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All About Pensions: Public Workers

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

John Fund, columnist for the Wall Street Journal editorial page and author of How the Obama Administration Threatens to Undermine Our Elections and Teresa Ghilarducci, labor economist at The New School and author of When I'm Sixty-Four: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them discuss public worker pensions. 

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Obama Faces State Governors

Monday, February 28, 2011


"Make yourself feel at home," President Obama said as he began his speech to the National Governor's Association on Monday, "but for those of you interested in the next election, I don't mean that literally."

After a laugh (from the president and governors alike), Obama launched into his speech, discussing states' flexibility in the controversial health care act; federal spending on infrastructure, research and innovation; the state and federal budget crises; and, of course, the public work force. In the wake of the budget protests in Wisconsin and with an audience of state leaders, the President gave a veiled jab at the state's ongoing battle.

Obama spoke to the delegation of Governors at the White House. Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and the First Lady also spoke at the gathering on Monday.



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New Jersey's Dueling Rallies

Friday, February 25, 2011

There will be dueling rallies in Trenton on Friday, both connected to the rumble in Wisconsin. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is expecting to bring out 4,000 to 5,000 people in solidarity with union members who are protesting Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) bill to strip away collective bargaining rights from most public sector unions.

Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity, a coalition of Tea Party groups that calls itself the state's leading free market, grassroots organization (and has funding from the conservative Koch brothers) will stage a counter protest. AFP State director Steve Lonegan believes public sector unions have too much power and use it to negotiate luxurious benefits, to the detriment of tax payers who pay for them.

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What Does the Future Hold for U.S. Labor?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Some people say that if Governor Walker gets his legislation through that would weaken public sector unions, it's inevitbale that the Republicans will also take some steps to weaken private sector unions.

Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Helping Cuomo Lay the Groundwork

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The way to think about it is that construction workers pay taxes, public employee unions are paid through taxes, and that's a fundamental divide that I think is going to cause great angst to the labor movement as we go forward over the next couple years.

- Greg David, director of the business and economics program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on The Brian Lehrer Show.