Volkswagen to allow UAW to represent workers at Tennessee plant

This is great news! One of the most contentious union elections of recent times was last February’s vote on whether to allow United Automobile Workers representation at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant. Tennessee’s Republican senator Bob Corker, who was once mayor of Chattanooga, was accused of interference in the vote when he said that Volkswagen […]

VIDEO: A public servant shares her story of Act 10’s impact on her family

This is a powerful video.

My own thoughts on the impact of Act 10 on public employees are well-documented, but Monologues of Dissent summed up my thoughts perfectly. This is my boat, and the boat of so many other state workers who were barely getting by prior to the “modest concessions” and cuts imposed […]

Gwen Moore arrested while standing up for minimum wage workers

Kudos to Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore for standing up for minimum wage workers who are protesting for an increase in the minimum wage. U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore has been arrested by West Milwaukee police during a minimum wage protest on Miller Park Way.

So far 25 people have been arrested by police officers while […]

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 […]

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