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High Court Decision A Blow To Public Sector Unions

In a blow for public sector labor unions, the Supreme Court ruled that non-members — who are required to pay dues in closed shops — do not have to pay special assessments to finance the union’s political activities. The Justices said the First Amendment requires an opt-in system. Read more at NPR.org.

We Asked, You Told Us: Your Favorite Made in America Items

From the AFL-CIO — When we asked about your favorite Made in America items, dozens and dozens of you responded. Topping the list of favorites? Slugger baseball bats, Miller beer and anything sweet and/or chocolate—Oreos, Hershey Kisses and Russell Stovers. Buicks and all U.S.-made cars, and a variety of guns—Rugers, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons—and ammo … Read more »

What happens if America loses its unions

What would America look like without a union movement? That’s not a hard question to answer, because we’re almost at that point. The rate of private-sector unionization has fallen below 7 percent, from a post-World War II high of roughly 40 percent. Already, the economic effects of a union-free America are glaringly apparent: an economically stagnant or downwardly … Read more »

Can Mitt Romney match Wisconsin’s Scott Walker?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker provided a template for Republicans looking ahead to the presidential race with his victory in Tuesday’s recall election: big money, powerful organization and enormous enthusiasm among his base. Can Mitt Romney match that in November? Read more at The Washington Post.

Gov. Walker survives recall in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won a vote to keep his job on Tuesday, surviving a recall effort that turned the Republican into a conservative icon and his state into the first battleground in a bitter, expensive election year. Read more at The Washington Post.

Labor Leaders Release Major Study About the Associated Builders and Contractors, Exposing a Disinformation Campaign Designed to Undermine America’s Labor Laws

From the AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department – The Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), with the support of the AFL-CIO and LIUNA, today jointly released the findings of a first-ever state-by-state comparative analysis of the Associated Builders and Contractors trade association, better known as the ABC. The findings expose a pattern of data … Read more »

IUPAT St. Louis: St. Louis alderman seeks new commission, says contractors aren’t following laws

Vaccaro, alderman in the southwest’s 23rd Ward, says he often fields complaints that some city contractors are not following laws requiring minority participation, prevailing wages, insurance and tax payments, or federal safety standards, among other things. Rich Lucks, the local painter’s union business rep, said he understands that sentiment, but this is no small problem. … Read more »

What Can Labor Win if It Backs Obama’s Re-Election?

So, if unions are going to be involved in electoral politics this year, what can they expect to win? And is Washington even relevant to progressive organizing efforts? To discuss these questions, I brought together two experienced strategists. Richard Bensinger, formerly the organizing director of the AFL-CIO and currently an organizing director at the United … Read more »

Did Scott Walker Lie Under Oath to Congress?

Interesting questions surface regarding Walker and the now very famous video making its rounds on the internet.  Nation asks the following – …did the governor of Wisconsin lie, under oath, to Congress? The videotape of Walker talking with Diane Hendricks, the Beloit, Wisconsin, billionaire who would eventually give his campaign more than $500,000, surfaced late last … Read more »

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