Law and Politics

Labor Violations Results in Childs Death

July 20, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Syracuse, NY - A 14-year-old was killed operating heavy machinery prohibited under child Labor laws. Luke Park, owner of the Park Family Farm located in Homer, New York, has been charged for multiple alleged Penal Law and Labor Law violations related to this child's death.

Trump’s VP Pick Has Long Anti-Labor Record

July 19, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s choice for his running mate on the Republican ticket, has a long anti-labor record, from denouncing minimum-wage increases to putting his own money into a campaign to cut construction workers’ pay.

Bernie Delegate to Clinton Camp: 'You Have Work to Do'

July 15, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

NYC Council Member and Bernie Delegate Jumaane Williams.

Brookllyn, NY - In April, Council Member Jumaane Williams [D-45th District] helped electrify a rally of more than 28,000 Bernie Sanders supporters in Prospect Park with his stirring “moonshot” speech in support of the Vermont senator’s historic presidential run — this week, the Brooklyn legislator joined with other progressives throughout the city and the nation in absorbing Bernie’s endorsement of rival Hillary Clinton — and advising the former secretary of state’s camp that they still have lots of work to do to if they expect Bernie’s people to vote Clinton in November. 

Trump 'Dead Wrong' on Privatizing the VA

July 13, 2016 
By Tara Jessup

Washington, DC - Donald Trump's plan to shut down the VA health care system and hand veterans a voucher to use only for-profit health care is an outrageous betrayal of our nation's promise to care for the men and women who have borne the battle, the head of the union representing more than 230,000 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs said today.

Democrats Rip Unfair Trade Deals, But Won’t Oppose TPP

July 13, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Orlando, FL - The Democratic Party’s platform will include language criticizing trade deals that lead to “too many corporations outsourcing jobs,” but will not explicitly oppose the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, as supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders had urged.

NLRB Rules that Employers’ Consent No Longer Needed...

July 12, 2016 
By Larry Cary

NLRB Rules that Employers’ Consent No Longer Needed When Union Seeks to Represent Single Unit that Includes Both Employees and Subcontracted Employees on the Premises

In a case called Miller & Anderson, Inc. the NLRB made organizing many workplaces much easier.  Yesterday the Board ruled that employers no longer needed to give consent when a union files a representation petition seeking to represent a bargaining unit that combines both solely and jointly employed employees of a single user employer.

Clinton Surrogates Help Keep TPP Alive

July 12, 2016  
By Joe Maniscalco 

New York, NY - The trade deal that the House of Labor has branded a “job killer” remains alive and well this week thanks to the work of Clinton apparatchiks on the DNC’s platform committee meeting in Orlando, Florida this past weekend.

Trump Taj Mahal Strike Begins Second Week

July 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Atlantic City, NJ - The strike by some 1,000 workers at the Trump Taj Mahal hotel and casino here has entered its second week, and no deal is in sight.

Just How Pro-Labor Will The DNC Party Platform Be?

July 8, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

The DNC is set to finalize its party platform.

New York, NY - Friday July 8, is the day when the Democratic National Committee is supposed to begin finalizing its platform before the full party convention later this month. But surrogates for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have already all but busted the more robust pro-labor planks put forth by Bernie Sanders’ camp. 

Labor Secretary & AFL-CIO: Trump Is A Fraud On Trade And Worker Issues

July 6, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Las Vegas, NV - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez says when it comes to trade issues and jobs Donald Trump is a fraud while Hillary Clinton has a real plan to create jobs.

July 4th and Trump’s Un-American Views

July 4, 2016
By Larry Cary

When a foreigner is naturalized and becomes an American citizen, he or she takes an oath to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”  Unlike any other country on this Earth where it is genetic DNA heritage that defines whether one is part of a nationality or not, to be an American is simply to be someone who swears fidelity to one sole guiding principal, namely, that democracy is good and that in a democracy, the people rule themselves.  No other test is required. Especially not a religious test.

Elect a Progressive Champion to Congress - Zephyr Teachout

July 1, 2016
By Bill Lipton, Working Families Party

New York, NY - Zephyr Teachout just won her primary tonight and is now officially the Democratic nominee for Congress in New York's 19th District!

YouTube Jeered as 'Black Marketeers'

June 29, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

New York, NY - Working musicians already have a tough time making a living, but at a Local 802 panel discussion held this week, noted Jazz guitarist Marc Ribot blasted YouTube — the multi-billion dollar video sharing platform that took the world by storm in 2005 — with acting like “black marketeers” who actively exploit hard-pressed artists.

Brexit Demonstrates the Need for Clinton to Reach-out to Older, White, and Working Class Men.

June 27, 2016 
By Larry Cary

Great Britain has voted to leave the European Union causing huge instability in the international financial markets with sharp stock and currency declines and a flight to safety driving bond prices up and yields down.  Gold is again attracting buyers.

Sanders Vows to Transform Democratic Party for Working People

June 25, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Bernie Sanders' next move is no mystery...

New York, NY - Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders strongly invoked the Labor Movement and this nation’s other great social justice movements on Thursday night in New York City, when he laid out bold plans to both “transform the Democratic Party” for ordinary working people and “revitalize American Democracy.” 

Lessons of the Reichstag Fire for Today’s Presidential Election

June 21, 2016
By Larry Cary

Some people say Donald Trump won’t be so bad if elected because he won’t keep the promises he made during his primary campaign to build a wall with Mexico, round up 11,000,000 undocumented workers and their families for deportation, halt all Muslim immigration, and require the 2.5 million Muslim-Americans living in this country to register and be subjected to intrusive government scrutiny.

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