John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Former Ohio Gov. Strickland to campaign in NH for Obama next week | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “Democratic former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland will campaign in New Hampshire for President Barack Obama on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 6 and 7, the campaign said Friday.
Strickland had been scheduled to appear in Manchester on July 20, but the event was cancelled due to the movie theater shootings in Colorado.
The campaign says Strickland will speak at events as part of the campaign’s “Make it in America” tour. He will be making campaign stops in Concord, Somersworth, Rochester, Manchester, Keene and Claremont, among other towns across the state.”
Unions scramble to help Democratic governors – Robin Bravender – POLITICO.com: “Democrats are playing defense in eight gubernatorial races this fall, compared with just three relatively safe Republican seats up for grabs. That means unions, desperate to ward off legislation that would hamstring their collective bargaining power, are being forced to spend time and money in some unlikely places.
In Indiana, unions have donated about $1.5 million to a Democrat who trailed the latest polls by double-digits. In Missouri and New Hampshire, states where right-to-work legislation has come up in recent years, unions are desperate to keep Democrats in the governors’ mansions.”
Obama, Romney Each Read Jobs Numbers Differently | New Hampshire Public Radio: “In our increasingly polarized country, Democrats and Republicans can choose from competing news outlets, competing think tanks, and this month at least competing reports from the Labor Department.
Speaking near the White House on Friday, President Obama focused on the employment survey — which showed better-than-expected job gains in July. He noted that over the last 2 1/2 years, private employers have added 4.5 million jobs — more than a million this year alone.
“Those are our neighbors and family members finding work and the security that comes with work,” Obama said.”
United Continental, Pilots Union Negotiators Agree on Labor Deal – DailyFinance: “DALLAS — United Airlines (UAL) says it has a deal with union negotiators on a new labor contract with its own pilots and those from the former Continental Airlines.
United Continental Holdings Inc. said Friday that the agreement is an important step in creating a single workforce at the company, which was formed by a 2010 merger.
The deal is still subject to approval by governing boards of the two pilot groups and by rank-and-file pilots.
Terms of the agreement were not immediately disclosed. The pilot groups were seeking pay raises and limits on outsourcing of flying to other airlines.”
NATCA Honors Sacrifice of PATCO Controllers on 31st Anniversary of 1981 Strike
WASHINGTON – On Aug. 3, 1981, the men and women of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO), in their fight for a safer work environment, reliable equipment, adequate staffing levels and fair work and pay rules, took a courageous stand and began a strike in fierce support of these goals and for the profession they so dearly loved. Today, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association remembers the sacrifice they made.
Nearly 13,000 controllers – about 85 percent of the union’s membership and 79 percent of the workforce – honored the picket lines. Two days later, they were fired. In all, 11,350 controllers lost their jobs. About 875 returned to work before the firings. According to the Transportation Department, staffing dropped 74 percent—from 16,375 to about 4,200.
Said NATCA President Paul Rinaldi, “PATCO controllers made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the air traffic control profession and today, especially, we honor that. While the administration thought they could diminish the efforts of the nation’s air traffic controllers, the organization and certification of NATCA six years later – while the same administration was still in office – proved otherwise.”
Added NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert: “Today we remember how the PATCO members demonstrated an extraordinary level of commitment to their profession, to their goals and to each other. They showed the way for those of us in NATCA who came after them. Their efforts were not lost, as NATCA’s original members organized for the same reasons that the more than 11,000 controllers were fired—better working conditions and dedication to the safety and integrity of the National Airspace System.”
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association represents over 20,000 highly skilled controllers, engineers and other safety professionals.
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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on July Jobs Report:The U.S. economy is still struggling to climb back from the deepest, most dangerous recession since the Great Depression. This month progress was faster, as the economy added 163,000 net new jobs, but that progress is still inadequate. In particular, unemployment rates remain unacceptably high for African-Americans (14.1%) and Latinos (10.3%), and the number of long-term unemployed remains stuck at 5.2 million.
Given the depth of the recession and the damage done by thirty years of anti-worker policies, we knew recovery would be slow and difficult. But we did not dream that Republicans in Congress would take every opportunity to slow and stymie the recovery process from day one – cynically hoping that Americans would blame the President for the damage they inflict on the economy.
The key to building a durable recovery that leads to long-term shared prosperity is empowering workers to share the benefits of productivity growth. But Republicans continue to obstruct vital policies aimed at creating jobs and restoring growth while they hold the middle class hostage to their demands for more tax cuts to benefit the richest two percent of Americans. Their stubborn and short-sighted obstruction of any measures that might boost job creation puts our recovery at risk.
This November’s election is about the future direction of our country. We face a choice between austerity policies that offer no hope for a better future versus shared prosperity policies based on investing in America and restoring our democracy. The labor movement is committed to the policies of ‘Prosperity Economics’, along with political reforms that will unite and strengthen America.