Labor

Privatized Prisons used for U.S. low-cost labor

This video, featuring an interview with Prison Industry Investigative Consultant, Author, and VLTP Executive Director Bob Sloan, and an NCIA video which is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUJHaELZQrc tells about how U.S. companies are using prison labor–in competition with private enterprise–to offer the lowest cost production. Back in 1979 The Prison Industry Enhancement Certification Program eased restrictions […]

Detroit Free Press Snyder Endorsement Actually Predicted How He Would Screw Michigan

That ill-advised Snyder endorsement contained a hidden gem….one the Detroit Free Press hopes readers won’t revisit. It’s not often that a major metropolitan newspaper editorial board makes the news over an opinion piece, but that’s just what happened this past week as the Detroit Free Press backed-out of Governor Snyder’s camp like it was suddenly a circulation-killing leper colony. Their “opinion” diatribe displayed a […]

Michigan governor ‘betrayed’ state’s trust

(Governor Rick Snyder presents his views on Michigan’s future energy plans at MSU’s WK Kellogg Biological Station, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 near Hickory Corners, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Dale G. Young)) The staff of Detroit’s largest daily newspaper published a blistering editorial on Sunday, saying Michigan governor Richard Snyder had “betrayed” the state’s trust by coming out […]

The (F)Law of the Land — Why RTW Laws are Bad for State Economies

Michigan leaders, like moths, are mindlessly being drawn to the destructive Right-to-work flame, soon making them the 24th state to enact a bad law which every qualified economist who has seriously studied the subject finds to be destructive to a state’s economy and workforce, while being little more than a short-term political lever at best. The state will join the ranks of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, […]

Michigan Lawmakers Offer Bunga Bunga Bill

Remember that old joke: Death or Bunga Bunga — in which a captive is asked by a tribal leader if he prefers death or bunga-bunga (group rape)? The captive bravely replies “death”, and the leader says “okay, but first…bunga bunga!” Michigan lawmakers are the tribe, with Snyder as their leader, and SB 865 is their […]

ALEC’s Fiscal Policies Get a Failing Grade in Major Analysis

Five years ago — at the height of the disastrous Bush-era fiscal policy of spend-and-spend on war-after-war, as our nation teetered on the event horizon of the housing bubble black hole, when the media was distracted with the business of scaring people shitless about dying a hideous lonely death from the bird flu — along came Arthur Laffer and ALEC with theirRich States, […]

Visit Delivering for America TODAY

here is something I received today that merits everyone’s attention: A bad idea that could dismantle the U.S. Postal Service is gaining traction in Congress, and we need your help to stop it. Working behind closed doors, holdover members of the House and Senate are trying to ram through harmful changes to the Postal Service […]

Poor management, not union intransigence, killed Hostess

The company had done almost nothing in the last 10 years to modernize or expand its offerings. Hostess first entered bankruptcy in 2004, when it was known as Interstate Bakeries. During its five years in Chapter 11, the firm obtained concessions from its unions worth $110 million a year. The unions accepted layoffs that brought […]