As 2011 draws to a close, right-to-work-for-less legislation is poised to rear its ugly head again after being defeated in several states this year. This week’s Battleground Bulletin examines the plans of anti-worker legislators in Ohio, Indiana and New Hampshire to resurrect these misguided proposals.
The Fight Against Right-To-Work-For-Less Continues
Despite the big victories working families across the country scored in defense of workers’ basic rights this year, some anti-worker legislators and their allies have ignored the voters and plan to continue their attack on workers.
With a final vote of 240 to 139, New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien fell 12 votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to override Governor John Lynch’s veto of right-to-work-for-less legislation. O’Brien has been trying to override the governor’s veto since May, but has repeatedly delayed the vote in the hope that enough pro-worker citizen legislators would fail to show up, thus changing the outcome. Since the original vote on the bill, four pro-worker candidates—three Democrats and a Republican firefighter—won special elections for seats previously held by O’Brien allies. All won after vowing to vote to sustain the governor’s veto. Read the rest of this entry »
This week’s Battleground Bulletin reports on AFSCME members’ fight for working families at the Women’s Conference in Milwaukee and on the steps of City Hall in New York.
AFSCME Women Show They are Ready for 2012 Battles
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis with AFSCME Women's Conference Attendees
More than 900 AFSCME women assembled in Milwaukee, WI this past weekend to listen, learn and demonstrate in preparation for state battles through the remainder of 2011 and into the 2012 election season. These strong AFSCME women were joined by sisters who are leaders in the workers’ rights movement including U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Both praised the activists for their fight on behalf of American workers. Read the rest of this entry »
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UDW April 4th Solidarity Events
Dear Union Sisters and Brothers,
Forty-three years ago, a struggle by 1,300 AFSCME city sanitation workers who were being denied the fundamental right of collective bargaining brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis, Tennessee. After marching with these workers, Martin Luther King Jr. declared: “Work that serves humanity… It has dignity and it has worth.” Dr. King was assassinated hours later on April 4, 1968. Read the rest of this entry »