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Right to Work

Proposal 1 Proves Republican Incompetence

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.24.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.10.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 03.09.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

Full Koch Press for ALEC Right-to-Work Bill in Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

The ALEC drill team was on full display this week. At Tuesday's public hearing, the only people to testify in favor of the bill were representatives of the corporations that would profit from lower wages in Wisconsin and an array of experts bankrolled by the Kochs.

Thousands Protest Wisconsin's Right-To-Work Bill At The State's Capitol

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes from protest) By Brendan O'Brien MADISON, Wis., Feb 28 (Reuters) - Wisconsin unions bused in thousands of ...

Amanda Terkel

Scott Walker Fundraises Off Right-To-Work Battle In Wisconsin

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) campaign sent a fundraising email Thursday boasting that he is once again taking on unions and stands ...

Dave Jamieson

Wisconsin Lawmakers Pass Right-To-Work Bill As Thousands Protest

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- Spelling more trouble for organized labor in the U.S., Republican legislators in the Wisconsin state Senate approved a right-to-work ...

Dave Jamieson

Scott Walker, Dividing And Conquering

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- The capitol dome here filled quickly Tuesday morning with workers in overalls and hard hats, their jackets signifying proud membershi...

Dave Jamieson

How Right-To-Work Laws Hurt Unions

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This week, Republican state legislators in Wisconsin plan to take up right-to-work legislation in a special session. If the measure pass...

Dave Jamieson

Scott Walker, Union Buster-in-Chief

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics

It's been more than two decades since Gov. Scott Walker (R) first pushed right-to-work legislation as a state lawmaker in Wisconsin. Now, all these ye...

Wisconsin Republicans Plan To Push Contentious Bill Next Week

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

(Adds details from Senate sponsor, background) By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Wisconsin Republicans pl...

Walker Faces GOP Rift At Awkward Time

AP | By SCOTT BAUER | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has rolled over his Democratic opponents in Wisconsin, shutting down their allies in labor unions,...