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Poll: Americans Remain Broadly Supportive Of Labor Unions

Gallup | Jeffrey M. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Americans remain broadly supportive of labor unions, as they have been over the past seven decades, including a 59% approval rating for unions in Gall...

SAG and the Studios: Post-Prandial Posturing

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Is it really possible, in this economy, that SAG members will vote to authorize a strike? Yes.

What Matthews Must Do To Beat Specter

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

Employee Free Choice is becoming the new gay -- the issue that wingnuttia is whipping itself into a frenzy over. If Matthews is indeed exploring a run, he needs to quickly bone up on this issue.

Working People and Good Jobs are the Foundation of Our Economy, Not the Problem

Terence M. O'Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Terence M. O'Sullivan

Even more disturbing than the inaccuracy of the attacks against working people is the premise on which they are based.

SAG Strike Authorization Vote Shifts Into Gear

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG sent a long email to its members yesterday urging its members to vote yes on strike authorization ballots to be sent out in December.

Judge: CNN Must Re-Hire 100 Fired Union Workers

AFL-CIO Now Blog | James Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This report likely won't be on CNN's "Headline News," but after five years, former workers at CNN have finally gained justice. In a decision made publ...

Why the Conservatives Won't Crack-up, But the Left Probably Will

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

The conservative Counter-Establishment is the most cast-iron entanglement of alliances and dependencies known in modern American history.

SAG Stalks Towards Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Mediation between the studio alliance (the AMPTP) and the Screen Actors Guild failed late Friday night, and SAG announced plans to seek a strike authorization vote from its members.

Smart Ways to a Bailout -- Step 1: Stop Demonizing the UAW

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

You've probably heard claims about those inefficient UAW members supposedly making $70 an hour, including benefits, making unions the prime culprit in the failures of the Big 3 automakers. But it's all a big lie.

Detroit, the Last Stand of Middle America

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Herrington

The question is not and never has been whether we should subsidize automakers for making the same fuel inefficient products, it is how to change what they make in the middle of an economic catastrophe.

It's Time to Give Voters the Liberalism They Want

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

It is possible, I suppose, that the pundits are right and the public didn't really mean it when it elected a liberal Democrat president and gave Democrats even larger majorities in both houses of Congress.

Bailout Brainstorm 2: More Ignorant Questions from a Confused Citizen

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Quigg

When the road-builders, bridge-builders, and school-builders get some money in their pockets, they may do more for automakers than any bailout can.

GOTV in North Carolina: Labor Takes a Lead

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

Last week one of the Change to Win volunteers was outside a polling place and a woman in line called out her name. "Erin! I'm in line here to vote because of you!"

SAG Update: Union Meets with Mediator

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG leaders met Friday with the federal mediator, and in a statement said that they discussed with him the union's request for mediation and "the possibilities regarding the resumption of negotiations."

On the Ground in Wisconsin, a Union Voter Update

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

United Here is knocking on the doors of members of Change to Win unions telling them how Obama supports working families. On weekends, they volunteer with the Obama campaign too. Their dedication is incredible.

AMPTP Agrees to Mediate

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The AMPTP has agreed to attend sessions conducted by a federal mediator, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, who unsuccessfully mediated the WGA negotiations just before the contract expired and the union decided to strike.

The Obama Challenges

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Bruhns

As President, Obama will need to confront two costly wars, global terrorism, an economy on the brink and a serious energy crisis. Don't expect immediate change.

SAG Steps Toward Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

The SAG national board passed a resolution yesterday on what to do regarding contract negotiations with the studios. My take: Membership First outma...

SAG Stalemate Update

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Next news is likely to come next weekend (Oct. 18-19), when the SAG national board meets. Items on the agenda will include whether to send a strike authorization referendum to the members.

Phase One Reanimator

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Aieee, it's alive! Remember Phase One? That's the 27 year old joint bargaining arrangement between SAG and AFTRA that collapsed this spring.

Report: SAG Strike Would Have No Immediate Credit Impact on Entertainment Conglomerates

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Fitch Ratings, a leading global rating agency that rates the credit of large businesses, municipal governments, and entire industry sectors (they must...

SAG: Toss that Hot Potato Back (UPDATED)

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG's negotiating committee has the power to send a strike authorization referendum to the membership at large, but it instead punted to the national board.

SAG: A Half Step Closer to a Strike

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG moved closer to a strike today, but not quite as far as some predicted. The guild's negotiating committee, which has the power to send a strike...

SAG Apparently Seeking Strike Authorization

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

SAG's appears to be playing a dangerous game: Seek an authorization and fail to obtain it, and the guild's leverage collapses.

SAG Nudges the Studios, but the Studios Say No Thanks

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

A key sentence warns "If your intransigence continues, however, our choices become harder and fewer." Whether SAG actually has any leverage to back up those words is unclear.