Union leaders say Verizon management, taking its lead from right-wing GOP governors, is trying to kill public support for its striking workers by portraying them as an overpaid elite.
Organized labor mobilized in congressional districts nationwide in August, with two top leaders saying union activists this year will take the place of the tea party radicals of 2009-10. And the unionists, leaders and organizers say, are mad.
The AFL-CIO is mapping plans to educate its members, other workers and the wider electorate in how to overcome efforts to suppress the right to vote.
The labor movement is seeking to expand its influence in the political arena beyond its own membership.
"You will take this fight over the finish line," AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka told Ohio union leaders yesterday. "You will restore the rights of 365,000 public employees!"
Now comes the latest labor protest: The July 13 Michigan Nurses Association's "Governor Snyder's 'No Soup for You'" kitchen.
Discussing the negotiations on the debt ceiling got me thinking about some early experiences in the labor movement.
AFL-CIO President Trumka and Service Employees Secretary-Treasurer Medina are blasting the GOP's latest anti-worker gambit: Forcing firms to use a faulty employee verification scheme, called "E-verify."
The third big front in the right-wing Republican-business state-by-state war on workers, in Missouri, ended when the state legislature adjourned in May.
The Republicans are facing the recalls because of their support for Gov. Walker's bill killing collective bargaining rights for public workers.