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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- 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)
- Dec 18 Wal-Mart Gets Called Out for Wage Theft Wal-Mart will have to pay back $151 million in stolen wages to approximately 187,000 employees after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of workers who were forced to skip breaks and work off the clock. (Blog)
- Dec 15 Using Company Email for Organizing Is OK The National Labor Relations Board decided this week that employees may use their company email accounts to organize their fellow workers, as long as they do it on their own time. The ruling applies to private-sector workers only. (Blog)
- Nov 21 Add Walmart Black Friday Protests to Thanksgiving Menu Martha Sellers probably won’t be able to afford a turkey on Thanksgiving because, as on most days, she is forced to choose between paying the bills and putting food on the table. Martha isn't unemployed – she works at Walmart. Her story isn’t unique. (Blog)
- Nov 03 A New Career Ladder for NYC Welfare Recipients Instead of forcing individuals on welfare to work for the city without receiving a paycheck, the city will begin implementing a new Employment Plan whose goal is to help people become self-sustaining and leave public assistance for good. (Blog)
- Nov 03 AFSCME President Inspires Members to Get Out the Vote in Wisconsin With so much at stake in the midterm elections, AFSCME members must do all they can to “make sure that people understand the importance of getting out the vote on Nov. 4,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders urged a group of union activists. (Blog)
- Oct 30 Court Rejects Mayor’s Illegal Offer Albuquerque city workers here prevailed in court this month in a case that could have repercussions for public worker bargaining units across the nation. (Blog)
- Oct 24 Fighting Back in Ohio Ohio AFSCME members are going door-to-door and making phone calls to protect public services and their rights - and to elect candidates willing to fight for working families. (Blog)
- Oct 21 AFSCME Stands with Wal-Mart Workers Who Demand a Living Wage Wal-Mart workers and their allies, including AFSCME, marched to the offices of the Walton Family Foundation in New York City and Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16. They had a simple request for the Walton family: $15 an hour and full-time hours. (Blog)
- Oct 16 Unions Make Sense for New Orleans Tourism Industry In a historic win for New Orleans hospitality workers, 900 Harrah’s Hotel and Casino employees are now in contract negotiations after winning the right to organize with UNITE HERE and the Teamsters through successful card-check campaigns. (Blog)
- Oct 03 Council 31 Wins $60 Million in Back Pay for State Employees After waiting more than three years for back pay explicitly spelled out in their contract, Illinois state employees finally got a measure of justice after an appellate court ruled they were owed the wages. (Blog)
- Oct 03 Raising the Minimum Wage: A Civil Rights Issue “Raising the minimum wage is an effective policy tool for reducing various forms of economic inequality, which has been a fundamental goal of the civil rights movement of the 20th century and continues to be one today.” (Blog)
- Oct 01 Too Many Workplace Injuries Go Unreported. You Can Help Us Fix That Have you experienced retaliation for reporting a workplace injury? Tell us now! (Blog)