Archive for the ‘VIDEO’ Category

Apr
2012
23

VIDEO: Reich Explains Romney’s Fortunes

In a video called, “How Did Mitt Romney Get So Extremely Rich?,” Robert Reich explains how private equity partnerships like Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital work. It is a quick and easy primer on how loopholes in the tax system allow private equity partnership managers to use other people’s money to buy up companies with much…
Apr
2012
19

Ironworkers Display Tremendous Emotion as Completion of One World Trade Center Approaches

Ironworkers Display Tremendous Emotion as Completion of One World Trade Center Approaches
Since the fateful September 11th attacks, Ground Zero has been a symbol of American resolve, first as a gaping hole among a never ending panoramic of skyscrapers, then as a symbol of our ability to move on as it began to climb the skyline during reconstruction. Now, as completion nears, it serves as a symbol [&hellip…;
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Mar
2012
26

VIDEO: AFGE Local 3258 President Gives Fantastic Anti-Spending Cut Presentation

VIDEO: AFGE Local 3258 President Gives Fantastic Anti-Spending Cut Presentation
In the two videos below, Vice Chair of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) HUD council, Carolyn Federoff (also president of AFGE Local 3258), gives an amazing presentation that takes down the idea of cutting government spending as a means of ditching the deficit. The videos were posted on New Hampshire Labor News. The [&hellip…;
Mar
2012
24

Go See “Detachment.” And Then Thank a Teacher.

Go See “Detachment.” And Then Thank a Teacher.
Last night I saw the new Adrien Brody film, Detachment. It features an incredible supporting cast (Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Blythe Danner…) and some fantastic, unsung teenage performances led by 16-year old Sami Gayle who plays a young prostitute named Erica. The film explores, among other things, the tandem…
Feb
2012
28

CA Gov Jerry Brown Gives Huge Shoutout to Union Apprenticeship Programs on “Meet the Press”

CA Gov Jerry Brown Gives Huge Shoutout to Union Apprenticeship Programs on “Meet the Press”
This Sunday’s edition of Meet the Press was music to Building Trades leaders ears when California Governor Jerry Brown took a question from David Gregory concerning higher education and flipped it into a ringing endorsement for the apprenticeship training that building and construction trades unions have been investing in and touting for…
Feb
2012
21

VIDEO: “It doesn’t seem fair that you can reap the benefits of something…and not have to pay for that.”

MN2020 has a new video up called “Right to Freeload.” It addresses concerns about the pursuit by Minnesota Republicans of a constitutional amendment that would fashion Minnesota as a “Right-to-Work” state. From the video’s description: When we look deeper into the proposed constitutional amendment to make Minnesota a…
Feb
2012
17

Occupy Atlanta, CWA 3204 Protest Hundreds of Looming AT&T Layoffs

Occupy Atlanta protesters joined Communications Workers of American members in calling for AT&T to stop its newest round of layoffs during a time of profit for the company. CWA Local 3204 claims that AT&T is about to cut 740 jobs. Many of those protesting have dealt with layoff rumors at the company before. According to [&hellip…;
Feb
2012
17

VIDEO: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Calls Out ALEC By Name

VIDEO: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton Calls Out ALEC By Name
Minnesota’s Governor, Mark Dayton, is doing a really good job. As we have reported in the past months, he is trying to stimulate the state’s economy via expanded infrastructure and local hire and he has vowed to fight the newly radicalized Minnesota GOP by reaching across the aisle for bipartisan support. But what is going [&hellip…;
Feb
2012
13

VIDEO: New Hampshire GOPer Asleep at “Right-to-Work” Hearing

VIDEO: New Hampshire GOPer Asleep at “Right-to-Work” Hearing
Not figuratively asleep, as in he’s “in the clouds.” Literally asleep. From a reader with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 35: Rep. Shawn Jasper (R), a member of New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien’s leadership team, had to be woken up by a fellow Representative during…
Feb
2012
3

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Seeks Waiver to be Able to Hire Undocumented Workers

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Seeks Waiver to be Able to Hire Undocumented Workers
On Tuesday, Think Progress published a post about Kansas Republicans seeking a waiver that would allow them to hire undocumented workers: But rather than follow Arizona’s model and run undocumented immigrants out of the state, Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman is seeking a waiver from the federal government so that companies can hire…
Feb
2012
1

TRAILER: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin. Ed Harris as John McCain. HBO, We Love You.

TRAILER: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin.  Ed Harris as John McCain.  HBO, We Love You.
This honestly gave me chills. Not because I am excited for Palin and McCain to once again be drug through the mud (which it’s possible may not be the ultimate goal of this film), but because this seems like it could actually be a moving dramatic piece. It has the sense of scale. It has [&hellip…;
Jan
2012
27

IBEW Local 357 Member Launches Private Business Selling…REPTILES!

IBEW Local 357 Member Launches Private Business Selling...REPTILES!
Here’s a feel-good story out of Henderson, Nevada about Chad New, a union electrician (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 357), who decided to turn unemployment into self-employment. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal: Husband and wife Chad and Darci New opened their business, Reptiles-N-Reefs, out of a long time passion…