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Obama order averts freight railroad strike for at least 60 days

"Obama said he took the step of appointing an emergency board in the interest of keeping the nation’s freight rail system running smoothly. A labor disruption 'could affect businesses across the country and cause unnecessary damage to our already-fragile economy,' the president said in a prepared statement."  What are your thoughts?


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Obama order averts freight railroad strike for at least 60 days

Equity and Sensibility

Leo W. Gerard / USW International President

In his latest piece, USW President Leo Gerard writes:

Tax equity is not radical. It’s basic fairness. In fact, it’s not even progressive. Progressive would be returning to the days when the fabulously wealthy and profit-fat corporations paid higher tax rates than the middle class. Progressive would be charging the rich a “wealth tax” each year, not on their earnings but on the value of their holdings. This tax, suggested for the United States by Yale law professors Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott in a Los Angeles Times op-ed, already is levied by France, Norway, Switzerland and five other countries.

The World Wide ILCA

This is a cross-posted blog entry written by Brother Charles Lenchner, the co-founder of Organizing 2.0, and a good friend of UnionReview's and labor worldwide.

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"The International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA) is having its

biennial conference in Seattle

this week, September 21-24. I’ll be attending for the first time and invite all those who care about or work with the labor community to catch up on the work of this important organization."

The Gutting of Current Labor Law

Instead of focusing on preserving and creating good American jobs, some of our elected officials who sit on the Senate Appropriations Committee spent the day voting on a bill that inclues an amenement to reverse current labor law in place since 1935.

The attack on working people marches on ...

Medicaid IS a Jobs Program!

Any cut to Medicare and Medicaid will threaten the quality care of our seniors and neighbors with disabilities. At the same time, the same cuts will potentially wipe out hundreds and hundreds of jobs. How is this even on the chopping block at the same time as a so-called "jobs, jobs, jobs" creation program?  This piece originally appeared on the Stand Up For Philly web site.


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Medicaid IS a Jobs Program!

Union-busting provision just weighing down FAA upgrade

Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA) International President Veda Shook writes about the looming shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration on September 16 unless another agreement can be reached.  The issue?  House Republicans want included in the agreement "an unrelated provision that would treat union elections for aviation workers differently from every other type of U.S. election."  This piece originally appeared here in the Orlando Sentinel.


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Union-busting provision just weighing down FAA upgrade

Free and Fair Union Elections = Quality Jobs!

Take action now to support the NLRB's proposed rule change -- a change that adds fairness and balance to a process that is currently tilted heavily in favor of corporations.  Current rules allow employers to drag out a union election process for months while they intimidate and harass workers.  This piece originally appeared on the SEIU Blog.


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Free and Fair Union Elections = Quality Jobs!

Happy Labor Day 2011

For a number of years I made it my business to get to a Labor Day parade, mainly in NY. This year I am doing something different. This year I have my feet up, relaxing at home with my wife and puppy; watching movies and trying to rest up. I hope that whatever you pull off for today, whether you're in or out of the house, you too are wearing your union's T-shirt and making the most out of your well-deserved day off!

 

Congregations Tackle Local Issues in Support of Worker Justice this Labor Day Weekend

This comes to us from Interfaith Worker Justice, a network of people of faith that calls upon religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially workers in low-wage jobs. 

Labor Day: Build Esprit de Corps for Action

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard's Labor Day Message:  "Rile yourself up and pump up a friend this Labor Day so we can unite in anger and hope to push back the naysayers and make every day Labor Day."  This piece originally appeared on the USW Blog.


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Labor Day: Build Esprit de Corps for Action

Prettying the porker’s puss, GOP-style

Berry Craig shares his thoughts about the recent recall elections in Wisconsin.

Brave retail cleaning workers tell Supervalu to clean up its act

Workers who clean SuperValu (operating as Cub Foods) stores are surrounded by food every evening as they work, yet they often cannot afford to put sufficient food on the table for their own families. For over a year, retail cleaning workers with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) have attempted to engage SuperValu in a dialogue to explore ways to ensure that the workers who clean its stores are treated fairly.  

 

Murdoch: News Corp. Too Big to Know

In his latest USW Blog entry, United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard writes about the illegal activities exposed at News Corporation (the second-largest media conglomerate in the world) -- activities its CEO, Rupert Murdoch, claims he knew nothing about.  


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Murdoch: News Corp. Too Big to Know

Tea Party gets crashed on TV

United Steelworkers president Leo Gerard recently appeared with Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips on The Ed Show, and Union Review's resident labor historian, Berry Craig, shares these thoughts about the encounter.

Germany discovers that boosting unions reduces unemployment

This piece comes to us from University of Louisville emeritus professor Seymour Slavin.  Dr. Slavin is the director of the Kentucky Labor Institute and writes here about the differences between the economic policies of Germany and the United States.

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