Labor Chief Blames GOP For Poor Jobs Growth

One of the nation’s most prominent labor leaders is blaming Republicans for poor jobs growth, saying that “the economy is simply not delivering right now.” The nation added just 80,000 jobs in the month of June, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent, according to new data from the federal government out Friday. “The trend of slow job growth is both frustrating and heartbreaking. The economy added only 80,000 net new jobs last month – not nearly enough to bring unemployment down and fuel a robust recovery,” says Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO labor organization and often a key ally for President Obama. “Republicans in Congress have responded to a massive jobs shortage and weak economy with … Continue reading

Disappointed Recall Backers: We Sent ‘A Message to Scott Walker’

Clearly dismayed by their failure to oust Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Democrats and labor officials say they nevertheless can claim some solace in the belief that even in victory, Tuesday’s recall election should serve as something of a warning for Gov. Scott Walker. Walker beat back the historic effort to throw him out of office, 53 percent to 46 percent, defeating Democratic opponent Tom Barrett. Prompted by Walker’s initiatives to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights, the Wisconsin recall was just the third such attempt to drive an incumbent governor from office in the middle of his term. Walker’s union-busting moves last year prompted massive public protests in the Badger State and elsewhere, and led a band of state Democratic legislators … Continue reading

Protests Planned As Anger Against Supercommittee Rises

A prominent Washington progressive organization plans national protests next week against further cuts to federal safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare. Among those speaking out against any such cuts by the so-called supercommittee is former senator Russ Feingold. MoveOn.org is organizing what it calls national demonstrations on Nov. 17, ahead of the release of recommendations to cut the federal budget deficit by the bipartisan supercommittee. “The past months have been filled with powerful, creative, and passionate displays of people fighting back against a system rigged against them,” says an email sent by Monday by MoveOn.org. “But many of our elected officials continue to sit on the sidelines—or worse, to look out only for millionaires and powerful industries. Until … Continue reading