Law and Politics

Labor Board Issues New Ruling

January 22, 2013
By Larry Cary

In a recent case, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employer gathered confidential witness statements used to investigate worker misconduct must be shared with the union during investigation of a disciplinary grievance unless the employer can show it has an overriding confidentiality interest.  This reverses the Labor Board’s 34 year old rule allowing employers to refuse to produce such statements to the union.

GINA – Know the Basics

January 11, 2013
Max H. Sicherman

Several federal laws offer employees protection from various forms of employer discrimination. For example, an employer is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion or sex (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), because an individual has a physical disability (Americans with Disabilities Act), or because of one’s age (Age Discrimination in Employment Act). However, employees should be aware of a relatively new federal statute which prohibits employment discrimination based on an individual’s most personal and private medical material: genetic information.

John Zogby's President Obama's Weekly Report Card (Jan. 1-6)

January 9, 2013
Sometimes, I must admit, giving grades is not an easy task. I always have to strip away personal feelings, ideology, anger from readers, and what I think people want to see. I also have to call it as I see it.

But, pity the pollster this week, Oh Reader: what on earth did I see this week? Congress self-imposed a deadline, a line in the sand. They scared the American people by defining a fiscal cliff, which then became inconvenient so it morphed in the minds of some into a 'slope', perhaps even a bump on a rug.

Workers Across the Nation Fight for Justice!

December 15, 2012
By Barbara Kestenbaum

There is something big happening in America. All across our country workers are fighting back! Their hard-won successes include:

•    The unionizing of over 500 workers at Rite-Aid’s Southwest Distribution Center in Lancaster, California by the Longshoremen’s union (ILWU).

Legislative Update: Reportable Business Relationships

December 4, 2012
By Richard Winsten and Deanne Braveman Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein

The Public Integrity Reform Act, which became effective in August 2011, contains a requirement that clients and lobbyists report any business relationships with any state person.  Though this law took effect in August of 2011 the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) released guidelines in late September 2012 on how to report these relationships as well as the forms to do so. 

Obama Needs Union Support to Win

October 31, 2012
Washington DC Bureau

Obama Needs Massive Support from Unions To Win.

If President Barack Obama hopes to be re-elected for a second term as president, he will need — and receive — enormous support from the AFL-CIO and its members. The unions played the same rescue role in getting Obama elected to his first term in the White House.

Obama Leading in Virginia, 49%-47%

October 26, 2012
LaborPress Washington DC Bureau

A brand new Zogby Poll shows President Barack Obama continues his ever-so-slight lead over GOP challenger Mitt Romney 49% to 47% among Virginia likely voters. The online poll of 832 likely voters was conducted Monday (October 22) through Wednesday (October 24) and has a margin-of-sampling error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Retirement Security

October 25, 2012
Reprint from AFLCIO Website

Fewer employers today provide defined-benefit pensions for their workers—and among those that do, many are offering “defined-contribution” (like 401[k]s) rather than traditional “defined-benefit” pension plans.

Non-Profits – An Expanding Workforce Providing Critical Services

October 15, 2012
By John Magisano

In the United States, there are approximately 1.6 million nonprofit organizations. Together, they employ 11.1% of the American workforce in both full-time paid and volunteer positions, and their wages make up 6.6% of our entire economy (Saloman and Sokolowski, 2006). 

Mr. President, Take Heart

October 11, 2011
By Ed Koch

I have no doubt that after his debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney was in a celebratory mood. No one expected that the first presidential debate would be a game changer. Debates rarely have a lasting or significant impact. Further, to have what we had during the first debate required a perfect storm. Not only did the challenger have to be brilliant, but the incumbent had to be really terrible. But that is what happened.

Who Has the Best Economic Plan - President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney

October 11, 2012
By Carolyn B. Maloney, Member of Congress

Most people on both sides of the aisle agree that the most important choice we will make in this election is about whose policies we should pursue to strengthen the US economy and create jobs: President Barack Obama's, or Mitt Romney's?

Rubber Hits The Road For MoveOn/AFL-CIO Partnership

October 10, 2010

By Joe Maniscalco

Already important to Barack Obama's re-election bid prior to his shockingly poor performance against Republican rival Mitt Romney at the first presidential debate, the MoveOn/AFL-CIO campaign partnership to help re-elect the president may have just gotten a whole lot more significant now that the race has morphed into a "turnout election."

New Washington Times/Zogby Telephone Poll 
Romney Bounces Into Tie With Obama, 45%-45%; 
Big Turnaround Among Independents 

October 10, 2012

UTICA, N.Y. -- A new Washington Times/Zogby Poll of 800 likely voters shows the presidential race back to a dead heat between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney. The live telephone survey was conducted by Zogby Analytics Friday through Sunday - the entire sample after both the October 3 debate and the Labor Department's release of new unemployment figures. 

Obama and G.O.P. Agree on Spending Cuts That Will Kill Dozens of Pro-Labor Projects

Obama and G.O.P. Agree on Spending Cuts That Will Kill Dozens of Pro-Labor Projects

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