100 years ago, if you were an industrialist who wanted to keep unions out of your plant, you hired the Pinkerton detective agency to infiltrate the unions and, if necessary, bust some heads. Today, corporations employ more subtle, but perhaps more effective strategies to prevent their workers from organizing. Law firms such as Ogletree Deakins […]
Every year, the Wisconsin AFL/CIO publishes its labor report card on members of the Wisconsin Legislature. The 2018 edition just came out, and the 103rd Wisconsin Legislature of 2017-2018, may have just received some of the worst grades of all time. Joining Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing, by phone, to explain just how unfriendly […]
Hot on the heels of similar victories in Oklahoma and West Virginia, striking teachers in Kentucky celebrated last week’s override of Governor Matt Bevin’s veto of legislation that would provide more funding for Kentucky public schools. As a result, Kentucky will now enact 50-cent hike in cigarette taxes and a 6 percent sales tax on […]
An engaging collection of riveting stories about working people in United States history fighting back in the darkest times. Class War, USA is a rich collection of stories about ordinary people who resisted oppression and exploitation against all odds. Brandon Weber’s succinct and vivid essays capture crucial moments of struggle when working-class people built movements of […]
One of the great challenges facing workers’ movements is how fast the capitalist-fueled world changes. The monied class, it seems, is always one step ahead. Try to unionize grocery store workers, and they get replaced by self-checkout machines. Try to pool workers’ money for political action, and your state legislature enacts right-to-work. In his new […]
MADISON (WORT) — The Wisconsin Assembly’s Labor Committee heard nearly 12 hours of public comment on proposed right-to-work legislation Monday. Despite the vast majority of testimony being in opposition to the bill, Wisconsin could be a right-to-work state by the end of the week.