March 21, 2014
Kellogg’s workers are fighting back through their union against a new corporate culture at the company that is locking out workers, shuttering plants, and threatening to drive its workers out of the middle class.
Bob Geary wrote about North Carolina Republicans’ war on unions for his column in the Triangle-area publication Indy Week, in which he asks if Republican leaders really want to remind working-class voters what their party has been doing to them since assuming power.
True to his word, on the first day of business in the new legislative session, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis introduced one bill to put three anti-worker, anti-union amendments to our state constitution on the ballot in 2014.
MaryBe McMillan represented for North Carolina’s unions and working families on Charlotte Talks, this week.
Now there’s video of Thom Tillis promising a Right-to-Work (for Less) amendment to a group of conservative supporters at a stop on his “Divide & Conquer” town hall tour back in October.
On Wednesday, NC State AFL-CIO President James Andrews traveled to Alabama with other African American labor and civil rights leaders and national AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka on a fact-finding mission to investigate that state’s worst-in-the-nation anti-worker and anti-immigrant law, HB 56.
Should any worker still think Thom Tillis and the Republican majority in our state legislature are looking out for his or her interests, this puts the lie to that notion. Tillis says his party will push to enshrine North Carolina’s right to work for less status in the state constitution, and he doesn’t even pretend the move is about protecting workers.
Fresh off passing a budget that will result in tens of thousands of additional jobs lost in our state while undoing decades of progress which have made North Carolina the best place in the South to live, work, and get a quality public education, Republican state lawmakers are devising new ways to waste taxpayer money instead of creating jobs.
In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), one of Walker’s closest allies in the legislature, confirmed the true political motive of Walker’s anti-union push.
Nobel laureate and economist Paul Krugman has a new column in the NY Times this week about the battle in Wisconsin. There, the newly-elected Republican governor, Scott Walker, has set out to destroy public worker unions by eliminating collective bargaining. But this effort is not about helping Wisconsin close a budget gap – a gap already made worse by the governor’s own doing in lowering taxes on the wealthy.
CBS has refused to air an ad from the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) because CBS executives say they “didn’t want to get involved” in labor negotiations between the union and the National Football League (NFL), which has threatened to lock out the players. CBS and other broadcasters pay the NFL $4 billion a year to televise the games and will pay even if the owners lock out the players. That $4 billion is basically lockout insurance, and CBS is pretty darn involved.
Spreading the ‘gospel’ of misinformation and fear In this video, the late Martin Jay Levitt explains to Delta Airlines flight attendants his trade secrets and tips after a 19-year career as a union buster (aka “Human Resources Consultant”, “Labor Management Consultant”). Flight attendants at Delta are in the process of voting on union representation (for […]