Posted on August 28, 2014 by dcampbell1
10 Ways President Obama Can Take Executive Action on Immigration to Protect Workers’ Rights Now An Important statement from the AFL-CIO
President Barack Obama should advance the rights of workers by taking executive action on immigration. Emilio said: “I’m here because it is important that while the president considers taking administrative action to protect many of our families from being deported, he also has to consider that we are all workers and will remain as easy prey of exploitative companies if we do not count with any relief.”
Here are 10 ways Obama can take executive action right now to provide relief to workers:
Sign the AFL-CIO’s petition calling on President Obama to take executive action now.
Filed under: Immigrant Workers, Low wage workers, Politics | Tagged: AFL-CIO, Barack Obama, immigration, Obama, Richard Trumka, United States, United States Congress | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 2, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
By Mike Elk
An Amazon warehouse in Chattanooga, Tenn. struck many worker advocates as an odd stop for Obama on his recent “jobs tour” around the country. The president says he has gone on the tour in order to “lay out [his] ideas for how we can build on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle-class in America.”
However, worker advocates claim that the low-pay temp jobs at the Chattanooga warehouse contribute to a disturbing trend of middle-class erosion. As Dave Jamieson of the Huffington Post reported earlier this week, Amazon employs a temporary staffing agency at the warehouse, Integrity Staffing Solutions, that advertises seasonal jobs at the warehouse with a starting pay of $11.50 an hour, or about $24,000 a year (significantly less than the estimated living wage [PDF] for a dual-earner family of four in Chattanooga, which is $12.54 an hour). Continue reading
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Amazon, Barack Obama, sweatshops, Walmart | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 24, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
This analysis of President Obama’s current economic pivot was written before today’s Knox College speech. The author provides an update here.–Talking Union
by Jack Rasmus
This coming week and next, President Obama is reportedly planning to make a series of speeches on the economy. The deeper purpose of his coming speaking tour, however, is to stake out his position for the upcoming budget and deficit cutting battle that this writer has been predicting will occur within the next few months, as both the new budget year begins October 1 and a new ‘debt ceiling’ extension deadline concurrently approaches .
The hiatus in deficit cutting—aka ‘Austerity American Style’—that has characterized recent month is now coming to an end. A new round of austerity negotiations between the administration and radical conservatives in the US House of Representatives is about to begin. (For a deeper analysis, see this writer’s recent article entitled ‘Austerity American Style’ in the July issue of Against the Current magazine, as well as on the blog, jackrasmus.com).
Obama’s new Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, provided the administration’s first ‘shot across the bow’ last week, announcing that the administration would not tolerate another ‘debt ceiling crisis’ in the coming months like that which occurred in August 2011. Once again, as in the past, House Republicans simply shrugged, having recently cut food stamps for millions and engineered a phony agreement on student debt interest payments.
Filed under: Economy | Tagged: austerity, Barack Obama, Simpson-Bowles | 7 Comments »
Posted on July 23, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
By Bruce Vail
In a new ad campaign, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) asks the President to close Obamacare loopholes that would leave many construction workers without coverage. (From the IBEW website)
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) added its voice last week to the growing number of labor unions with complaints about how President Barack Obama is handling implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), better known as Obamacare.
The 725,000-member IBEW released a white paper on July 11 calling for changes to how the law treats multi-employer plans (also known as Taft-Hartley plans). These plans, which are jointly administered by unions and their employers, are endangered by the ACA because it will discourage employers from participating in the plans, and place some existing union employers at a financial disadvantage. The health insurance of more than 350,000 IBEW members covered by such plans is at risk, says IBEW spokesperson Jim Spellane. Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care | Tagged: ACA, Barack Obama, IBEW, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Unite Here, United Food & Commercial Workers | 2 Comments »
Posted on July 10, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Harold Meyerson
The Obama Administration’s decision to delay for a year the penalty that employers (in firms of 50 or more employees) must pay if they don’t provide health insurance to their workers shines a light on a problem that may be even more profound than getting health coverage for every American: that is, the decline of the American job.
The employer mandate was designed for an economy in which American workers were employed in what had been normal jobs. In firms of 50 or more, all workers who put in at least 30 hours a week were either to receive coverage from the firm or else the firm would have to pay the government a $2,000 yearly penalty.
Problem is, fewer and fewer workers are putting in 30 hours a week. To begin with, labor-force participation is at its lowest level since women increased their work-force participation in the 1970s. It has declined even during the past four years of so-called recovery. The past four years have also seen a rise in the percentage of workers who are part-timers, who currently constitute 19 percent of the work force. Full-time work has been declining for nearly half-a-century. In 1966, the average workweek was 38.7 hours. Today, it’s 34.5. Continue reading
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Posted on April 11, 2013 by dsalaborblogmoderator
(April 10, 2013) A president’s budget is more than just numbers. It is a profoundly moral document. We believe cutting Social Security benefits and shifting costs to Medicare beneficiaries – while exempting corporate America from shared sacrifice – is wrong and indefensible.
The administration’s budget cuts cost-of-living increases for current and future Social Security beneficiaries by $130 billion over 10 years, and much more in future years. It shifts $64 billion in health care costs to Medicare beneficiaries over 10 years. Yet despite closing some loopholes, it calls for corporate income tax reform that is “revenue neutral” – meaning it fails to ask big, profitable corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Politics | Tagged: AFL-CIO, Barack Obama, Richard Trumka | 1 Comment »
Posted on January 31, 2013 by dcampbell1
By RoseAnn DeMoro
NNU Executive Director
When the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Friday to overturn President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, it handed a huge gift to Wall Street, big corporations and the politicians they control.
In health care, the implications are especially insidious. It is a clear assault on the ability of nurses to act collectively to improve safety standards and public protections for patients.
When the labor board is not dominated by corporate-oriented appointees, as it has been most of the past four decades, the game plan of the antiunion crowd is to bar the board from operating, either by refusing to confirm appointees, de-funding it or destabilizing it. That was what prompted these recess appointments, made by President Obama only after the Senate minority blocked confirmation of his nominees needed to restore a quorum on the board to enable it to function. Continue reading
Filed under: Busting the union busters, Health Care, Solidarity, Women | Tagged: Barack Obama, National Labor Relations Board, National Nurses United, Obama, Senate, United States, United States courts of appeals, Wall Street | Leave a comment »