Law and Politics

'Blue Collar Buzz' Talks Trump With DC 37 Leader

September 28, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

'Blue Collar Buzz' Hosts Bill Hohlfeld and Neal Tepel.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we’re talking about how garbage truck drivers and low-income communities throughout New York City are teaming up to fight back against commercial waste industry pollution. We’ve also got an exclusive interview with Henry Garrido, head of NYC’s largest municipal employees union, who warns potential Trump voters that the former reality TV star turned Republican darling has a long history of “failed responsibilities to working people.” 

Can the Sanders Movement Be Turned Into a Permanent Force?

September 27, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination this year was “the most significant left political insurgency in American politics in 50 years,” Bob Masters, political director for Communications Workers of America District One, declared at a forum Sept. 16. “What will become of this incredible mobilization?”

Trump Trailing Among Union Voters, AFL-CIO Poll Says

September 15, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Donald Trump lost support among union members in five key states over the summer, according to internal polling figures released by the AFL-CIO Sept. 7.

This Week's Buzz: Justice for Joe Hill; What's Up With Neoliberal Labor?

September 14, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970 The Answer, we’re looking back at the life of legendary IWW martyr Joe Hill and the new efforts to exonerate him 100 years after his execution. We’ll also talk about the rise of neoliberalism inside the Labor Movement today, and why it’s the wrong move for workers. Next, it’s stirring voices from the instructor lockout at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus, as well as this year’s Labor Day Parade. 

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.”

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