Chris Rockwood: my kind of Congressional candidate!

This is just amazing.

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What do you get without a union? 12 hour shifts!

No matter how glowing the remarks in this article about the success of 12 hour shifts, I can say from first hand experience that they pretty much suck…back in the late 1970′s when I thought being a machinist was cool and the road to big blue collar money I worked in a non-union contract manufacturer…and [...]

AFSCME adds more than 90,000 new members in 2014

This is great news! AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders today announced that, even in the face of attacks from anti-worker politicians, billionaires and judges across the country (including the United States Supreme Court), AFSCME gained more than 90,000 new members during the past six months.

AFSCME nearly doubled the goal set in early January 2014 when [...]

I Am Not Surprised: Justices Rule in Favor of Hobby Lobby

“Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations“:

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom. It was, the dissent said, “a decision of startling breadth.”

The 5-to-4 ruling, which applied to [...]

Another Point On the True Cost of Labor:

Late last year I wrote a bit about the true cost of labor and how maintaining an undervalued minimum wage structure subsidizes employers and skews the cost/value of some products and services. For those who didn’t have time to read through to the conclusion, here is a graphic from AFSCME that illustrates my point:

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VW considering distregarding union vote at Chattnooga plant

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/apr/07/vw-considering-tossing-election-results-and-accept/?breakingnews>This would be great news. An anti-union group said today that Volkswagen is considering disregarding the February election results over United Auto Workers representation at the Chattanooga plant and accepting authorization cards the union claims to have collected last year.

Matt Patterson of the Center for Worker Freedom said that such a course of action [...]

Not a moment, but a movement.

The day before the Reverend Dr. William Barber II spoke at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, the Reverend Curtis Gatewood, community organizer with the HKonJ/Moral Monday’s movement in North Carolina, spoke with Eric Schubring and Fightingbob.com founder Ed Garvey on WOJB community radio. Scroll down on the WOJB website to find the recording and give [...]

Saturday Humor or Maybe Irony: On the Teaching Profession

Last Panel: little kid is a Republican…the janitor a Democrat.

From Go Comics!

County Supervisor Wants Us Working On The Chain Gang

We all realize that this winter has been one of the hardest on our streets and highways. All of us have certainly hit potholes that rattled our filings when they couldn’t be avoided. But I am not sure that using inmates from the County House of Corrections to fill the potholes is the correct answer. [...]

UAW appeals Volkswagen union vote, citing “extraordinary interference”

This is great news! The United Auto Workers will appeal its loss in a unionization vote at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., claiming it faced “extraordinary interference” from Republican politicians like Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam.

The vote, held last week, was UAW’s best opportunity in 40 years to organize a Southern, [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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