Facing a unionization drive or a contract dispute, many an irritated boss has denigrated the labor movement. Far too many Americans swallow the anti-labor rhetoric spewed by management, which is why our middle-class is struggling, our living standards have declined, and our democracy is in danger from powerful plutocrats. “What have unions ever done for […]
John Samuelsen, president of Transport Workers Union Local 100 and who backed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in last year’s presidential race, said he believes the Democratic Party has lost touch with its blue-collar working-class voters – and Trump has cashed in. Now, Samuelsen said, Trump is courting private sector unions while his budget would lay off thousands of unionized federal workers.
Two things need to be done in the national fight to build successful labor and progressive political movements. Workers and voters who have been divided must unite. And they must unite under their own organic leadership.
Union busting is never pretty. But in the case of Donald Trump, it’s especially ugly. The Republican presidential nominee has campaigned on promises to make America great again by bringing back good jobs. But in Las Vegas, a company he owns with casino mogul Phillip Ruffin has worked methodically to keep hundreds of its own employees from achieving the American dream.
At work, they keep their heads down, grappling with retaliatory managers who cut their hours for slight infractions like needing to pick up a sick child from school. They deal with customers who proposition them sexually, with coworkers who demean and belittle them.
In the early morning hours on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, nearly a thousand hotel workers went on strike July 1 against the Trump Taj Mahal after negotiations broke down over night. The strike entered its sixth day on Wednesday. In front of the hotel were two strikers, Kaushik and Bina Vashi, both immigrants from India and […]
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers trumpeted an agreement reached recently to represent New York Uber drivers, saying it “gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values workers and their families.” But not everyone in the labor movement is cheering.
The Border Patrol union is so impressed with Trump that it has chosen to, well, trumpet its endorsement, breaking with union history in its first-ever official support for a presidential candidate during the primaries.
“Our country was founded on aspects of integrity, honesty, fairness, equality and righteousness. However, I see none of those traits in the decision that has been made with the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.”
There’s something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that Scott Walker has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads “Union made in the USA.”