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Regaining the Momentum on Health Care Reform

Chris Shiflett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Shiflett

Our job -- liberals, progressives, union leaders, public health advocates, community groups, and even rock-and-roll performers -- is to challenge the lies and distortions put out there by the Fox News crowd.

Healthy Americans Against Reforming Medicine Plot To Derail Obama Plan (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

A new group calling itself Healthy Americans Against Reforming Medicine (HAARM) has launched a website to promote its efforts to derail health care re...

"We Aren't Lab Rats!" Say Striking Workers. Online Action Alert!

Elana Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elana Levin

In case you needed any more convincing that we need the public option...

The Red Bottoms of Red-Staters: How Corporal Punishment Contributes to Right Wing Paranoia

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

No paranoid fantasy seems too bizarre, too implausible, or too disconnected from consensual reality to find a credulous audience among right wing true believers.

Weekly Pulse: Mob Scene

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Republicans and their allies are pressuring Democratic healthcare reformers at townhall meetings around the country. Addie Stan has a blockbuster piece in AlterNet that exposes the network behind the mobs.

Sam Stein

Unions Receive Increasingly Scary Threats Of Violence For Town Hall Participation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Union officials continued to receive a barrage of threats on Friday evening and into Saturday punctuated by warnings that if organizers were sent to c...

Sam Stein

Obama-Allied Unions Threatened With Gun Violence For Town Hall Participation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the country's largest unions has been hit by a wave of hostile calls and even death threats from people upset with its involvement in town-hall...

How the Mainstream Media Helps Fuel Right-Wing Lies

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Levine

Even as debunked smears about health care continue, such as the claim the bill aims to kill old people through "death care," progressives are being hamstrung by mainstream media outlets.

SEIU Talks Peace -- But Continues War -- on UNITE HERE

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Randy Shaw

Stern's optimism runs counter to the facts. No date for negotiations with UNITE HERE has been set and Stern has not publicly renounced his demand for binding arbitration.

Wake-Up Call For GOP's "Values" Hypocrites: Unions Are Pro-Family, Report Finds

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

GOP officials have emphasized fighting gay marriage, supporting prayer in schools, and banning abortion as the keys to promoting family values.

Don't Let Wells Fargo Be a Roadblock to Economic Recovery

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
ZP Heller

100 Quad City factory employees risk losing their jobs if Wells Fargo doesn't extend tens of thousands of dollars in credit to continue day-to-day operating costs.

EFCA Opponent Runs Ad Suggesting Unions Gag Employees With Duct Tape

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top union is demanding that an Arkansas TV station yank a new ad being run by the "Dr. Evil" of pro-business lobbyists that depicts workers as mobbe...

Labor Movement Backs UNITE HERE Against SEIU Raids

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randy Shaw

In a dramatic blow to SEIU's efforts to raid UNITE HERE members and jurisdictions, 15 of the nation's leading unions pledged Monday to provide UNITE H...

Health Care Lobbyists vs. The People: The Final Showdown (VIDEO)

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

If the public wants a public option and the non-competitive private insurance industry can't deliver affordable, accessible health care, what's keeping Congress from backing it strongly right now?

Chamber of Commerce, Unionbuster vs. Pope, Catholic Bishops on Union Rights

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

The union movement enlisted a powerful ally in its drive for workers' rights: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, following the guidance of, yes, the Pope.

Is Fresno SEIU's Vietnam?

Randy Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Randy Shaw

SEIU defeated NUHW by 233 votes in their bitter election over Fresno's 10,000 home care workers, but now faces a situation analogous to the United Sta...

Why Does Chamber of Commerce Favor Arbitration for Workplace Rape Victims, But Oppose It for Union Workers?

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Art Levine

What's especially galling is how fervently businesses embrace arbitration when it allows them to avoid being held accountable for negligence towards employees or the defrauding of consumers.

As Senators Huddle Over Bill, Grass-Roots Drive, Pro-Labor Ads Pressure Wavering Dems (VIDEO)

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Senators, led by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, are stepping up the pace of negotiations for a version of the Employee Free Choice Act that could be introduced by next month.

Binding Arbitration, Sooner the Better

Danny Glover | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Glover

I will always be a union activist, and I am proud of that. What I am not proud of is what the fight between UNITE HERE and Workers United/SEIU is doing to this movement I care so much about.

An Open Letter to the Labor Movement Regarding UNITE HERE Conflict

Bruce Raynor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Raynor

Let's end this now. Let's get back to fighting for economic and social justice to improve the lives of union members and working families.

While Morning Joe Crew Says All Unionized Business Fail, 1,000 Execs Endorse Pro-Union Bill

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Levine

Andrew Ross Sorkin and his allies on the Morning Joe show came in for a thorough thrashing from union leaders and progressive bloggers yesterday for their ignorance.

Dick Cheney Battles Clergy Over Employee Free Choice Act

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

Dick Cheney's remarks Tuesday attacking the Employee Free Choice Act aired on the same day as a new coalition of religious leaders pressed the case for the pro-worker legislation.

Card Check Is Not the Solution for Pension Mismanagement

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

The union promise of jobs and better wages is deeply alluring, but their mechanism to securing them, so-called "card check," is fundamentally flawed.

Sam Stein

Specter Meets With Labor Officials | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Officers with the powerful Service Employees International Union are meeting Tuesday with newly minted Democrat Arlen Specter, a labor official confir...

Sam Stein

SEIU Writes Bank Of America, Calls For Lewis' Outright Firing | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Officials with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) are calling on the new chairman of Bank of America to fire recently-replaced chairman ...