VIDEO: Michigan Protesters Tear Down Americans for Prosperity Tent

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 11:52 am

Earlier today AFSCME reported that 100,000 people showed up at the state capital in Lansing to protest the passage of Michian’s “right to work” law. Why anyone thought it was a good idea to throw up an anti-union tent in the midst of that is anybody’s guess, but Americans for Prosperity did, and Michigan protesters tore it down.

Assassination Stress Tests: White House Moves NAFTA-style Colombia Trade Deal

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 10:59 am

The Obama Adminstration announced today it intends to move to Congress a NAFTA-style trade deal with Colombia (better known as Colombian “Free Trade”). The hold up for the last five years has been the little issue of union members being assassinated in Colombia. Specifically, 2,850 trade unionists have been assassinated in Colombia in the last 25 years, including 52 murdered in 2009.

Good news! The Obama Administration and Colombia have agreed to an “Action Plan” to reduce those assassinations in the next 3 months before Congress ratifies the NAFTA-style trade deal. As Marcy Wheeler noted, those checkpoints are essentially “assassination stress tests” – a meaningless series of goals without real enforcement, and without a requirement that the number of murders is actually, you know, reduced.

Why Don’t All Major Unions Own Banks?

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 9:00 am

Seeing that large banks are the most powerful political entity in America and one of the only institutions members of Congress will practically trip over each other in their rush to save from their own mistakes, I’m left wondering why all the major labor unions don’t get in on the action by starting their own [...]

United Steelworkers Oppose Passage of Obama’s NAFTA-Style Free Trade Agreement

By: Thursday December 9, 2010 10:11 am

USW Opposes Passage of Revised US-Korea Trade Agreement (Pittsburgh) – The United Steelworkers (USW) issued the following statement by its International Executive Board today after concluding an extensive examination of the terms of the proposed agreement: “The Obama Administration has now concluded negotiations with the government of South Korea on the revised terms of the [...]

Mike Whitney on the Future of Unions on GritTV

By: Monday June 28, 2010 9:56 am

Michael Whitney, who runs FDL’s online organizing and covers labor issues for our Work in Progress blog, appeared on GritTV with Laura Flanders and Max Fraser of The Nation to discuss the future of labor. Michael talks about Chuck Schumer, Robert Menendez and the “anonymous senior administration official” who trashed labor after they opposed the [...]

Ed Schultz on Petty White House Triumphalism

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 4:16 pm

The sneering comments by a “Senior White House Aide” regarding organized labor and how they should use their money were echoed by Robert Gibbs today. Ed Schultz responds, stating the obvious: “If it wasn’t for labor, Barack Obama would not be the President of the United States, and all these ‘experts’ would not be in [...]

Looking At The Labor Deal: Why Would Anyone Want To Move To The Exchange?

By: Friday January 15, 2010 7:58 am

Late yesterday the labor unions struck a deal with the White House about the excise tax. The key points seem to be: raising the threshold, exempting dental and vision benefits from the excise tax, adjusting for age and health status, adding a carve-out for collectively bargained plans until 2018, and starting in 2017, plans created [...]

Tentative Deal Reached for Unions to Sell Out Middle Class

By: Wednesday January 13, 2010 2:53 pm

You could see this one coming down Sepulveda, ever since the Senate started doing carve-outs for individual unions to exempt them from the excise tax: Unions tentatively struck a deal Tuesday to exempt collectively bargained healthcare plans from a tax on high-cost plans expected to be used to help raise revenue for the healthcare overhaul. [...]

Unless We Do Health Care Right, Every Private Sector Union Will Be Dead In Nine Years

By: Friday December 4, 2009 8:20 am

Politicians, business executives, labor leaders, none of them seem to get it (or at least want to acknowledge it): Our broken health care system is the 800 pound gorilla sitting on our economy, and every year, the gorilla gains another hundred pounds. Health insurance is a massive piece of overhead cost, killing our competitiveness in [...]

Mass-Transit Oriented Smart Growth: The True Melding Of Environmentalist And Labor Union Interests

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 7:59 am

Recently there has been a lot of focus on a possible “blue/green alliance” among the political left in this country. The idea is that union workers would build the new equipment for the green economy. Things like solar panels and wind turbines. Clearly the idea appeals to those who long for the glory days of [...]