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Right-to-Work Scam Hurts All Workers

May 21, 2015 By Joye Barksdale State lawmakers in Missouri who eagerly jumped on the right-to-work bandwagon last week should have done their homework. Maybe if they had, they wouldn’t have passed a bill that will fail union and nonunion workers alike. The Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Economic Policy Institute (EPI)…

Educators outline lasting effects of budget cuts on schools

May 19, 2015 By Capitol News (Photo above) During a Monday media briefing in Sacramento, CTA Legislative Advocate Estelle Lemieux (at podium) details the $59 billion that will be required to fund educators, school programs, and services for students that were cut during the Great Recession. Educators are hopeful that funding due schools through the…

In awe of Nurses Week 2015

May 14, 2015 By Dian Palmer As Nurses Week comes to a close, I sit in awe of how our Nurse Alliance of SEIU Healthcare colleagues choose to celebrate the week by promoting quality patient care and advance the nursing profession–much in the same way we do throughout the year. It’s not just the work…

Suit against teachers unions isn’t about free speech but silencing members

May 12, 2015 By Michael Hiltzik Attacks on public employee unions, especially teachers unions, have become a permanent feature of the political landscape. But you’d be hard pressed to find one as incoherent and dishonest as a lawsuit filed last month in federal court in Los Angeles against six California and national teachers unions. The…

Unions are Becoming Cool

May 7, 2015 By Michael Byrne New research shows that more young people view unions favorably, including even millennials who are conservative on political issues. It’s a promising trend that bodes well for the future if young people look to improve their conditions by organizing.  Fifty-five percent of people age 18-29 view unions favorably, compared with…

International Workers’ Day

We at The Laborhood want to wish you a happy International Workers’ Day! International Workers’ Day (sometimes referred to as May Day) celebrates what workers are able to accomplish together –from negotiating better wages and working conditions, to securing benefits for their families, to facilitating job trainings, and protecting unemployment insurance. The date was chosen…

The Clear Case For Raising Wages And Benefits

April 30, 2015 By John Michael Spinelli (Plunderbund) It’s not news to those who follow labor markets that the erosion of collective bargaining has undercut wages and benefits not only for union members, but for nonunion workers as well. This has been a major cause of middle-class income stagnation and rising inequality, according to an…

SHARE YOUR STORY – Mark James Miller

We are The Laborhood. We are your children’s teachers, your loved ones in home support care provider, your local firefighters and first responders, and folks like Mark James Miller. I have had many wonderful moments in the course of my union work, but one of the best was an event that took place last December….