FDL Book Salon Welcomes Steven Rattner, Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry

By: Saturday October 30, 2010 1:59 pm

I come to Steven Rattner’s Overhaul: An Insider’s Account of the Obama Administration’s Emergency Rescue of the Auto Industry from a very particular perspective. As a Michigander whose husband still works in the auto industry and whose town has benefited from battery subsidies, I’m a grateful direct beneficiary of the work the Obama Administration did to save the auto industry. But that also means I read this book, which might have been subtitled, “Wall Street gapes at Detroit” from the perspective, “Detroit gapes back at Wall Street.”


The Anonymous Coward Returns

By: Friday September 3, 2010 7:05 am

Somebody in the White House wouldn’t let Steven Rattner’s claim that Rahm Emanuel had attacked the UAW go unanswered.

Chocolate, Whiskey and More at the Union Store

By: Thursday September 10, 2009 1:31 pm

This week, the UAW published a list of 2010 union-made cars, trucks, vans and other vehicles. It’s also Union Label Week, which we hold annually to highlight howunion-made goods are high in quality and help support middle-class communities. These two events reminded me: Making a case for Buy American means we in the union movement need to do our job and show U.S. consumers how and where to buy American, and buy union.

Or at least we can try. I’ve seen an awful lot of brand-new BMWs, Mercedes and Lexus brands of all types driving around here in Washington, D.C., recently. Something tells me my money helped purchase those vehicles—no doubt some of the drivers are beneficiaries of taxpayer-bailed out financial institutions.

Still, not everyone is laughing all the way to making high-end purchases of foreign-made goods with U.S. taxpayer dollars. And for those who still have a conscious that can be appealed to, this list is for you.

Auto Retirees were Promised Health Care; GM Deal Breaks the Promise

By: Thursday July 16, 2009 1:30 pm

Workers and retirees have suspected for years that companies often use bankruptcy as an excuse to cheat retirees out of their promised benefits. Now, three unions say that’s exactly what the U.S. Treasury Department is doing to tens of thousands of General Motors (GM) retirees.

The Next Anti-Union Myth: Obama Gave Them Chrysler

By: Saturday May 2, 2009 3:31 pm

The finance press is started a new meme–that Obama gave the union Chrysler and hurt some poor little hedge funds in the process.

Can’t Ship Out Those Green Jobs

By: Thursday April 23, 2009 1:30 pm

We’re giving up Styrofoam cups here at our building in Washington, D.C. Also doing an energy audit and taking a few other steps as a start toward making our building a green one—just some of the actions the AFL-CIO announced this week, in time for Earth Day.

Back in 1999, there was surprise over the “Teamsters and Turtles” alliance during protests against the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle.

Palin Loves Union Health Care. What About Unions?

By: Thursday October 2, 2008 1:30 pm

Life was hard for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and husband Todd as they eked out a living when they first entered the workforce. That is, until at least one of them landed a union job that ensured they’d have health care coverage they could afford.

Yep. The Republican vice presidential nominee, whose running mate, Sen. John McCain, has indicated in multiple Senate votes how much he despises unionization, not only has benefited from the good wages and benefits of union membership, she’s talking about it publicly.

American Axle Strike: All of Us Are on the Picket Line

By: Friday March 28, 2008 1:30 pm

After the 2006 elections, many of us cheered because several Democrats were elected to Congress who—gasp—supported trade policies that are fair to workers and the environment. We in the union movement oppose the type of trade deals pushed by the Bush administration, but not because we’re anti-trade. We want trade pacts that work for working people, not just line the pockets of CEOs.

Bush Hands Out Jobs. Overseas

By: Thursday March 20, 2008 10:30 am

So, Bush’s Defense Department gives a massive tanker contract to Northrop Grumman and the European firm EADS. In doing so, it shunned Boeing, which bid on the contract.

This action is perverse on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to begin.

In handing out the contract—worth between $40 billion to $100 billion—for the construction of Air Force refueling tankers, the Bush administration claimed that 25,000 jobs would be created in

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