Last month I wrote about a bill before Congress that would both help fight the offshoring of call-center jobs and protect consumers. Now the countries where we have been sending those jobs are organizing a lobbying campaign to fight the bill. The Bill
After years of conciliation and one-way "bipartisanship," with Republicans refusing to meet even partway, the President got fed up.
One after another, the Republican presidential candidates have come out with strong statements that appear to show support for making things in America and revitalizing American manufacturing.
President Obama moved an obstructing GOP out of the way earlier today, announcing that he was making a recess appointment to get the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) up and running.
There are so many unanswered questions and contradictions all around us.
As of now an agency of our government, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), is effectively shut down, unable to do its job.
You may have heard that Verizon is going to charge customers a $2 “convenience fee” to pay their bills online. You may not have heard that Verizon is asking its […]
At the end of the year the Washington Post published as “news” a story, “Support grows for tackling nation’s debt” that pushed the idea of “a special commission to make […]
See if you can spot the big mistake (giving them the benefit of the doubt) in this Washington Post story: Payroll tax cut raises worries about Social Security’s future funding: […]
In November President Obama said, “enough is enough” to China’s currency manipulations. Today the Treasury Department said it hasn’t seen enough to call China a currency manipulator. This is happening […]
Who is our economy for, anyway? In the United States We, the People are supposedly in charge and our country and economy are supposed to be managed for the public […]
David Brancaccio’s Marketplace story Tuesday, Decline of Kodak offers lessons for U.S. business traced the decline of Kodak and the loss of Rochester, NY’s good, middle-class jobs to Kodak’s failure […]
Today’s GDP report shows slow growth. It isn’t declining growth so technically is not a recession, but not enough growth to lead to job gains. U.S. Economy Grew at a […]
In the day-to-day news about trade problems with China the bigger picture can get lost. America is giving up its competitive position in industries of the present and future and […]
If you take a government program, change everything about it, destroy its core purpose, but keep the same name, is it the same program? Politifact.com says yes, and even goes […]
Here is how far we have fallen: Republicans and big corporations are going to extremes, even threatening to shut down entire agencies of the government, just to keep people from […]
Conservatives, their movement funded by big oil and king coal, constantly complain about “job-killing regulations.” They say that the Environmental Protection Agency is pushing “socialism” because it wants to lower […]
Companies are always looking for ways to reduce the number of people they employ, and for ways to reduce the pay and benefits for the ones they keep. One way […]
What did people expect would happen when they voted for Reagan, Bush and other conservatives, or supported their policies? In the Holland (Michigan) Sentinel community columnist Ray Buursma writes, American […]
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has unveiled a “Jobs Plan.” CAF’s Bill Scher celebrates with his post, Romney “Jobs” Plan Latest Attempt To Copy Bush, The Worst Jobs President Since […]
Once again, Republicans are holding government hostage, trying to force through unpopular cuts to the things We, the People — “the 99%” — do for each other and our economy, […]
The public overwhelmingly wants taxes on the 1% increased to help pay for things that help the 99% and our economy. But the Senate was prevented from even voting on […]
President Obama has appointed Commerce Secretary John Bryson and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling to co-chair a new White House Office of Manufacturing Policy. The new Office of Manufacturing […]
Last week Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) and Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced The U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act, a bipartisan bill to both help fight the offshoring […]
Today thousands of unemployed people and others came to D.C. to tell Congress and “K Street” that they need jobs not cuts; that we should tax the rich, and that […]
I am in DC covering the Take Back the Capitol “99 in DC” events. On Tuesday I wrote about the efforts of unemployed people and others to get in to […]
Last week’s Take Back the Capitol action brought two or three thousand unemployed people to the capitol. These representatives of the 99% went to the offices of 99 Senators and […]
Verizon has fired 40 workers who took part in the strike this summer, saying they engaged in misconduct. Union leaders say this is a “heavy-handed” negotiating tactic to push for […]
The reason you see so many cellphone stores and ads everywhere is because wireless is a very lucrative business. Wireless companies are pulling in billions and their executives are raking […]
Do you want a path out of this recession? Then help the Verizon workers by joining a picket line at your local Verizon store. (Click to learn how.) Verizon has […]
Verizon is the example today of what is happening to all of our jobs, benefits and standard of living. Verizon is extremely profitable, making billions and billions. Verizon’s executives are […]
They’ve got the money but we’ve got the numbers. The billionaires and the giant corporations are making a greed-grab for what’s left of our standard of living, even our democracy. […]
Companies that take away middle-class jobs should not be rewarded. Verizon’s workers are asking people to buy or upgrade Verizon iPhones only when Verizon gives workers a fair deal and […]
Here is a practical application of the ideas and energy of #Occupy Wall Street. Verizon’s workers are in a struggle against a giant corporation. They need your help leafleting at […]
Tomorrow (Friday) as many as 1,000 Verizon workers will march with Occupy Wall Street in a protest against Verizon corporate greed. Verizon’s workers are engaged in “save the middle class” […]
Thursday’s National Day Of Action looks like it will be really big. People will be out doing things all over the country. There will be all kinds of events that […]
Verizon needs to open a call center, which means a few new low-paying jobs. They get local governments bidding against each other, offering all kinds of tax breaks if only […]
I’ve been taking a look at Former President Bill Clinton’s new book, Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy. Part of the book discusses trade […]
There is news on the NLRB front. First, Boeing and its union have resolved the dispute that got the NLRB involved. Second, the NLRB voted yesterday to move forward with […]
There is a big, behind-the-scenes fight going on in Washington over whether our country will continue to have a middle class or not. The forces of the 1% are trying […]