Indiana Democrats Walk Out to Protest Union-Busting Bill, Deny Quorum

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 11:45 am

There are differences between the proposed Wisconsin and Indiana measures: the Indiana ones are actually quite a bit worse. Governor Mitch Daniels de-certified the state’s public employee unions on his first day in office back in 2007. It got little response at the time. This new bill would essentially make Indiana into an anti-union “right to work” state. It would prohibit employers from requiring an employee to join a union or to collect union dues to work at their establishment. It would also give private-sector union members the right to drop out of their unions and stop paying dues. Basically it would turn the work environment in Indiana like much of the deep South.


The Assault on the American Worker: Wisconsin Is the Beginning

By: Friday February 18, 2011 5:20 pm

Wisconsin is kind of a launching pad for conservatives who want to break public employee unions. Other efforts are happening in concert. Tennessee just passed a bill out of a Senate committee stripping collective bargaining for teachers. If you weren’t aware that the tea party push to elect Republicans was more about union-busting than liberty or freedom, you weren’t paying attention.

The “Liberal” Blogosphere, Blindspots, and Fear of the Working Class

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 5:10 pm

At a time when we should be reining in the capitalism that failed so badly, we are instead capitulating to it, using the event of the failure of our corporate masters to give them even more. How is that even happening? And to what degree does the blogosphere deserve some of the blame?

Corporations Show Largest Profits in History Amidst Jobs Crisis

By: Tuesday November 23, 2010 3:15 pm

According to revised statistics, the US economy grew at a faster rate than first expected, up to 2.5%. Earlier growth in Q3 2010 was estimated at 2%. But there’s a problem here: despite record unemployment, and no hope for reductions clearly in sight, corporations have experienced all-time record profits, the highest since the Commerce Department started tracking the figure 60 years ago. They’ve learned to produce as many or more goods without workers.

Harry Reid Out-Obamas Obama with Working Class Coalition

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 8:43 am

In a state with 14% unemployment, foreclosures everywhere, Reid put together a coalition that was unusually potent and a model for Democratic victory.

MA Voters Seek More and Faster Change; Economy, Jobs Top Concern; Taxing Health Insurance Very Unpopular, Poll Says

By: Thursday January 21, 2010 11:45 am

Massachusetts voters sent a strong signal to Washington lawmakers Tuesday that they want results—and aren’t seeing any. Not on health care reform, not on job creation and not on fixing the nation’s economy.

The working class has spoken. Will Democrats listen?

We’re Turning Around America

By: Thursday November 6, 2008 3:00 pm

As I write, I’m lifting a mug o’ coffee and toast to Jane and the entire Firedoglake team who have done so much this election cycle to spotlight the perfidities of the McCain-Palin disaster and otherwise move forward a progressive vision our nation so desperately needs.

Sometime around 1 a.m., on Nov. 5, as I stood yelling in Lafayette Park along with thousands of my new best friends, the true meaning of solidarity—within the union movement and within the broader progressive movement—really hit home.

Economic Dictatorship

By: Thursday June 19, 2008 10:58 am

This is really frightening. First, America’s workers lose their homes. Or the equity in their homes, or their ability to take out second mortgages to pay for unexpected expenses like health care crisis. So they turn to credit cards. Now, those cards increasingly are maxed out.
What’s left?
Retirement funds.
Remember back when 401(k) plans were introduced as the promised land of personal control over our retirement destiny?

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