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  • Pajama Boy
    How to rescue Labor building true believers not activists - a commentary
    One of the most used and least effective taunts in today’s political battlefield is the accusation that one side is truly ‘grassroots’ while the other is simply ‘astroturf’; suggesting that the battle is between ...
  • Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO
    Income inequality focus at South Bay labor council event
    The recent labor council event organized around the 2014 Committee on Political Education (COPE) awards dinner at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center was an unforgettable experience for attendees.The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 6157,...
  • Pajama Boy: Hipster versus Hardhats and the reemergence of The Silent Majority
    Pajama Boy: Hipsters versus Hardhats and the reemergence of The Silent Majority
    During the Vietnam War one political dynamic emerged that crushed the Democratic Party for a generation. It was known as the hard hats versus the hippies. The hippies were thought of as elite rich kids who had the courage of their conviction as...
  • Unions and Obamacare
    Thought Longshoremen, AFL-CIO Obamacare-split was a good sign? Not
    Labor unions, public and private, have been as loyal as any faction of the Democratic Party; so it seemed a good omen for future repeal or de-funding when the Obamacare-supporting AFL-CIO lost 40,000 ILWU members over that support. But then we...
  • Tea Party rally at the Capitol in Washington Tuesday
    Richard Trumka told Obama he would 'soften' harsh union resolutions on ObamaCare
    Avik Roy of Forbes reported yesterday that labor leaders expressed "their concerns" over the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare's impact on "union-sponsored health insurance plans" at theAFL-CIO’s annual convention this...
  • Right to Work States
    On Labor Day, Gallup says majority of Americans still approve labor unions
    With 24 states now passing right-to-work legislation, and with more Republican-leaning states like Ohio wanting to follow suit with work laws that are dubious at best about whether they increase jobs or decrease wages, it seems surprising that a...
  • Obama and Trumka
    Longshoremen to AFL-CIO, "We Quit" Over Obamacare
    The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), have announced that they are leaving the AFL-CIO, citing irreconcilable differences. The union cited many grievences but focused mainly on Obamacare and accused AFL-CIO president, Richard...
  • Longshoremen split with AFL-CIO
    Longshoremen split with AFL-CIO, cite Obamacare, immigration
    In a letter sent to AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, the 40,000-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union said it was cutting formal ties with the AFL-CIO over a laundry list of issues, including Obamacare and immigration reform, Breitbart...
  • The labor unions’ plan of polarization
    The labor unions’ plan of polarization
    Labor unions in America go as far back as 1773 although they were referred to as guilds back then. The first strike by a union was in 1779 when printers in New York decided they wanted more money and lesser hours. The first strike in Philadelphia...
  • Two July 2 'Human Chains' for Social Security in South Carolina
    Two July 2 'Human Chains' for Social Security in South Carolina
    Two South Carolina demonstrations gathered 30 participants, who didn’t let July 2’s heavy rain interrupt their message about Social Security.At North Charleston City Hall, 17 umbrella bearers formed the “Human Chain Against...
  • Stamp Out Hunger
    Letter carriers score well-fed food drive
    Its recent food drive was the second-most successful to date in total goods collected, the National Association of Letter Carriers announced in a June 10 press release.An annual program, this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive”...
  • Are the rich to blame for the bankruptcy of America? Some people think so
    Are the rich to blame for the bankruptcy of America? Some people think so
    The California Federation of Teachers (CFT) and the American Federation of Teachers have put out a new video(seen below) which is angering many Americans while rallying others. It was written and directed by CFT Communications Director Fred Glass...
  • Protect Our Future
    Protect Our Future rally on Dec. 10
    Demonstrations against risks to Social Security and Medicare are taking place nationwide, including here in Charleston.Dubbed “Protect our Future,” the Charleston Central Labor Council is organizing a rally on Monday, Dec. 10 from 5:30...
  • Walmart strike doesn't materialize
    Black Friday Walmart strike fizzles
    Last week, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called for a strike at all Walmart stores. He called for it to happen on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year with the hopes of delivering a crippling blow to the retailing giant. That didn...
  • The latest on the unemployment line
    Labor battle takes the life of Twinkie the Kid
    Though Twinkie the Kid didn't campaign for either candidate during the 2012 presidential campaign, it would appear that election signaled his last roundup.Hostess Brands (formerly known as Interstate Bakeries), maker of the beloved Twinkies...