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Facing Layoffs, NY and CT Unions Head Back to the Table

Friday, July 08, 2011

Public employees in New York and Connecticut have rejected their union contracts — which were expected to be major sources of savings in the budgets presented by governors Andrew Cuomo and Dan Malloy. As each governor threatened layoffs this week, public sector unions urged them to extend negotiations.


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Wisconsin Democrats Launch Recall Effort Against Republican Senators

Friday, March 04, 2011


It just keeps escalating. 

Today is the deadline by which Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has threatened to lay off 1500 state workers if the Democratic state senators don’t come back to work.



Thousands Rally for Union Protections in Trenton

Saturday, February 26, 2011

More than 4,000 New Jersey public workers cheerfully sang "Solidarity Forever" despite a driving cold rain on Friday.

AFL-CIO National President Richard Trumka linked the current battle in Wisconsin over collective bargaining rights with what he said was Governor Chris Christie's combative approach to dealing with  New Jersey public employees.

"It's time to shake things up a little bit," bellowed Trumka. "You let them know that an attack against teachers or firefighters or nurses is an attack against all workers in New Jersey."

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Public Workers and Unions Rally in New York

Friday, February 25, 2011

Nearly a thousand public workers and their unions massed at lunch time in front of City Hall on Thursday in solidarity with public employees in Wisconsin and other states that face the prospects of layoffs and pension and benefit rollbacks.

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All for One? The Relationship of Public and Private Unions

Friday, February 25, 2011

Unions represent workers, and there are upsides and downsides to that.

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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City Unions Sending Reinforcements to Madison Protesters

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Public employee unions in New York City are mobilizing their members to travel to Wisconsin in a show of solidarity with the labor protests swelling in the state capital.

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City Unions Brace For Battle With Bloomberg

Friday, February 04, 2011

This week, the city's labor unions got their first official glimpse at what Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks future union hires should expect in the 21st century. The comprehensive proposal was presented to the Muncipal Labor Council not by Mayor Bloomberg himself, but by his Commissioner for Labor Relations James Hanley.

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What Would MLK Add to the Debate about Public Employees?

Friday, January 14, 2011

The thing that sort of set it apart from most strikes was the sign the men made themselves, and it said "I am a man." That meant this was about human rights, being respected as person, not only about wages, benefits, the kind of things you try to get when you form a union.

Michael Honey, former Southern civil rights organizer and professor of labor and ethnic history at the University of Washington-Tacoma, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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S.O.S: Public Employee Response

Friday, January 07, 2011

As president of Teamsters Local 237Greg Floyd represents 24,000 public employees in New York City, including school safety agents and maintenance workers. He responds to Governor Cuomo's State of the State address as well as the Committee to Save New York's plans for government reform.

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The Truth About Public Employee Pensions

Friday, January 07, 2011

What you are hearing in the media is not true. The pension funds are not underfunded.

Greg Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237

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Wonk Wars: Do Public Employees Get Too Much?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Welcome to Wonk Wars, a weekly feature from It's A Free Country as part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days. Early each week, we'll post one of those issues in the Wonk Wars sections of the website and invite two or more policy experts to start the discussion online, along with your input. Then, each Thursdays, the conversation continues on-air at the Brian Lehrer Show.

This Week's True/False: Public Employees Have Too Many Benefits

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