Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gingrich Says Child Labor Laws Are “Stupid”

On November 18th, in an address to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Business, Newt Gingrich suggested that child labor laws effectively entrap poor children, who would be much better off if they were not prohibited from working at an early age by “stupid” child labor laws. Mr. Gingrich feels as though there was a time when […]

Is a Robin Hood Tax What We Need?

The Robin Hood tax, a financial speculation tax, may be the answer to the 99 percent concerns. If Congress were to pass this tax, it would supposedly raise more than $350 billion between January 2013 and 2021 and would reach the Super Committee’s budget deficit goal in savings of $1.3 trillion, as well as enable […]

NBA Players’ Union Dissolved, Season Hopes Dashed

On Monday, the National Basketball Players Association voted to disband the player’s union. This move will end negotiations with the NBA and turn the labor dispute into a courtroom legal battle. After two and a half years of negotiations, the NBPA voted to dissolve itself by declaring “disclaiming interest” in response to NBA Commissioner David Stern’s […]

Ohio, Labor Wins in its Own Right

The labor movement gained a very significant win last Tuesday when Ohioans voted to repeal a law that largely restricted collective bargaining rights for public workers. Many argue that the referendum serves as a warning for Republican leaders in Ohio who currently control the state’s government. However, it remains unclear whether the victory in Ohio […]

ILO Upholds TWU Complaint, Finds NY Strike Ban Violates Workers’ Human Rights

ILO has just ruled that New York’s ban on and penalties for public sector strikes, as carried out during the 2005 NYC transit strike, violates workers’ fundamental human rights. As many will remember, NY courts jailed Roger Toussaint, fined the union, its members and leaders millions, and took away dues checkoff as punishment for a […]

NYT: “In Alabama, Calls for Revamping Immigration Law”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An increasing number of state lawmakers say they are willing to consider critical changes to Alabama’s sweeping anti-immigration law, part of which appears to make proof of citizenship or legal residency a requirement even for mundane activities like garbage pickup, dog licenses and flu shots at county health departments. As they learn […]

Unions Now Support Occupy Wall Street

Labor unions are lining up in support of the Occupy Wall Street, both with the national movement and its local affiliates that are protesting the seemingly entrenched corporate power that emanates from Wall Street, according to the AFL-CIO’s blog.  Starting with the original Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan, union endorsements helped swell the size of […]

Facebook & Department of Labor Partner Up to Help You Find a Job

Employers are notorious for using social media websites such as Facebook to research potential employees.  But now, they may also use this platform to reach out to other potential workers.  Facebook has recently announced that they have partnered up with the U.S. Department of Labor and other education and employer organizations to create a Facebook […]

Schultz Teams Up With OFN To Create Jobs

 Starbucks Coffee Company’s CEO, Howard Schultz, has long been an active voice in the political sphere, as recently noted with his request to fellow CEOs to boycott campaign donations until Congress puts aside political differences, but now it seems he has decided to take matters into his own hands with his jobs initiative, “Create Jobs […]

Utilizing Momentum for Equality – the Repeal of DOMA in the Wake of DADT… is ENDA Next?

This past February, President Obama announced that the White House would no longer support or defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law in 1996 by President Bill Clinton. Due to the constant constitutional challenges to the controversial Act, Republican leaders hired former SG Paul Clement to defend the Act for […]