Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor of Florida and his recent victory in that state’s Democratic primary have gained national attention, but not always the right kind. Gillum, who is African-American, is being heralded by President Obama, national Democratic Party donors and leaders, and thousands of inspired supporters as a true progressive who can re-activate the Obama coalition. His progressive views on climate change, gun violence prevention and abuses by ICE are held up as evidence that he is the kind of Democrat who can excite the base and lead us into the future.
Only 10.7 percent of American workers belong to a union today, approximately half as many as in 1983. Thatâ€™s a level not seen since the 1930s, just before passage of the labor law that was supposed to protect workersâ€™ right to organize.
On Tuesday night, voters in Missouri defeated Proposition A, a referendum which would have allowed a "right to work" law to go into effect in the state.
When Newt Gingrich addressed a Heritage Foundation gathering in December 2016—the month before Barack Obama’s presidency ended and Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States—the former speaker of the House of Representatives and author of the Contract with America (more accurately described as the Contract on America) was feeling very optimistic. Gingrich was confident that Trump, as president, would put the nail in the coffin of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and its 1960s sequel, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society. And so far, Gingrich has not been disappointed. Between a hard-right presidential administration, a Republican-dominated Congress and an increasingly right-wing Supreme Court, the New Deal and Great Society aren’t dead yet but are definitely on life support.
Hundred millionaire Bruce Rauner just couldn’t wait to tell Illinois state workers that the U.S. Supreme Court had given them what he considered a gift.
The anti-worker right, bankrolled by conservative billionaires, has finally gotten the victory it’s been looking for through years and repeated well-funded Supreme Court challenges to a 40-year-old precedent. Janus v. AFSCME once again challenged the requirement that people represented by public sector unions who choose not to join the union still have to pay a fair share fee to cover the direct costs for representing them. That is, they’re paying the costs of collective bargaining and other things from which they personally benefit, not for any union political activity. But Republicans and their wealthy donors saw an attack on even that fair share fee as a way to weaken unions. And now, on the third try in recent years, with Neil Gorsuch on the court, the right got its win.
Trump Says Cops Have a 'Right to Legally Protest' - But Kneeling Black Athletes Should Leave the Country
President Donald Trump endorsed the demands of Chicago police officers in their conflict with the city's mayor in a tweet Friday night, saying they have "have every right to legally protest" — a sentiment seeming to conflict with his push to punish black athletes in the NFL who protest silently during the national anthem.
Jara Neal Willis, a nurse at a hospital in Texas, usually clocked in a few minutes before the start of her shift and stayed late whenever her patients needed help. Her lunch breaks were often cut short by requests from doctors, patients or their families.
If you're lucky enough to have a job right now, you're probably doing everything possible to hold onto it. If the boss asks you to work 50 hours, you work 55. If she asks for 60, you give up weeknights and Saturdays, and work 65.
When coal mine bosses said mules were more precious than men because dead miners could be replaced for free, but not dead mules, it demonstrated disrespect. That contempt from the top provoked pitched gun battles between workers and mine-owner militias in West Virginia a little over a century ago.
Education funding levels are reaching disturbing lows in many states, and they're part of the reason teachers strikes are popping up across the country.