“The rules of the economy have been set against us for the last 30 or 40 years, and people are just tired of it,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka recently claimed.
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Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, and a host of other actors-turned-activists have been critical of Chinese foreign policy. Ford was even banned from China after testifying at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of a “Free Tibet.”
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case that challenges the compelled union dues paid by millions of organized public-sector employees.
Last week’s Democratic presidential debate broadcast flooded the airwaves with more than just partisan finger-wagging: the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), one of America’s largest unions, spent $200,000 on two new anti-Walmart ad spots criticizing the company's treatment of its workers.
For many Americans, Black Friday has become more popular than Thanksgiving itself. This is especially true for unions like the United Food and Commercial Workers and its “workers center” OUR Walmart. In contrast to most Americans who see Black Friday as simply an opportunity to score some inexpensive swag, the UFCW views it as an opportunity to advance its union agenda.
This Monday, most Americans will take relief from their labors over hamburgers, hot dogs, and an adult beverage or two. They will spare few thoughts for the historical efforts of organized labor to get its holiday established — or to the effect that unions have on our politics and workplaces today.
July was a good month for big labor unions – which means it was a bad month for the rest of us.
It’s campaign season, and President Obama has been on the road selling his proposed 40 percent hike in the federal minimum wage. His argument in favor of the policy closely matches a line favored by wage hike advocates: “No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.”
After the shockwaves made by the passage of right-to-work laws in the former union bastions of Indiana and Michigan, the Ohio Senate recently rejected a similar law for their state. This development has reformers asking themselves: Where do we go from here?
If undue influence in politics piques your interest, then the recent Los Angeles County elections should have raised both your eyebrows. Outside special interest groups spent almost $4 million supporting the candidates’ electoral bids — and over three-quarters of that total came from the region’s labor unions.
Hilda Solis’ term as secretary of labor is one for the books. She will be remembered as the secretary who declared herself the labor movement’s “loyal servant” — and then acted in lock-step with labor leaders.
’Tis the season — at least for strikes. Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed the death of Hostess and its Twinkie (until someone buys the brand), a teacher strike in Chicago, a Thanksgiving Eve strike at Los Angeles International Airport, failed union walkouts at Wal-Mart and New York City’s fast food restaurants, and an eight-day, $8 billion strike at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California.
This has been the year of personal freedom. In 2012, voters across the country consistently reaffirmed their desire to see individual choice trump institutional power. In November, Michigan voters rejected the enshrinement of collective bargaining in the state’s constitution. In Colorado and Washington, they demanded the right to decide for themselves about marijuana use. In other states, the people demanded the right to define marriage for themselves apart from religious doctrine or the authority of the state.
You've heard this anecdote: A boy shoots his parents dead. At his sentencing hearing, he begs the judge for mercy: “I’m an orphan, Your Honor.”
The congressional “watchdog” and supposedly nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) should put a disclaimer on its website saying that it doesn’t hold itself to the standards it espouses. In fact, the only accurate part of its name is “Washington.”
On Earth Day, we’ll hear all kinds of ideas on how to improve the environment, from the small (recycle that bottle!) to the big (get off oil!). And, no doubt, we’ll hear a few about how we need to change what we eat to improve the planet.
If you read the news regularly, chances are you’ve seen stories over the past two weeks about how so-called “pink slime” is infiltrating school cafeterias across America. So what is it, exactly? And what’s the big deal with it?
Richard Kahlenberg and Moshez Marvit’s new book, “Why Labor Organizing Should be a Civil Right,” has ignited a debate on the important issue of labor reform. Yet Kahlenberg and Marvit miss the mark when it comes to expanding employee rights. Effective, well-thought-out labor reform would empower unionized employees to make more decisions about how their dues are spent and when to strike, and would give those employees the ability to choose whether or not to remain unionized.
“Red meat blamed for 1 in 10 early deaths,” blared the Drudge Report last week. The linked news article referred to a study by Harvard scientists finding that unprocessed red meat and processed meat like bacon and hot dogs are linked to a higher risk of mortality.