The Rush to Declare “Recovery” and Move On

By: Sunday March 13, 2011 1:00 pm

Apparently the Beltway Village Idiots Pundits are anxious to stop writing all those bummer articles about the un and underemployed and the destruction of the global economy. I guess it’s just too Debbie Downer for them. So they’ve started the “Everything’s Getting Better” articles.


SB 5 Passes in Ohio After Republicans Reconfigure Committees

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 3:01 pm

Senate Bill 5, which will limit most collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, bar all strikes under penalty of law, and ban binding arbitration, just passed the Ohio State Senate by one vote, 17-16. Republicans have a 23-10 hold on the State Senate, and six of them dropped off this anti-union bill. But they were just able to get enough support for passage.

In order to make it work, Ohio Republicans had to shuffle two committees to ensure they had the votes to pass the bill out.

Huge Crowds in Ohio to Protest Their Bill Stripping Public Employee Rights

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 1:15 pm

Today, there’s another public committee hearing in Columbus, Ohio, on SB 5, a bill that would strip collective bargaining rights, in a variety of dimensions, from all public employees. Unlike in Wisconsin, police and firefighters are not exempted from this bill.

The protest crowd today in Ohio is enormous. There are no official numbers yet, but I’ve heard that they’re certainly the largest protests yet in Ohio against SB 5. Reuters puts it at more than 5,000, but the pic in the link above looks far bigger.

Ohio’s SB 5 Just as Extreme as Union-Busting Bill in Wisconsin

By: Friday February 25, 2011 4:50 pm

The overhaul of collective bargaining in Ohio, much like Wisconsin, could put federal transportation money in jeopardy, costing the state much of its $171 million annual haul. So this hardly has anything to do with the budget. Instead, it’s part of a pattern of new right-wing governors taking advantage of their opportunities to force through ideological policy they have long sought.

Labor Fights Spread Across Big Ten States

By: Wednesday February 23, 2011 1:25 pm

I’m in the plane en route to Madison, Wisconsin (thank you, Gogo In-Flight Internet!), but perhaps I should just rent a car and travel across the Midwest. Because labor fights are occurring across the region.

Ohio, Indiana See Protests Against Anti-Union Bills

By: Monday February 21, 2011 2:20 pm

Wisconsin remains the main battleground for the broader assault on worker’s rights. But elsewhere in the Big Ten states and across the country, these battles have moved forward. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich is pushing pretty much the exact same bill as Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Known as SB 5, the bill would strip collective bargaining rights from Ohio public employees. SB 5 is a piece of legislation, so Kasich isn’t trying to implement this under the cover of a budget bill. However, he has said that if he doesn’t get what he wants out of SB 5, he will put those items into the next budget bill. Alternatively, this could go to the ballot. So SB 5 won’t be the last showdown. The Governor, aping Scott Walker, claims this is a fiscal issue, but nobody can explain how much money SB 5 would sav

More Republican “Respect” for the Workers

By: Saturday February 19, 2011 6:00 pm

On Wednesday, I wrote a post with the (admittedly rhetorical) title “Is Cutting Jobs Programs to Create Jobs Like Cutting Taxes to Increase Revenues?”

Today, I’d like to offer up a few more examples of how the new governors’ of Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin are treating workers within their states as they “create” jobs.

Is Cutting Jobs Programs to Create Jobs Like Cutting Taxes to Increase Revenues?

By: Wednesday February 16, 2011 5:35 pm

So today (February 16) the current governor of the state in which I reside (there is no ef’fing way I’m going to lay any claim of ownership to this person and call him my governor) decided that he would follow in the footsteps of his fellow first term Republican governors of Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Jersey and reject federal rail funds for Florida.

Just as we learned that cutting taxes does not raise revenues and magically balance budgets, so we will learn (I know, many of us already know this) that cutting jobs and killing programs will not create more jobs.

Wisconsin Bill to Strip Collective Bargaining for Public Employees Part of a Pattern

By: Monday February 14, 2011 7:01 am

Since Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that he would not only seek legislation this week to end collective bargaining for most public employees without hearings or debate, but also send in the National Guard to either quell unrest or fill in during a walkout, the labor movement has organized.

The War on Public Employees, Cont’d

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 11:30 am

Public workers have become the new demons ruining America, with their greedy pay and pension benefits. As this video from Brave New Films makes clear, that notion is just a load of crap. Pension benefits are not all that generous for the vast majority of workers; the average benefit for th workers in Prichard, Alabama (who were eventually cut off) was pretty much the size of Social Security, around $1,000 a month. They signed a contract to receive those benefits, a contract singed by both sides, but contracts only matter when they have to do with AIG credit default swaps.

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