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Prosperity vs. Austerity Economicsnew

“Instead of the austerity agenda that we have now, focused on debt, this growth agenda is focused, really, on restoring broad-based economic growth and our democracy,” said Yale political scientist Jacob Hacker in a late-August teleconference.
Random Lengths News  |  Paul Rosenberg  |  09-21-2012  |  Commentary

How the Black Bloc Occupied Oaklandnew

Can the movement be sustainable if it won't condemn violence?
East Bay Express  |  Rachel Swan  |  11-09-2011  |  #OCCUPY

Labor Painsnew

A fight between two unions in San Francisco could set the course of the U.S. labor movement.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  10-12-2010  |  Business & Labor

Labor Pains: A Dispute Among Local Union Activists Has Unfolded Behind Closed Doorsnew

The dispute may yet cause headaches for employers as well: Since the split, UNITE HERE and Workers United have collectively filed 39 charges against area employers. Each union complains that employers have failed to recognize it as the workers' representative.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Chris Young  |  03-01-2010  |  Business & Labor

SEIU Boss Andy Stern Wouldn't Mind if McCain Gets Electednew

America's most powerful labor leader finds himself in an unusual and ironic position where his own political interests may run contrary to those of the labor movement itself. Stern could conceivably find himself harmed, rather than helped, by an Obama victory.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  10-02-2008  |  Politics

SEIU's Internal Battles Could Divert Critical Resources from the Electionnew

The union's ground operation and bulging political war chest are crucial to Democratic Party hopes in November. But a recent corruption scandal and an ongoing internal dispute that threatens to blow up in the coming weeks could undermine the union's political influence at the worst possible time.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  J.B. Powell  |  09-17-2008  |  Politics

Proposed Federal Laws Could Sweep Away Low-Wage Workersnew

The Shuler-Tancredo SAVE Act would require all employers to use E-Verify to check the legal status of their employees. Presently E-Verify is a free system that employers voluntarily use to check new hires. Critics point out that it has been shown to have serious shortcomings, the most problematic being the tendency to deliver "false positive" matches, declaring citizens in good standing to be illegal.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Diane Solomon  |  05-29-2008  |  Business & Labor

Jason Bane Goes from the Blogosphere to Politicsnew

He helped start, but now he's stepped away from the web and into public life as a candidate for Jefferson County commissioner.
Westword  |  Michael Roberts  |  04-28-2008  |  Politics

Do SEIU Leaders Have It In for Dissenter Sal Rosselli?new

Operatives of the union's president Andy Stern are using their money and organizing clout in a hard-hitting campaign -- not to force an employer to the table or to toss out an anti-union politician, but to discredit another labor leader.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  J.B. Powell  |  04-09-2008  |  Business & Labor

California Union Leader Blasts SEIU Boss Andy Sternnew

According to Sal Rosselli, Stern's expansion of the union has cost workers the ability to complain or fight to improve conditions.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  02-21-2008  |  Business & Labor

Line of Defensenew

A union campaign targets a big behind-the-scenes political contributor.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Doron Taussig  |  12-05-2006  |  Politics

Studio Clean-Upnew

Janitors at L.A.'s major studios are pushing for a union.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Jonathan Frochtzwajg  |  10-20-2006  |  Business & Labor

How the Nursing Home Industry Got a Guarantee of Huge Profitsnew

Pushing nursing home residents out into the heat for two hours for prefabricated "rallies" was the first step in a carefully orchestrated lobbying blitzkrieg. The result is a bill that changes the way nursing home payments in California are made -- and it could be a budget buster.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  08-27-2004  |  Policy Issues

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