Obama Makes Nice With the Chamber of Commerce

By: Monday February 7, 2011 6:30 pm

President Obama gave a lunchtime speech at the US Chamber of Commerce, and the effort at groveling and currying favor was probably laid on thicker than the butter on the bread rolls.

Labor Silent in Opposing NAFTA-Style Korea Free Trade; Here’s Where They Used to Stand

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 8:45 am

In the 14 hours since the White House dumped the news of a NAFTA-style Korea Free Trade agreement on a Friday night, labor unions are deafly silent in opposing this job-killing agreement.

US-South Korea Free Trade Agreement Falters

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 11:45 am

President Obama was supposed to waltz into Seoul ready to mark an agreement with South Korea on a trade pact, with enough changes to win over key constituencies. But while this was widely expected, it didn’t happen, with the South Koreans balking at some of the proposed changes. If you look at where the Democrats lost big last week – the Rust Belt – it would be political suicide to pass the type of agreement that the core constituencies in that region detest. And it would only harm, not help, the agenda of creating more exports and more American jobs.

Senate Officially Punts Tax Cut Debate, Readies Outsourcing Bill

By: Friday September 24, 2010 8:15 am

I think the problem with this is obvious, right? All anybody will see is that Democrats walked off the field.

This Labor Day — Americans Need a Job

By: Monday September 6, 2010 1:45 pm

Over 14.9 million American workers remain unemployed. Americans must demand that economic policies provide the framework to create good paying jobs at home during the next decade with the least amount of outsourced labor and materials.

Paul Krugman, Charles Dickens and Why American Workers Can’t Catch a Break

By: Monday July 5, 2010 6:30 pm

Rather than argue about workers’ lack of skills versus offshoring work to countries with lower skill sets, wouldn’t it be simpler to expect employers to do something that they used to do? Like train workers?

U.S. High Speed Rail: Does China Get The Nod? Or U.S. Companies?

By: Sunday March 14, 2010 12:30 pm

There are a multitude of reasons NOT to award the Chinese a contract for our new high speed rail. And yes, jingo-istic industrial support is one of them.

Economic Terrorism

By: Thursday March 26, 2009 1:30 pm

Corporate opponents of workers’ freedom to form unions repeatedly have shown they are not interested in the welfare of their employees or any of the pseudo-lofty ideals they cite while fighting the Employee Free Choice Act.

Now, they’ve made clear they will do anything—even destroy jobs, communities and harm the U.S. economy—to ensure that more American workers do not have a voice on the job.

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?

McCain: Red, White and Outsourced

By: Thursday August 14, 2008 1:30 pm

Sen. John McCain paints himself as an all-American hero. So why has he opposed “Buy American,” the law for government and military contracts?

In fact, not only has he opposed the law, he also says he “firmly objects” to it and has called it “ludicrous.”

This week, he ducked a campaign visit to a Harley-Davidson plant in York, Pa., because—ooops—those Buy American provisions would have required the government to purchase American-made motorcycles.

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