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Pence Leads GOP's Under-the-Radar Attack on Unions

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Pence leans over an executive order in the Oval Office. Pence leads the assault on workers in the Executive Branch. | AP

  • Part 1: Pence leads under-the-radar attack on unions

Pence working hard on a strategy to make “right to work” national law.

  • Part 2: Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they’re staring down the barrel of the GOP’s gun.

  • Related: Time to Build a Resistance in More Than Name Only 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Pence leads under-the-radar attack on unions

As of today 28 states, a majority of the states in the country, have “right to work” laws on the books. And we have Vice President Pence working hard on a strategy to make “right to work” national law.

John Wojcik, People's World

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Money%20Pie.jpg May 22, 2017 | Since he took office, Vice President Pence has been working with high-level Trump backers to develop a comprehensive strategy to weaken labor unions. The strategy he is developing revolves around so-called “right to work” laws that have already been rammed through numerous state legislative bodies. Among the GOP bright lights attending the closed-door sessions with Pence have been Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Pence’s role as architect of a new federal assault on unions is one of the topics tackled recently in an excellent article* in the March/April issue of The Voice of the ILWU, published by the union’s local 142 in Hawaii. The article, entitled “Trump backs attack on union,” delves into the history of “right to work” and how it has been used to bash workers and their unions.

http://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/jwojcik-200x200.jpg John Wojcik is editor in chief at Peoplesworld.org. He started as labor editor of the People's World in May, 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There he served as a shop steward, as a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee, and as an activist in the union's campaign to win public support for Wal-Mart workers. In the 1970s and '80s he was a political action reporter for the Daily World, this newspaper's predecessor, and active in electoral politics in Brooklyn, New York.

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Part 2: Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they’re staring down the barrel of the GOP’s gun. 

Justin Miller, The American Prospect

http://prospect.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/ap_16314337997058.jpg?itok=3wWTs6sy Vice president-elect Mike Pence watches as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally in New York. (Photo: AP/Evan Vucci)

November 15, 2016 | The nation’s union movement is suffering from collective whiplash. As the Rust Belt states fell late last Tuesday night, so too did labor’s hopes for a Democratic president who had promised to lift up working people. Instead it was forced to confront the reality of an explosive faux-populist taking power in tandem with a pro-business GOP Congress that has been waiting for its chance to dismantle a beleaguered, but recently rising, labor movement. The promising signs of a rejuvenation for workers’ interests and rights in recent years have all come under a dark cloud of uncertainty and dread.

For starters, with Trump promising to be a regulatory “reformer,” Republicans and their business lobbyist colleagues hope to roll back every single one of President Obama’s labor initiatives that were, slowly but surely, tilting the regulatory system more in favor of worker power. “This is going to be a president who will be the biggest regulatory reformer since Ronald Reagan,” Trump economic advisor Stephen Moore, told The New York Times. “There are just so many regulations that could be eased.”

http://prospect.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/fullsizerender1_4.jpg?itok=Vte87Cw_Justin Miller is a writing fellow for The American Prospect

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Related:

Time to Build a Resistance in More Than Name Only, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: The So-called Resistance, by James Howard Kunstler

James Howard Kunstler asks a critical question: what would a real resistance (as opposed to the crybaby resistance currently wailing) look like?

  • Part 2: Time to Build a Real Resistance! 

The mass protests against (Trump's)  reactionary policies have been inspiring, but they will inevitably ebb and flow because ultimately, protests will not be enough to stop him and the class he represents.

 

 

 

 

 

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