Law and Politics

The Correct Way to Characterize the Charter/Spectrum Strike

June 27, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco
Reporter’s Notebook

Spectrum's take backs impact all workers.

New York, NY - The corporate media isn’t doing middle-class workers fighting hard to retain their economic existence any favors when they continually characterize the three-month strike against Charter Communications, first and foremost, as a fight between IBEW Local 3 and the telecom giant. 

Trump Names Republican Lawyer to NLRB

June 25, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - President Donald Trump appointed Washington lawyer Marvin Kaplan June 20 to fill a vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board, ending its 2-1 Democratic and pro-union majority.

B'way Casting Directors Defy Attempt to Break Union

June 22, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

Casting directors vow to fight on.

New York, NY - The organization representing Broadway producers and theater owners is crying foul after the top casting directors in the industry and their supporters rallied outside Radio City Music Hall earlier this month, demanding union recognition and a fair contract. 

The New Threat Facing Union Organizers

June 17, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

The GOP is at it again.

New York, NY - The job of union organizers could soon get a lot tougher if House Republicans are successful enacting a trio of new bills being sold to the American public as a package of necessary “Labor reforms.” 

Workmen's Circle Leader Urges Stronger Coalitions to Counter Hate

June 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

New York, NY - The head of the more than century-old institution founded to help Jewish immigrants make it in the USA is urging stronger, more diverse coalitions between organized labor and other progressive groups to better confront the torrent of xenophobic bile currently spewing out of Donald Trump’s White House. 

6 Reasons Curtis Ellis Is a Terrible Pick for Trade Post

May 31, 2017 
Kenneth Quinnell

Washington, DC - News has emerged that Curtis Ellis is being considered by President Donald Trump as one of the finalists to run the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB).

Trump's Budget Would Hurt Everyone – Except the Wealthy

May 30, 2017 
By Omar Tewfik

Reprinted: AFSCME.ORG

Washington, DC - The White House’s plan, released last night, would provide huge tax cuts to rich people like Trump and corporations and slash funding for many of the programs that millions of lower- and middle-class Americans depend on every day.

Why Lulus Might Be Trouble for Everyone

May 23, 2017 
By Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

New York, NY - Right now, the top news in the New York politics is the story of the State Senate’s lulu payments, the extra money that legislators in leadership positions earn.


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