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Public Sector Unions

Scott Walker: A Threat to Democracy

Ellen Bravo | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Ellen Bravo

Wisconsinites became more and more aware we were dealing with an enemy of democracy. American voters would be wise to learn from our experience.

My Correspondence With Governor Scott Walker

Tim Koechlin | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Dear Governor Walker: I'm appalled by your willingness to trade off the well-being of working people and the health of a fabulous state university system for your grandiose, selfish ambition. I'll do whatever I can to make sure you will not become president.

Dave Jamieson

The Kill Shot For Public-Sector Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with its gravest threat in years from the Supreme Court, one of the country's largest labor unions is preparing for a ruling that ...

Dave Jamieson

Biden Warns The Right Is 'Intent On Breaking' Labor Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to the leading labor union for firefighters on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden hammered the GOP for pursuing budget cuts and t...

Sam Levine

Public Unions Sue Illinois Governor Over Blocking 'Fair Share' Fees | Sam Levine | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Illinois public employee unions struck back Thursday, filing a lawsuit to block Gov. Bruce Rauner's attempt to prevent them from collect...

Which Side Are You On? Inequality and the Case for Unions

Tim Koechlin | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

Republicans tell a tired, cynical story about all of this, insisting that union busting is, somehow, good for the economy and good for workers. It's the same old trickle down nonsense. Democrats, on the other hand, have done too little to defend unions and worker rights.

President Obama Must Speak the Word 'Union' Loudly

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.13.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

His fifth State of the Union speech this week gives President Obama a perfect opportunity to proclaim to all of America that he will preserve the freedom to engage in collective action. It's an important moment for him to say the word 'union' loudly.

Firefighters Blast Romney As 'Anti-Worker'

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The International Association of Fire Fighters union has distributed a video to its members that compiles several damaging comments Mitt...

It's Anti-American to Be Anti-Union

Chris Tilly | Posted 10.30.2012 | Los Angeles
Chris Tilly

Economists say we've lost a decade of financial progress because of the recession. We cannot afford to let progress toward our American values, including equality, similarly retreat.

Union President Spent $325,000 On Private Jet Trips

The Huffington Post | Cole Stangler | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

The president of the nation’s largest public-sector employee union spent about $325,000 on chartered planes over the last two years, according to a ...

After Wisconsin: Race, the 2012 Race, and Beyond

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

A lot of blue state liberals may not have noticed, or just shrugged off, the news that white births made up less than half of U.S. births as of July 2011. But you can be sure that news will not go unremarked among those determined to replace "welfare queen" with "public sector queen" in the national pantheon of invidious stereotypes. The "take back our country" theme is just getting under way in American politics. That's why voter registration vs. voter suppression is the most important practical political issue on the table -- in 2012, and beyond.

Elise Foley

Daniels: Public-Sector Unions Shouldn't Exist | Elise Foley | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) criticized public-sector unions on Sunday, saying they should be eliminated entirely. "There's, I thin...

Love Them and Leave Them

Al Checchi | Posted 08.09.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

The Democratic Party will reassess its relationship with public service unions as public opinion regarding public service employees reaches a tipping point.

Matt Sledge

After Wisconsin Recall Defeat, Labor Movement Finds Consolation In Ohio | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.07.2012 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Before there was a crucial recall election about labor rights in Wisconsin, there was a crucial referendum on labor rights in Ohio...

Dave Jamieson

Scott Walker Gave Dubious Testimony To Congress: House Dems | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

In light of a videotape that surfaced earlier this month, Democrats with the House oversight committee say they want embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Wa...

Amanda Terkel

Federal Court Strikes Down Key Portions Of Scott Walker's Anti-Union Law | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just over a year after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a measure taking away most collective bargaining rights for public workers...

Janell Ross

Public Pension Cuts: Key to States' Budget Fix or Easy Financial Scapegoat? | Janell Ross | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

In a deal done in the dead of night last week, New York became the latest state to drastically overhaul its pension plan against the wishes of its pub...

Cutting Pensions Is No Way to Reward FBI Agents for Their Dedication and Service

Konrad Motyka | Posted 10.01.2011 | Crime
Konrad Motyka

It's important for Congress to understand proposals to restructure public sector pension plans would have national security implications, as changes to federal employee pensions will impact FBI Agents and other federal law enforcement officers.

Samuel Haass

Union to Democratic Senators: Don't Cut Medicaid! | Samuel Haass | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top union representing state and local workers is putting pressure on moderate Senate Democrats to reject any debt ceiling proposals...

Public Sector Workers Happier Than Those In Private Sector: Gallup

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 08.01.2015 | Business

Recently in a survey, nearly one in three expressed dissatisfaction with their jobs. But according to the Gallup-Healthways survey, it's private-secto...

Janell Ross

Loss Of Government Jobs Intensifies Black Unemployment | Janell Ross | Posted 08.07.2011 | Business

Kenneth Mathis is the kind of man who values stability. More than three decades ago, when he was 19, Mathis was hired by the Federal Deposit I...

Collective Bargaining Under Fire: When Bad Things Happen to Good People

Arva Rice | Posted 07.18.2011 | New York
Arva Rice

As politicians all over the nation cast their scrutiny upon public-sector unions, middle-class blacks and other minorities face the prospect of an attack on their collective bargaining rights.

Labor and Capital in the 21st Century: Legacy of the Haymarket Affair

Mark Cassello | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Mark Cassello

May 1, 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of nationwide series of strikes that forced employers to begin to capitulate on the issue of the eight-hour wo...

Where Does the Labor Movement Go From Here?

Amy B. Dean | Posted 06.07.2011 | Impact
Amy B. Dean

We must act differently, earning lasting support from the public by showing, in concrete and local fashion, how much the labor movement serves the public good.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election A Dead Heat

AP | By TODD RICHMOND | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- A Wisconsin Supreme Court election that offered the public its first formal opportunity to weigh in on the national fight over union ...