November 01, 2016

Economic/Political Articles

Goon-Busters Prepare For Trump’s Poll Trolls
Republicans have conjured for Americans a monster more frightening than any Hollywood has ever produced for Halloween. It pales “The Shining.” It is a two-headed beast Donald Trump calls voter fraud and rigged elections.  Like Hollywood creatures, though, this goblin is completely imaginary. It’s fake like the sasquatch and chupacabra. There’s no scientific evidence of its existence. The GOP antidote for its imaginary monster is horribly real, however. It is voter suppression and … more

Trump’s Missing Emails

The Trump strategy was deny, impede and delay, while destroying documents the court had ordered them to hand over.

Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in … more

Nevada’s Early Vote Numbers Have Hillary Clinton Supporters Thrilled

If she takes Nevada, she could lose every other swing state and still win the presidency. Democrats are turning out in large numbers in the battleground state of Nevada, building what may become a vital electoral firewall for the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the final days of the 2016 race. As of Sunday morning, registered Democrats had established a 7-point lead over registered Republicans in the state’s early vote totals. That margin is just … more


GUEST COMMENTARY: Trump's Actions, Words Insult Labor, Others

On Nov. 8, the voters of this great nation will make a decision in what will likely be one of the most important elections in our country’s history. Given the economic turmoil that Northwest Indiana has experienced over the past two years, there is no doubt that it is the most important election in our history. Carrying the torch for the Republicans is quite likely the most unethical candidate to ever represent a major party. Donald Trump has filled the airwaves with … more


Robert Reich Says GOP Too Terrified To Stand Up To Trump: ‘Isn’t This How Fascists Come To Power?’
Robert Reich said Donald Trump had whipped his supporters into such a frenzy that Republicans are afraid to speak out against him. The economist and former Secretary of Labor recounted a recent conversation he had with a GOP former congressman he’s known for years, and he asked his friend what he thought of Trump. “Trump is a maniac,” the ex-lawmaker said, according to Reich. “He’s a clear and present danger to America.” … more


Inside One Group's Fight To Turn Out Latino Voters And Stop Trump

When 19-year-old Miriam Cadenas knocks doors in North Las Vegas, she will occasionally let the Hispanic voters she's meeting in on a little secret. “I’m doing this because I can’t vote," Cadenas tells them. "My voice is pretty silent right now, but my voice is protected through you so if I get you to go out to vote and vote for the right people then I might not lose my DACA and I could be less scared of my future and the future of my family.” Cadenas is a DREAMer … more


Donald Trump Blamed A Microphone For His Sexual Assault Brag. It’s Not The First Time.
Donald Trump has faced many opponents since he launched his presidential campaign—fact checkersthe GOPhis own running mate, to name just three—but few have dogged him as relentlessly as the microphone.  During a taped interview with Catholic network EWTN that aired last week, Trump once again blamed his arch-nemesis for his own comments admitting to sexually assaulting women. “The microphones, I mean to be honest, should, you know, should … more


James Comey Just Unmasked Himself
His carefully maintained nonpolitical image is now starting to fray.

 You have to be extremely political here in the nation’s capital if you want to acquire a reputation for being nonpolitical. James Comey, as shrewd and politically attuned a player as this city has seen, had accomplished that feat ? until it all fell apart on Friday. Seeking to protect his reputation for impartiality, the FBI director instead revealed his obsession with politics: the politics of his own image. He sent Congress a vaguely worded letter about how the… more.


Early Turnout Tilts Toward Democrats in Swing States

Hillary Clinton has established a slim edge over Donald J. Trump in early-voter turnout in several vital swing states, pressing her longstanding advantages in state-level organization and potentially mitigating the fallout from her campaign’s latest scrap with the F.B.I. Even as Democrats continued to reel from revived questions about Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state — a jolt delivered 11 days before the election in an  … more


The Essential Guide To Real (And Fake) Voter Intimidation Tactics

From fake ID badges to photographing voters’ cars.

With one week until the election, claims of voter intimidation are already raising alarms across the country and foreshadowing what we may see on Election Day. Donald Trump has encouraged his supporters to “watch” polls in certain minority-heavy, inner-city areas to guard against a “rigged” election. While there is no indication that his campaign is planning a organized effort, some Trump supporters have taken matters into their own hands. From threatening behavior … more

Steelworker and Labor Articles

USW Cares: A Million Thanks, Saskatoon Steelworkers – District 3
Members of USW Local 8914 in Saskatoon, SK are the recent recipients of United Way Centraide Canada’s “Thanks a Million” award for their 2015 campaign. This award was proudly presented by Andrea Howe, Associate Director, Labour Partnerships & Engagement, United Way of Saskatoon and Area at the 2016 Saskatchewan Federation of LabourConvention. This award is presented to organizations that have helped change many lives by raising $1 million or … more


Labor Pushes Back Hard In West Virginia – District 8

Politics has its own version of Newton’s Third Law: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In politics, the reaction may not be as predictable or as commensurate as in physics, but it is real. Earlier this year, the Republican-led West Virginia Legislature repealed the state’s prevailing wage law that set the hourly pay on state-funded projects and passed a right-to-work law, giving workers more discretion over their decision whether to join a union. Those two pieces of legislation triggered a firestorm in the labor movement. Long-time AFL-CIO … more


On Ballot Could Put Right-To-Work, Survivors’ Benefits In State Constitution – District 8

In addition to the presidential race, a congressional race and two contested town council elections in Pittsylvania County, local voters will be asked to make two changes to the Virginia Constitution when they head to polls Nov. 8. As part of Virginia’s lawmaking process, the General Assembly approved the two constitutional amendments earlier this year to be voted on this Election Day. If voters decide to make them part of the state Constitution, it would take a three-quarters majority in the General Assembly to overrule them in the future … more


Major City’s Drinking Water Was Fine. Then Came the Private Water Company – District 10
"They will come in, rape your water company, and leave with money bags." This summer, 81,000 homes in Pittsburgh received a worrisome letter about their water. The local utility "has found elevated levels of lead in tap water samples in some homes," it said. Seventeen percent of samples had high levels of the metal, which can cause "serious health problems." The situation was bad enough to attract the attention of Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. "The levels in Pittsburgh are … more


Action Alert Trusted Information for Working People

Voters say the number one reason to cast a ballot is to advance issues they care about, but over 40% don’t see significant differences between the Presidential candidates, much less all the other contests down ballot … more


This Election Matters to Everyone

In 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. Throughout the year we push our legislators to act because their decisions … more


2016 USW Civil & Human Rights Conference

The USW Civil and Human Rights Department is asking all activists to save the date, December 5-9, 2016, for the 2016 Civil and Human Rights Conference to be held at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama … more


Comey Double Standard Seen In New FBI Leaks 
- Rachel Maddow reports on a new set of stories about the FBI investigating aspects of the Donald Trump campaign and ties to Russia, and FBI director James Comey's reported reluctance to reveal Russia's role in hacking for fear of influencing the election … more


6 Conversations I Was Forced To Have With My Kids About The Election Because Of Trump - Talking about this election with my kids hasn't been easy. What would you do? … more