Gov. Bruce Rauner could not conceive that a ceremony in the neighborhood railroad mogul George Pullman named after himself was about recognizing the workers who triumphed despite him.
Residents of Richmond, Calif., home of a Chevron oil refinery, know they’re endangered when workers are. Like the workers, the residents want refineries to become good neighbors by operating safely.
More than 5,000 USW members nationwide are on unfair labor practice strikes demanding corporations respect their bargaining rights and the rights of workers and communities to safety.
Workers were the victims of austerity’s slashed public services, wages and jobs. Those demanding austerity – the 1 percent - and those imposing it - conservative politicians - escaped its bitter effects with shields of cash.
President Obama's middle-class economics will be a hard sell. That’s because Americans have been force-fed that voodoo, greed-is-good, grovel-before-the-rich, trickle-down financial philosophy for so very long.
Fast Track is nothing more than Congress pulling a fast one on the American people. It’s a plan for lawmakers to abdicate their Constitutional responsibility to regulate international trade.
The AFL-CIO launched a campaign last week to wrench worker wages out of the muck and push them up.
America just celebrated the season of giving with Hanukkah and Christmas presents, year-end charity donations and soup kitchen volunteering. Now, however, Americans may suffer the season of GOP taking.
To more permanently tip the scales closer toward equality for workers, President Obama should support workers’ right to form unions and collectively bargain for a fair share of the profits derived from the sweat of their brows.
Bad trade has battered the American dream. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.
CEOs somehow are not derided as moochers, even though their million-dollar pay packages are propped up by tax breaks. It is CEOs, not the working poor, who deserve public scorn for their dependence on government handouts.
President Obama, like all 10 presidents since 1956, Republican and Democrat, has issued an executive order on immigration. The order says America will treat 5 million striving unauthorized immigrants with respect.
Point Pleasant chemical plant retirees have for seven years lived under a dark shadow, as if the town's infamous monster Mothman, immortalized in the movie "The Mothman Prophesies," had returned.
Republicans could wrongly perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something different: Voters don’t like GOPers any better than Democrats. What they mainly think is that the economy stinks. And they want DC to fix it.
It’s time for politicians to focus on the needs of the 99 percent. For that to happen, the 99 percent must vote for themselves on Tuesday – for their self-interest, their wages, their health insurance, their Social Security.
The Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, fears rule by the majority – just as U.S. Republicans do. It’s the reason the GOP has launched a massive voter suppression campaign across the country.
Both Wall Street and Main Street want action. They want incomes, consumer confidence and purchases all to rise, triggering business profits to do the same. They’ve recognized the enemy to their bottom lines.
Republicans want frightened America to summon the GOP to save the day, like it’s the political version of Ghostbusters. Most Americans, though, see right through the GOP, like it’s a gooey glob of ectoplasm.
A mounting army of workers worries incessantly and survives only because of government and family assistance. CEOs and corporations gorge themselves on profits made on the suffering of workers trapped in this life of frightening instability
Voter ID laws prevent voting by people Republicans detest, the derided “47 percent” that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spit on. Republicans are robbing citizens of the fundamental right to vote. It’s criminal.
After Citizens United, everyone retains free speech rights, but the wealthy and corporations, who can afford gigantic amplifiers, can now use their money to buy the loudest voice, one that overwhelms and silences those of tens of millions.
Americans of all political persuasions object to paying higher taxes to offset the cost of coddling corporate defectors. The GOP’s filibustering of this bill is dereliction of duty. So let’s sue.
Corporations that “invert” park their assets, staff and sales in the U.S. But with their sham overseas addresses, they won’t pay taxes on foreign income to the country that protects them.
The decision of the right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court last week in the Harris v. Quinn case is another example of the one percent’s unrelenting erosion of the 99 percent’s economic independence.
We’re not seeking special deals, subsidies or handouts. We’re asking Congress to implement the trade laws to level the field of competition. If the same rules apply to everyone, U.S. industry can compete and win.
Right-wingers on the Supreme Court gave a minority – the wealthy – legal sanction to buy the government. Now, democracy-loving Americans are demanding a constitutional amendment to return governing to the majority.
GOP hardliners believe the North Carolina House Speaker speaks, and everybody else shuts up and listens. They are overlords self-empowered to muzzle and handcuff those who disagree.
Congress figured that investors have the right to know when CEOs are shoving such big hunks of the corporate profit pie into their maws that workers are starved and investors cheated.
Steelworkers and steel company CEOs, red and blue politicians, often at each other’s throats, have allied to confront a surge in dumped foreign steel, an illegal practice that jeopardizes the viability of American mills.
Republicans are right that Americans don’t like Obamacare – the name Obamacare, that is. When they judge it for the content of its insurance, they love it.
Republicans see poor people as subhuman, three-fifths people. And that is the primary reason that the GOP last week blocked a measure to raise the minimum wage.
Sometimes, corporations place profit above human safety. As a result, workers lose lives and limbs. Cooper Tire announced it will spend $970,000 to improve safety. That’s good. But it comes too late for the two workers who are now amputees.
Republicans’ fear of paying too much is terrible. Not because of GOP angst. No, because it causes underpaid workers to suffer. Because it means Republicans will continue to blockade efforts to resolve growing, corrosive income inequality.
Rep. Paul Ryan, who authored the House's anti-Robin Hood spending plan, said the budget “comes down to a matter of trust.” Trust, he believes, should be placed in the rich and D.C. politicians like him, a Prince John man.
The Supreme Court asserted that billionaires have a First Amendment right to spend as much as they want on politics. The court said that supersedes the right of the majority to a democracy in which their lawmakers can’t be purchased.
Big league universities want the athletes they recruit to see them as substitute moms and dads. It’s all very appealing – until an athlete is seriously injured in practice or a game.
The rich can buy more of everything. More food. More cars. More houses. More vacations. More boats. But for a democracy to function properly, they should be forbidden from buying more votes.
President Obama signed an executive order last week to require employers to pay more workers overtime, to stop corporations from devaluing both hard work and the important American tenet that extra effort should be rewarded.
President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing. Republicans think they’re right, and anyone who disagrees doesn’t deserve rights.