Berry Craig: It’s crucial that Hillary keep hammering home the fact that Donald Trump is as phony as his orange-is-the-new blonde hair hue. That’s especially so on issues vital to those of us who pack union cards.
Peter Dreier: During last year’s organizing campaign, the union caught Huntington engaging in dozens of illegal acts of intimidation designed to prevent the nurses from gaining a stronger voice in their workplace.
David Bacon: On June 2 the State Assembly failed to pass a bill that would give farm workers the same overtime pay that workers in urban areas have had since the 1930s. The vote also makes clear that past certainties are certain no longer.
Robert Borosage: The official unemployment rate declined dramatically to 4.7 percent, recording not new hiring but new discouragement.
Diana González: The need for inclusive paid sick leave legislation everywhere in the nation is clear. Nearly 43 million workers in the U.S. – about 38% of working people – do not get paid sick time.
Berry Craig: The odds of getting rid of NAFTA—or successfully renegotiating the trade pact—would be better under Hillary Clinton, Trump’s almost certain Democratic foe—or Bernie Sanders should he somehow edge Clinton at the finish line.
Berry Craig: I’d bet the farm Trump realizes a president can’t levy a tax. So he’s free to bloviate about sticking up for American workers by sticking it to outsources with punitive tariffs knowing there’s no way he can do it by himself and no way a GOP Congress would pass them.
Berry Craig: The billionaire, narcissistic neo-Know Nothing is a bare-knucks union buster. He is doing all he can to deny his Las Vegas hotel workers the union they voted in. He prefers “right to work” states to non-RTW states.
Berry Craig: The Donald likely would be looking for love in all the wrong places if he campaigned in some deep western Kentucky union halls.
Berry Craig: It looks like a lot of Americans who pack union cards also see Trump for the union-busting grifter that he is.
Rosemary Jenkins: This is the day Governor Brown signed into law the Raise-the-Wage mandate—$15 an hour minimum wage for nearly every worker in California phased-in over the next few years until it is eventually indexed to the cost-of-living.
Berry Craig: The host of a nationally-syndicated labor radio talk show wants union members to “thank” Sen. Mitch McConnell for his “help” with the Friedrichs case.
Peter Dreier: More than 40% of California workers earn less than $15 dollars an hour. By putting more money in people’s pockets, the pay increase will improve the economy by increasing consumer spending in businesses throughout the state.