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December 15, 2022
It's A Hard Knock Life For Anti-Union Bosses
Drabinsky doesn’t face any unfair barrier to entry. He faces consequences for reneging on his own contracts and creating a hostile work environment.
December 06, 2022
Buttigieg Faced Rare Cable TV Grilling Over Position On Sick Leave For Rail Workers
Secretary of Transportation and usual media darling Pete Buttigieg faced a rare grilling from center-left media outlets at the end of last week.
December 02, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Hack Watch: Reporters Know There’s A Reason For The Threatened Rail Strike, Right?
What parts of the rail strike story don’t get told by mainstream outlets says more than what they do write.
November 30, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Union Joe’s Disgrace
If rail workers are so important to our economy that a single week of striking could cost the economy $1 billion, and if their demands are so modest that any decent employer would easily exceed them, then meeting their demands seems like the obvious solution. But the American balance of power is such that railroad bosses have the allegedly most pro-labor president in history doing their dirty work for them.
November 29, 2022
Biden Must Not Override Rail Workers If He Is A Pro-Worker President
Biden Stands To Harm Workers And The Democratic Party’s Future
November 03, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
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Biden Can Make Change by Fixing Federal Contracting
If the Trumpiest predictions for the midterms come true next week, and Republicans sweep Congress, opportunities for implementing progressive policy priorities – and Biden’s campaign promises – will disproportionately fall to the strategic maneuvering of the executive branch. From climate action to stopping runaway corporate profiteering to defending the working class from exploitation, the executive branch holds immense power with which it can tangibly better the lives of everyday Americans even amidst a sure-to-be-hostile potential Republican-controlled Congress.
September 21, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Backing Labor is More Powerful Politics Than Ever
For all the hours that people spend at work, stories about working (and working people) rarely get the spotlight. Labor makes headlines mostly when it’s no longer guaranteed. That pattern is clear in the headlines of late, with teachers in Columbus striking for air conditioning and teachers in Seattle striking for raises that barely keep up with inflation; with Minnesota private sector nurses striking to protest understaffing and safety issues that hurt both nurses and patients—all long-standing issues that have seen no national traction for years. Currently, the big labor story is that of the barely-averted freight worker strike, whose demands include such basic requests as not being disciplined for going to the doctor.
September 16, 2022
Hack Watch: From Inflation To Rail, The Media Beats Up On Workers
This week: inflation hawks double down on brutal rate hikes that will harm workers and the mainstream media goes out of its way to undermine rail workers.
August 05, 2022
Changes To DeJoy’s Fleet Plan Are Welcome, But Not Enough
USPS’ next-gen vehicles should be 100% electric and union-made. And DeJoy should be out the door.
June 23, 2022 | The American Prospect
President Biden’s Best Agency Is Starved for Cash
Two months after Ithaca, New York, became the first city to unionize all of its Starbucks locations, Starbucks announced a dramatic alteration to its business plan for the city: It was closing a shop with one week’s notice. The coffee leviathan stated the store was closing due to “efficiency” concerns and would not guarantee new jobs for the location’s workers.
May 18, 2022 | Revolving Door Project Newsletter
Biden Goes Beast Mode On Bezos, Corporate Crackdown Style
The 46th president going full Haymarket Hulk is not something anyone anticipated over a year ago, when Biden told America that if elected he’d be the “most pro-union president” ever. In the past, he’s gone off script during speeches to support the reawakened labor movement, only to have his words walked back by cautious press secretaries and the peanut gallery of advisors whispering “triangulation” in his ear. But in the past week Biden now seems to have decisively broke with the third way approach, hewing to the corporate crack down agenda–which RDP has long advocated–through a series of high profile union endorsements and their ensuing fallout.
December 09, 2021
Big Business Taps Trump's Lead Union-Buster To Attack Workers' Rights
Miscimarra will lead the Chamber and IFA’s defense of a rule that undermines the abilities of both workers with multiple jobs and subcontracted workers to form unions.
November 16, 2021
Powell Held No Meetings With Labor, But Plenty With Wall Street, Through Biden Term
Powell did not meet with any non-governmental individuals who are not members of or aligned with the financial industry. This stands in stark contrast to Powell’s predecessor, Janet Yellen, who is now the Secretary of the Treasury.
May 07, 2021 | The American Prospect
$15 an Hour for Federal Contractors Is Great. A Union Is Better.
President Biden has signed an executive order guaranteeing a minimum wage of $15/hr for federal contractors, but there’s a lot more that he can do to immediately improve their lives.
April 02, 2021
Biden's Budget Must Strengthen OSHA
Faced with a monumental workplace safety crisis in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has largely failed to protect workers. Decades of declining staffing levels left this critical agency unable to adapt to extraordinary conditions and support workers across the country when they most needed it. During his campaign, Joe Biden vowed to be the “strongest labor president you’ve ever had.” As he prepares to release his budget proposal for his first full financial year in office, the opportunity is fast approaching for Biden to put federal money where his mouth is. Biden must follow through on his pro-worker promises by expanding funding and employment levels for OSHA and OSHA state affiliates (among a slate of other sorely needed pro-labor policies) so that they have the capacity to safeguard workplace safety in times of crisis and otherwise.