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Collective Bargaining

How the GOP Hopes to Take Away Americans' Right to Collective Bargaining

Robert Creamer | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Robert Creamer

By standing up to Republican abuse of rules in the Senate, Democrats will be standing up to the economic abuse inflicted on most Americans by a tiny minority of unelected, wealthy speculators and CEOs who think they are entitled to be "masters of the universe."

The California Bill That Leaves Injured Workers to Fend for Themselves

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Sarita Gupta

We shouldn't tolerate sports team owners taking a page from Walmart's playbook to increase their profits at the expense of workers and taxpayers.

Court Grants Corporations Impunity to Mug Retirees

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

When a kid snatches an old lady's purse, it's punished as a crime. But when a corporation manipulates bankruptcy law to deny thousands of retired coal miners benefits they labored their entire lives to earn, it's endorsed by federal court.

We Decide How to Share Gains

Stan Sorscher | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We can rehabilitate a Social Contract that connects us. With a restored self-image, we can reverse Citizens United, rebalance our political process, and find trade policies that serve society as a whole.

Dave Jamieson

Fast Food, Retail Strikes Expected In Chicago | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business

Labor groups are predicting that hundreds of Chicago-area fast-food and retail workers will walk off the job for a one-day strike on Wednesday, just w...

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing; John Deasy Seeks Waiver: Ed Today

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Israel's Haredi Schools Get Standardized Testing? As YNet reports, Israel's ultra-Orthodox religious schools, which receive public money, will have to take standardized tests -- as ordered by the Supreme Court. A judge said that such schools "should start taking things seriously, or face the consequences." Why, you ask, do I bring you news from across the planet? It's an interesting parallel to an ongoing debate on our own soil. In the U.S., there has been much talk over whether private schools that receive public-school vouchers or tax credits should be held to the same standards as their public school peers. Obviously the structure is different, and in Israel there's no public-private distinction between the schools. But it's still fascinating to watch.

An Inconvenient Economic Truth

Sharan Burrow | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Sharan Burrow

Inequality is a poison that is destroying livelihoods, stripping families of dignity and splitting communities. We know the antidote: strong democratic voices, strong unions and the right to collective bargaining for fair wages and conditions.

John Celock

'Extreme' Kansas Union Bill Set For Quick Hearing | John Celock | Posted 01.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kansas lawmakers are set to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on a bill that could dramatically overhaul collective bargaining for teache...

Union Membership Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story

Sarita Gupta | Posted 03.25.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Without placing a priority on creating not just jobs but good, union jobs, our economy will remain at a standstill for anyone but the 1 percent.

'Right to Work' Weakens Democracy

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

We all know that those politicians who would gladly vote for "right to work" in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan don't really care about workers' rights. Right to work takes away the workers democratic right decide what terms they want to negotiate into their contract.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader: 'Weak' Michigan Gov Epitomizes GOP Problems | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A lot of people would think the passage of right-to-work legislation in union-stronghold Michigan signifies broader troubles for an emba...

Michigan: Workers, Women, What's Next?

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm

These bills will make Michigan one of the most regressive states in the nation in terms of women's health. Michigan. The friendly blue mitten is giving the people a slap in the face. Part of me can't believe it, but part of me believes it too well.

Les GOP Misérables

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

If Republicans keep obsessively pursuing their demons as Javert obsessively pursued Valjean, they will end up politically as he did, which is why I propose you read the book and enjoy the film.

Should We Eliminate Collective Bargaining For Stockholders, Too?

Eric Zuesse | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Tuesday night, Michigan's Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed into law what has now become the standard Republican labor legislation; it's called b...

How Republicans Issued Major Blow In Anti-Union Fight

Reuters | Posted 02.12.2013 | Politics

By Nick Carey and Bernie Woodall LANSING, Mich., Dec 13 (Reuters) - As a trained aerospace engineer, Patrick Colbeck applied his pench...

An Open Letter to Sen. Gretchen Whitmer

Lindsey Dodge | Posted 12.11.2012 | Detroit
Lindsey Dodge

Unions' prohibitive collective bargaining agreements' impact on women, and the subsequent restriction of women's opportunities and flexibility, is rarely discussed. Union seniority rules, an unnecessary restriction on pay achievement, and flexibility restrictions are essential points.

Freedom's Just Another Word

Dave Helfert | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Dave Helfert

America is on the verge of losing something very important in Michigan and it isn't getting nearly enough attention, probably because it's just one more act in a long-running drama.

Michigan Unions Prepare For Protest In Lansing

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 12.10.2012 | Detroit

DEARBORN, Mich. -- More than 200 activists attended training Saturday in preparation for a protest at the Michigan Capitol, where lawmakers are puttin...

State House Passes Controversial Union Bill

Posted 12.06.2012 | Detroit

Members of the Michigan House quickly voted in favor of a new bill Thursday evening that would make Michigan a right-to-work state, as Democratic repr...

Ashley Woods

Michigan Gov. Introduces Right-To-Work Legislation | Ashley Woods | Posted 12.06.2012 | Detroit

Calling it a measure to protect “freedom in the workplace," Gov. Rick Snyder (R) finally voiced his support for controversial right-to-work legislat...

Michigan Voters Send Message to Nation: No Means No!

Bob Williams | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Bob Williams

The lesson from the Michigan election this year to fiscal rights advocates all over America is that effective popular control over taxing and spending is possible, but it requires continuous, ongoing voter education and sustained effort to boost turnout.

Unusual Protests Target Scott Walker

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. — Every weekday as the clock strikes noon, dozens of demonstrators pass out songbooks inside the Wisconsin Capitol. Office workers...

Union Sues Over Scott Walker Law

AP | SCOTT BAUER | Posted 11.13.2012 | Politics

MADISON, Wis. -- A law enforcement union filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law effectively ending collective ba...

Walmart, the Elections and the Key to Democracy

Sarita Gupta | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Good jobs, where workers have collective bargaining rights, security and benefits that allow their families to enjoy a decent standard of living, are the cornerstone of building a strong economy. Yet Walmart's bottom line has no regard for the general well-being of a majority of Americans.

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader: 'We Did Deliver' Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For a labor movement that's found itself on its heels for much of the past two years, President Barack Obama's decisive victory in Tuesd...