labor

What ever happened to the glory days of organized labor?

A new study by sociology professors at Harvard and the University of Washington has recently been published, detailing the correlation between the decline of union power/union membership and the rise in income inequality. The study finds that "between 1973 and 2007, when inequality in hourly wages spiked by 40%... union membership for private-sector male workers fell from 34% to 8%."

Vlog Entry: Rising unemployment and recalls, recalls, recalls

The Progressive Majority interns and I had lunch at Farragut North and talked to some DC locals about the issues of the day.

 

State Politics Cheat Sheet - 7/8/11

State politics are hard to keep up with. We make it easy by bringing you this week's highlights.

A Right to Work bill was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly just last week, but legislators are sure that the bill doesn’t stand a chance against the labor-friendly legislature.

 

This week in State Legislation

Read up on what's been happening in state legislatures around the country this week. We give you all the news; the good and the bad, the happy and the sad... as well as the just plain puzzling.

NCSL tracks state legislation

Wondering what your local state legislators are up to? The National Conference of State Legislatures has an enourmous searchable database of state bills. Actually, they have several databases, so it can get confusing trying to get to them all.

For those of you policy wonks who want to get deep into the reeds, here's a list of all their legislation databases:

Labor and Employment Legislation

Medical: Scope of Practice Legislation

Labor Acronyms: Who are they and what they do

With labor fights happening all over the country, news reports are veritable alphabet soups of the who's-who in labor unions. We break it down for you here!

If anything, we're even more fired up about Wisconsin

In a hypocritical and duplicitous move, 18 Republican Wisconsin state senators passed Govenor Scott Walker's proposal to end collective bargaining late last night.

It's now clear to all of us: this was not about saving the budget; this was all about destroying unions. With thousands of protesters storming the state capitol we have a message to you:

How about running against these arrogant legislators and bringing union rights back in 2012?

Repairs or regression?

There’s more to this budget repair bill than the labor piece. For those brave enough, you can read all 144 pages  or read some Keats, it would probably be less depressing.

The two other issues are:

Serious cuts to education that could spell the end of many Madison public schools, a split of the University of Wisconsin campus and the end to Title I funding for low-income students.

Protests continue in Wisconsin

Teachers calling in sick en masse, thousands outside Gov. Scott Walker's door. When Wisconites get mad, they get organized.

Protestors in Wisconsin

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