Several big coal companies have also used federal bankruptcy law to escape from funding retirees' pensions through the per-ton tax on coal.
Congress must live up to our nation's 70-year promise to retired miners and their widows.
The pension battle began several years ago when Christie claimed the state not only wouldn't pay its part of the pensions, but couldn't afford to do so.
Now, the future of public workers' pensions in New Jersey may well be up to the Garden State's voters.
Teamsters are one of the unions under the knife now, but 200 multi-employer pension funds covering 1.5 million American workers could be in jeopardy for a number of reasons.
Union labor will build the housing in an economically targeted investment program in all five boroughs.
Unions took to the streets to show mass solidarity for their bargaining teams, with rallies all over the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.
It's not just the numbers that are important, it's anti-worker measures the majority Republicans may try to insert into the measures, too.
The win is the biggest in the history of Teamsters Joint Council 42, which covers Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii.
Rauner's tactic is the latest in a nationwide campaign by the right, its business backers and its political puppets to trash workers, cut wages, destroy pensions and kill unions.