Senator Elizabeth Warren recently laid out 11 core progressive values in a powerful speech at Netroots Nations. Watch the video on the flip, in which the senator explains how these principles are fundamentally American — and something we should be fighting to support.
Despite losing a close vote to unionize in an election marred by the Tennessee government's union-busting tactics, the United Auto Workers will come to Chattanooga anyway. Workers at the new plant will be represented by the Union and will work closely with Volkswagen as part of a 'works council.'
With their contracts expiring at midnight, city workers in Los Angeles flooded the streets around city hall in protest on Tuesday. They oppose predatory fees the city pays to Wall Street banks and believe that money should be redirected to improve city services.
There is a direct correlation between the lack of well-paying jobs, the budget deficit and the US' trade deficit. Simply put, if we were to stop sending as much money and many jobs overseas, we'd reap benefits in myriad ways.
Maybe the word 'union' is a little too reminiscent of the "War of Northern Aggression," but southerners antipathy to workers organizing has infected much of those states. Political campaigns and demonization by the right has been crucial in redefining what exactly is good for southern workers.
The Associated Builders and Contractors – a staunchly anti-union group – has inadvertently set a new precedent. A court ruled that their end-run around a ballot measure was unconstitutional, and now it's on the books that only people – not corporations or associations – can submit those measures.
A pro-business Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday that California's allowance of teacher tenure was in fact unconstitutional. This unprecedented ruling comes after fierce lobbying and lawsuits brought by the corporate-funded Students Matter (euphemism!). The group has plans to expand nationally.