Labor Articles

Feds Push 'Faith-Based Argument for Raising the Minimum Wage'

8:50 AM, Apr 10, 2013

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed raising the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour. In support of this initiative, the White House has blogged about it and published a "fact sheet," as well. Acting Secretary of Labor Seth Harris has even conducted a "minimum wage tour" to draw attention to the issue.

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Acting Labor Secretary Mocks ‘Small-Government’ Conservatives, CEOs

9:31 AM, Mar 19, 2013

Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris addressed the Annual Legislative Conference of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) on Monday. As part of a scathing attack on attempts to reform public employee labor unions, Harris told a joke that he said was “making the rounds a few years ago”:

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The Contrasting Fates of Dow Jones and John & Jane Doe

6:00 AM, Mar 08, 2013

For someone who aggressively campaigned on the notion that the Republican party cares disproportionately about the rich, President Obama’s economic scorecard is rather illuminating.

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Obama to Bring in 'Progressive and Labor Leaders' for Immigration Discussion

6:34 PM, Feb 04, 2013

Tomorrow at the White House, President Barack Obama will bring in "progressive and labor leaders" for an immigration discussion. He'll also be meeting with "business leaders" to discuss the same topic.

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Obama’s ‘Recess’ Appointments Declared Unconstitutional

4:20 PM, Jan 25, 2013

Today, President Obama’s belief in a “living Constitution” came up against a ruling that enforced our fixed Constitution.  A 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously declared Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board to be unconstitutional.  In making those appointments when the Senate was still in session, Obama sought to do an end-around that deliberative body — a move made all the more striking by the fact that the Senate was, and is, controlled by his own party.

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Labor Secretary Resigns

4:22 PM, Jan 09, 2013

Labor secretary Hilda Solis is stepping down. The White House confirms the news with this statement by President Barack Obama:

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Chris Christie Endorsed by Laborers International Union

12:37 PM, Dec 18, 2012

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has accepted the endorsement of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), according to an announcement from the Republican's reelection campaign. The organization "is one of the largest unions in the state, representing over 20,000 laborers across New Jersey primarily within the construction and manufacturing trades."

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Senator Stabenow on Union Protests: 'Keep Fighting!'

11:03 AM, Dec 12, 2012

Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, encouraged folks to "keep fighting!" after her side lost the labor dispute that will now give union members the right-to-work.

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Obamacare and the 29-Hour Ceiling

10:46 AM, Oct 22, 2012

In the Washington Post, Robert Samuelson highlights how Obamacare would needlessly complicate our society, make it more maddeningly litigious, give the I.R.S. more prominence, and make it harder for workers to get employers to give them so much as 30 hours a week. 

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For Every Person Added to Labor Force, 10 Added to Those Not in Labor Force

12:09 PM, Oct 15, 2012

A new chart from the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee details the fact that, since January 2009, for every person added to the labor force, 10 have been added to those not in the labor force. Here's a chart showing the dwindling labor force:

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Then deletes the message.
12:24 PM, Sep 06, 2012

According to the Sunlight Foundation, the White House retweeted a message that stated, "@HildaSolisDOL WE NEED NATIONAL WORKERS UNION! LABOR LAWS 2 FEW 2 WEAK! WORKING PEEPS SLAVES 2 WALL ST! #HappyLaborDay #un ..."

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Dems. Announce Anti-Card Check Convention Speaker

12:58 PM, Aug 24, 2012

Earlier today, Democrats announced that Costco CEO Jim Sinegal will be speaking at their convention in September. But while Sinegal has been a faithful supporter of President Obama, even holding a fundraiser for the president at his Washington state home recently, the choice of him as a speaker in Charlotte is likely once again to aggravate labor unions.

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At Union Rally, DNC Chair and Labor Chief Launch Broadside Against Paul Ryan

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Richard Trumka weigh in.
12:57 PM, Aug 11, 2012

Speaking at the Workers Stand for America union rally in Philadelphia today, Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz wasted no time attacking newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. 

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Some Laws Favor Labor Unions

11:00 PM, Aug 09, 2012

A new study from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds that, when it comes to “threatening or disruptive behavior,” union members have far more rights—or, at least, far more license—than their fellow Americans.

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Bad News, Bad Economists

9:22 AM, Jun 01, 2012

The unemployment numbers have been released and they are dismal and, typically, unexpectedly so. Fewer than 70,000 new jobs and the least scary measure of unemployment rising from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent. According to NPR:

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Romney Accuses Santorum of Unholy Alliance in Wisc. Robocall

2:31 PM, Apr 03, 2012

A final get out the vote call from Mitt Romney's campaign in Wisconsin suggests an unholy alliance of the Santorum campaign, "union bosses," Democrats, and Santorum's "cronies" might be conspiring to extend the GOP contest, and urges Wisconsin voters to stop those efforts by voting for Romney. The call seeks to align Romney with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, whose challenge of public employee unions has made him immensely popular among the state's Republicans.

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Trumka Bellows: 'Government Action Is the Only Way to Create Jobs Right Now'

3:01 PM, Oct 04, 2011

AFL-CIO president had a message for leftist activists today in Washington, D.C.: "We’ll make government create jobs, because government action is the only way to create jobs right now."

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What do Democrats Want?

9:09 AM, Sep 16, 2011

In a column titled "Democrats Plagued By Ingratitude," Byron York poses these questions:

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NLRB Bill Passes House

9:27 PM, Sep 15, 2011

The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act, which simply "prohibit[s] the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance," passed the House of Representatives today, 238-186. Eight Democrats voted for the bill, including seven Blue Dogs, and seven Republicans voted against it.

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Immelt, Trumka to Join First Lady at Jobs Speech

2:01 PM, Sep 08, 2011

The White House has released the list of those who will be sitting in the first lady's box tonight during President Obama's jobs address in Congress. Among the Obamas' guests will be several business leaders and politicians, including some very close friends of the president, and others from around the country.

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The Daily Grind: Teleprompter Talking Points

6:30 AM, Sep 01, 2011

Washington Post: "Coincidences don’t happen in presidential politics. Ever."

Politico: "If he has a jobs proposal, put it in writing, give us a cost estimate, and send it over. I want to read the bill, not listen to talking points off a TelePrompter."

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Hope and Change: AFL-CIO's Trumka Plans to Distance Labor From Democrats

1:30 PM, Aug 25, 2011

Big Labor is finally getting tired of being led on by Democrats. Politico reports:

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Trumka: Unions Thriving in Wisconsin!

11:51 AM, Aug 25, 2011


Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, said today that unions are not deterred at all by their failure to overturn Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's law curbing public employee unions' power through recent state supreme court and state senate elections.

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New Romney Ad Focuses on Right to Work

But will Mitt try to compete in South Carolina?
2:01 PM, Aug 24, 2011

A new web ad released today by the Romney campaign highlights Mitt Romney's support for right to work laws. In the video, a paper company owner in New Hampshire explains how a union forcing his employees to join would hurt his business. Watch the video below:

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Organized Labor No Longer Just Backing Democrats?

8:55 AM, May 20, 2011

Organized labor makes up 12 of the top 20 political donors in the last 20 years and nearly all of that money has gone to Democrats. Labor leaders have also been less than subtle in their criticisms of Republicans over the years.

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Why Women Earn Less

12:01 PM, Apr 12, 2011

Today is Equal Pay Day, which supposedly "symbolizes how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010." But in today's Wall Street Journal, Carrie Lukas explains the disparity between average wages for men and women in economic terms:

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Labor Defends Koch Industries

8:38 AM, Apr 01, 2011

A senior official at the United Steeleworkers union defends Koch Industries from the onslaught of attacks from the left. His reasoning? Boycotting Koch, as some on the left have been advocating, would hurt the people who work for Koch.


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