Democratic Party

‘Workers’ Rights Are Human Rights’

On Up with Chris Hayes, the entire first hour was devoted to the role of unions in the economy, its tenuous relationship with partisan politics and the how the diminishing union participation has hurt the average American worker.

Union member Saladin Muhammad reminds viewers that workers’ rights are in fact, human rights, providing workers with the dignity of honest pay, benefits and safety in the workplace.

To watch a composite video of consecutive segments on Up with Chris Hayes, please click here.

To read the entire article with one segment of the show embedded, please click here

Coalition letter to DNC: Tell Duke Energy to Dump ALEC!

Today, Greenpeace and the Coalition to March on Wall Street South sent a letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee, highlighting the DNC’s connection to the American Legislative Exchange Council through Duke Energy.

In May, Duke gave ALEC $50,000 for its meeting in Charlotte, NC and has consistently offered staff support at multiple levels of ALEC operations. Now it’s providing office space and a ten million dollar loan for the Democratic National Convention, also in Charlotte. Beyond acting as a political double-agent, Duke Energy’s heavy support for ALEC’s anti-environmental work goes against its own commitments to take climate change and clean energy seriously.

To read all of this excellent Greenpeace USA article by Connor Gibson and to download the pdf file of the complete letter sent to DWS, please click here.

11 More Democratic Legislators Leave ALEC

8 Pennsylvannia legislators: Sen. Lisa Boscola, Sen. Leanna Washington, Sen. Anthony Williams, Rep. Nick Kotik, Rep. Ted Harhai, Rep. William Keller, Rep. Joseph Markosek, Rep. Joseph Petrarca

2 Illinois legislators: Rep. Mary Flowers, Rep. Brendan Phelps

1 Iowa legislator: Rep. Brian Quirk

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US Postal Service and the War on Workers

Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake in the Republicans assault on the US Postal Service and the postal workers. The Senate took up a bill to postpone the cuts, but it’s a temporary measure. Big Eddie thinks the Democrats should take a page out of Michele Bachmann’s book to combat this one. To watch this, please click here.

Be sure to read the comments on Ed’s site, and please visit our Forum re the USPS and comment about this.