Labor Rally In Madison On Tuesday and Wednesday

A rally to oppose the Republicans Trash Work (RTW) bill is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at noon at the Capitol:

Workers file OSHA complaint about unsafe Scott Walker TV ad

In a recent TV ad, Gov. Scott Walker used a ladder to climb out of a hole in the ground (see the image above), and while some have used that ad against Gov. Walker to point out the hole he’s put our state in, some workers have filed an OSHA complaint against Gov. Walker […]

Whither MKE Cnty: AFL-CIO Response to Rep. Sanfelippo

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Statement on Proposed Changes to Milwaukee County Board in Rep. Sanfelippo’s LRB 1340/2

“The proposed changes to the Milwaukee County Board would infringe upon a citizen’s right to meaningful representation, reduce participation in democracy and silence the voices of Milwaukee County residents,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Making […]

Organized labor holding its own convention instead of attend Democratic Convention

I’d rather go to this than to the Democratic National Convention in August. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday that his union will not be at the Democratic convention, “do[es] not intend to put any money into the convention” and will be hosting its own convention — without Obama.

Speaking in Washington, D.C., Trumka said […]

Unions as a Civil Right

In a recent Op-Ed by written by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Z. Marvit, who advocate for adding the right to organize a labor union, without employer discrimination, to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Here is an excerpt, I recommend the whole read:

Other skeptics suggest that because laws now exist providing […]

Labor unions cut financial support to national Democrats

Saying they’re highly frustrated with the failure of national Democrats to put up stronger resistance to Republican proposals to weaken the organized labor movement, some of the country’s largest labor unions are scaling back their financial support to the Democratic Party.

Last month the 300,000-member International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) announced it would no […]

AFL-CIO sends Scott Walker cease and desist order

As first reported by The Atlantic last week, earlier this month Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s staff posted the photo below to his Facebook page, with the caption, “The Governor received this sticker from a union shop in Sheboygan.”

Image courtesy The Atlantic (click for full size)

Shortly after the photo was posted to Facebook, […]

TRUMKA – “It already has!”

I was recently given the opportunity to sit down with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Mr. Trumka was very cordial and positive and had plenty to say about the state of the union and what started in Madison and has blossomed throughout the country and the world.

Mr. Trumka gladly took all of our questions […]

Obama administration criticizes organized labor; organized labor hits back

As first reported by, the Obama Administration clearly doesn’t think much of organized labor after labor came out in full support of Lt. Governor Bill Halter in his primary challenge to incumbent Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas. Halter, who last month forced a primary runoff with Sen. Lincoln, lost the Democratic U.S. Senate […]