL labor negotiations lacked any sense of trust or personal relationship. They left both sides feeling that this was never really a negotiation at all. And the sneering from both sides continues.

If Gov. Walker Thinks Wisconsin's Illinois, Dream On

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The question still remains: In what backwards universe could adults allow this deplorable situation to fester?

Wisc. Students Stage Walkout Against Scott Walker's Anti-Union Bill

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

UPDATE: All during Friday, Facebook groups and Twitter users have been urging students to rally in support of teachers and public education in Wiscons...

Gov. Walker and Charlie Sheen: Let Us Now Praise Martin Sheen (And His Work for Unions)

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

If only celebrated actor Martin Sheen received the same media exposure as his troubled son Charlie. Never has his long-time work for union rights been more needed in the public arena.

Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin Anti-Union Bill Into Law

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed into law the proposal that eliminates most union rights for public employees, sayin...

Unions Frame Collective Bargaining As Civil Rights Issue

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Labor unions at the heart of a burning national disagreement over the cost of public employees want to frame the debate as a civil ...

William Alden

Jesse Jackson Speaks To Milwaukee Crowd In Support Of Unions | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MILWAUKEE -- Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke to a crowd of demonstrators in Milwaukee Thursday evening, laying out a strategy to oppose the anti-union rights...

Wisconsin Loss For Labor Movement Could Spur Unions To Mount Counterattack In 2012

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — With the labor movement suffering an epic defeat in Wisconsin, union leaders plan to use the setback to fire up their members na...

Budget Wars in Washington: The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Just as the futuristic Jetsons and the Stone Age Flintstones met up in the 1987 cartoon, "The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones," two camps with wildly different mindsets are meeting on the floors of Congress.

Wisconsin Union Bill Passes State Assembly

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin lawmakers voted Thursday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state's public workers, ending a heated ...

Mark Blumenthal

Wisconsin Poll: Republican Enthusiasm Gap Vanishes | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The poll released this past weekend by a conservative Wisconsin think tank did more than indicate a preference for compromise among Wisconsin adults. ...

Wisconsin's Embattled Gov Says, "Look Over There!"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Nevada? Chicago? Scott is talking in code and it's older than anything the Packers have in their playbook.

Utility Workers: Fighting for Workers Rights and Democracy

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

Despots and wannabe dictators always try to destroy unions so they can assume complete control. It is up to us to save our democracy and our nation's future.

'My Way or the Highway' Is the Wrong Way for TV, Jobs and Football

Stuart Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stuart Diamond

Simpler and cheaper solutions exist than the emotional confrontations that have resulted from the firing of Charlie Sheen, the threat to union jobs or the possible cancellation of the NFL season.

"Busted": A Collective Playlist For Governor Scott Walker

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

I would remind Governor Walker of these words from Clarence Darrow: "With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed."

Thank You Governor Walker?

Amy B. Dean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy B. Dean

Dear Governor Walker: Thank you for taking the labor movement from an increasingly declining and divided entity to a unified and surging force for good with unprecedented public support.

"Pearl Harbor of Workers' Rights": Unions Launch Morning Protests Across Wisconsin. Strikes Next?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

In the wake of the Wisconsin Senate's end-run to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, the top labor unions are organizing state-wide protests Thursday morning.

Sam Stein

Wisconsin GOP Senators Pass Anti-Union Bill Without Democrats Present | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a bold gambit to put an end to the weeks-long budget standoff in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) split his controversial budget-repa...

Wisconsin Democrats Will Return To State

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- The leader of Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate says his caucus will return to the state, but he won't say when. Senate Democrats ...

Torture, Collective Bargaining And Getting Our Own House In Order

Lillian Daniel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lillian Daniel

At this time of uprising in the world, we would do well to attend to our own blind spots. Having seen the brutality in other countries, might we be ready to take on brutality in our own?

The Key to NFL Labor Peace: Mitigating Risk

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The owners want the players to share their risk of operating their professional football franchises. The players want the owners to reduce the health and safety risk associated with playing a violent game.

Who's the Boss?

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock


Weekly Audit: Standoff Continues in Wisconsin

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Standoff Continues in WisconsinBy Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger The 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to th...

Anger Brews Over Government Workers' Benefits

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn't ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. "I don't think...

Bargaining Rights Are Human Rights

Greg Tarpinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Tarpinian

In the focus on the fight to preserve collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere, the mass media has ...