As we get ready for the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention in September, we’re asking people like you what we can do together to make a better future for working people and to build a bigger and stronger labor movement. Daily Kos labor editor Laura Clawson gets the discussion going on the just-launched AFL-CIO 2013 Convention website with this question:
The sustained war on workers from the right has left unions trying to prevent rights from being weakened rather than setting the agenda. Where are the opportunities to play some offense?
Laura Clawson from Working America is now at Daily Kos writing full-time about issues key to working people. Here’s her latest on the involvement of former District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in limiting collective bargaining for Michigan teachers.
Education blogger At the Chalk Face has obtained an internal briefing document from Michelle Rhee’s Students First and makes clear just how extensively Students First collaborated with Michigan Republicans on four education bills targeting teachers, including one limiting collective bargaining. The 30-page PDF is available here.
Although union members are the most visible targets of the attacks on working people, this anti-worker crusade extends way beyond unions to an assault on the broader American middle class, says Laura Clawson.