Are You Tired Of Congress Manufacturing A Budget Crisis To Force Through Terrible Legislation?
Budget details: you couldn’t make this stuff up, if you tried It’s not like Congress didn’t know they had to pass a federal budget. It’s not like they didn’t have lots and lots of time to put an appropriations bill together, either before or after the elections. It’s not like they didn’t know what happens when the money runs out. (Hint: not all that much, actually. Except that 800,000 federal workers are required to work … Continue reading
Congressional House Members Split On Omnibus Bill
This week has been very busy in Washington as Congress created yet another manufactured crisis with threats to shut down the government over a divisive continuing resolution. The good news is that, for now, the government will remain open as the House passed a omnibus bill to fund the government for another year. The House also passed a two-day continuing resolution allowing the Senate time to pass the House bill. The omnibus bill created … Continue reading
Another WIN for Wall Street… and a huge LOSS for the middle class
So, late last night… Congress decided that it was just fine to bailout Wall Street bankers again, if they should happen to get into trouble again. Gotta make sure the ol’ FDIC is there in times of trouble. BUT… gosh… that old PBGC? Oh… Congress doesn’t want to risk the possibility that taxpayers might have to bailout Middle Class pension funds. At last estimate, “the fund that backs multi-employer plans is about $42.4 billion short … Continue reading
Walmart Could, And Should Be Paying $15 An Hour And Would Still Make $10 Billion In Profit
Working families are struggling and Walmart workers symbolize the struggles that millions of Americans are facing. They work as many hours as their employer will give them and they are still living in poverty. “If you are a man or woman working full-time in this country, it is a crime for you to still be poor,” said Rabbi Michael Feinberg. “They (Walmart) have a 1-800 number where the workers call up in order for the … Continue reading
Republicans Push Right To Work In Missouri, New Hampshire And Wisconsin Admitting It Will Lower Wages
Yup, he said it! Missouri Republican State Representative Bill Lant actually admitted what labor advocates have been saying for decades, Right To Work laws reduce wages. “In the states where right to work was passed recently, the hourly rates may have dropped 2 to 3 dollars an hour, but the amount of days per year that the workers actually got to put in on the job increased dramatically.” (Missouri Digital News) View Progress … Continue reading
Young vs UPS: Is It Legal To Discriminate Against Pregnant Women?
Discrimination in the workplace is real and it happens every day. Some are discriminated based on their skin color, others are discriminated based on their sexual preference, and many are discriminated based on their sex. This week the Supreme Court will hear a case, Young v UPS, that will decide if it is legal to discriminate against pregnant women. After working as a delivery driver for UPS, Peggy Young became pregnant. This is not uncommon … Continue reading
Greedy Corporations Are Stealing Thanksgiving From Millions Of Low Wage Workers
I cannot begin to explain how outraged I am over the theft of Thanksgiving by greedy corporations who are all trying to one-up each other by opening earlier and earlier. Thanksgiving has always been about family. The one holiday that does not revolve around buying anything more than a massive meal. It is a day where everyone has the day off, kids come home from college, and families pack up to head to grandma’s for … Continue reading
The Colbert Report Highlights The FREE KEENE Robin Hoods
Last night the Colbert Report covered something that we in New Hampshire have been talking about at length for years, the Free Staters, specifically Free Keene. The Colbert Report focused on the Free Keene Robin Hooders and their harassment of parking attendants. The NH Labor News was one of the first to break the story about the harassment of Keene police officers in our story, “Free Keene from ‘Free-Keene': A Story Of Harassment In The … Continue reading
In A New Book Teacher’s Advocate Defends Teachers
From the first-year teacher to the most experienced veteran, this book will provide an inspiring message that yes, indeed…teaching is the most noble profession. It serves as an acknowledgement of the importance of teachers and recognizes that ‘teaching is the profession that has created all other professions.’ This book provides real-life tools, tips and strategies to have a successful school year and to persevere beyond the challenges associated with the profession.
What would YOU do with $707 billion?
Goldman Sachs just weighed in with their predictions for next year’s economy. They expect “only a modest growth in business investment”… but a whopping increase in the amount of money corporations will spend buying back their own stock.
(Corporations buy back their own stock to increase per-share prices. Many CEOs get paid more, if the price of their company’s stock rises. And most CEOs receive at least some of their compensation as stock or stock options. Either way, increasing the stock price increases how much $$$ the CEO takes home.)
My Question To The Walton Family: How Much Is Enough?
How much money is enough? Do you stop being a greedy capitalist when you no longer care what anything costs? Do you stop when you become one of the named people on the “Richest People In America” lists? Do you stop when your company make $8.5 million dollars a day in dividends alone? Some people would say, “Never! I will never stop until I own everything!”