On a range of issues, our state faces tough problems that can only be solved by stakeholders and elected officials working together. The new pension reform legislation, Senate Bill 2404, shows the way.
It is something Washington can work together on, and a viable TAP would give a real boost to the economies of the U.S. and the EU. It would be, in Shakespeare's timeless phrase, a consummation devoutly to be wished.
While all companies are required to report their federal lobbying and Political Action Committee expenditures, that money is just a fraction of what they often spend in the political arena to protect their profits.
Trumka lays down a searing challenge to the right-wing economic royalists who are funding climate change denial: "We must embrace science, and I am here to say that climate change is real and climate change is dangerous."
Their agreement on is very preliminary and hasn't yet even been blessed by the so-called Gang of Eight senators working on immigration reform, but the mere fact that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue agreed on anything is remarkable.
The AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came together and produced a set of principles that should guide all discussions on the future flow of workers into this country. The concessions are notable, but the common ground is even more remarkable.
A purchasing co-op of unions offers a complex solution to a perplexing problem -- how to strengthen unions financially in these perilous times. It is not a panacea. It simply must prove its value by saving significant sums for its member unions. And it is starting to do exactly that.