Union Coalition Promotes “Jobs Not Cuts,” Directly Targets Democratic Senators

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 9:35 am

A coalition of unions has released the first set of ads pressuring Democrats on the grand bargain, with an explicit message of “Jobs Not Cuts.”


Labor Day and the Future of America

By: Sunday September 2, 2012 6:00 pm

Labor Day 2012 comes at a turning point in American history. At a time when the wealthiest have prospered beyond the wildest of dreams, the vast majority of working Americans struggle to make ends meet. Millions have seen their incomes flatten, their jobs outsourced, and their hopes for retirement security put on hold, if not quashed completely. At the same time, Wall Street and the politicians who conspire with them have worked overtime to destroy the ability of American workers to join unions and bargain collectively for better wages and benefits.

Wisconsin Unions Use Politico Gaffe as Rallying Cry

By: Monday February 20, 2012 2:10 pm

You may have heard about Politico’s gaffe of the year (at least so far), when a reporter claimed that the Wisconsin state flag, which has the year of the state’s founding, 1848, on it, was actually the flag of the “Wisconsin local 1848″ union. This has now become a rallying cry within the labor movement, particularly as they head into recall elections in Wisconsin that could depose Scott Walker and give the state Senate back to Democrats.

Wisconsin: Randy Hopper’s Fleeting Connection to the Truth

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 9:11 am

Randy Hopper, one of the eight Republican Wisconsin State Senators likely to face a recall by the summer, has no shortage of problems.

AFSCME Files Unfair Labor Practice Against Walker in Wisconsin

By: Monday February 28, 2011 11:56 am

One undiscussed part of the Wisconsin situation is the number of legal fights that could be pursued. I was at a meeting of progressives which went line by line through Walker’s prank phone call with “David Koch” and discussed the potential legal, ethical and campaign law violations contained therein. For example, in one part at [...]

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Massive Crowds – and Organizing – in Madison

By: Saturday February 26, 2011 12:10 pm

MADISON, WI (FDL) – On a cold, snowy day in Madison, men and women from across the state have descended on the state Capitol. Inside is still packed, but outside, the stage on State Street has already drawn tens of thousands. A variety of music acts – including a union-friendly version of Eminem – have played for the audiences. Local news puts the number at at least 35,000 already – and the main march has been called for 3:00, two hours from now.

Rep. Gutierrez: McEntee is “Disgrace to Labor Movement” for Endorsing Rahm for Mayor

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 4:30 pm

Big story from Mike Elk: Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democratic Congressman from Illinois and potential mayoral candidate for the city of Chicago, slammed AFSCME President Gerald McEntee’s endorsement of Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago. Gutierriez said McEntee is a “disgrace to the labor movement” for endorsing Rahm’s candidacy.

AFSCME Prez McEntee: Rahm is a “Progressive Force,” Liberals Should “Suck it Up”

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 2:00 pm

This is, as Gerry McEntee might say, “Bullshit!” Via Ben Smith, McEntee praises Rahm on the Chief of Staff’s way out of DC and endorses him for mayor of Chicago.

“The Fierce Urgency of Now”

By: Friday January 16, 2009 9:18 pm

President John F. Kennedy called Inauguration Day “a celebration of freedom – symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning – signifying renewal, as well as change.” This year, that is dramatically true. President-elect Barack Obama will place his hand on the same Bible President Abraham Lincoln used to take the oath of office. When he does so, at noon on Tuesday, Americans of every party will celebrate both renewal and a long-needed change.

Let’s Make It Personal

By: Thursday October 16, 2008 1:30 pm

Back in August, I described here how AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka took on the issue of race and the elections head on. Trumka’s speech to the United Steelworkers has, in turn, sparked a debate within the union movement that has been carried forward by other union leaders, including AFSCME President Gerald McEntee and AFGE President John Gage.

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