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Political Survey Features Labor's Decline

Last month, Working America, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, released a report that examined Donald Trump’s appeal to working-class voters. The goal? To reveal the issues, information, and the type of messenger needed to counter the Trump version of the conservative message that has taken America by storm.

Of the 1,689 prospective voters canvassed during this study, 53 percent said they were still currently undecided about the presidential race. However, among the decided, 38 percent favored Trump, while only 22 percent favored Clinton and 12 percent favored Sanders. Even more, the study found that Trump supporters were strikingly loyal – with one-third stating they wouldn’t vote for anyone else if Trump wasn’t on the ticket.

What’s particularly interesting about this study is that the Americans surveyed held household incomes of $75,000 or less. Households with these demographics would, historically, go along with an agenda in line with the AFL-CIO (although

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Good Luck, Mr. Silvers

Lydia DePillis took an interesting stance in her recent Washington Post article as she discussed Damon Silvers, AFL-CIO policy director, and his quest to save organized labor. The problem, DePillis notes, is that it may not be possible.

This has little to do with Silvers himself whose work is one of a reputable nature – from his success at landing fair severance packages for employees at Enron and WorldCom after the collapse to his ability to eloquently transcend ideas from the working man to “Wall Street titans.” What it does have to do with are the facts. The fact is that organized labor is on a downhill slope with their membership at an all-time low of 11.3 percent of American workers.

According to Thomas Kochan, an industrial relations professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Business, most of America’s future business leaders “have no knowledge, no interest, and no

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Score Board

Who are the winners (and losers) of the labor movement? Don’t guess, just check the LRI Scoreboard.

 

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Score Board

Who are the winners (and losers) of the labor movement? Don’t guess, just check the LRI Scoreboard

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Score Board

Who are the winners (and losers) of the labor movement? Don’t guess, just check the LRI Scoreboard

View this month’s scoreboard (archives also located here).

http://www.lrionline.com/current-scoreboard

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Workers Collaborative As The New Organizing Model

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In another interesting example of how unions are targeting immigrant workers to make organizing gains, consider the Chicago Workers Collaborative (CWC). The CWC considers itself to be a part of the labor movement, specifically fighting for temp workers rights. Many of these temp workers are recent immigrants.

Leone Jose Biccieri is the Executive Director of the CWC. On a recent podcast, he elaborates on a three-pronged approach they use to accomplish their goals by integrating work and community and providing benefits that temp workers would not otherwise receive in the workplace. How so? They focus on Northeast Illinois’ 350,000 plus temp workers. They establish community-based workers’ centers with a formalized organizational structure complete with benefits

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INK ~ July 19, 2012

 

In this issue:

* Union Bailout Update

* Astronomical Union Political Spending Coming to Light

* Dispute Over Two Union Jobs Cripples a Region

* Healthcare Workers & Machinists – An Unlikely Union?

* SEIU Watch, Only In A Union, Scoreboard and more…

The bottom of each story contains a link to the individual post on our site.

NOTICE: You can make a PDF of this issue of INK directly from the post. Click here for instructions on how to do so.

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Do Unions Kill Businesses? Join a Discussion Between a Union Business Agent and Phil Wilson

This morning I

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Do Unions Kill Businesses? Join a Discussion Between a Union Business Agent and Phil Wilson

This morning I had an email waiting for me from a union business agent. It wasn’t my normal “fan mail” from unions – it was a good, thoughtful email worthy of a response. Most of my emails from the other side are not printable – on the other hand they don’t take long to read. And you can learn some cool new insults that way too.

Anyway, I thought I would print Kevin’s email and my reply. As I said to Kevin, I really think this is a good, productive discussion for both sides to have. Please join the discussion in the comments.

Kevin’s email to me (this is verbatim, although we did clean up a few typos since it was a quick email and Kevin graciously agreed to give

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