Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) defeated incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D) after campaigning on a platform of ultra-conservative policies, including curtailing labor unions and workers’ rights. Rauner, since being sworn into office, has delivered on those campaign promises.
The American Legislative Exchange Council laid out its blueprint for 2015 at its annual meeting in early December, making public a plan that includes attacks on labor unions, paid sick leave, and minimum wage increases that have proven popular across the political spectrum.
Wisconsin business interests are publicly lobbying for state lawmakers to pass so-called right-to-work legislation, despite Gov. Scott Walker repeatedly stating that restricting collective bargaining rights would distract from his own legislative agenda.
Hundreds of University of Oregon educators are striking for paid sick and parental leave and fair wages, the result of a year-long negotiation process between a graduate employees’ union and the university administration, including its president, whose field of research is family sociology and who has published studies on the importance of paid family leave.
When Sen. Warren and Rep. George Miller invited Walmart workers to brief Congress on Tuesday about the retail giant’s abusive practices, the conversation was about more than just Walmart.
While the Hobby Lobby ruling keeps the government from guaranteeing basic reproductive health care for workers, the Harris decision effectively hobbles the ability of a group of public employees—most of whom are women—to properly bargain for affordable health care along with other vital benefits.
As Mitt Romney describes his plans for his administration, public workers — of whom women make up a large majority in many sectors — learn they will be left to fend for themselves.
Conservatives in Michigan are at once proposing to make working-class motherhood more financially challenging while at the same time placing further restrictions on the choice of whether and when to become a mother in the first place.
As a civics/history lesson our family went down to the Capitol on Thursday to see the protests since our district canceled school. I reminded my kids that if we were in some countries, say Egypt or Bahrain, they would have to worry about possibly getting shot.