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Wisconsin Dems Could Stay Away For Weeks

AP/The Huffington Post | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Democrats on the run in Wisconsin avoided state troopers Friday and threatened to stay in hiding for weeks, potentially paralyzing t...

In Wisconsin, Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Sam Chaltain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

The first wrong is how teacher unions have come to operate. The second wrong, however, is to suggest that the answer will come from abolishing the right to collectively bargain altogether.

The Wisconsin Protests Are a Battle in a Larger GOP War on Working Americans

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

As I made the 10-minute walk up W. Johnson Street from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus toward the Capitol on Tuesday, it never occurred to me that anyone outside of the state would know or care what was going on.

NFL Labor Negotiations: Are We Headed for the Doomsday Scenario?

Gabriel A. Feldman | Posted 05.26.2011 | Sports
Gabriel A. Feldman

As we get closer to the expiration of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, the great unanswered questions remain: Will there be a work stoppage? And, if so, how long will it last?

Amanda Terkel

DNC Expands Role In Labor Protests To Ohio, Indiana | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Building on the momentum in Wisconsin, where tens of thousands of protesters have turned out to oppose Republican Gov. Scott Walker's ef...

Attempts to Deny Wisconsin Workers the Right to Choose a Union -- Simply Un-American

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

At this moment the Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker is doing his best to strip teachers and other state workers of the right to choose a union to negotiate their wages and working conditions.

NFL Labor Pains: An Issue of Trust

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Both sides in the NFL labor dispute are fighting for the hearts and minds of fans, but fans are starting to clamor for more conversation and less positioning and lawyering.

Gagging Workers Is Un-American

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

At the same time the world watches the people of Egypt take to the streets, plans are being put into place to silence workers in the USA. And it is happening at a breakneck pace.

Budget Fight: Believers, True and Otherwise

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Railing about deficits gives the GOP a convenient excuse to hack away at the sorts of bogeymen they've been wanting to kill off for years. Public-employee salaries. And benefits. And bargaining rights.

The Rookie Sacrifice: Key to NFL Labor Talks

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

As has been clear from some time, top incoming rookies are going to be sacrificed; Sam Bradford will go down in history as the last bonus baby of the NFL Draft. The key for the NFLPA is having this rookie sacrifice work for the greater good.

NFL Lockout: The Legal Issues Behind the NFL-CBA Negotiations

Gabriel A. Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Gabriel A. Feldman

These are interesting times for the NFL. Immediately after producing the most watched television show in U.S. history, the focus has shifted towards the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA.

New York Times Fuels War Against The Middle Class

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan Tasini

Apparently, the New York Times has decided nobody should count on decent pensions, health care, and decent wages as part of a decent standard of living in the future. All that is just too "generous."

Airport Security Workers Prepare For Largest Federal Election in U.S. History

Akito Yoshikane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Akito Yoshikane

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees are about to make history when they vote to decide which union will represent them in March. It will be the largest federal labor election in U.S. history.

NFL Labor Q & A

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

With so many questions about what will be "the story" in the NFL after next week's Super Bowl, here are a few answers.

Protecting Worker's Rights

Luke Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luke Norris

Fewer Americans are in unions today than in the New Deal era and proceeding decades, and the importance of collective bargaining is already being forgotten. Work and labor rights are not at the tip of the tongue. And this is to our detriment.

The Game-Changing Issue in the NFL: 18-Game Season

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

In the present Collective Bargaining Agreement there is the stated right of the NFL to expand the regular season. Commissioner Goodell, however, is smart to not unilaterally impose this kind of extension.

NFL Labor Pains: a Primer

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

The dominant story in football in the coming months will be the potential for the "no football in 2011", a season washed out by NFL owners locking out NFL players from playing games.

Peyton's Place Still in Limbo

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Manning's contract will expire at the end of the season, leaving him as the most attractive free agent in the NFL in years, if not ever. Surprising? A bit, yes.

In Coming NFL Labor War, Remember That Players Bear All the Risk

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

When there is a work stoppage in sports, it's almost always blamed on the players. But the 2011 season, if it isn't played, will be because of an owners' lockout, not a players' strike.

In The Public Interest: Will Health-Care Challenges Help or Hurt Consumers?

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

Today, Judge Henry Hudson heard oral arguments in Commonwealth v. Sebelius, which asks the judge to issue a court order that would stop implementation of the entire health-care law. If that happens, consumers are in for a world of trouble.

Kickoff Week for the NFL Negotiations

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

A genuine decertification of the Players Association accompanied by an antitrust suit would mean the end of the NFL as we know it.

Enhanced Negotiations: the NFL 18-Game Season

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

This "enhanced" 18 game season seems good for fans. But the proposal is more than that. It's a big bargaining chip in a roiling labor negotiation that could well make the NFL go dark next year.

Bud Selig Should Be Barred From the Hall of Fame

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

If the new standard is that players tainted by steroids are not Hall of Fame worthy, then the voters must bar the man who was most singularly positioned to take a stand against that taint and failed to do so.

Shirley Sherrod and All Workers Deserve To Have Their Voices Protected

Arlene Holt Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene Holt Baker

All across the nation, people are watching the case of Shirley Sherrod, who was asked to resign as Georgia state director for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of an edited video clip.

Breaking Down the Latest Development in the Star Caps Saga

Gabriel A. Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Gabriel A. Feldman

The NFL might continue to press for legislation that permits the drug policies of professional sports leagues to trump state workplace drug laws. But the Williamses will not be on the field when the NFL season kicks off.