Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Senate Republicans Vote to Silence Working Americans

Senate Republicans Vote to Silence Working Americans

Senate Republicans voted unanimously last week for elections that are competitions of cash, with candidates who amass the most money empowered to shout down opponents.

The GOP rejected elections that are contests of ideas won by candidates offering the best concepts.

Forty-two Republican Senators on Thursday opposed advancing a proposed constitutional amendment called Democracy for All. It would have ended the one percent’s control over elections and politicians. It would have reversed the democracy-destroying Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions by permitting Congress and state legislatures to once again limit campaign spending. Republicans said no because they favor the system that indentures politicians to wealthy benefactors. 

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Michigan Says, 'Sorry We Slapped Your Wrist Too Hard': Winners and Losers of the Week

Michigan Says, 'Sorry We Slapped Your Wrist Too Hard': Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

Winners: Michigan teachers, who massively rejected a big push from the extreme right-wing Mackinac Center for Public Policy for them to opt out of paying union dues under new "right to work" rules in the state. 

Runners-Up: The cities of Sequim and Shelton, Wash., which fought back local right to work efforts funded by the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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New Website Keeps You on Top of Southern California Carwash Workers' Fight for Justice

Mike Hall

Mike Hall Senior Writer, AFL-CIO

New Website Keeps You on Top of Southern California Carwash Workers' Fight for Justice

We’ve been reporting on the fight for justice for Southern California Carwash workers—and their Community, Labor, Environmental, Action Network (CLEAN) Carwash campaign's many victories—since the carwasheros launched their campaign. Now with a new website, you can keep up with the latest developments in the workers’ campaign.

Here are some of the new features:

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Workers Shut Down Chipotle Store Over ‘Borderline Sweatshop Conditions’

Bryce Covert

Bryce Covert Economic Policy Editor, Think Progress

Workers Shut Down Chipotle Store Over ‘Borderline Sweatshop Conditions’

A Chipotle location in State College, Pennsylvania was shut down for several hours on Wednesday after workers walked out, posting a sign about what it’s like to work there.

“Ask your corporate offices why their employees are forced to work in borderline sweatshop conditions,” the sign read. The sign claimed, “Almost the entire management and crew have resigned.”

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Pass the Democracy for All Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Pass the Democracy for All Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Union Matters

The Wealthy Pay Four Times More for a Parking Space than Working People Pay for a House

Developers in Manhattan have just placed ten underground parking spaces at a new condo complex up for sale. At $1 million each.

The spaces may well sell out. Just this past May, another Manhattan developer listed 25 parking spaces for sale at $500,000. The 25 spots all quickly found buyers. That didn’t surprise the developer. The adjacent apartments, the developer explained to the New York Times, were selling for $47 million.

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