A draft of Scott Walker’s Labor Day speech

Via The Political Environment comes this gem. A reader dropped this off. She said she found it on the back of a George Webb’s paper place mat, and I spent the morning getting the hand writing verified by a palm reader south of town and at two area Walgreen’s pharmacies, so here’s the transcription, verbatim, with his [...]

VIDEO: President Obama’s remarks at Laborfest today

Today President Barack Obama celebrated Labor Day by giving a few remarks at Laborfest in Milwaukee.

Here’s President Obama’s speech.

So what do you think of President Obama’s speech?

Laborfest 2014

From my email inbox comes news of Laborfest 2014.

Laborfest Milwaukee, the only festival on the Summerfest Grounds free and open to the public. 11am Parade beginning at Zeidler Square Memorial Park Laborfest 12pm-5pm Summerfest Grounds

Organized by volunteers from local labor unions and affiliates and supported by area businesses and nonprofits, this year [...]

Anti-union Dan Adams: the wrong choice for Democrats in the 19th Assembly district

In a recent article written by Devon Waugh of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Democrat” Dan Adams (and I use the term Democrat very loosely), one of the four Democrats vying to replace Rep. Jon Richards in the 19th Assembly district, used some interesting language when referring to labor unions. “Time after time, Big Labor creates [...]

Scott Walker contemplating expanding Act 10 to include firefighters & police officers

It should surprise absolutely no one that Gov. Scott Walker is considering expanding the anti-union restrictions of Act 10 to police officers and firefighters if he wins reelection.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said this week that state Republicans might expand the state’s controversial restrictions on collective bargaining to the two sectors spared from the [...]

Chris Rockwood: my kind of Congressional candidate!

This is just amazing.

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Post by Chris Rockwood for Congress.

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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Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

Goal Thermometer