Archive for the ‘OPINION’ Category

Dec
2012
14

More Incredibly Frustrating Pieces of Information Regarding Michigan “Right-to-Work” (plus, History!)

This week, in a matter of literal days, Michigan went from “Romney lost his home state hahahaha” to “Wisconsin 2011 but worse.” A radical agenda has been ushered through the lame-duck session that will permanently effect the economic landscape of the state, all in the interest of wealthy donors and the select few. A…
Dec
2012
13

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the “Race to the Bottom”

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the
Yesterday, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO, released a statement concerning Michigan’s anti-democratic ramming through of a “Right-to-Work” law. He labels those who forced its passage “extremists,” laments the drawbacks of such laws including take home pay that…
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Nov
2012
28

Of All the Arguments About Walmart…

Of All the Arguments About Walmart...
…I think the most interesting (and by interesting I mean that it enables progressives to say “gotcha!” the loudest) is the suggestion that being anti-government spending and anti-”entitlement” means one should also be entirely anti-Walmart. Facts and figures that highlight Walmart’s inequality monstrosities are…
Nov
2012
19

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”

What’s In the New SD Convention Center Agreement? “Good construction careers for local workers, veterans, and long-term unemployed.”
San Diego’s $520 million Convention Center expansion will hire local workers and veterans. This is a significant step forward for local construction workers that have been impacted by the downturn, with shovels in the ground expected sometime next year. This is even more interesting, because it comes on the heels of an anti-union ballot in …
Nov
2012
6

Remarkably Impeccable Election Day Weather Can Only Mean One Thing: God Hates Voter ID

Remarkably Impeccable Election Day Weather Can Only Mean One Thing: God Hates Voter ID
If you believe in God, then today you know that He is on the side of voter turnout. This may strike you as odd considering many of the people who have pushed unAmerican, Jim Crow-esque Voter ID laws are the same people who claim to be protecting the legacy of Christianity. But, truly religious people …
Nov
2012
6

In String of Letters to the Editor, Citizens Stand Up for Important Construction Measures on CA’s Ballot

In String of Letters to the Editor, Citizens Stand Up for Important Construction Measures on CA’s Ballot
Voters in California are taking to the pages of their local newspapers to tell editors about the non-stop misinformation campaign against ballot measures aimed at jump-starting the economy and protecting workers’ rights. Most opposition to Measure Q (which supports a $348 bond for Solano Community College) and Measure J (which supports…
Oct
2012
18

Rumors of UAW Pres. Bob King Swapping Ballot Measure Support with an Anti-Union Bridge Owner Have Michiganders Confused

Rumors of UAW Pres. Bob King Swapping Ballot Measure Support with an Anti-Union Bridge Owner Have Michiganders Confused
A complicated labor matter is playing out in Michigan where residents are preparing to cast their votes on a set of ballot initiatives that will determine the state’s political future. UAW President Bob King’s reluctance to state a position on Proposition 6 — which would require voter approval for any bridge that connects…
Oct
2012
16

Colbert on Meet the Press: There Is a “Politico Industrial Complex”

Colbert on Meet the Press: There Is a
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert was a guest on Meet the Press this weekend. He used his witty brand of satire to comment on the Presidential race. Claiming that Mitt Romney’s recent post-debate surge in the polls has put the Republican Presidential candidate “on a rocket ride to plausible,” Colbert discusses his role as a…
Oct
2012
9

BCTD Prez: “Our productivity and workmanship allow us to achieve ‘on time and on budget’ results, while also providing family-sustaining wages that benefit the workers and their communities.”

BCTD Prez:
It’s rare that the Wall Street Journal puts the pro-labor perspective in plain view in their pages, so we figure “hey, why not give them some extra shine for it” when they do. Below find an op-ed from Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO) President Sean McGarvey titled “Construction Trades do Add…
Sep
2012
12

VIDEO: Iron Workers President Endorses Barack Obama

VIDEO: Iron Workers President Endorses Barack Obama
This morning, Iron Workers General President Walter Wise released a video formally endorsing Barack Obama for the 2012 Presidential election. This may not be appear to be shocking news considering Wise’s position as the leader of a large workers’ organization, something that lends itself to the Democratic party in the face of the…
Sep
2012
11

“Always Vote Your Job”: Vocal Sheet Metal Worker Insists that Building Trades Members Support Obama Come November

Despite the GOP’s fiercely anti-union party platform, some socially conservative members of Building Trades unions may still be tempted to vote against their best interests in November, a move that Todd Farally, a Sheet Metal Worker from Philadelphia, says they will regret if Mitt Romney makes good on promises to strip the power of unions …
Aug
2012
29

Warren’s Response to Christie’s RNC Speech? Sorry, Chris, but Wages, Pensions, Health Care and Unions Defined the Greatest Generation

Warren's Response to Christie's RNC Speech?  Sorry, Chris, but Wages, Pensions, Health Care and Unions Defined the Greatest Generation
As Mike Elk points out in his latest article, top Democratic officials are sometimes reluctant to speak openly about their stance on unions. Such is not the case, however, with Elizabeth Warren, a universally loved party favorite. Last night, after Chris Christie’s misleading keynote, Warren rebutted the New Jersey Governor’s…