The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits. It's about labor's influence.

The battle between Republicans and labor unions in Ohio, Wisconsin and other states is ostensibly about public workers' pay, benefits and bargaining rights. What is really at stake, however, isn't labor's income. It's labor's influence - not just in the American workplace but in American politics. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Jon Mitchell - Mar 6, 2011 - 12:03 PM PST
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Francis Lilly
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by Francis Lilly - Mar. 11, 2011

Excellent journalism. See Red Herring qualifier below. Having been a union member, then management, then twilight zone between both as “professional” after receiving my BA Business (minor Economics) I feel this is as accurate a description of the “state of the union” (pun intended) as can be presented in the limited space allowed. Unlike other reviewers, I don’t classify it as a total “opinion” piece. For me, credibility is demonstrated by credentials of the authors along with observable facts (verified and validated in my own workplaces and university economics and psychology classrooms and labs), stated non-refutable “mission” of labor unions (and their shortcomings in carrying out their mission), union ... More »

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Mar. 11, 2011

Great opinion piece and historical perspective about the Special Interests and the Too Rich assault on the middle class, which builds to its major point: the right wing’s all-important objective is “to protect the special interests that represent corporate America and Wall Street from any serious challenge.” The author describes the current state of labor as: “battered but still standing”. However, if Americans don’t realize what’s being done to them, labor will not be standing much longer.

In their fervidness to transform America–land of the free, home of the brave–from Democracy to Corporatism–land of those in bondage, home of those made fearful–and to decimate individual rights, it’s absolutely critical for Special Interests and the Too Rich to wipe out the middle class. As the article bears witness, unions gave average Americans an organized voice strong enough to stand up to money and power. What kind of America do the spoilers want? Look at America of ... More »

Unions also carried the battle beyond the ballot box. Organized labor was on the front lines during the struggle for universal health care and the fight for Medicare for ... More »

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Jon Mitchell
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by Jon Mitchell - Mar. 6, 2011
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Frank Whitman
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by Frank Whitman - Mar. 16, 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS MISLEADING,AND IN SOME AREA'S WRONG,THE REASON MOST WORKING CLASS what has happened is nothing more than a poor attempt to bust a union,let history show On a cold winter night in 1869 nine idealistic garment cutters in Philadelphia established the nation’s first major labor organization called the Noble & Holy Order of Knights of Labor to unite all workers in one union. They sought an 8 hour day, the end of child labor, and equal pay for women. To achieve this they would try & educate the public and help change the laws. By 1875 because of their openness their size had grown to 100,000. Almost anyone could become a member: unskilled workers, black workers, and women. In 1977 in the midst of another ... More »

THIS ARTICLE IS MISLEADING,AND IN SOME PLACES COMEPLETLY WRONG

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Rajiv Thakur
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by Rajiv Thakur - Mar. 7, 2011

Yes, Political scientists and explain how weakening unions will gut the middle class

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