Where Was the Democrats’ Long-Term Strategic Plan?

By: Friday November 12, 2010 9:39 am

Democrats had not enjoyed complete control for almost two decades when they won the House, Senate and Presidency in 2008. I would think in that time they would have developed a huge laundry list of minor reforms and structural changes that would help increase the vote among their core constituencies. Yet, look back the past two years, little appears to have been done. It is as if the party is incapable of strategic thinking.


Oh, My Sides! Obama Says He’ll Keep Pushing for Employee Free Choice Act

By: Wednesday August 4, 2010 6:25 pm

When I heard that President Obama told the AFL-CIO this morning that he would keep pushing for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, my first reaction was to laugh uncontrollably for several minutes. Some kind of joke, right?

What Happened to the Employee Free Choice Act?

By: Tuesday April 13, 2010 3:46 pm

The fate of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) over the course of the past year and a half has been largely determined by the White House. Rahm Emanuel would not let it come up for a vote until after health care was passed, and by that time the Democrats no longer had 60 votes in the Senate. But its evolution is also intimately tied to the electoral prospects of Harry Reid and Arlen Specter, and unless you understand one, you can’t understand the other.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Lewis Maltby, Can They Do That? Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Workplace

By: Saturday February 27, 2010 2:00 pm

Lynn Gobbell was fired because her boss didn’t like the John Kerry bumper sticker on her car.

In Colorado, teacher Meg Spohn got the pink slip from DeVry University for complaining about her job on her personal blog.

At Best Lock Company in Indiana, workers are axed for social drinking because the company president believes it’s a sin.
Can Employers do that?

You betcha, writes human rights attorney Lewis Maltby. He’s president and founder of the National Workrights Institute, which he formed after leading the American Civil Liberties Union office on free speech and privacy protection in the corporate world.

Before heading up the Workrights Institute, Maltby had spent time in the corporate world where “learning how to run a productive, profitable company without violating employees’ human rights” became the focus of his life. Right up front in “Can They Do That,” Maltby gets to the crux of the misconception most people have when facing unfair treatment on the job.

Two Bad Ideas Don’t Make a Good One: Unions Reportedly Seek Exemption from Excise Tax

By: Thursday January 14, 2010 7:14 am

If unions take this deal, it’s a sell-out of epic proportions. I’m hard pressed to think of a deal unions could cut in health care that would cause more long-term damage to not just the credibility of the labor movement, but the middle class.

Debunking Dumb Polling and Even Worse Reporting on Employee Free Choice

By: Monday December 21, 2009 7:08 pm

A corporate front group funded polls in Nevada and Colorado to show opposition to the group’s only issue: the Employee Free Choice Act. And of course, media outlets not only printed the results as unchallenged fact, but failed to do the most basic fact check on the poll’s questions and on their own reports of the poll. It’s so wrong, in fact, I have to break this post into two parts.

CT-Sen: McMahon Says Opposing Terrorist Trials in NYC Just Like Opposing Employee Free Choice

By: Tuesday November 24, 2009 8:46 am

After being ridiculed from the left and right for dodging a question, McMahon’s campaign issued a clarifying response, in which she equated her opposition to terror trials to her opposition to “card check,” among other issues.

Exclusive: New Poll Shows Clear Majorities Distrust Big Corporations, Favor Unions

By: Friday October 2, 2009 9:45 am

A new poll, seen first here on Firedoglake, shows a clear majority of the country – 51% – thinks big corporations have too much power, amounting to a problem for our economy. On the flip side, just 22% think the same of “big labor unions.”

Blue Dogs Bite, Unions Bite Back

By: Thursday August 20, 2009 1:30 pm

Photo credit: SMWIA

Today, it’s my honor to turn this space to Sheet Metal Workers (SMWIA) General President Mike Sullivan, leader of one of the first unions to publicly state the union is pulling all support from the Blue Dogs because of their efforts to kill real health care reform.

Remember last November? I still do.

I remember the pride I felt watching President-elect Obama and his family standing on that stage in Chicago, bolstered by the hopes and dreams of millions of Americans and the promise of change finally coming to our nation.

Private Equity Firms, Our New Corporate Masters?

By: Thursday July 9, 2009 1:30 pm

Workers returned Tuesday to the job at Stella D’Oro Biscuit Co. in the Bronx after a judge ordered the company reinstate the 136 employees who had remained strong throughout a brutal 11-month strike. But before they could even walk through the doors, they were greeted with the anti-union response by the company’s private equity firm owners, the 21st century’s mutation of the robber barons: Brynwood Partners announced it would shut down operations in October.

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