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Mo. Legislature Must Remember Workers While Mulling RTW Veto Override

James P. Hoffa | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

The Missouri bill goes even further than most by criminalizing employers and subjecting small business owners to unlimited civil liability and jury verdicts. In short, it takes away the rights of an employer to decide for itself how to run its business.

Why We Celebrate Labor Day

Mike Quigley | Posted 09.07.2015 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Instead of focusing on attacking unions and the labor movement, we need to find ways to strengthen and empower workers so we can put more money in the pockets of middle class families. But what does it mean to strengthen and empower workers?

Labor Battles Heat Up In State Legislatures

Pew's Stateline | Jenni Bergal | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

What's the Matter With Indiana?

Steve Early | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Steve Early

In recent years, Indiana has become a "red state" disaster area for labor, one of several in the Midwest that used to be more "blue." The hostile environment for public employee unions has now enveloped unionized workers in manufacturing and the building trades.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Vetoes Right-To-Work Bill

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. June 4 (Reuters) - Calling the legislation harmful to the middle class, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill ...

Scott Conroy

In Wisconsin, Scott Walker Exercises His Right To Take Credit | Scott Conroy | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics

Scott Walker's rapid ascent into the top tier of 2016 Republican presidential contenders may have come as something of a surprise to those who didn't ...

Attacking unions, Rauner hurts working families and the Illinois economy

Michael T. Carrigan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Chicago
Michael T. Carrigan

Governor Rauner's so-called "local empowerment zones" are dishonestly packaged and fundamentally unfair. They violate state and federal law, would strip working people of basic rights and harm our state's economy. So why is he pushing for them?

Right to Work - Wrong for Our Future

Jack Darin | Posted 05.13.2015 | Chicago
Jack Darin

All of us who breathe the air, drink the water and hope for a healthy future for our kids and grandchildren have a lot at stake in Illinois' debate over Right to Work.

IL Governor Rauner's Pal Made $625,000 Per Hour Last Year and Then Gave $10 Million to Rauner Campaign to Attack Unions and Cut Worker Pay

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The New York Times reported yesterday that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's chief political backer, Ken Griffin, made $1.3 billion last year as manager of the hedge fund Citadel Capital. Griffin made as much personally as 26,000 average Americans making the median wage.

Proposal 1 Proves Republican Incompetence

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

The fact that the people voters tasked with making the tough decisions are so afraid of losing their jobs that they would put the desires of a fringe "no new taxes" group ahead of the needs of their constituents suggests that the real problem here is not road or education funding but a complete and total failure of leadership.

The 'Inexcusable' Assault on Workers in Wisconsin

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

Wisconsin -- where workers have a deep and rich history of fighting for a voice on the job -- is the latest state to enact a law intended to sap them of their power and strength. With Gov. Scott Walker's signature, the right-to-work scam is now the law in Wisconsin.

The Fallacy of 'Right to Work'

Marick Masters | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Marick Masters

Proponents of "right to work" insist that unions, through union-security agreements, abridge the (non-existing) right to work in an anti-democratic manner that threatens business competitiveness. All these specious arguments mask a concerted campaign to strip labor of its voice in political and economic affairs.

Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 2015

Keith Mestrich | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Keith Mestrich

The backlash to this incident became a turning point in the history of the US and global labor movements. But 104 years later, it has become clear that too many folks in this country have forgotten the painful lessons of that day.

America Needs Labor Unions

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Considering that studies have found a direct correlation between the number of people in labor unions and the distribution of wealth, it becomes clear that if the Republicans' goal is to build a stronger, healthier economy for all Americans, then continuing to add obstacles to organizing is the wrong approach.

Scott Walker Ends Freedom of Contract in Wisconsin

Dean Baker | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Dean Baker

You probably missed this one. After all, most news coverage told people that Governor Walker signed a "right to work" bill. This was presented as a victory for workers' rights over the power of unions. In fact, it was about denying the people of Wisconsin the freedom of contract.

A Tale of Two States

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Trickle-down economics doesn't work, and frankly, it never has. If we want to restore a healthy middle class, we need a different approach, a virtuous cycle that begins with a high-quality public education that gives students the skills they need to get good jobs with fair wages.

Governor Scott Walker Strikes Another Blow Against Organized Labor; Wisconsin Becomes 25th "Right to Work" State

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Critical thinking says if you want to earn more money, bullying your employer with a mob isn't the answer. Production is. If you want to earn more money, provide more service.

Igor Bobic

Obama Slams Scott Walker For 'Inexcusable' Anti-Union Law | Igor Bobic | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday night blasted as "inexcusable" Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) decision to sign a "right-to-work" bil...

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...

Scott Walker Signs Bill Limiting Union Heft

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE, March 9 (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, signed a bill in...

Arthur Delaney

So That Happened: Scott Walker's Union Bust Delivered Behind A Wall Of Gaffes | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics

So, that happened. This week, let's talk about you. What kind of stuff do you like to read on this site, and how do we provide it when Congress takes ...

Dave Jamieson

Walker Wins Another War With Unions | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

Following a heated, all-night debate between lawmakers in Madison, the Wisconsin state assembly passed right-to-work legislation on Friday morning, se...

Dave Jamieson

The Big Scott Walker Story You May Have Missed | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has generated numerous headlines over the past week and a half. Whether it was his handling of a question about Presid...

Right to Work? Right-Wing Origin

William Spriggs | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
William Spriggs

In its modern form, this is often an appeal to Libertarian individualism, unions being the antithesis, while corporations (organized capital) somehow embody individualism. It's an old trick. And falling for it only dooms one to ignore history.

I've Been Called A Lot Of Things... But ISIS?

Mel Miskimen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Mel Miskimen

The bill will more than likely pass, then get signed by Walker with multiple pens. Should I have stayed home?