Posts Tagged ‘economy’

Labor-management partnerships help Europe weather the economic storm

Abigail Paris serves as Program Assistant for the Socially Responsible Business Program.

In 2008, a financial meltdown triggered a deep recession, arguably the deepest recession to face the European Union (EU). Unlike in many other places in the world, the EU—through the collaboration of its employers, unions and governments—was able to avoid sky rocketing unemployment and emerge from the recession relatively unscathed. On March 3, 2010, the European Commission released a report, entitled Industrial Relations in Europe 2010, which highlighted how labor-management partnerships helped the EU adapt to the post-recession world.

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The market, unions, and gliding past stop signs

Guest Post by Author and Labor Scholar John Brueggemann, PhD

The logic of the market – that everything is for sale and we should strive to get as much as we can – has pushed beyond the economic sphere into other parts of our lives. Americans rush to work, gliding past stop signs, talking and texting on the phone, incrementally compromising public safety because our busy schedules feel more important. Once we get there, we stay, longer and longer, while simultaneously regretting the neglect of our loved ones. As a result, many of us have no network of social support, a trend that has worsened significantly over the last two decades. And despite this commitment to hard work and all the resources it yields – the highest Gross Domestic Product in the world – most Americans report not being able to afford what they need. I believe this mess is the result of a moral crisis brought about by market culture, which has led to a deteriorating capacity for meaningful relationships.
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Today only: Buy a book, help a worker!

Powell's BooksHere in the American Rights at Work office, three things get us going: coffee, helping workers, and a great book. While you’ll have to find your own caffeine fix, we’ve found a way to buy books at an affordable price and help workers out at the same time!
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Entertainers and sports stars sound off in support of public employees

Earlier this week, we described how entertainers and sports stars – most union members themselves – have taken to Twitter, the blogosphere, and other mediums to express solidarity with workers in Wisconsin and states across the country who are fighting to protect their basic rights.

While it’s great to see the outpouring of celebrity support, the sheer volume of messages can make tracking difficult. So we’ve assembled a roundup of their tweets, posts, and statements to make their messages easier for workers’ rights supporters to access.

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Real-life union heroes in the limelight

It’s Oscar season again. And while blockbusters Unstoppable and Waiting for Superman didn’t make the cut, our nation has a front row seat to the real-life drama playing out between public employees and anti-union politicians in Wisconsin and across the country.
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Nationwide rallies in solidarity with Wisconsin this Saturday

Wall Street-elected politicians have created the recent wave of anti-worker attacks we see sweeping the nation. But weeks of worker protests across the country have proven that local communities-those who care about the middle class-have a voice and are going to use it.
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Show your support for Wisconsin workers: Find a rally in your state!

Last week, we let you know that Gov. Scott Walker wasn’t letting up on his push to scapegoat public workers for Wisconsin’s budget deficit. His threats to cut employee pay, reduce health and retirement benefits, and virtually eliminate workers’ right to bargain collectively mobilized public employees and workers’ rights supporters across the country.

The ongoing protest in Madison, now in its eighth day, is proof that working families won’t stand for these brazen attacks on public employees and their unions—even when faced with the threat of layoffs.

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Gov. Lynch gets it right on “right-to-work”

After the flood of corporate donations we saw in the last election, it’s no surprise that state legislators across the country are attempting to pass so-called “right-to-work” laws—making it harder for workers to join together in a union  and putting more money in the pockets of CEOs.

Yesterday, the New Hampshire State House jumped on the unionbusting bandwagon, passing a controversial “right to work” bill with a 221-131 vote. But Gov. John Lynch has made it clear that he’s going to stand with the middle class on this one—assuring New Hampshire’s working families that he’ll veto the bill.
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Gov. Scott Walker: Good on his unionbusting word

In December 2010, we warned that Scott Walker believed he could solve Wisconsin’s budget issues by taking away a voice on the job from working women and men. Four months into office, Gov. Walker is following through on his promise to attack Wisconsin’s working families.
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Take action and keep workers’ rights intact

As the U.S. continues to recover from the Great Recession, Americans expect their political leaders to focus on restarting the economy and bringing back good jobs. Unfortunately, not all politicians are getting the message.

Governors and state legislatures across the country are ruthlessly targeting middle class, public employees, making them the scapegoat for Wall Street’s misdeeds. Florida’s governor wants to force employees to pay more into their pensions while cutting taxes on private business. Read more »