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Congress and Now an NLRB Member Plays Politics With Your Livelihood - and Your Rights

The sole Republican on the National Labor Relations Board has threatened to resign ... all in a move to squelch the Board from making further decisions (like its proposed rule on how unions can organize). The NLRB cannot make decisions without a quorum of three, and should Brian Hayes step down, it basically pulls the spine out of the Board for a little while. Nice, huh?  This piece originally appeared on the SEIU blog.  


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Congress and Now an NLRB Member Plays Politics With Your Livelihood - and Your Rights

Thanksgiving 2011 Good and Welfare Post

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This is the UnionReview.com Good and Welfare page for Thanksgiving weekend 2011. Feel free to leave any message you'd like in memory of someone else. It doesn't have to be about someone who is sick or passing or has passed on ... it can be well wishes to your family and friends, it can really be anything you'd want to share about someone else. 

Giving Thanks for the Occupation, Election, Demonstrations

"The past two months," writes United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard, "produced glimmers of hope -- the occupation, the election and the mid-November demonstrations. These events suggest empowerment of the 99 percent and emergence of change. They’re reason for thanks giving, especially by those formerly in the middle class who will for the first time experience this holiday without the traditional feast."  This piece originally appeared on the USW Blog.


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Giving Thanks for the Occupation, Election, Demonstrations

RALLY IN THE U.S. SENATE Thursday, Nov. 17, 10–11am Tell Congress: Wake Up! Support Jobs, NOT Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid

I am simply not comfortable with the fact that a very powerful "Super-Committee" in Congress is deciding right now on a deal that could could make deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security while protecting tax breaks for Wall Street and the richest 1% of Americans.

This is why tomorrow, on #N17, I will be at the Senate for a rally with many many hundreds of others to demand a fair deal for the rest of us not in the 1%. Medicare and Medicaid not only provide life-saving care to more than 100 million people in these programs, they also generate millions of good jobs, none of which can be shipped overseas. According to a projection by the Bureau of Labor Statistic, the healthcare industry could create as many as 3.2 million new jobs by 2018 -- which is more than any other industry.

Labor law for the 1%

"In the Alice-in-Wonderland Republican worldview on labor rights, unions, not employers, intimidate workers (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary); the NLRB (which is fighting for its very existence), not Boeing (which spent almost $4 million lobbying the federal government in the third quarter), wields dangerous political power; the Chamber of Commerce, not labor organizations, is the true defender of employee free choice; and legislation that would decimate labor rights helps, not hurts, American workers."  This piece is re-posted from The Hill.

 


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Labor law for the 1%

People With Disabilities And Workers Team Up To Fight The "Right Fight"

"In the face of both federal and state funding crises, as well as a looming long term care crisis, it is essential that people with disabilities and workers everywhere stand together to protect their freedoms and to continue to push forward for better quality of care and good jobs." -- SEIU President Mary Kay Henry.  This piece originally appeared on the SEIU Blog.


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People With Disabilities And Workers Team Up To Fight The "Right Fight"

Crash Tax: Wall Street Reparations

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard writes in his latest USW Blog entry:  "...it’s time for Wall Street to pay reparations. It’s time for a crash tax, a tiny sales tax on Wall Street transactions, the revenues from which would pay for Main Street restoration. It’s time for the 1 percent to repay the 99 percent, for Wall Street to share in the sacrifices necessitated by its rogue behavior."


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Crash Tax: Wall Street Reparations

Pocono Medical Center Employees Ratify a Fair Contract

After months of marches and other actions, workers at Pocono Medical Center in Pennsylvania have ratified a fair contract that ensures they will continue to have a strong voice at the hospital.


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Pocono Medical Center Employees Ratify a Fair Contract

As Congress Caters to Millionaires, Nation's Construction Workers Continue to Suffer

The new numbers on unemployment in the construction industry were released last week by the Department of Labor:  the industry shed 20,000 jobs in October and more than 1.1 million construction workers are unemployed and looking for work.  This piece, by LIUNA, originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee.


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As Congress Caters to Millionaires, Nation's Construction Workers Continue to Suffer

Traditional Voting Fails; Alternative Works

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard shares his thoughts about the record numbers of fed up depositors who are moving their money from big banks to credit unions and community banks.  Reposted from the USW Blog.


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Traditional Voting Fails; Alternative Works

Attack Workers' Rights Instead of Creating Jobs, Really?

Anti-worker legislators have been busy in 2011 and American Rights at Work has put together a detailed timeline that shows the number and types of attacks on the NLRB and NLRA in Congress this past year.  This posting originally appeared on the SEIU Blog.


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Attack Workers' Rights Instead of Creating Jobs, Really?

Sacrilege: Wall Street Worship

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard writes in his latest USW Blog entry:  "Morality demands an end to Wall Street worship and a new era in which both politics and financial markets work for the majority, for the common good."


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NLRB findings of intimidation could overturn Target store’s vote against union

More evidence that Target intimidated workers by threatening to close a store if a union was approved in a vote earlier this year could lead to the election results being overturned.


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(Updated) NLRB findings of intimidation could overturn Target store’s vote against union

The Week of Walking Backwards

In his latest USW Blog entry, United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard writes:  "It’s incredible. Inexplicable. Inexcusable. In a country where joblessness is a painful 9.1 percent. Where one in five children lives in poverty. Where foreclosures rose again last month. Where a whole movement is growing to protest the appeasement of the rich at the cost of the middle class. In that place, Congress chose to walk backwards. It didn’t take two steps forward – which it could have by passing the currency bill and jobs act. No. It just took a giant step backward by embracing job-killing trade agreements."


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The Week of Walking Backwards

Why Labor Backs 'Occupy Wall Street'

 This is an editorial that appeared in the Wall Street Journal today  - it was written by SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. In the editorial, President Henry says, "The Occupy Wall Street actions are a potent example of what is happening across our country as the anger and frustration of ordinary Americans builds." I think she hit the nail on the head with that statement. 

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