By Mark Gruenberg, Press Associates Union News Service
The wife of a striking Steelworker walking a picket line at a Texas oil refinery sums up in one sentence why her husband and thousands of other USW members were forced to walk off their jobs three weeks ago.
Trashing his earlier promises to provide a fair hearing, the Republican leader of Wisconsin's state Senate labor committee rammed through a bill Tuesday that would make union shops illegal in the state.
It's a rare citizen who would rush to testify that the higher wages, benefits, and training that unions bring are a bad idea. Fortunately, the Wisconsin GOP had the full support of the Koch-funded "think tanks" that are a critical part of the right-wing infrastructure.
Scheduling problems at airport contractor Air Serv have gotten so bad that workers demonstrated outside company headquarters recently despite sub-zero temperatures. Newly introduced state legislation would bar “just-in-time” scheduling practices that disrupt the lives of airport workers and thousands of other Minnesotans.