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How One Profitable Company Took Home A Tax Refund Equal To All Of The SNAP Benefit Cuts

Last year the Republicans in the House pushed to cuts the SNAP program by $5 billion dollars over the next ten years.  These draconian cuts reduced benefits to millions of hungry children.   The GOP claims we need to balance the budget and they refuse to make changes to the tax rates, which would lead to higher revenues.  “NO NEW TAXES!” Republicans across the country have vowed, even signed pledges, not to raise taxes or create … Continue reading

The First In The Nation (#FITN) Campaign Is Underway (InZane Times)

Senators from opposite ends of the political spectrum took to lecterns on opposite ends of Manchester yesterday to test the waters for potential presidential runs.  At the NH Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders engaged in spirited  back-and-forth with 200 progressive activists on topics including campaign finance, excessive military spending, and the need for a “political revolution.”  Meanwhile, the Americans for the Prosperous Foundation and Citizens United hosted a parade … Continue reading

Does Havenstein Even Qualify For Candidacy In The NH GOV Race?

The NH Governor’s race just got a little more interesting, and more controversial.  Last week, multi-millionaire and former CEO of BAE Systems, Walt Havenstein, announced his candidacy for Governor. “Our state is at a critical juncture, and I believe my experience, ideas, and leadership are what is needed to address the many challenges facing New Hampshire,” Havenstein told the Union Leader. Havenstein has some major issues to deal with first.  After retiring from BAE, Havenstein … Continue reading

The GOP In The US House Make Changes To The 30 Hr Work Week In ACA. They Could Not Be More Wrong

This week marked the six-month anniversary of the Healthcare.Gov and healthcare exchanges going live.  The anniversary also marks the closing of the first open enrollment period for people to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.  To the surprise of everyone, the healthcare exchanges signed up over 7.1 million people.  Including the millions of young adults who now have continuing healthcare coverage under their parents plan, the White House estimates that the ACA … Continue reading

After McCutcheon Case Our Democracy Is Dead! Or Is It?

Yesterday the Supreme Court of the United States issued their ruling on the McCutcheon vs. Federal Elections Commission deregulating personal spending on political campaigns. “This ruling is an unwelcome sequel to the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United which will further erode the ability of 99 percent of our citizens to meaningfully participate in the political process and to have their voices heard in the governance of our country,” said SEIU President Mary Kay … Continue reading

The American Enterprise Institute Says States Are Full Of “Public Pension Millionaires.” The Truth Is Very Different

Once again workers retirements are under attack. As many working Americans are loosing their pensions for a 401K-retirement style savings plan, those who still get a pension are once again under attack. Last week the online magazine ‘’ released their article titled “Some of the Richest Retirees are “Public Pension Millionaires“.  The article attempts to sway people into believing that public workers are collecting millions in pension earnings. “Full-career public employees retiring today receive pension … Continue reading

The USPS Teams Up With Staples: Taking Good Union Jobs And Turing Them Into Part-Time, Low Wage Jobs

The US MAIL IS NOT FOR SALE. The manufactured crisis that is being used to destroy the postal service is taking a new turn this spring. As ongoing efforts to eliminate Saturday mail delivery have come to a standstill in our deadlocked Congress. The USPS is moving forward with a plan to place postal counters, without postal employees in 8o Staples stores. In time they want to expand this misguided plan to over 1500 stores … Continue reading

NATCA Honors Controllers For Quick Thinking And Lifesaving Decision Making At Archie League Awards

NATCA hosts annual ‘Communicating For Safety‘ convention and honors the air traffic controllers who went above and beyond durning the last year. Last week I was honored to attend the National Air Traffic Controllers Association’s (NATCA) premier safety convention,  ‘Communicating For Safety’ (CFS).  The annual event drew 1,400 people from across the country.  Attendees included hundreds of  NATCA air traffic controllers, FAA management, and hundreds more from the aviation industry worldwide. CFS is broken into … Continue reading

Highlighted Posts

103 years later: profits are STILL more important than people

Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, when 146 garment workers were trapped behind locked doors. Some of the young women burned to death; others died of smoke inhalation; still others jumped out of windows to certain death.

Rebuilding Our Economy By Reducing Our Trade Deficit And Opposing The TPP

Jobs, jobs, jobs! That is what every member of Congress said they were going to create if we elected them. President Obama said he would create one million new manufacturing jobs. The President has not met his goal yet, but there are a few things we can do to reduce unemployment, create new good manufacturing jobs, and reduce our trade deficit all at the same time.

Can You Help Send Matt To Netroots Nation?

Here’s the thing: my friend Matt Murray runs New Hampshire Labor News on a strictly volunteer basis. All the hours he puts in – on the blog site, on the Facebook page, the Twitter Feed, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pintrest – all his time is donated. And he usually ends up paying costs out-of-pocket. Matt does this because he believes in the Labor Movement. He saw a communication gap and decided to fill it: all of New Hampshire’s labor-related news in one place, 24/7/365.

The Outrageous Truth About A $12 Minimum Wage And Your Grocery Bill

Every time I even mention the idea of raising the minimum wage, I am immediately attacked on social media. Opponents imagine that inflation will skyrocket; some have even claimed that ‘milk will be $10.00 a gallon’ if we raise the minimum wage. Oh, the hysteria. Milk is currently around $3.50 a gallon and that is up 25% from just ten years ago. Is that 25% due to rising wages? Sadly, no – wages in America have declined during that time. Must be some other economic force at work. (Read “Even Dairy Farming has a 1%” here.)

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