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‘Made in America’ Just a Political Slogan to Conservatives

By at February 10, 2015 | 1:01 pm | 0 Comment

‘Made in America’ Just a Political Slogan to Conservatives

Conservatives in Congress have once again proven they are un-American and unpatriotic. This time, it’s because of their fierce approval for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline, being built and run by TransCanada, will bring tar sands oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. All the oil will be exported. Major beneficiaries, […]

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Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

By at September 2, 2014 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a year. –Teachers are overpaid. –Local school districts and their taxpayers shouldn’t have to […]

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You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

By at February 21, 2013 | 1:49 pm | 0 Comment

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

Jos Lara just wanted a job. A company working in the natural gas fields needed a man to power wash wastewater tanks. Clean off the debris. Make them shining again. And so Jos Lara became a power washer for the Rain for Rent Co. The chemicals, the smell was so bad. Once I got out, […]

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Labor Not Represented in Management of ‘The People’s Universities’

By at December 14, 2011 | 7:20 am | 1 Comments

Labor Not Represented in Management of ‘The People’s Universities’

Although more than one million Pennsylvanians are members of labor unions, and the state has a long history of worker exploitation and union activism, neither of the two largest university systems has a labor representative on its governing board. The only labor representative on the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education […]

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Holidays are about more than three day weekends

By at September 1, 2011 | 9:20 am | 73 Comments

Holidays are about more than three day weekends

by Rick Smith Holidays are about more than three day weekends, barbeques, and beer fests.  They are supposed to be about remembering the past while looking forward to the future.  As we move toward Labor Day 2011, I am spending time remembering my grandfather.  Remembering the struggles, triumphs, and legacy he and his “Greatest Generation” […]

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The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Let’s Get Personal

By at August 25, 2011 | 9:09 am | 1 Comments

The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Let’s Get Personal

You have a credit card with a $25,000 limit. Because you have a good job, you only have $6,000 on the card, and routinely pay the monthly statement and a little extra on the principal. But then you decide you need a 52-inch high-def LCD TV screen to go into your “man cave,” and your […]

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Profits, not unions, move businesses to Indonesia

By at August 14, 2011 | 8:59 am | 1,103 Comments

Profits, not unions, move businesses to Indonesia

I’m sitting at my keyboard, wearing a pair of shorts from Eddie Bauer – Made in Indonesia. I’ve been chatting online with a fellow who says if it wasn’t for unions, my shorts would be Made in USA, and cost much less than I paid. (Actually, one of the few times business will admit that […]

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Chilling Free Speech

By at April 27, 2011 | 12:59 pm | 1,135 Comments

Chilling Free Speech

magine the following scenario.

The Governor of a large industrial state – one that allows anonymous coordinated campaign contributions – is widely regarded as being an “enemy” of unions. That Governor, who benefitted from millions of dollars of these types of expenditures from corporate donors, decides that he wants to know what the unions actually spent, so he asks for a bill that would require disclosure.

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More and More

By at March 1, 2011 | 12:33 pm | 952 Comments

More and More

As Rock The Capital’s Scott Paterno duly notes, unions have accomplished so much over the past 120 years what is left to achieve? Paterno finds higher salaries, which in the end government can’t afford.

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Four Months to Find Common Ground in Pennsylvania

By at February 24, 2011 | 2:35 pm | 2 Comments

Four Months to Find Common Ground in Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett is trying to tamp down concerns in Pennsylvania over the future of unions’ right to exist, however, Corbett speaking out of the other half of his mouth says he would sign such a measure into law if should find its way to his hand.

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