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Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

September 27th, 2011

Herman Cain, the Other NRA and the Stagnant Minimum Wage

Crossposted from In These Times Working Blog Over the weekend, Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather Pizza and former CEO of the National Restaurant Association, shocked many political observers when he won the Florida GOP Presidential Straw Poll. While it is unclear what effect Cain’s showing in straw poll ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

September 22nd, 2011

Troy Davis Executed, While CEO Responsible for Deaths of 29 Miners Sails Free

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogLast night at 11:08, Troy Anthony Davis was executed in the State of Georgia for the 1989 murder of a police officer. Much doubt existed in the case as seven of the nine witnesses recanted their testimony (one even claimed that an eighth ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

August 26th, 2011

Remembering Steve Jobs’ Record on Workers’ Rights

Crossposted from In These Times' Working blogYesterday, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to Steve Jobs' resignation as CEO of Apple, among reports that his health is in bad condition. Progressives and conservatives alike praised Jobs as someone who had revolutionized industry with Apple’s innovative computer designs. “Thanks Steve for pushing ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

August 17th, 2011

Why Won’t Obama Join the Verizon Picket Line?

Crossposted from the In These Times Working blogCiting Obama's healthcare reform legislation, the company wants concessions. Union members want a show of solidarity Last Saturday, about 100 Verizon workers and their supporters from the Washington D.C. area —some of the 45,000 company employees who went on strike last week around ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

August 5th, 2011

Will Workplace Safety Become a Casualty of the Debt Deal?

WASHINGTON D.C.—This week, Congress passed a debt-ceiling deal that is expected to reduce the deficit by at least $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years. The debt deal sets up a “supercommitee,” which will identify $1.5 trillion in additional cuts by Thanksgiving. Congress will then vote on the recommendations in ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

July 5th, 2011

The Labor Movement Needs an Anti-Concession Movement

In the wake of the historic pushback to Gov. Scott Walker's antiunion agenda in Wisconsin, there has been a lot of talk about what is needed to revive the labor movement. Some claim that what is needed is a change in the overall political environment and labor’s public image to ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

June 23rd, 2011

Increased Solidarity with Unions at Netroots Nation, But at the Cost of Net Neutrality?

Crossposted from In These TimesThis Netroots Nation in Minneapolis marked a turning point for the conference's relationship with organized labor. In the past, many have complained that the netroots and bloggers have failed to pay proper attention to labor struggles. This year there were many panels focusing on organized labor ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

June 21st, 2011

NLRB Issues Rule to Prevent Union Busting and Speed Up Elections

Crossposted from In These TimesToday, the National Labor Relations Board proposed a rule that would dramatically speed up and reduce frivolous challenges to union elections. Companies seeking to stop union drives often delay union elections by months in order to allow more time for extended anti-union intimidation sessions and campaigns, ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

May 17th, 2011

Did Boeing’s Meet the Press Sponsorship Allow Gingrich to Lie About Company’s NLRB Case?

This post first appeared on the In These Times 'Working' blogSpeaking Sunday on Meet the Press, Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said that "the Obama system of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is basically breaking the law to try to punish Boeing ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

May 15th, 2011

Obama Has Power to Stop Unionbusting With a Stroke of His Pen

This post first appeared on the In These Times 'Working' blog A proposed executive order and 'high road' federal contracting would go a long way WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two weeks ago I ran into John Podesta, the former White House Chief of Staff (under Bill Clinton) who is now the head of ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

April 28th, 2011

Massachusetts Dems Pass Bill to 'Eliminate Collective Bargaining as We Know It'

Originally posted on In These Times' 'Working' blogLast night, the Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill (111-42) to strip public-sector workers of their ability to bargain collectively for healthcare. The rhetoric surrounding the bill, proposed by Democratic State House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, is in many ways similar ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

April 23rd, 2011

NLRB Finds Boeing Broke Law—and Upsets Anti-Union Southerners

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Boeing broke the law by moving production from a union facility in Pudget Sound, Wash., to a nonunion facility in North Charleston, S.C. It's yet another move that shows that General Counsel Lafe Solomon is dedicated to vigorously enforcing labor law in ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

April 14th, 2011

Why I am NOT Suing the Huffington Post...by a "fired" HuffPost blogger

It might come as surprise to many, but as a labor journalist I feel that both Jonathan Tasini & Arianna Huffington are wrong in their current squabble over labor relations that has broken out as a result of Tasini’s lawsuit for $115 million against the Huffington Post. Over the last ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

April 1st, 2011

Strange Bedfellows: Wis. AFL-CIO Holds Rally With Planned Parenthood

  Is abortion no longer taboo in the labor movement? Over the weekend, the Wisconsin AFL CIO held a rally with Planned Parenthood. The two organizations stood in solidarity, opposing Gov. Scott Walker's right-wing budget and unionbusting. It might seem unusual that a labor federation which traditionally has shied away ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 28th, 2011

The "Pack" of Young DC Labor Journalists - The Sh*tkickers

A recent New York Times profile of several young male trend setting DC journalists known as the "Brat Pack" inspired Good Magazine Executive Editor Ann Friedman to write a piece on the "DC Lady Journo Mafia." Friedman recounted a meeting composed of several female journalists to discuss barriers that women ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 28th, 2011

After Paying Zero Income Taxes, GE Plans To Ask Its Union Workers To Make Wage And Benefits Concessions

Last week, the New York Times reported that, despite making $14.2 billion in profits, General Electric, the largest corporation in the United States, paid zero U.S. taxes in 2010 and actually received tax credits of $3.2 billion dollars. The article noted that GE’s tax avoidance team is comprised of “former ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 16th, 2011

The NRA Can’t Take Yes For An Answer

Earlier this week, one of the biggest backers of the Republican Party, the NRA, refused to meet with President Obama to discuss vital gun control measures supported by 86% of Americans, 80% of gun owners, and roughly 70% of their own membership. President Obama pointed out in a Sunday op-ed ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 9th, 2011

The Wisconsin Uprising Is a Bottom-Up Movement -- Should We Hope DC Leaders Don't Get in the Way?

Since the financial crisis and President Obama's election in the fall of 2008, there have been two major actions taken by working people that commanded the attention of America's financial elite -- the 2008 occupation of Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago and the current Wisconsin State Capitol occupation. ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 9th, 2011

Shades of Wisconsin, as 400 Protesters Shut Down Bank Office, Invade Sen. McConnell’s Office

WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Police need a raise! Police need a raise!”, shouted 400 protesters as police came to break up their invasion of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office yesterday. The protesters, members of National People’s Action, had invaded Sen. McConnell’s office demanding to meet with him regarding proposed GOP budget ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 1st, 2011

Like Scott Walker, Honeywell CEO Has Threatened to Use Troops to Bust a Strike

Last Friday, two van loads of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7-669 members, who have been locked out of the Honeywell uranium facility in Metropolis, Ill., for nine months, traveled through the night to join the ongoing protest in the Wisconsin State Capitol. “After all the support we have seen from ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

March 1st, 2011

2008 Factory Occupation Leader Inside Wisconsin State Capitol

In December 2008, United Electrical Workers at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago shook the world when they occupied their factory after its closure was announced. For eight days and nights, they held the attention of state, national and international media as unions around the world issued statements of solidarity. ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 26th, 2011

Why Should Firms That Spied on Unions Keep Government Contracts?

Earlier this month, Lee Fang of Think Progress wrote an investigative piece on how the Chamber of Commerce had hired a private security firm to spy on union leaders and their families. Lee discovered through emails obtained by ThinkProgress that the Chamber had hired the law firm Hunton & Williams ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 24th, 2011

Wisconsin GOP to kick protestors sleeping in the Capitol out

Dave Weigel of Slate Magazine just conducted an interview with Wisconsin Senate GOP Majority Leader Fitzgerald. In the interview below, Fitzgerald announced that starting Saturday at 6pm, the police are going to kick the protestors sleeping in the Capitol out. The protestors I have spoken with have vowed to stay ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 24th, 2011

How Obama's Organizing Election Efforts Influenced the Wisconsin Protests

It's a constantly shifting, energetic crowd on the third floor of the capitol, with graduate students running around frantically in the situation room of the Teacher Assistant Association. They are discussing setting up phone banks to get more graduate students to come out for protests, plans to arrange for more ... continue reading

Mike Elk

Labor Journalist

February 24th, 2011

Labor Leaders Say Wisconsin Signals 'New Era of Labor Militancy'

MADISON, WIS.—In the past, labor leaders have been hesitant to call militant actions in part because they're afraid they won’t have the support and energy of union members. But after the massive outpouring of rank and file support in Wisconsin during the last eight days—triggered by proposed GOP legislation that ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

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My father, Francis (Frank) Moore, passed away this morning a few months shy if his 93rd birthday. He was a great dad I am blessed to have had him in my life. I...

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

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Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

Mar 6th
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