Collective Bargaining Is the American Way
In Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, New Hampshire and elsewhere, politicians who do nothing to protect or create jobs are working overtime to eliminate the ability of workers to help solve problems and come up with solutions that work. These right-wing politicians want a future where public services are starved, collective bargaining is a thing of the past, and powerful corporate interests keep their tax loopholes at the expense of everyone else. These attacks on workers' rights are an attack on basic American values of fairness and democracy. Public service workers didn’t get us into this mess, and scapegoating them won’t create jobs or rebuild the middle class.
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- Apr 16 The 'Inexcusable' Assault on Workers in Wisconsin Just like the band that kept playing as the Titanic went down, Walker pretends that... (The Huffington Post)
- Feb 02 We Built the Middle Class, and We Can Rebuild It The benefits to workers who form a union are concrete and undeniable. Unionized workers earn... (Roll Call)
- Jan 16 We Have Cure for What Ails State of the Union When President Obama delivers the State of the Union address, he'll be able to celebrate... (The Huffington Post)
- Dec 04 Converting a Union Skeptic Audra Rondeau wasn't a fan of labor groups—then home-care workers in her state organized, and... (The Atlantic)
- Nov 04 UC outsourcing is bad for workers and campuses’ bottom line UC’s exploitation of contract workers is nothing short of hypocrisy. (Sacramento Bee)
- Sep 26 MA: Janitorial firm fined for wage gaffe An East Boston janitorial company has been ordered by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to... (The Boston Globe)
- Sep 08 WA: State workers say they were punished for blowing whistle on prison violence stats Two state employees say they were demoted for exposing skewed statistics on prison violence. (The Tri-City Herald)
- Aug 28 #WEmatter and We Demand Change For too long the needs of women and families have been dismissed by our elected... (Huffington Post)
- Jul 10 Principle Is a Terrible Thing to Waste Last month, United Negro College Fund President Michael Lomax announced that his organization has received... (The Huffington Post)
- May 20 No Reason to Delay Fair Wages Any delay would further the exploitation of home care workers — mostly women, minorities and... (The New York Times)
- Apr 15 U.S. Supreme Court Might Take Up Rick Scott's "Drug Test Everyone" Plan Gov. Rick Scott's plan to randomly drug test every single state employee in Florida --... (Miami News Times)
- Mar 18 Who cares for the home-care aides? Care workers are invaluable. We must provide for them in the same amount they provide... (Olympia Dukakis – CNN)
- Apr 17 First Responder: EMS Dispatcher Is Difference Maker Yolanda Matos-McClintock, an EMS dispatcher, comes to the rescue on a daily basis. Her story, recently featured in the Sacramento Business Journal, highlights the importance of emergency response and how being in a union provides strength. (Blog)
- Apr 16 A Living Wage for NYC Public Workers After intensive negotiations, AFSCME District Council 37 and the New York City mayor's office agreed to provide a living wage for thousands of DC 37 members who make less than $10 an hour. (Blog)
- Apr 15 Judge Blocks Rauner’s Confiscation of Union Fees Under an agreement reached last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration will immediately begin sending “fair-share” fees to unions pending resolution of a lawsuit by AFSCME, the Illinois AFL-CIO and 26 other unions. (Blog)
- Apr 10 Drivers Call Out Police Over Unfair Enforcement Cab Drivers United members recently met with the Chicago Police Department to complain about policing practices that cost drivers thousands in fines, put their licenses at risk and create hostility and distrust between drivers and law enforcement. (Blog)
- Apr 09 Cab Drivers Deliver Thousands of Petition Signatures on ‘Rideshare’ Inequities Cab Drivers United delivered to the offices of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Beale the signatures of more than 3,300 drivers urging the city to apply the same safety rules and regulations to Uber and other transportation network providers. (Blog)
- Apr 01 VIDEO: Martin Luther King Jr. - The Struggle Continues It was 47 years ago this Saturday, April 4, that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee, where he went to rally support for sanitation workers trying to organize with AFSCME. (Blog)
- Mar 31 Obama Rejects NLRB Restrictions New federal rules designed to expedite private-sector union elections will stand, thanks to President Obama, who reversed congressional action with the stroke of his pen. (Blog)
- Mar 26 UW Stadium Workers Win Outsourcing Settlement The UW was taught an important lesson by approximately 20 skilled trades workers who play a vital role in making the university a world-class facility: If you violate the collective bargaining agreement, you can expect to pay a huge price. (Blog)
- Mar 25 Rauner’s Anti-Union Scheme Boosts Illinois Local There’s a right way to respond to the vicious attacks that many public workers are facing across the nation, and an Illinois AFSCME local just reminded us how. (Blog)
- Mar 19 LIVE: Justice for Homecare Tribunal Home care providers in California are speaking out and organizing for change. Watch the livestream. (Blog)
- Mar 13 New Mexico Right-to-Work Bill Defeated in Committee The right-to-work scam was voted down by the pro-worker majority in the New Mexico Senate, a huge victory for labor and community activists who were speaking out against the controversial proposal in public hearings, rallies and town hall meetings. (Blog)
- Mar 05 Workers Deserve ‘Free and Fair’ Union Elections A California registered nurse whose efforts to form a union were foiled told a House subcommittee March 4 that federal rules intended to make union election procedures more fair to workers should be allowed to take effect next month. (Blog)