Monthly Archives: April 2012

Packer’s Woodson Defends Unions & Membership

That pretty much sums it up:
Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers on Unions.

At a breakfast sponsored by Politico in Washington, DC, Green Bay Packers’ star Charles Woodson defends Wisconsin workers’ freedoms and rights: “Wisconsin workers and workers in general should have the right to be a union and they should have a right to fight for whatever rights they believe in. We talk about having freedoms in this country. They should have the freedom to fight for their rights!”
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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Arizona’s SB1070 Two-Year Anniversary

AFL-CIO President Trumka Two years ago this week, Arizona’s Governor Brewer signed into law SB1070, an anti-immigrant law that has, unfortunately, served as a model for legislation passed by several other state legislatures. The results have been shattering – these laws are tearing families apart and destroying the hopes and dreams of children and making it hard for workers to exercise their most fundamental rights. These laws have legalized discrimination, encouraged racial profiling, and sanctioned egregious violations of civil and human rights, and labor laws. Read the rest of this entry

Canada pleased by pipeline progress

 Ogallala Aquifer MapTransCanada’s proposed changes draw praise

There’s momentum building in support of the new route for the Keystone XL Pipeline, as the editorial yesterday in Canada’s “Globe and Mail” highlights.

Approval was delayed when President Obama refused to be pressed into signing off on the project when Republicans tried to force his hand, noting that to do so before final decisions were made about the route would likely open up lawsuits that would possibly further delay the construction.

Meanwhile, TransCanada has quietly pressed ahead with plans to build “to the border” (without securing the politically volatile crossing permit) at the same time as they’ve been working with Nebraska to find a viable alternative route that protects the Sand Hills region of Ogallala aquifer. Click on the map to the right if you want a better view of the area in question. Read the rest of this entry

Beyond Outrage at Politicians: No More “Politics As Usual”

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich sees a problem.

And he’s right when he says that our economy has been rigged against average working people. The media gets more from their advertisers when they talk about who’s up or down, who’s winning or losing; their income benefits from focusing on the controversial, provocative moments that they use to define campaigns and politicians – but that isn’t the same as providing fair, balanced, accurate, complete information to us.

Elections are about winning. They don’t test the skills and aptitude needed to govern effectively, but rather the skills to manage and control what the media says, because that’s all most voters have to go on when making their choices. Read the rest of this entry

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In celebration of labor history month, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics.

Untold Stories is coordinated by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and all events are free and open to the public.

Originally posted on Minnesota Nurses:

In celebration of labor history month, the Untold Stories series presents programs and talks on both local and national labor history topics.

Untold Stories is coordinated by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and all events are free and open to the public.

For a complete listing of Untold Stories events please click here.

Upcoming Untold Stories events include:

David Bacon: Illegal People
Thursday, April 12, 7 pm
Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Chapel, 1600 Grand Avenue

Writer and photojournalist David Bacon returns to the Untold Stories series with a talk on his new book Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants. Bacon is also the author of Children of NAFTA and the photo-documentary project Communities Without Borders.

Ricardo Dominguez
Tuesday, April 17, 5 pm
University of Minnesota, Regis Center for Art (East), Influx Room, 405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

The 18th annual David Noble Lecture, presented by the…

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Healthier Health Care: Local 49 makes the news

Dylan Ratigan

You may have noticed the AFL-CIO featured the remarkable story of Local 49’s health care success in a recent “innovators” article, “Bending the Health Care Cost Curve chart of costs.” If so, you’re not alone – that coverage of our methods for controlling health care costs drew the attention of MS-NBC’s Dylan Ratigan, and on April 9th Ratigan invited Health Fund Coordinator Martha LaFave and recently retired Trustee Jim Hansen to tell the story on national TV.

The truth is the “changes” are pretty common-sense to anybody who has to cover the costs. Martha and Jim were glad to have the opportunity to share the story of how focusing on evidence, prevention, and understanding who pays the bill has led to remarkable reductions in the cost of keeping 30,000 people healthy.

Here’s the video from Monday afternoon’s appearance:  Read the rest of this entry

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