AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on Union Organizing
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler delivered a speech on union organizing in Washington, D.C. She said “corporate greed and inequality” were at an all-time high, noting, “A CEO makes 272 times what the average worker does. ... That kind of inequality is not logical. It’s not rational. ... it has to end.” She also said the quality of American jobs had declined in recent decades, but that there was a new labor “awakening” happening in the U.S. Ms. Shuler was joined by members of unions, including the American Federation of Teachers, SAG-AFTRA, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, who also delivered remarks.198 views
Company Labor Law Violations and Taxpayer Money
The Senate Budget Committee held a hearing on whether federal taxpayer dollars should go to companies that violate labor laws and prevent workers from unioning,. Amazon’s labor practices was a focus. Christian Smalls, Amazon’s labor union president testified, telling the committee that “it’s not a left or right thing. It’s not a Democrat or Republican thing. It’s a worker’s thing. It’s a worker’s issue.” Others witnesses included labor leaders, organizers, and policy professionals. Topics discussed included the right to unionize, labor law violations, and worker protections.6,274 views
Cities Tour- Labor Movement in the U.S.
C-SPAN’s Cities Tour shared stories from across the country of the labor movement in the U.S.468 views
Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky Oral Argument
The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, a case concerning whether a Minnesota Election Day law violates a person’s First Amendment free speech rights. According to the law, voters near or in a polling place are prohibited from wearing political badges, buttons, or insignia on Election Day to cast a ballot. The case dates back to 2010 when three conservative groups filed suit. They wore buttons that read “Please ID me,” and one wore a tea party logo shirt with the words “Don’t tread on me” to polling places on Election Day. One of those voters was Andrew Cilek, the executive director of the Minnesota Voters Alliance. An election official stopped him, and he was initially prevented from voting.1,667 views
On June 14, 2018, the Court ruled 7-2 that Minnesota’s law is too vague and violates First Amendment free speech rights.