War on Workers

Stories and photos of unions fighting to protect fundamental labor rights against a rising storm of anti-worker legislation.

Impending shutdown is not about balancing the budget

HOUSE REPUBLICANS are trying to claim the White House and Democratic-controlled Senate will be responsible for the federal government shutdown that will occur at midnight tonight unless both houses agree on a continuing resolution.

Don’t fall for it. Just as in Wisconsin, radical elements of the Republican Party are refusing to compromise on budget cuts intended to harm working families. The cuts they have proposed will kill over 700,000 jobs. That’s not according to liberal economists in universities. That is what Wall Street's own Moody’s Research has predicted.


Wis. court race brings surge of pro-worker voters, but late tally favors conservative incumbent

TEACHERS, NURSES, FIREFIGHTERS, students, and others who objected to Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) attempt to deny public sector workers collective bargaining rights spearheaded an inspiring state-wide effort to oust conservative Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. Their success in bringing out the vote for his opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, was remarkable — but it may not have been enough.


Ryan Plan Creates Huge Rise in Medical Costs for Seniors

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL RYAN’s budget plan has been praised as a serious approach to the budget that provides a “path to prosperity.” But analysis by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) finds that the Medicare portion of the Wisconsin Republican’s plan merely shifts costs to retirees, eventually making healthcare unaffordable for most.

If Ryan’s plan is adopted, by 2030 nearly 50 percent of retirees age 65 on Medicare would be paying half of their retirement income to pay for medical care, the CEPR estimates.


Wisconsin Governor Repeals Apprenticeship Requirements For Contractors on State Building Projects

IN ANOTHER EXAMPLE of the radical right's agenda to eviscerate unions from America, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has rescinded all building trades apprenticeship utilization requirements for contractors seeking to participate in state road and infrastructure projects.

At least one member of the Wisconsin legislature expressed concerns that the loss of the apprenticeship requirement would prevent women and minorities from entering the building trades.


Wisconsin Judge to Governor: Obey My Restraining Order

(Madison, WI – March 30, 2001) A WISCONSIN JUDGE again issued a restraining order against Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) law that guts collective bargaining for public employees. In an end run around the judge’s earlier order, Walker published the law and claimed that action put it into effect. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said implementation is blocked: “That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”


Gallup: 61% oppose taking away collective bargaining

AMERICANS STRONGLY oppose laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employee unions as a way to ease state financial troubles, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

The poll found that 61 percent would oppose a law in their state similar to one being considered in Wisconsin, compared with 33 percent who would favor such a law.


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