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Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

April 1st, 2011

Strange Bedfellows: Wis. AFL-CIO Holds Rally With Planned Parenthood

  Is abortion no longer taboo in the labor movement? Over the weekend, the Wisconsin AFL CIO held a rally with Planned Parenthood. The two organizations stood in solidarity, opposing Gov. Scott Walker's right-wing budget and unionbusting. It might seem unusual that a labor federation which traditionally has shied away ... continue reading

October 3rd, 2010

Banks Should Follow Chase and Declare Moratorium on Foreclosures

The rest of the banking industry should follow JPMorgan Chase’s example and declare a nationwide moratorium on home foreclosures, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker said today. Chase has announced it is temporarily halting the processing of home foreclosures.In rallies and town hall meetings across the country, union members ... continue reading

July 22nd, 2010

Thousands of progressive activists meeting in Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Organizers of the annual Netroots Nation convention, beginning Thursday, hope what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.With the president's poll numbers hurting and chatter increases about the possibility of major defeats for Democrats in this year's mid-term elections, sponsors of the fifth conference ... continue reading

July 21st, 2010

Congressional support grows for Warren to head consumer protection bureau

Members of Congress are now lining up to enter the battle over who President Obama should choose to head the newly-created Bureau of Consumer Protection.Two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York and Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, are spearheading efforts in their respective chambers get Harvard Law's Elizabeth ... continue reading

July 20th, 2010

Labor Pushes Warren to Head Consumer Agency

Organized labor has jumped into the fight over who should head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that’s part of the financial overhaul. It’s calling on President Barack Obama to pick Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the SEIU both had nice things to say about Warren, ... continue reading

June 24th, 2010

U.S. Social Forum brings together workers' rights groups

Detroit -- Maria Elena Vasquez says her story is familiar among domestic workers.She works long hours. She's not paid much. And job security? Practically non-existent.Her plight is becoming more common as the economy has worsened, prompting the San Francisco woman and hundreds of others like her to rally for better ... continue reading

June 19th, 2010

Remarks by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka at the City Club of Cleveland, Cleveland Ohio

Thank you, President Roller [City Club Board President Jan Roller]. Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here with you in the great city of Cleveland. I want to talk to you about the grave economic challenges we face today – and the labor movement's vision for where we need ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

White House official: 'Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet'

A senior White House official just called me with a very pointed message for the administration's sometime allies in organized labor, who invested heavily in beating Blanche Lincoln, Obama's candidate, in Arkansas. "Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise," the ... continue reading

June 9th, 2010

AFL to White House: 'Labor isn't an arm of the Democratic Party'

The major labor federation AFL-CIO took sharp objection tonight to a White House official's assessment that they'd "flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet" in the "pointless exercise" of supporting the failed bid of Bill Halter to unseat Sen. Blanche Lincoln. "If that's their take on this, ... continue reading

May 17th, 2010

'Anti-K Street' protest snarls traffic in downtown Washington

A few hundred protesters snarled traffic on K Street on Monday and shut down a Bank of America near Capitol Hill as part of an "anti-K Street" protest sponsored by a coalition of community groups and labor unions. In the rain, members of the National People's Action network and an ... continue reading

May 6th, 2010

Sanders: White House Lobbies Against Amendment to Audit Fed with “Bogus” Arguments

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called Sen. Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont, to explain to him that the White House officials oppose Sanders’ amendment to allow an audit of the Federal Reserve because their economic advisers believe it “would get Congress involved in the day-to-day affairs of Fed ... continue reading

April 29th, 2010

New York marchers protest Wall Street, big banks

NEW YORK, April 29 - Several thousand demonstrators marched through the New York financial district on Thursday in a protest led by labor unions, saying Wall Street's biggest banks must account for record profits while average Americans still suffer financially. Spearheaded by the AFL-CIO, the march made its way through ... continue reading

April 29th, 2010

Workers march on Wall Street, protest big banks

NEW YORK — Thousands of workers and union leaders marched on Wall Street on Thursday to express their anger over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks.The rally was organized by the AFL-CIO and an association of community groups. It included a ... continue reading

April 29th, 2010

Irate Workers, Union Leaders Rally On Wall St

NEW YORK — Frustration mounted on Wall Street Thursday as a huge protest took place. Demonstrators voiced their anger at the big banks who they say took the bailouts and still cut jobs. The protest was organized by a group calling itself "The Other 98 Percent," who are demanding financial ... continue reading

April 29th, 2010

Protesters enter NYC bank buildings before rally

NEW YORK — Noisy protesters with signs took over two bank building lobbies on Thursday in a prelude to a Wall Street rally by workers and union leaders angry over lost jobs, the taxpayer-funded bailout of financial institutions and questionable lending practices by big banks.Hours before the scheduled rally, more ... continue reading

Aaron Bartley

Aaron Bartley is Executive Director of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH).

April 28th, 2010

PUSH Buffalo Joins the Showdown on Wall Street

In the nearly two years since the biggest banks precipitated a devastating economic meltdown and then exploited the moment to win billions in taxpayer bailouts and billions more in free money from the Federal Reserve, not a single public demonstration of significance has darkened the doors of the Wall Street ... continue reading

April 28th, 2010

Protesters Launch Showdown With the Monster Banks, Demand Wells Fargo to End Predatory Lending

"We are many and they are few -- and today they have to deal with us!" yelled an organizer at a San Francisco march and rally on Tuesday afternoon aimed at calling out Wells Fargo for its predatory lending practices. A crowd of a few hundred pissed-off consumers responded boisterously ... continue reading

April 27th, 2010

Unions to rally for financial reform

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) on Monday announced that several rallies will occur this week demanding financial reform. The demonstrations will be held at events hosted by some of the country's largest banks. "The nation's biggest banks crashed the economy, causing over 8 million to lose their jobs, 1 out ... continue reading

April 12th, 2010

More Banker Outrage: Protesters Plan Marches on Wall Street Banks

Outrage over bonuses, bailouts and home foreclosures have prompted angry demonstrations at bank office buildings, bank conferences and even bankers' homes since the financial crisis began. With Wall Street reform proposals up for debate in Congress and bank shareholder meetings taking place later this month, protest organizers say they're getting ... continue reading

April 10th, 2010

Remarks by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka at the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School: "Why Working People Are Angry and Why Politicians Should Listen"

Good evening. Thank you, John. I will never be able to express how much I owe you and how much the American labor movement owes you. The Institute of Politics is fortunate to have you as a fellow this semester. And let me add my thanks to the Institute of ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

March 29th, 2010

Undaunted: Movement for Improved Medicare for All Grows in Illinois and Across the Nation

Just blocks from President Obama's Hyde Park home south of the Loop in Chicago, more than 70 activists gathered on Saturday, March 27, 2010, to plan strategy for advancing an improved and expanded Medicare for all system as the law of the land.  Activists across the nation are undaunted by the ... continue reading

March 3rd, 2010

Every Central Falls teacher fired, labor outraged

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — The full force of organized labor showed up in Central Falls Tuesday, with several hundred union members rallying in support of the city’s teachers and bringing plenty of harsh words for the education officials who were about to fire the entire teaching staff at Central Falls ... continue reading

January 13th, 2010

Largest RN Union Issues Urgent Call for Nurse Volunteers To Assist Earthquake Ravaged Haiti

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses tonight activated its nationwide disaster relief program to recruit nurse volunteers to provide assistance to residents of earthquake devastated Haiti, the National Nurses United announced Tuesday night.Registered Nurse Response Network sent more than hundreds of  nurse volunteers to the Gulf region following Hurricane ... continue reading

November 18th, 2009

Top Democrats eye stock trade tax

House Democratic leaders are considering imposing a new tax on stock transactions to fund a jobs bill, leadership sources tell The Hill. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) has been making the case for such a Wall Street tax, and House leaders have started paying attention as they look for a way ... continue reading

November 18th, 2009

Remarks by Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, Economic Policy Institute, Spotlight on the Jobs Crisis, Washington DC November 17, 2009

Let me start by telling you about a young woman who came to an event we held in northeastern Ohio two months ago. Her name is Lacey and she’s not quite 20 years old. She wanted to become a teacher. But when her father was laid off from a plant ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

Apr 22nd
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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

Apr 20th
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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

Apr 18th
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George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him... www.theonion.com President Bush has a new hobby -- painting! --...

Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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