In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families or working people who have fought for or won a significant victory. The losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights or the working people who have lost a right or a battle for expanding or keeping their rights.
Nearly 2,000 members of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) have been on strike against FairPoint Communications since Oct. 17. Now some suspect the company may be offering replacement workers more than $300,000 a year to perform the same jobs the striking workers did for less than a third of that.
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined striking FairPoint Communications workers Wednesday on picket lines in Portland and Brewer, Maine. She called FairPoint’s demands for massive concessions “economic inequality in action. It’s a classic case of Wall Street and the richest 1% stomping on the rest of us.”
It's an election year and we are quickly approaching the time when working families will have the opportunity to go to the polls and vote against a whole host of extreme candidates who support policies that limit rights, make it even harder to afford a middle-class life and pad the pockets of their corporate buddies. One of the "Worst Candidates for Working Families in the 2014 Elections" is Tom Foley, who is running for governor in Connecticut.
Republican senators have a golden opportunity today to show whose side they are on. In a vote on the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 2569), the GOP can come down on the side of America's workers who are seeking good, middle-class jobs in an economy that’s not creating enough of them, or they can choose to stand with the corporations that ship U.S. jobs overseas.
Lawmakers are beginning to recognize the widespread problems with the outsourcing of government services. According to a new report from In the Public Interest, 19 states have taken proactive steps to reverse this trend, which began in the 1970s and 1980s. The report also notes that taxpayers have begun to tire of the diminished quality and even loss of services that can arise from outsourcing them.