Political Action

Richard Trumka’s Declaration of Independence

The AFL-CIO president says the labor federation is building a progressive movement beyond any party or candidate. Unions in the AFL-CIO will be making plans for this tough election year as the labor federation’s executive council meets in Orlando, Fla., this week, when it is expected to endorse President Obama for re-election. AFL-CIO President Richard … Read more »

John Boehner stacks up losses on legislation

Ask Boehner when his last win was and he doesn’t have an answer. Read more at POLITICO.

U.S. House approves small business jobs bill

WASHINGTON, March 8 (Reuters) – In a rare display of bipartisanship in an election year, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to make it easier for small businesses, seen as a driver of U.S. economic growth, to raise capital. Read more at The Chicago Tribune.

New Keystone XL pipeline route expected to get a thumbs up

HOUSTON — TransCanada expects to start the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline by early summer at the latest and have it in service sometime next year, company pipeline chief Alex Pourbaix said Tuesday. Read more at POLITICO.

Super Tuesday sets up long slog to GOP nomination

(CBS News) Growing weary of the battle for the GOP presidential nomination? Tough luck. Rick Santorum’s relatively strong night on Super Tuesday- as of this story, he won three states and came within a percentage point of a win in the closely-watched contest in Ohio – means that Mitt Romney has missed a huge chance to … Read more »

IUPAT Member Mark Pocan – Special Needs Scholarship Program (AB 110) was written by ALEC

Mark Pocan illustrated how ALEC is working to erode our public education and specifically how this bill was clearly written by them.  

Gov. John Kasich’s union offensive could cost the GOP in Ohio

Kasich is beloved by many conservatives for keeping his promise to cut the state’s deficit, but he also signed into law a bill, SB 5, that took away collective bargaining rights from public employees. That law was repealed by voters in a November referendum by a 2-to-1 margin. Jay McDonald, president of Ohio’s Fraternal Order … Read more »

Judge: Gov’t can require union posters at work

A federal judge ruled Friday that the National Labor Relations Board can require most private businesses to put up posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson limited how the board can enforce the requirement. She said simply failing to display the new NLRB … Read more »

St. Louis trade leaders decry plan to shift NLRB leadership to Kansas City

A proposal to consolidate the St. Louis office of the National Labor Relations Board is drawing fire from area organized labor officials who fear the plan will curtail one of the busiest regional mediation agencies in the nation. The NLRB in a memo sent last week said it is considering a pilot program that would merge the … Read more »

Democratic Governors Association White Paper – Jobs. Opportunity. Now.

Introduction Our nation is in a fight for our economic future.  As states across the nation grapple with the lasting effects of this great economic recession, Democratic governors and Labor unions have been focused on expanding opportunity and accelerating the jobs recovery. Democratic governors and Labor unions both understand that a modern economy requires continued … Read more »