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What happened in Chattanooga?

Harley Shaiken, director, Center for Latin American Studies | February 20, 2014

Snow blanketed the Tennessee hills surrounding Chattanooga last week as workers at the sprawling Volkswagen plant began voting on whether the United Automobile Workers union (UAW) should represent them. The stakes were high.  A union victory would pave the way for a German-style Works Council elected by all employees for the first time in the United … Continue reading »

Governor Walker’s coup d’état

Robert Reich, professor of public policy | March 11, 2011

Governor Scott Walker and his Wisconsin senate Republicans have laid bare the motives for their coup d’état. By severing the financial part of the bill (which couldn’t be passed without absent Democrats) from the part eliminating the collective bargaining rights of public employees (which could be), and then doing the latter, Wisconsin Republicans have made … Continue reading »

The real issues: A Wisconsin update

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics | February 28, 2011

The Wisconsin protests are about much more than budgets and unions. As I observed in What Conservatives Really Want, the conservative story about budget deficits is a ruse to turn the country conservative in every area.  Karl Rove and Shep Smith have made it clear on Fox: If the Wisconsin plan to kill the public … Continue reading »