Law and Politics

Trump Doesn’t Pay Campaign Staff

September 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come up with a solution to the problem of huge campaign payrolls.

Teamsters Endorse Clinton

September 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Aug. 26 that it has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, after a unanimous vote by its executive board.

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

August 31, 2016 
By AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders

New York, NY - ”AFSCME applauds the Obama administration's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and fully supports the regulations required to implement it.

Social Security Must Remain Strong

August 28, 2016 
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

Washington, DC - Exactly 81 years ago this month, President Roosevelt signed Social Security into law. It’s wonderful that even after all these years, Social Security still stands strong as one of the government’s most successful programs.

Once Bitten, Twice Liable

August 26, 2016 
By: Michael A. Serpico, Esq.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs each year (and, in case you were wondering, in 2015, 6,549 were US Postal employees.)

Labor Board Recognizes Right of Private University Graduate Assistants to Unionize

August 25, 2016 
By Larry Cary

On Tuesday, the National Labor Relations Board issued its long awaited decision in Columbia University and held that “student assistants who have a common-law employment relationship with their university are statutory employees under the Act.” 

AFL-CIO Wants Clinton to Pick Pro-Union Federal Trade Rep

August 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - If Hillary Clinton is elected President, major American labor unions want her to nominate a U.S. trade representative who’s more interested in strengthening American manufacturing than doing new trade deals.

Blue Collar Buzz Talks Labor's 'Stockholm Syndrome'

August 12, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

BCB Hosts Neal Tepel and Bill Hohlfeld with Andrew Tillett-Saks.

New York, NY - “Stockholm Syndrome” is the very disturbing psychological phenomenon where victims come to bond with their abusers over time — and according to Andrew Tillett-Saks, an organizer with Unite Here Local 217, it’s a great way to describe Labor’s dysfunctional relationship with Democratic Party elites who continually come up short for American working men and women. 

Judge Orders Trump to Pay Legal Fees for Store He Stiffed

August 8, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Miami, FL - A $35,000 “Trump discount” will wind up costing the Republican presidential candidate $283,000. Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Jorge Cueto on July 22 ordered Trump to pay full legal fees for a local paint store who’d sued him for nonpayment.

Missouri Millionaires Target GOP ‘Right-to-Work’ Opponents

August 2, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St Louis, MO - Well-heeled supporters of so-called “right to work” laws have poured millions of dollars into Missouri’s Aug. 2 Republican primary, hoping to unseat the about 15 GOP state legislators who joined with Democrats to sustain outgoing Gov. Roy Nixon’s veto of a bill to ban the union shop last year.

Why Do People Vote for Governors Like Walker and Pence?

August 2, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Philadelphia, PA - The industrial Midwest has been one of the country’s labor strongholds for generations. It was the scene of the 1880s fight for the eight-hour day and the great sit-down strikes of the 1930s, and unions still represent a significant share of its workforce. But in the last six years, its five core states have all elected hardline anti-labor Republican governors.

With Convention Over, Can Clinton Reach Working-Class Voters?

August 1, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Philadelphia, PA - The biggest theme of this year’s election is not left vs. right or Democrat vs. Republican, but “establishment versus nonestablishment,” Stefanie Hahn, a 39-year- old National Nurses United member from Berkeley, California, said at a “Bernie or Bust” rally here July 26. “It’s the people at the top making all the money controlling our politics versus the rest of us.”

NEA’s Becky Pringle: Clinton Nomination Historic, Powerful And Emotional

July 31, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Philadelphia, PA - NEA Vice President Becky Pringle says cracking this glass political ceiling for women here at the DNC in Philly is amazing.

President Appelbaum Honored at Democratic Convention

July 30, 2016 

On the last day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia,  President Stuart Appelbaum received the Champion of Labor Award. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo presented Appelbaum with the award and thanked him for his leadership in the labor movement.

'Blue Collar Buzz' Reports From the Democratic National Convention

July 28, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Blue Collar Buzz Host Bill Hohlfeld with Sonja Brown.

New York, NY - This week’s special episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, is coming to you (almost) direct from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. NYS Assembly Member and Clinton Delegate Walter Mosley checks in to talk about Hillary Clinton and the challenge of uniting divided progressive voters; while LaborPress’ own Steve Wishnia brings us voices straight from the chaotic convention floor itself. Sonja Brown from the Workforce Development Institute, is also in studio to tell us why the “manufacturing jobs have all gone overseas” narrative — is really off base. 

Hillary's Failure to Step Up For Workers Opens the Door For Trump

By Joe Maniscalco
July 26, 2016
Reporter’s Notebook

Hillary must do more to win the working class vote.

Brooklyn, NY - Much of organized labor bet the house on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic Primaries — but the former secretary of state’s failure to step up for working class men and women has actually opened up the door wide for Donald Trump and his profoundly racist and misogynistic campaign to invade the White House this November. 

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