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Collective Bargaining

Collective Bargaining Battle Heating Up In Ohio | Chris Mazzolini | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

In March, Ohio GOP legislators passed Senate Bill 5, which drastically reduced the bargaining power of public employees' unions. Unionists and their D...

Judge Upholds Idaho Students Come First Laws

Posted 12.03.2011 | Education

In a ruling last week, Idaho Judge Timothy Hansen ruled in favor of a series of laws that localized administrative power, phased out teacher tenure an...

Iowa Special Election Could Stall Progressive Advances

Iowa City Patch | B.A. Morelli | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

Depending on the outcome of an unexpected election scheduled for Nov. 8, gay marriage in Iowa could be at risk. Unions are under threat, too. Nucl...

Union Fight Gearing Up In Ohio

Solon Patch | By Chris Mazzolini | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

John Morris walked down the tree-lined streets of Shaker Heights, knocking on doors and buttonholing residents. An English teacher at the high scho...

Unions Are (Not!) Destroying America

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

It is unfortunate that we are seeing an attempt in Congress to scapegoat America's unions for the economic problems that beset us.

Dave Jamieson

Outgoing NLRB Chair Sees 'Silver Lining' In Political Rancor | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wilma Liebman, the outgoing chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), can't recall a time when the very idea of collectiv...

Joy Resmovits

Michigan Plan To Privatize Public School Teaching Sparks Concern | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.02.2011 | Education

Michigan state Republicans said this week they are preparing a package of bills to privatize public school teaching -- eliciting concerns about workin...

Labor Unions, Benefits Understood, Have Almost Never Been Less Popular

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.31.2011 | Business

The vast majority of Americans say labor unions raise wages and better working conditions, a new survey finds. Yet despite those benefits, Americans h...

Dave Jamieson

Business Groups, Allies Hysterical Over New Workplace 'Poster Rule' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The federal labor board announced Thursday that it has finalized a rule requiring employers to post notices in the workplace informing w...

Tenure: Use It or Lose It

Thomas Fisher | Posted 10.17.2011 | Education
Thomas Fisher

Recent efforts in statehouses around the United States to abolish public employees' and K-12 teachers' collective bargaining rights suggest that attacks on the tenure system in public higher education will not be far behind.

WATCH: Scott Walker Reacts To Wisconsin Recall Election Results

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday to discuss the outcome of Tuesday's recall elections, wh...

Sam Stein

Famed Green Bay Packer Urges Wisconsin Voters To Recall Republicans | Sam Stein | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Wisconsin voters head to the polls Tuesday for the first of two critical recall election days, the labor backed coalition We Are Wisc...

Paige Lavender

Wisconsin Recall Elections: A Breakdown Of The Races | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following a highly contentious seven-month battle, all but one of the nine recalled Wisconsin state Senators will fight to keep their se...

Why Are Republicans Playing With Fire?

Harlan Green | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
Harlan Green

The reports that 4,000 FAA employees and up to 70,000 airport construction workers narrowly escaped being laid off until Labor Day because Congress went on vacation is unbelievably true.

Paige Lavender

Koch-Backed Group Accused Of Voter Suppression In Wisconsin Recall Elections | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics

Americans for Prosperity, the conservative advocacy group backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch, has been accused of attempting to suppress De...

Wisconsin: A Turning Point for Democracy

Jim Worth | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The first two battles have been waged in Wisconsin and, if the opening clashes are any indication, 'the people' are going to take back the Badger State.

Trading in Housewives for Football

Melissa Smith | Posted 09.24.2011 | Sports
Melissa Smith

I have barely hung on this summer with the lack of training camp, appearances, and all the goodies that the offseason offers.

The Parties to the NFL Negotiations Have Run Out the Clock

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 09.24.2011 | Sports
Roger I. Abrams

The NFL owners and the NFL Players Association have finally decided to play "Let's Make a Deal!" Unlike the dangerous federal budget default negotiations, there was no ideology involved in this dispute, just plain old money.

Amanda Terkel

Collective Bargaining Takes A Backseat In Wisconsin Recall Elections | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As word spread in February about the Republican proposal to strip Wisconsin's public workers of their collective bargaining rights, prot...

Arbitrator:Governor Quinn Should Pay Raises He Cancelled

Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago

An arbitrator sided Tuesday with Illinois' largest employee union in an ongoing battle over Governor Pat Quinn's announcement earlier this month that ...

Standing Up for Economic Rights Is a Human Right

Randi Weingarten | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
Randi Weingarten

As Arab citizens take to the streets in their respective countries, several extremist governors and advocates are stripping American workers of their economic rights and voice by working to eliminate or weaken collective bargaining and voter protections.

Union Members Slam Quinn Over Raise Rejections As He Rakes In Cash For DGA

Posted 09.13.2011 | Chicago

As union members statewide gathered to protest Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's decision to deny raises to public employees, the Democratic Governor's As...

States Keep Pushing For Tougher Teacher Policies

Education Week | Liana Heitin | Posted 09.11.2011 | Education

As the majority of legislative sessions around the country come to a close, many states will finish the season having pushed through policy changes th...

Backing Down From Standoff, Emanuel Proposes Union Changes

Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago

Last week, it seemed a standoff between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago unions was about to go nuclear. In a gesture intended to appease union w...

Quinn Defends Cancelling Raises, Is Prepared For Possible Lawsuit

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

Though Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's Friday announcement of the cancellation of some 30,000 state employee's anticipated raises was describ...