In January 2012, these brave workers became the first Cablevision employees to vote for union representation when they joined CWA Local 1109. Since then, Cablevision management has thrown everything at this group.
The most recent slow peddling of President Obama's NLRB nominees by Senate Republicans through the filibuster is only the latest chapter in this war story. Real disarmament can only take place when the political nature of the Board is reformed.
All justice-loving citizens need to support regulatory and legislative efforts to more equally balance the playing field between employers and workers who -- like Dan Lee and his co-workers -- seek to turn today's sweatshops into decent, productive and family-sustaining places of work.
Republicans have abused the filibuster process at a record rate. They've manipulated Senate recess to unprecedented levels. They've delayed and appealed decisions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can hobble this right-wing campaign against working people by deploying the nuclear option.
They know that even under the best circumstances, justice is hard to come by. Now, the Senate is making it virtually impossible for workers to gain the justice they deserve. And what does that say about our democracy?
President Obama has nominated five people to the National Labor Relations Board. Two are Republicans. All are waiting for confirmation by the Senate. These nominees should be confirmed so the NLRB can get back to work.
Today the NLRB has no teeth, but if H.R. 1120 has its way, tomorrow it might not survive. A vote for H.R. 1120 is a vote to send this country to a pre-1935 era, before the National Labor Relations Act.