Category: Labor

Why Democrats should actively fight for stronger unions & a higher minimum wage: Low unemployment + low wages = Corporate utopia

Why Democrats should actively fight for stronger unions & a higher minimum wage: Low unemployment + low wages = Corporate utopia

On this week’s podcast, we talked to David Pepper, the Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, about the fact that Donald Trump is the most anti-worker president we’ve ever had. The truth is, America in 2019 is corporate utopia. We have almost everyone working and wages remain low. How is this possible, you might ask? How is it that wages […]

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[PODCAST] Never mind the Russians. Here’s the most anti-worker president we’ve ever had: Donald Trump. With special guest David Pepper.

[PODCAST] Never mind the Russians. Here’s the most anti-worker president we’ve ever had: Donald Trump. With special guest David Pepper.

David Pepper on Twitter: @DavidPepper David Pepper’s website: DavidPepper.com Order David Pepper’s book The People’s House HERE. Order David Pepper’s book The Wingman HERE. The Ohio Democratic Party on Twitter: @OHDems Get involved with the Ohio Dems’ “F the Purge” effort at FThePurge.com Gabriel DeBenedetti at Politico Magazine: The Thriller That Predicted the Russia Scandal Heidi Shierholzat at the Economic […]

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First Trump told union members they make too much money. Now he says they should cut their own throats.

First Trump told union members they make too much money. Now he says they should cut their own throats.

In August of 2015, the year before he was elected president, Donald Trump had a clear and concise message for auto workers: You make too much money. He said U.S. automakers could shift production away from Michigan to communities where autoworkers would make less. “You can go to different parts of the United States and then ultimately you’d do full-circle […]

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While Trump lays down multiple smoke screens to shield them, it’s business as usual for anti-environment, anti-worker, corporatist Republicans

While Trump lays down multiple smoke screens to shield them, it’s business as usual for anti-environment, anti-worker, corporatist Republicans

The Great Orange Smoke Screen The front pages of any major news outlet, online or otherwise, are full of news of Donald Trump and the corrupt, inept-yet-frighteningly-effective cabal of criminals that make up his administration and circle of advisors. Nearly 40 people tied to him, his administration, his inauguration, and his campaign have been indicted and more are sure to […]

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Republicans move to exempt 93.5% of Michigan companies from paid sick leave law. What will be Gov. Snyder’s legacy?

Republicans move to exempt 93.5% of Michigan companies from paid sick leave law. What will be Gov. Snyder’s legacy?

As Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan work to cement their anti-worker agenda into our states’ laws during their petulant, sore loser session before they lose significant political power in 2019, perhaps the most outrageous is the effort to take away sick time pay for workers in over 93% of Michigan’s firms. This is because they changed the threshold for exemption […]

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Anti-labor hypocrisy is clear as day in lame duck bill to kneecap (some) unions in Michigan. Again.

Anti-labor hypocrisy is clear as day in lame duck bill to kneecap (some) unions in Michigan. Again.

This week marks the painful beginning of the lame duck (or, as I call it, “enflamed duck”) session in the Michigan State legislature. With a Democratic governor about to take the reins, Republicans are hell-bent to pass as much regressive legislation into law as they can before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moves into her new office. One of the worst is […]

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The Fight isn’t over: We need to protect Michigan’s paid sick time law

The Fight isn’t over: We need to protect Michigan’s paid sick time law

The following essay was written by my friend Danielle Atkinson. Danielle is Chair of MI Time to Care and the Founding Director of Mothering Justice, a statewide organization working to improve the lives of Michigan families by equipping the next generation of mother activists. Enjoy. Six years ago, I founded Mothering Justice to fill a void for mothers across the […]

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Trump holds a “Pledge to Workers” event with no workers and LOTS of anti-labor shills and corporate lobbyists

Trump holds a “Pledge to Workers” event with no workers and LOTS of anti-labor shills and corporate lobbyists

In 2016, Donald Trump got around 37% of the vote from members of labor unions. He actually out-performed Mitt Romney in this regard suggesting that his faux pro-worker rhetoric hit its mark. Since then, he’s continued his attempts to appease union workers and convince them — despite a preponderance of evidence to the contrary — that he is on THEIR […]

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Corporations want you to work even when you’re sick. They’re so desperate that they’re starting to panic.

Corporations want you to work even when you’re sick. They’re so desperate that they’re starting to panic.

In Michigan, you have no right to paid time off if you or a loved one is sick. The result is that many of us go to work sick because we simply can’t afford NOT to. The impacts of this, which we highlighted in a four-part series HERE, are devastating to workers and their families. Not only that, it all […]

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INDEPENDENCE: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Signed, Labor Unions.

INDEPENDENCE: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Signed, Labor Unions.

This past week, corporatists ticked off a major agenda when the United States Supreme Court decided in their favor in the Janus v. AFSCME case. With this decision, SCOTUS has turned America into a “Right to Freeload” country. Will Swaim, president of the California Policy Center, an affiliate of the Koch brothers State Policy Network (SPN), celebrated the decision to […]

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The ‘War on Work’ is a crisis on par with climate change

The ‘War on Work’ is a crisis on par with climate change

We could be running against Neil Gorsuch for the next 50 years The theft you’re most likely to experience is wage theft. And Neil Gorsuch just made it more likely that it will happen to you and you’ll never be able to recover your losses. Slate‘s Mark Joseph Stern: The Supreme Court issued a 5–4 decision Monday in Epic Systems […]

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