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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 
Reprinted:
  rwdsu.org

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. 

Street Heat: Unions Picket Trump’s Vegas Hotel on 107° Afternoon

July 26, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Las Vegas, NV - Labor unions and political activists often talk about “street heat,” but it was literal on the 107-degree afternoon of July 20, when about 2,000 people marched half a mile down the Las Vegas Strip to demand that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's hotel give its workers a union contract.

IBEW Says: Trump Builds Nonunion, Cheats Contractors

July 25, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hired nonunion contractors as much as he could and often shorted both workers and contractors, according to a report by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Week In Review

July 24, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Las Vegas, NV - At the union's national conference in Las Vegas AFSCME President Lee Saunders says his union is proud to support Hillary Clinton for President because he believes her policies are better for working people than what the Republicans are offering.

Six Years After Dodd–Frank, a Lot of What Occurs on Wall Street Is Nothing More Than Gambling

July 24, 2016 
By Heather Slavkin Corzo
Reprinted:
 
aflcio.org
 

Washington, DC. - Six years ago this week, hundreds of people gathered in Washington, D.C., to watch President Barack Obama sign into law the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. On that day there was a hope that its passage marked the beginning of a new phase in Washington’s approach to Wall Street regulation.

Republicans in Cleveland

July 24, 2016 
By Hillary Clinton

Cleveland, OH - Republicans had their convention. This past week they highlighted some of their most disturbing ideas. If they have their way, they'll cut taxes on the super wealthy, roll back marriage equality, and prevent women from making their own health care decisions.

Iron Mike Kilbane Welcomes RNC to Cleveland; Has Strong Words for Trump

July 22, 2016 
By Kenneth Quinnell
Reprinted:
aflcio.org

Cleveland, Ohio - In Cleveland, working people joined U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland to talk about important issues like trade policy, infrastructure investment and union-busting and how the top Republican candidates measure up on these important issues. Local workers like Michael "Iron Mike" Kilbane, a member of Ironworkers Local 17, shared their stories.

Republican Platform Takes Aim at Labor

July 21, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

Cleveland, Ohio—The Republican Party’s 2016 platform, adopted July 18, complains that under President Barack Obama, wages are “stagnant” and “people living paycheck to paycheck are struggling, sacrificing, and suffering.” To change this, it urges lower wages for workers on federal construction projects, legislation to weaken labor unions and regulations such as overtime pay, and, indirectly, the repeal of the federal minimum wage.

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