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Calif. Governor, L.A. Mayor Push Plans to Boost Entertainment Tax Credit, Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were inching closer to resolution on two big economic goals for the state and city, respectively.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Ruling: Student Athletes Are Employees, Can Join Union

Northwestern University football players have asked for the right to join a union, and Wednesday the Chicago region of the National Labor Relations Board decided they could.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



Supreme Court Watch: Campaign Spending, Union Busting and the Subversion of the First Amendment

Although predicting the outcome of Supreme Court cases is never a sure thing, two decisions that may be handed down any day have the clear potential to transform the meaning of the First Amendment and once again expose the court’s radically pro-corporate and anti-union agenda.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Not End College Athletics Altogether?

An effort to form a players union in college isn’t about money—yet. Nevertheless, it’s naive to think that giving the athletes a tiny percentage of the proceeds will clean up so corrupt a system.

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College Athletes Hope to Find Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

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College Athletes Look for Power in a Union

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Student athletes want more than scholarships for their billion dollar labor, Dr. Jill Stein and Aura Bogado respond to the State of the Union, why the Costco model beats the Walmart model, and arguably the most powerful progressive in the House retires.

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AP/Matt Rourke

Food Behind Bars Isn’t Fit for Your Dog

Privatization has led to hunger and food poisoning among inmates in jails and prisons. Corporations such as Aramark, which gets away with serving skimpy or disgusting meals, have turned mass incarceration and misery into a lucrative business.

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Right Wing Mounts Stealth Campaign in Freshening Labor Battle in Tennessee

Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are working toward labor harmony with union representation at VW’s Chattanooga plant. So a right-wing anti-union group is mounting the fight that VW doesn’t want to wage, fearing that success by the UAW could give unionization momentum in the “right-to-work” South.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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American Unions’ Troubles Could Be Fueling a Resurgence in Labor Activism

As the nation’s union structures crumble, the stage is set for labor unrest similar to what came during the Great Depression. The reason: reduced mechanisms for mediating grievances as income equality grows.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


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The FBI May Have Finally Found Jimmy Hoffa

The former Teamsters boss, father of that union’s current boss, is buried in a field 20 miles from his last known location, according to an octogenarian reputed mobster who tipped off the FBI.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Farmworkers Fired After Fleeing Blaze

Fifteen agricultural workers in Oxnard, Calif., lost their jobs after they sought shelter to escape the ash and smoke-filled air from a raging wildfire last week. The strawberry pickers said they left because the smoke interfered with their ability to breathe.

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Corporate Rule Has ‘Infected’ AFL-CIO Leadership, Labor Activist Contends

Under its current president, the organization has failed to address the mounting threat against labor in the United States from the loss of bargaining rights to the refusal to adjust minimum wage standards to the push against implementing the “card check” union organizing system, Harry Kelber says.

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Watch: Fox News Contributor Gets Punched in Face During Union Protest

A video that shows Steven Crowder getting punched in the face and threatened with gun violence in the midst of a right-to-work protest in Lansing, Mich., may have been heavily edited.

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NFL Replacement Ref Outrage Grows After Botched Call Leads to Seahawks Win

Finally, President Obama and union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have found an issue that they agree on: getting the regular union officials back into NFL games.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Confrontation Between Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Teachers Union Escalates

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual said late Sunday that he will see the city’s striking union teachers in court soon after a deal to end the weeklong strike fell through.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Chicago Teachers Strike After Union Talks Break Down

For the first time in 25 years, tens of thousands of teachers are hitting the picket lines in the nation’s third-largest school district after contract talks ended without resolution.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 READ MORE



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The Battle of Blair Mountain

There are still bullets in the ground where working people in the 1920s staged the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War.

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Flack for Wal-Mart Poses as Journalist to Infiltrate Union Event

Working as a flack for a public relations company representing Wal-Mart, Stephanie Harnett committed one of the big no-nos of journalism by falsely identifying herself as a reporter. Using a phony name, she claimed to be a student journalist in order to infiltrate a union press conference earlier this month. This week Harnett left the PR company, Mercury Public Affairs.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Michigan May Be Next Battleground for Anti-Union Forces

As Wisconsin voters prepare to head to the polls next week for the recall election of GOP Gov. Scott Walker, anti-labor forces are already eyeing where they will take their union-busting battle to next.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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NBA: We’ll Meet Again, Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When

Professional basketball players Monday responded to NBA Commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum to accept a bad offer from team owners or face a worse one by dissolving their union in order to sue the league for billions of dollars. (more)

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



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America Edges Leftward in Elections

Election outcomes in Ohio, New Jersey, Arizona and Mississippi on Tuesday suggest the American electorate is shifting slightly to the left, boding well for President Obama’s re-election next year. (more)

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 READ MORE



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NBA Cancels First Week of Preseason Games

The NBA on Friday announced the cancellation of 43 preseason games and postponed training camps amid a stubborn labor standoff between the players union and the league over salaries. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Paul Sancya

UAW Reaches Contract Agreement With GM

The United Auto Workers and GM announced late Friday that after more than seven weeks of negotiations the two had agreed on a four-year contract that included new jobs, improved profit-sharing and better health care benefits.

Posted on Sep 17, 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



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Longshoremen Attack Grain Terminal in Labor Dispute

More than 400 angry longshoremen forced their way into a grain shipping facility in Longview, Wash., on Thursday where they held security guards captive and attacked a cargo train.

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Unions and Inequality by the Numbers

The precise effects of the broad deunionization of the American workforce since the 1970s are difficult to quantify, but a recent paper from the American Sociological Review has made an effort anyway. The study found that in addition to raising the income of union laborers ... (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Hyatt Turns Up the Heat on Unionized Protesters

Hotel employees fearing replacement by low-cost temporary workers were demonstrating in front of a Hyatt in Chicago on Thursday morning when a manager at the facility turned on high-powered heat lamps directly above them. It was one of the hottest days of the year. (more)

Posted on Jul 22, 2011 READ MORE



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10 Warnings for Arab Democracies

Truthdig columnist Juan Cole has some sobering words of caution for those in the Arab world with a “once-in-a-century” shot at making their nations into thriving, functional democracies.  (more)

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Christie and N.J. Lawmakers Show No Mercy for Public Workers

Republicans and a handful of “Christie Democrats” joined forces in New Jersey’s legislature on Thursday to punch through a bill that will require public workers to pay way more for their health insurance and pensions, curb unions’ collective bargaining rights and rob them of other crucial benefits. (more)

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Rite Aid Workers Score a Major Union Victory

Labor journalist Mike Elk writes about 500 Rite Aid pharmacy workers in California who finally succeeded in winning a union contract that provides them with health care, job protection and pay increases ... (more)

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AP / David J. Phillip

A Country the NFL Can Be Proud Of

Let’s put it this way: If the NFL was in danger of flying too close to the sun, like Icarus whose wax wings melted, Commissioner Roger Goodell would have the orb repositioned beforehand.

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE



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100,000 March in Madison

Upwards of 100,000 people turned out at a protest in the Wisconsin capital after Republican lawmakers and the Republican governor pushed through a new anti-union law eliminating most collective-bargaining rights for public employees.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Conspiracy of Teachers

In this startling soliloquy, Jon Stewart takes stock of the current clime in and beyond, say, Wisconsin and comes to the conclusion that teachers—that’s right, teachers—are ruining America. Watch and learn.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



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First Wisconsin, Now Ohio

All that talk about Wisconsin being a potential test case for the rest of the country might be right, as now Ohio’s Senate is preparing for a vote this week that could end collective bargaining for public-sector workers in the name of—you guessed it—austerity.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Cliff Owen

Fla. Governor Catches Anti-Union Fever

The Wisconsin syndrome? Just days after declaring that he favored collective bargaining for public employees, Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, changed his tune and said he now wishes it were not allowed in the Sunshine State.

Posted on Feb 26, 2011 READ MORE



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Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Bill Stalled

The Wisconsin Assembly approved the infamous anti-union budget bill on Friday, but Republicans still lack a quorum to bring it to a vote in the state Senate.

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Revenge of the Curds

Let’s get a couple of things straight about this situation going down in Wisconsin: First, yes, the clash between thousands of union-friendly employees and Gov. Scott Walker is a big deal, but no, this conflict is not at all like the one that just occurred in Egypt. Or Tunisia.

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE



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New Zealanders Stage Pro-‘Hobbit’ Rallies

As executives from Warner Bros. visited New Zealand to deliberate about whether to film the studio’s pair of planned “Hobbit” prequels there, people from around the country joined in demonstrations in an attempt to tip the balance in their favor.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Francois Mori

The French Sure Know How to Strike

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his camp are trying to keep their cool and push on with a vote on pension reform that would change France’s official retirement age, but the opposition isn’t backing down. In fact, labor unions have set aside ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 21, 2010 READ MORE


Brown Aide Caught on Tape Calling Whitman a ‘Whore’

An as-yet-unidentified member of Jerry Brown’s camp has created quite a PR snafu for the California gubernatorial hopeful by calling Brown’s rival, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a “whore” during a conversation that wasn’t intended to be recorded. Oops.

Posted on Oct 8, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Cody Duty

Immigration Reform Is Good for Big Business

Among the most powerful interests backing immigration reform are the conservative, capitalistic U.S. Chamber of Commerce, fast-food restaurant chains and big agribusiness firms.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gregorio Borgia

Italian Strike Shakes Up Country

Italy’s largest union has launched a nationwide strike, upending public transport and government services in protest over the government’s recent austerity measures.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


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SEIU President to Step Down

After 14 years of leading the Service Employees International Union through some major changes and growth spurts, and after months of courting unfriendly fire from right-wing ranks by paying frequent visits to the White House, SEIU President Andy Stern is preparing to step down from his powerful post.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ted S. Warren

A Calamity in the Making

A major reason for enacting health reform is the fate of elderly and disabled patients—especially the indigent—in nursing homes and assisted-care facilities. Nobody is affected more by the confluence of the health care stalemate and the recession than these patients.

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE


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A Response From UFW to Marc Cooper

I’m “the heavy-handed UFW press relations chief who had to quietly resign,” the one to whom Marc Cooper refers in his latest attack on Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers (“Marc Cooper on the Fate of Cesar Chavez’s Dream,” Truthdig, Nov. 13). Like most of the rest of his article, this claim is false.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Actors Reach ‘Devastatingly Unsatisfactory’ Agreement with Studios

After a year of haggling (and not much to show for it), the Screen Actors Guild has agreed to a two-year contract with the major studios. SAG President Alan Rosenberg dismissed the deal as “devastatingly unsatisfactory.” So dramatic.

Posted on Jun 9, 2009 READ MORE


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