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Diego Luna’s ‘Cesar Chavez’ Showcases the Power of Union Organizing and Immigrant Labor

When Ronald Reagan famously ate grapes on television as governor of California in 1969, he was thumbing his nose at a growing movement for the rights of farmworkers.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



Mark's Postcards from Beloit

Will Wisconsin Governor Survive Recall Election?

Scott Walker is looking to do what no other U.S. governor has ever done: keep his office after a recall election. Walker is just the third governor to face a recall ballot in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Damian Dovargane

We’d Like to Thank the Academy ... for What?

In the beginning it was called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and/or Sciences. While its ostensible purpose was management-approved mediation, its implicit goal was to pre-empt actors, writers and directors from organizing, as carpenters, musicians and electricians had done in 1926. Statuettes were an afterthought.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Price of a Good Night’s Sleep

For anyone who does not belong to the very capstone of the American social pyramid, the old slogan of the labor movement is gaining a new and terrible meaning: An injury to one is an injury to all.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



Alexander Reed Kelly

N.Y. Laborers Local Takes a Stand at Liberty Plaza

Mike Hellstrom, a construction and private sanitation worker for more than two decades, has been involved in union work for 27 years, and he’s tired of watching his friends and colleagues lose their benefits and earnings after laboring for their entire adult lives. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Indignados’ Protest in Mexico City

After Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s fifth state of the nation speech last week, more than 50,000 people gathered in the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square, to decry policies that have destroyed unions, privatized essential public industries, enriched a small elite and killed more than 50,000 people in the nation’s drug war. (more)

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP

The Union Factor in the DSK Case

Would Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s alleged victim have been as quick to tell authorities her story if she hadn’t been a union member? Maybe not, The Guardian’s Dean Baker points out.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



Scott Tucker

May Day: A Festival of Solidarity

This year, the May Day march in Los Angeles was notably smaller than in recent years, but still lively and militant. The year-by-year count of May Day marchers can never be an exact science, but the history of labor is full of surprises.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / David Berkowitz (CC-BY)

Who Says It’s Not About Destroying Unions?

The centennial commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire in New York City, with the loss of 146 young women trapped in a factory that had blatantly ignored the meager safety legislation of the time, paradoxically raises the question of whether we are doomed to forget the past.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Time for a Little Education

I’m a retired teacher and I’m pissed. No matter what form of media I look at, I’m confronted with constant references to the various budget crises. The crises are real, but the search for culprits has degenerated into a hypocritical attempt to score political points.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Wis. Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law

It ain’t over yet in Wisconsin. On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi took aim to temporarily thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s highly contested law, passed last week, that stripped state employees of their collective bargaining power.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Afghanistan MIA From Deficit Debate

While Republicans race to cut spending, including outlays for education, health care and social services, they never mention one of the real reasons for the deficit: the cost of the war in Afghanistan and the mess we’ve made in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE


Naomi Klein on Climate Change, Union Busting

This is one instance in which we would hope that Naomi Klein wouldn’t get it right, but as the “Shock Doctrine” author explains in this “Democracy Now!” interview, certain current events (ahem, Gov. Scott Walker) point to a troubling trend taking hold in the U.S. ...

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Wis. Police Clear Protesters From Capitol

The scene at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday reflected the larger state of affairs in Wisconsin, with Democratic senators pounding on locked chamber doors as protesters were escorted out of the building by police. Meanwhile, the Republican ...

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE


Raw Video: Protesters Push Back in Wisconsin

On Wednesday night, protesters turned up en masse in the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison to register their collective discontent over the passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union bill. The Associated Press compiled this montage of footage from the scene that evening.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

GOP Senators Find a Workaround, Win Wis. Bill Battle

On Wednesday, the standoff between Republican and Democratic members of the Wisconsin state Senate came to an abrupt end, due to some GOP ingenuity that made the absence of 14 senators moot for the purpose of passing Gov. Scott Walkers’ infamous union-busting bill.

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Walker Won’t Meet Dems at the Border

The posse of Wisconsin state senators who left the building—not to mention Wisconsin—last month to thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign to quash state employees’ collective bargaining powers proposed a meeting with the governor somewhere ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

The tea-party-enabled Wisconsin Legislature is working overtime to protect its governor.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Budget Showdowns, Libya, Newt in 2012?

This week on Capitol Hill, lawmakers passed a continuing budget resolution and prevented a government shutdown—for now. Also on this edition of “Left, Right & Center,” we have speculation about Newt Gingrich’s bid for White House glory ...

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Walker: Layoffs Loom for Wis. Workers

Things got a little lively in Wisconsin on Thursday, as news hit the wires that the state Senate had voted to allow the arrest of more than a dozen Democratic senators who had fled the state in protest of Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious union-busting bill ...

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mustafa Quraishi

Rising Food Prices Spark Protests in India

We’re not even two full months into the new year, and protest has already become a prominent theme for 2011 in multiple nations. Add India to that growing list, as climbing food costs, combined with diminished employment opportunities, drove thousands ...

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



Gov. Walker, Check Your Caller ID

This is one for the annals of political pranks: On Wednesday, divisive Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said a lot of things he no doubt wishes he hadn’t while on what turned out to be a prank call with the editor of The Buffalo Beast, posing as conservative billionaire David Koch.

Posted on Feb 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Gov. Walker Threatens Wis. Workers With Pink Slips

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to TV on Tuesday night in a quasi-“fireside chat” that included the not-so-cozy warning that if the highly contested bill he’s pushing doesn’t make it through the legislative process with certain clauses intact, layoffs could loom for some state workers.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

The Madison-Washington Connection

The demonstrators in Madison, Wis., are fighting to preserve American hopes for opportunity and security that conservative Republicans are trying to destroy. 

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


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Flickr / David Paul Ohmer

The Wall Street-Health Care Connection

When I heard Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., floating the idea of a tax on health benefits in order to raise revenue for health-care reform, I was baffled; how could this be?

Posted on Jul 23, 2009 READ MORE


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McCain Grilled on Immigration

Following an appearance by Barack Obama the day before, Sen. John McCain faced some tough questions about his stance on immigration Monday at a meeting with members of the National Council of La Raza in San Diego, where he denied Obama’s claim that he had changed his tune on the immigration issue to please his Republican base.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


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