A Good Night For Liberals, Not So Great for Democrats

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 9:00 am

Yesterday’s elections were a mixed bag for Democrats. There were positive results for liberals on three key ballot initiatives they cared most about. While the night was generally good for progressive policies at the ballot box, it was not as good a night for Democrats running for office.


Ohio SB5 Will Be on Ballot; 1 Million Signatures Turned In (5x The Number Needed)

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 11:30 am

Labor is fired up for this fight. As with the recalls in Wisconsin there is going to be a lot of money and effort poured into defeating this bill at the ballot box. It should be a good indicator of which way the wind is blowing heading into 2012.

Wisconsin Anti-Union Law Takes Effect Today

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 9:48 am

After months of high-profile protest, procedural maneuvering and legal wrangling, the anti-union measure in Wisconsin goes into effect today.

Union Life: What the Obama White House Fails to Understand about Worker Safety, Security

By: Thursday June 10, 2010 7:45 am

Union guys are angry right now. They are sitting on the benches, they are paying union dues, and losing insurance benefits. They are watching corporate America gain strength and infiltrate the environment at big industrial sites. They are feeling like pieces of meat, instead of skilled human beings. Imagine middle class life in America without the unions? It’s the beginning of the slippery slope where humans are just cogs in a wheel.

America’s Real Patriot Act: The Employee Free Choice Act

By: Thursday December 25, 2008 1:30 pm

When America’s founders crafted the Constitution, they knew more was needed to ensure the survival of democracy. So they created the Bill of Rights. They made sure that at the top of the list, the First Amendment included such rights as the freedom of assembly. That is, the freedom of all of us to gather together in groups of our choosing. Like, say, unions.

Here’s Why We Need Employee Free Choice

By: Thursday December 4, 2008 1:30 pm

Today, I’d like to introduce Marcy Rein, a retired member of OPEIU Local 29, who worked in the ILWU Organizing Department for most of the Blue Diamond campaign she describes below. The Blue Diamond workers’ years-long effort to gain a union recently ended with a loss, and Rein vividly describes how that experience demonstrates yet again why we need passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

For four years, the workers on the organizing committee at the Blue Diamond Growers (BDG) plant in Sacramento, Calif., had done everything they could to avoid being where they were on the night of Nov. 19.

New Polls Show Majority of Voters Support Employee Free Choice

By: Friday November 7, 2008 5:05 pm

For most of the election season, voters in Senate battleground states were subjected to tens of millions of dollars in CEO-funded TV ads attacking attacking Democrats for supporting the Employee Free Choice Act. Not only did the ads fail to move voters, a majority of those who voted in key states said they support giving workers the free choice to form unions.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steven Greenhouse: ‘The Big Squeeze’

By: Sunday August 17, 2008 2:00 pm

Quick, let’s all raise our hands: How many of us could live on less than $10 an hour?

That’s a take-home pay of roughly $300 a week. Most one-bedroom apartments cost at least $1,000 a month. Ooops. There goes nearly the entire salary in one rent check.

So how do the nearly 33 million U.S. workers who make less than $10 an hour survive?

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