LABOR NEWS

Republicans Kill Worker’s Compensation Overhaul Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Republican Senators from Mobile and Mountain Brook killed a bipartisan bill moving through the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday that would have improved Alabama’s ranking on the worker’s compensation to 45 out of 50 states in the country. The death of Senate Bill 453 leaves the state last in the nation, again. Mobile…

Capital District AFL-CIO to Observe Workers Memorial Day

Capital District AFL-CIO, affiliated unions and the community partners will hold their annual program to observe Workers Memorial Day in New York on Sunday, April 28 to honor all injured and fallen workers from around the region. The ceremony will include a message from local Labor Leaders, members of the Faith Community, a spoken word…

Report Shows How Labor Unions Are Portrayed Poorly on National Network TV News

By Federico Subervi – As representatives of workers’ interests, labor organizations in the United States have had a long and complicated relationship with the corporate news media, according to academic research. For decades, several authors have contended that unions receive scarce, and overwhelmingly negative coverage by diverse general market media (Martin, 2004; Puette, 1992; Bruno,…

Birmingham, Alabama: ‘Shoot Yourself in the Foot Town’

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bomingham. The Magic City. The Tragic City. The Murder Capital of the South? What’s next? Shoot Yourself in the Foot Town? I met Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell at a fund raising party on Birmingham’s Southside at the Rev. Jack Zylman’s house a few years…

President Obama Nominates Tom Perez for Secretary of Labor

By Glynn Wilson – President Barack Obama nominated Tom Perez, a Hispanic who has served as the Justice Department’s assistant attorney general for civil rights for the past four years, to join his cabinet on Monday as the new Secretary of Labor. Perez, Maryland’s former labor secretary, has attracted a fair amount of media attention…

Ennui and Anomie in the Deep South

“San Francisco in the middle sixties was a very special time and place to be a part of. . . . So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water…

Spring Forward: An Alternative Plan for the Future

The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – While the vernal equinox and the first day of spring is still 10 days off, since Daylight Savings Time begins today and the weather has warmed up and the sun’s shining for a change around here, let’s just say spring has sprung in Alabamaland and be done…

News Flash: Half the People in Alabama Are NOT ‘Conservative’

The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – Reporting that Alabama is the most conservative state in the union is sort of like saying grass is green. Everybody already knows it, so what’s the point? How is that “news?” But you know Gallup. Them public opinion pollsters just can’t stop doing what they do for…

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star And Other Fairy Tales in the News

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are.” – From the 19th-century English poem, “The Star,” by Jane Taylor – The Big Picture – by Glynn Wilson – Way to go, working folks. You voted for former Riley aide Twinkle Cavanaugh for the Alabama Public Service Commission, and now you’ve got it. A…

AFL-CIO Joins Fight for Free and Open Internet

By Glynn Wilson – Organized worker unions in the United States are not exactly known for championing the rights of a free and open Internet, although perhaps they should be since the Web is about their only hope for obtaining fair and balanced news coverage. Newspaper publishers have historically been anti-union and television news stations…

Get the Facts About the Lame-Duck Session of Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the recently convened “lame-duck” session of Congress, senators and representatives will take on a number of issues that could have major economic consequences for working families and retirees. Congress is considering benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare and members are looking at cutting taxes for the wealthy even more.…

Will Congress Heed the Peoples’ Call for Compromise?

By Glynn Wilson – The American people spoke on election day 2012. The question remains, however: Did Congress hear? Will the far right tea party Republicans in the House heed the people’s call to compromise with the president and the Senate on taxes and revenue? “Republicans are ‘willing to accept new revenue’ to tame the…

Alabama Voters Approve Forever Wild, Vote Down Amendment 4

But Corporate Republicans Slip One In Against Unions on Amendment 7 – By Glynn Wilson – The same corporate Republican special interests who spent billions trying to elect Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama also failed to derail the popular and successful Forever Wild land conservation program in Alabama and to take away…