Law and Politics

Anti-Union Groups Plan New Cases for Trump Supreme Court

December 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The likelihood of Donald Trump naming new justices to the Supreme Court has spurred anti-union groups to prepare new attempts to overturn labor-law protections.

Blue Collar Buzz: Trump's Existential Threat to Labor

December 8, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

AFT President Randi Weingarten is jeering Trump's cabinet picks.

New York, NY - The pall that’s settled over the House of Labor has two words written all over it: Donald Trump. And on this week’s episode of LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz featuring American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, United University Professions President Fred Kowal, Unite Here Organizer Andrew Tilllett-Saks and Labor 411 President Cherri Sender, and broadcasting Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we are digging in deep to fully examine what a Trump administration means for working men and women in this country. 

Dr. Jill Stein Joins Blue Collar Buzz!

November 30, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco 

Dr. Jill Stein.

New York, NY - Still reeling two weeks after the presidential election of Donald J. Trump, LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz this Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, welcomes 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate Dr. Jill Stein who talks about efforts to recount the vote in three swing states — as well as her thoughts on organized labor’s losing political strategy of backing entrenched establishment candidates like Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

Trump’s Education Pick Funds Child-Labor Advocates

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - Betsy DeVos, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, is not just one of the nation’s leading funders of efforts to privatize education and destroy labor unions.

AFL-CIO Endorses Pelosi Over Challenger for Leadership

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The AFL-CIO on Nov. 22 endorsed Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for re-election as House Minority Leader, backing her over longshot challenger Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio).

Hoffa Re-Elected Teamsters President

November 30, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - James P. Hoffa has narrowly won a fifth term as general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, according to final results released Nov. 21. “We will continue to lead the fight to organize the unorganized, ensure strong health care, good wages, a secure retirement and holding employers and politicians accountable,” Hoffa said in a statement.

Advocating for Fairness in the Workplace

November 29, 2016
By AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunder

Washington, DC - ”In this month's election, voters spoke loudly and clearly about their economic anxiety and frustration, their fear that they won’t be able to provide for their families no matter how hard they work. Blocking the overtime rule, which would have given millions of Americans a raise, is a cruel slap in their face.

Trump University Settlement Reached

November 29, 2016
By New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

New York, NY -  In 2013, my office sued Donald Trump for swindling thousands of innocent Americans out of millions of dollars through a scheme known as Trump University.

Despite Setback, Kanye West Can Still be President

November 29, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco
Reporter’s Notebook

Who wants to be the next president?

Brooklyn, NY - Normally, Kanye West's admission to a southern California hospital for “exhaustion” would have automatically derailed the rapper's hugely ambitious quest for the White House. But not anymore — not after the country just finished electing a super-sleazy presidential candidate who brags he’s so rich and famous he has license to sexually assault women. Now, anything is possible. 

Texas Judge Wrongly Takes Away Overtime From Millions of Workers

November 26, 2016 
By Kelly Ross

Dallas, TX - Texas Judge Wrongly Takes Away Overtime From Millions of Workers In a shocking and wrongly-decided opinion, a U.S. district court judge in the Eastern District of Texas has taken away overtime protection from millions of American workers.

Trump Supporters In D.C: Heil The People! Heil Victory!

November 25, 2016  
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC -The neo-Nazi "alt-right" and KKK couldn't be happier about the U.S. presidential election results.

AFT Calls on Trump to Denounce Hate

November 22, 2016  
By Jerry Levine, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - AFT along with labor, civil rights and faith leaders called on President-elect Donald Trump to unequivocally denounce the hundreds of hate-fueled acts of harassment, vandalism, property destruction and even assault that have happened since his election.

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court will be a real threat to labor and that’s going to hurt the Democrats

November 21, 2016 
By Amanda Marcotte

Washington, DC - Hillary Clinton’s loss in Rust Belt states that Barack Obama won handily  like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania has resulted in widespread hand-wringing about why Democrats struggle to capture the votes of the white working class.

Trump Eyes Deadly Mine’s Owner for Cabinet

November 20, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Donald Trump ran for President pledging to help coal miners—but he is widely expected to appoint Wilbur Ross, owner of the West Virginia mine where 12 workers were killed in an explosion in 2006, as Secretary of Commerce.

With Trump's Victory, Friedrichs Likely Short-Lived

November 19, 2016  
By Emmanuel Felton
Reprinted: Education Week

Washington, DC - Teachers' unions around the country let out a huge sigh of relief back in March when the U.S. Supreme Court, evenly divided ideologically after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, deadlocked on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which could have barred unions from collecting so-called "agency" or "fair share" fees from nonmembers who benefit from the unions' collective bargaining. But it appears that the unions' luck has run out.

San Francisco Lesson Plan: Trump Panders To Huge Racist, Sexist Base

November 19, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

San Francisco, CA - A classroom lesson plan offered by San Francisco public schools tells it like it is about Donald Trump, according to the educator who created it. The lesson says in part that Trump is a racist, sexist man who became president by "pandering to a huge racist and sexist base."

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