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 21 Our Nation's Pay Policies Are Due for a Checkup The United States is one of the only developed nations in the world where workers... (The Huffington Post)
- 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)
- May 29 Union Helps Newtown Officer with PTSD Get Help Six months after Officer Thomas Bean responded to the bloody scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were gunned down, Police Chief Michael Kehoe tried to fire him. (Blog)
- May 28 Kasich Axes Bargaining Rights for Child Care, Home Care Providers The collective bargaining rights of more than 15,000 independent in-home child care and home care providers in Ohio were stripped away last week by Gov. John Kasich in the most recent of several anti-worker actions taken since his election in 2010. (Blog)
- May 27 Attack on Public-Service Jobs Hits African-Americans Hardest African-Americans pay a high price when public-service jobs and collective bargaining power is lost, as shown in a profile by The New York Times. (Blog)
- May 26 Right-to-Work Scam Gets Smackdown Thanks to an energized and organized labor community in Illinois, politicians in big towns and small have taken heed that local right-to-work zones proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner are not a popular idea. (Blog)
- May 22 Washington State Employees Take ‘Unity Breaks’ Over Stalled Pay Raises Thousands of state employees walked out of more than 80 worksites this week to urge the state legislature to end the stalemate and implement negotiated pay raises for state workers. (Blog)
- May 20 The Season’s Hottest Accessories: Tattoos, Vintage Boots… and a Union Card? The union movement is getting a lot of renewed attention these days, and not just because we’re fighting back against unprecedented assaults on working people. There’s something retro-cool about the labor movement. (Blog)
- May 18 Right-to-Work Scam Hurts All Workers According to EPI, wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than they are in non-RTW states. That’s a difference in pay of $1,558 a year for a typical full-time, full-year employee, the report says. (Blog)
- May 15 Missouri Legislature Passes Right-to-Work Scam The anti-worker majority in the Missouri Legislature passed so-called “right to work” legislation last week, defying Gov. Jay Nixon to issue his promised veto of the bill. (Blog)
- May 15 From Farm Hand to AFSCME Strong Reflecting on his long march to union activism, Starchia says with pride, “I came from the potato fields to the tomato fields to the union hall.” (Blog)
- May 15 Connecticut Workers to Receive Up to $125 Million in Layoff Settlement “This sends a clear message to elected officials across the country that when you target workers – unions and their families – we will not be bullied and we will not give up until we get justice for all workers.” (Blog)
- May 01 Eight Councils Engaged in Maryland Training With the ultimate goal of improving public services and quality of life for middle-class families, 100 AFSCME activists and staff from the East Coast and Puerto Rico came together this week for AFSCME Strong training to grow the labor movement. (Blog)
- Apr 30 Governor Rauner’s Right-to-Work Scam Backfiring More than 500 residents and union members in southern Illinois turned up at their county board meeting to slam the door on Gov. Rauner’s local “right-to-work” laws. In all, some 27 local governments have either defeated or tabled the resolution. (Blog)