Monthly Archives: April 2012
WASHINGTON ‒ Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on the observance of Workers’ Memorial Day: “Tomorrow, April 28, is Workers’ Memorial Day, an occasion for reflection and remembrance of the thousands of workers who needlessly have suffered fatal injuries on the job every year. We also think of those workers … Read more
Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year we the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the … Read more
BRAINTREE, Mass.—Elizabeth Warren bounded to the front of a union meeting hall here last week and delivered a message tailored for the crowd. Dad was a maintenance man, said the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, a Harvard Law School professor and consumer-finance watchdog. She once taught public school—”can we hear it for public-school teachers!”—and her brother … Read more
For years Big Labor has been looking small, but it doesn’t feel that way now. Unions won an Ohio referendum overturning Gov. John Kasich’s effort to restrict collective bargaining for government employees. They built a recall campaign that could still knock Republican Scott Walker out of the governor’s mansion in Maple Bluff, Wis. And on Tuesday night, … Read more
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn joins Ed Schultz to discuss the state of the Illinois and Wisconsin economies. “Wisconsin’s dead last in job growth,” Quinn said. “Don’t listen to Scott Walker if you want to get jobs in your state, and we sure haven’t listened to him. We believe in our workers. We have skilled, educated … Read more
WASHINGTON — The defeat of two conservative House Democrats by more liberal opponents in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary illustrates the strong hold the new health care law still has over committed Democratic voters and foreshadows an even more polarized Congress next year in the aftermath of the latest round of redistricting. Read more at The New York Times.
For an organization devoted to building coalitions, the American Legislative Exchange Council has seen a lot of partners hit the road recently. Close to a dozen companies have withdrawn from ALEC after recent public pressure, and The New York Times reported Sunday on a new trove of documents that detail ALEC’s aggressive lobbying activities despite … Read more
President Barack Obama’s efforts to project himself as a protector of the middle class have strengthened him for the general election, while Mitt Romney has gained traction with his argument that he can improve the economy, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.
Compensation of top executives at publicly traded companies rose by 14 percent on average in 2011, a sharp slowdown from the prior year amid growing shareholder pressure on pay and performance, the AFL-CIO said in a report on Thursday. The results demonstrate that shareholders are beginning to focus on executive pay and corporate boards are … Read more
Every election brings a raft of complaints about polls. I don’t expect this one to be any different — Republicans will bemoan the overabundance of Democrats in the samples, while Democrats will claim that the polls under-sample minorities. What make these criticisms more salient this year, however, are signs that “working the refs” is having … Read more