A Year After West Explosion,

A Year After West Explosion, “Burden on Business” Still Supersedes Texas Worker Safety

  A year after the explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant left 15 people dead and 300...

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from...

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed...

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in...

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Jan
2012
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On Occupy’s Roots in Labor

It is altogether appropriate to start our exploration with the words of Howard Zinn. “Democracy does not come from the top, it comes from the bottom.” In a recent article for The Indypendent titled “The Ancestors of Occupy,” Dr. Paul LeBlanc takes a look at the relationship between past mass organizational success, such as...
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Jan
2012
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After a Year Out of Work, a San Diego Ironworker Has His Number Called at the Eleventh Hour

After a Year Out of Work, a San Diego Ironworker Has His Number Called at the Eleventh Hour
Michael LaDouce is a member of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Ironworkers Local 229 and spent 2011 out of work. He was laid off on January 1st, 2011 and quickly used up his savings while making ends meet selling off most of what he owned to keep his head above water. But last ...
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Jan
2012
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AMERICAN SWEATSHOP: A Utah Group Is Teaching Companies How to Misclassify Employees

AMERICAN SWEATSHOP: A Utah Group Is Teaching Companies How to Misclassify Employees
Worker misclassification is not a small or regional problem. It is a national epidemic wherein workers are incorrectly labeled as independent contractors so that companies can avoid paying them overtime or giving them proper benefits. Misclassification was recently exposed in Utah by KSL 5 News, which took a look into how Utah companies were...
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Jan
2012
3

Eric Cantor’s 60 Minutes Reagan Debacle Brings the Need for Revenue Side Solutions Back into the Spotlight

Eric Cantor’s 60 Minutes Reagan Debacle Brings the Need for Revenue Side Solutions Back into the Spotlight
At the center of GOP mythology is the legend of Ronald Reagan. Reagan’s story has been rewritten time and again by the Republican establishment to turn “The Gipper” into a conservative hero who rolled into office and fixed the country forever. Politicians like House Majority Eric Cantor speak about Reagan in the same way that ...
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Jan
2012
3

NYT: The Federal Minimum Wage Is $2.60 Below What It Should Be

This morning’s New York Times includes an opinion piece suggesting the federal minimum wage should be increased: The federal minimum wage, however, remains stuck at $7.25 an hour. It has been so since 2009, and will stay there until Congress passes a law to lift it. Such raises are too few and far between; there ...
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Jan
2012
2

“Roosevelt would have agreed in today’s world that ‘Right-to-Work’ is un-American.”

How is right-to-work a direct attack on democracy? Democracy depends on broad participation in society and a strong collective voice for working people. Democracy describes a process, a way of governing or doing things. Anything that undermines or weakens the power of the collective people, in the name of the “individual,” and in the...
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Jan
2012
2

VIDEO: “This Is Why I Vote Republican”

This video is from 2009 but, quite depressingly, it may apply more than ever, especially the last bit about the small child going to Iran. The darkly comedic clip shows dozens of people explaining why they vote Republican, including reasons such as: “we just love cheap plastic crap from China,” “if people want clean water..buy ...
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Jan
2012
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Caterpillar Locks Out Canadian Union Workers, Aims to Cut Wages In Half

Caterpillar Locks Out Canadian Union Workers, Aims to Cut Wages In Half
The Wall Street Journal has the scoop on Caterpillar, Inc. locking out union workers in Ontario, and even the conservative rag admits that the company’s behavior toward the workforce comes “despite a big recovery in earnings over the past two years.” Caterpillar Inc. said Sunday it had locked union workers out of a train...
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Dec
2011
30

“It makes good business sense to use our scarce taxpayer dollars to build public facilities, while also building a sustainable base of quality contractors on public works projects.”

This is a cross-post by Tom Lemmon, business manager of the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council. The original appears on the San Diego Daily Transcript… **** Growing up in San Diego, I always look forward to going to Saska’s in Mission Beach for their baseball cut steak. Both my wife and I ...
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Dec
2011
30

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. — John 8:32

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. — John 8:32
The word myth is defined by Merriam-Webster in the following way: “a person or thing having only an imaginary or unverifiable existence.” There are some political myths that get mislabeled as facts, such as the fact that Republican Presidents create jobs. Unfortunately for myths, their rivalry with facts closely resembles the rivalry...
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Dec
2011
30

Lionsgate Outsourced Music for 2012′s Most Anticipated Film, Snubbed Unionized Americans

Lionsgate Outsourced Music for 2012′s Most Anticipated Film, Snubbed Unionized Americans
To get an authentic Appalachian feel, the producers of the movie “The Hunger Games” decided to shoot in North Carolina. In doing so, Lionsgate received substantial government subsidies. But Lionsgate then turned around and decided to record the score for the film in England to avoid paying American Federation of Musicians (AMF) union...
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Dec
2011
30

High-Tech Prison Health Care Facility to Bring 5,500 Jobs to Northern California

5,500 temporary construction jobs are coming to Stockton, CA as the California Prison Health Care Facility is finally set to begin construction nearly two years after it was announced. The new, high-tech prison health facility is scheduled to open in 2013. The news couldn’t come at a better time for Stockton residents who are currently ...
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