More Sean Higgins Articles

  • AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka calls Obama trade policy 'same corporate-dominated process'

    Add Trumka to the list of people noticing that President Obama has not lived up to his prior rhetoric. In a speech Tuesday morning, he said the president had backslid on the promises he had made to organized labor regarding international trade.

  • Pennsylvania legislators eye ending union exception to stalker laws

    Legislation that would end an unusual loophole in Pennsylvania's anti-stalking laws that exempts union-related activity is slowing making its way through the Republican-led statehouse. It has a good chance of getting enacted, aides say. The Keystone State defines stalking as "following the...

  • AFL-CIO's Richard Trumka challenges Heritage's Jim DeMint to debate minimum wage

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has challenged Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint to a public debate on the merits of raising the minimum wage. Heritage says it would be happy to debate but would send the foundation's senior labor policy analyst, James Sherk, instead. The AFL-CIO has...

  • Job security declining for people in unions

    Economist Allison Schrager points out a little-noticed shift in the workforce that explains part of the membership problem Big Labor is facing: Union members are now experiencing declining job security. This is notable because job security is a key benefit to joining a union in the first...

  • Darrell Issa calls on Eric Holder to turn over secret interviews with former IRS official

    In a letter Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder turn over all documents held by the Justice Department in regards to a secret interview its attorneys conducted with former top IRS official Lois...

  • California's diversity undermining effort to reinstate college affirmative action policy

    Three Asian-American state senators killed an effort to reinstate affirmative action for college admissions in California. On Monday, Assembly Speaker John Perez announced he was shelving a bill that would have rolled back Prop 209, the 1996 ballot initiative that banned the practice, after the...

  • Why teachers unions back the child care block grant reauthorization

    On Thursday, the Senate passed a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Redevelopment Block Grant. The legislation would, as the title indicates, give states funds to pay for child care programs. Big Labor was a major backer of the bill, which -- not coincidentally -- would make it easier for...

  • Workers request VW not help UAW if feds order re-vote

    Three workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday saying it must prevent the German auto company from providing any further assistance to the United Auto Workers in its efforts to organize the workers. The complaint is...

  • NLRB to allow Volkswagen workers to weigh in on UAW's complaint

    Five workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., were granted permission by the National Labor Relations Board Monday to weigh in on an effort by the United Auto Workers to overturn the VW workers' vote rejecting collective bargaining. A regional NLRB director said that owing to the...

  • Michigan union backs down, allows members to use right-to-work law

    More than a year after it was signed by the governor, the Michigan Education Association has agreed to allow its members William "Ray" Arthur and Miriam Chanski to take advantage of the state's right-to-work law and quit the the union. MEA had previously refused to accept their resignations,...

  • Study indicates combat stress not main cause of soldier suicide spike

    A new Defense Department study casts serious doubt that combat stress is behind the recent spike in suicide rates by members of the military. The study found the suicide rate had increased more for those who hadn't deployed to combat zones than those who had. The project, which began in 2008,...



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