Trumka Calls Court Ruling on NLRB Appointments ‘Radical and Unprecedented’

by Mike Hall

Richard Trumka

Richard Trumka

(Jan 25, 2013) A panel of Republican-appointed judges, including one who has, according to Think Progress, previously suggested that all business, labor and Wall Street regulation is constitutionally suspect, ruled that President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are invalid. Senate Republicans had been blocking confirmation votes on the three before the president’s action.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the ruling “shocking.”

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Great Videos from AFL-CIO and Laughing Liberally

The AFL-CIO has created a great new website to defend and promote Collective Bargaining.  In addition to useful fact sheets, reports, and editorials, the Collective Bargaining Facts features a series of hilarious–and educational videos done in collaboration with Laughing Liberally.

View the other two after the break.

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If Only Employees Enjoyed the Same Rights as Criminals

by Ellen Dannin

If Only Employees Enjoyed the Same Rights as Criminals

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Imagine being accused of a crime you did not commit, a crime so serious that the penalty was capital punishment. Naturally, with your life at stake, you would want the best attorney possible, someone who would stand with you and fight for justice. Among other things, your attorney would tell you that our criminal justice system required the prosecutor to prove you had committed the crime.

Now, imagine a system where no one had to prove you were guilty and where no proof you could offer could save you. Millions of Americans enter that system just by being an employee. In the United States, employers can legally fire employees without cause, and no amount of evidence can save that employee’s job. This is “employment at will,” a system created by judges in the 19th century, a system that lets employees be fired for a good reason, a bad reason or no reason.
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