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Fired Cablevision Workers Need Your Help

CWA 1109 in Brooklyn is one of the 1st locals to break the barrier and organize a unit in cable TV. What followed was the most outragous union busting campaign by cablevision we have ever seen. Last week the cable TV company sunk to a new low when it fired 22 techs for using the open door policy to ask about the lack of progress at the bargaining table. Please help get the word out about what happened to these workers by viewing this video and posting in on your social media pages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_rUrkarPwc&feature=share&list=UUd7qArjWSd4zVFD_DwiTYCg

 

Super PAC says it’s leveling playing field; Unions disagree

“Their money is secret. It comes in seven-figure chunks. That gives them a fundamentally different role in our democracy,” Ruben said, explaining that Moveon.org’s average donation is $28. “A group that exists for ultra-rich people to essentially buy elections is counter to the American democratic tradition.”

The labor unions that invested the most in the 2010 elections say they collectively spent $177 million on political activities (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees: $93 million; the Service Employees International Union: $44 million; the National Education Association: $40 million). In the same cycle, the top three Republican outside spending groups spent $147 million on political activities (American Crossroads and GPS: $71 million; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: $50 million; the American Action Network: $26 million).

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President Obama Signs American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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American In 2011, state governments across the nation, strapped by weak revenues in the wake of the recession, moved to rein in wages and benefits for public-sector workers. In a number of states captured by Republicans in the 2010 elections, this movement went further, with the passage of legislation that restricted public workers’ rights to bargain collectively.

The laws were fought vigorously by labor, with angry demonstrations across the country, but to little effect. Ohio and Wisconsin most notably adopted bills that would have brought not only the loss of most of the public unions’ bargaining rights, including the right to strike, but would also have called into question what had long been their central strength — their ability to organize and deliver votes.

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