Labor “Protests” in Charlotte Hardly an Expression of Dissent

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 11:15 am

I’m sure we’ll have a lot of reports about the dissent outside the DNC convention in Charlotte. There should be a bigger Occupy presence in Charlotte than there was in Tampa for the RNC convention, and the Undocubus, filled with undocumented immigrants who plan to challenge the Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform could make some waves. But the protest of about 800 in the streets of Charlotte last night, which was smaller than anticipated, did not give me much hope for a real breakthrough.

Happy Labor Day?

By: Monday September 3, 2012 3:55 pm

It’s no coincidence that the decline of unionization over the past 40 years has exactly tracked the parallel decline of middle-class wages, the disappearance of pensions, the increasing numbers of those who lack health insurance, skyrocketing executive pay, and vaulting inequality.

In Leaked Video, Walker Tells Donor of Plan to “Divide and Conquer” Unions

By: Friday May 11, 2012 9:20 am

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, facing a recall election in a little over three weeks, was caught on tape telling a top donor that he has a strategy to turn Wisconsin into a right to work state.

Come Saturday Morning: Why Do Republicans Push ALEC-Written Bills Even After They’re Rejected?

By: Saturday February 11, 2012 6:45 am

As part of an ongoing look at ALEC and its pet legislators, I’m looking at why certain ALEC bills (such as the Minnesota anti-voter “voter ID” bill which, having been shot down by both an ACLU lawsuit and a Mark Dayton veto, is back for its third go-round as a ballot measure) keep getting revived even after being shot down for unconstitutionality and other reasons.

Indiana Democrats Gamely Holding Out Against Right to Work Bill

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 10:40 am

Indiana Democrats in the State House walked out again to deny a quorum, as Republicans attempted to pass their right-to-work bill and clear the last hurdle before moving the bill to Mitch Daniels for his signature. The problem now is they’re now subject to GOP adopted $1,000/day fines for not showing up.

Indiana Republicans Approve Fines for Boycotting Democratic Legislators

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 1:00 pm

Democratic House lawmakers in Indiana walked out again to protest a right-to-work bill, after there were signs of a deal on a vote this week. Republicans in the House approved $1,000-a-day fines for the lawmakers. Understand that in Indiana, legislators only make about $23,000 a year.

Indiana Right-to-Work Bill Passes in 6-Minute House Committee Hearing

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 2:10 pm

Republicans in Indiana wasted no time. After House Democrats returned to work yesterday, the GOP immediately scheduled a Labor Committee vote on the divisive right-to-work bill, then passed it in six minutes, straight party line, with no amendments allowed. Protesters shouted “shame” and “tar and feather.”

Unclear Outcome on Indiana Right to Work Fight

By: Monday January 9, 2012 1:45 pm

As Indiana Democrats continue to stay out of the State house to protest the right-to-work (for less) legislation that Republicans want to hammer through, the Senate Labor Committee passed right-to-work on Friday, but one Republican joined all the Democrats in voting against it. That may indicate the bill may not pass the House.

Indiana Democrats Face Fines as They Continue Walkout to Block Right to Work Bill

By: Friday January 6, 2012 5:25 pm

Most Indiana Democratic House members stayed out of session for a second day yesterday to protest a right-to-work bill Republicans want to pass. Today becomes a point of reckoning, because after the third day of missed sessions, the majority Republicans, under a law passed last year when the Democrats went out of state to protest various bills, can impose fines of up to $1,000 a day.

Indiana Democrats Denying Quorum on Legislative Session to Block Right to Work Bill

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 6:50 am

If Democrats can refuse to gavel in the session, they begin to squeeze Republicans toward a March 14 deadline to conduct business. Already you hear some state Republicans expressing nervousness at their “long agenda” of other bills. This looks like a winnable fight, especially if the public engages.

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