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A. Philip Randolph

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014

Asa Philip Randolph was born April 15, 1889, in Crescent City, Florida. His father was a tailor and minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and his mother was a skilled...

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Podcast

The Labor Advocate – Episode 8

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014

Labor Advocate – Episode 8 – Joe and Ken discuss The Immigration Reform Bill of 2013 *Originally aired on 4/26/13, this podcast is, oddly, still relevant (in explaining...

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Opinion

Action Alert – Longer Weekends for All!

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014

Labor has long been the champion of hopeless causes… We have demanded the most outrageous things… the weekend… the forty hour work week… the end of child...

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Song of the Week

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014

    This week’s song comes in for everyone who’s getting a five day weekend, this week — whether they want it or not… (Lyrics included)  Happy...

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Recent Posts

Song Of The Week: Priory ~ Weekend

    This week’s song comes in for everyone who’s getting a five day weekend, this week — whether they want it or not… (Lyrics included)  Happy two-day week!

Sherrod Brown to Introduce Harkin Bill to Expand Social Security in 114th Congress

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has announced plans to reintroduce Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) Strengthening Social Security Act in the next Congress. The bill would change the Social Security benefit formula, ensuring that cost of living adjustments adequately reflect the living expenses of retirees, and improve the long term financial condition of the Social Security...

Song of the Week – Vicarious by Tool

Song of the Week – Vicarious by Tool

Dec 8, 2014

After a few weeks of non-stop propaganda either one way or another concerning the labor disputes throughout the country, I think it’s time to sit back and consider what crap we put in our head.  Enjoy! Now as a quick note to all the SotW fans, Joe Collins asked me to fill in this week.  Therefore you get this… if it doesn’t suit ya, sorry,...

The Labor Exchange @ KGNU

The Labor Exchange @ KGNU

Dec 7, 2014

LABOR EXCHANGE @ KGNU HOST – DENNIS CREESE SHOW: MONDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 2014 @ 6:00 PM MST/8:00 PM EST @ KGNU – 88.5 FM/1390 AM AND: www.kgnu.org “LIVE STREAM” http://www.kgnu.org/laborexchange INTERVIEW WITH: RUTH MARKWARDT, ANTHROPOLOGIST AND AUTHOR OF THE THESIS – “ADDING INJUSTICE TO INJURY – HEALTH PERCEPTIONS, PLURALITY, AND POWER IN THE...

Illinois Pension Reform Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A Sangamon County Circuit Court judge ruled before Thanksgiving that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state’s unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law. The law decreases cost-of-living adjustments, caps pensionable salaries and raises retirement ages. It also decreases...

Song Of The Week (Bonus): Alice’s Restaurant ~ Arlo Guthrie

Song Of The Week (Bonus): Alice’s Restaurant ~ Arlo Guthrie

Nov 27, 2014

Arlo Guthrie performs “Alice’s Restaurant” live at Farm Aid 2005 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois on September 18, 2005.  Happy Thanksgiving!   (Thanks, Josh, for reminding me of this very special piece of American music history!)  For those who don’t feel like cooking, I’ve heard you can get...

Song Of The Week: Black Friday ~ Steely Dan

Song Of The Week: Black Friday ~ Steely Dan

Nov 23, 2014

This week’s song, for the big holiday…  Too soon?  Hey, it’s just the name.  (This song is really about Friday, September 24, 1869. It is known as “Black Friday” in the US because of a failed ploy that left many wealthy investors broke. The investors tried to corner the market on gold, buying as much of it as they could and...

Thank Social Security Hero Tom Harkin!

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is retiring after 40 years of dedicated public service, including the championing of policies and legislation benefiting Social Security and Medicare recipients and their families. One of those pieces of legislation was the Strengthening Social Security Act (S.567), designed to immediately increase current benefits by about $800 annually,...