In an order released June 30, the Supreme Court granted the petition filed by Rebecca Friedrichs and her co-plaintiffs asking the Court to review the constitutionality of compulsory union dues. Today’s action means the case will be briefed and argued this fall, with a decision due by June 30, 2016.
Have you ever been beaten with a lead pipe or had bodily fluids thrown in your face at work? California bus drivers are assaulted like that on a regular basis. Have you ever been asked to safely steer a 40,000-pound vehicle through traffic? Transit workers do that every day.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:
(1) Intellectual Property Chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate.
(2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.
B y T h e A l b e r t S h a n k e r I n s t i t u t e
Imagine opening a high school U.S. history textbook and finding
no more than a brief mention of Valley Forge, the Missouri
Compromise, or the League of Nations. Imagine not
finding a word about Benjamin Franklin, Lewis and Clark,
Sitting Bull, Andrew Carnegie, or Rosa Parks. That is what has happened
to labor's part in the American story, and to most of the
men and women who led the labor movement.
Queens, more than any other borough , is highly dependent on bus transit. Queens is very large and has many low density neighborhoods not served by subways. Many residents rely on bus transit to get downtown or to regional shopping, worship services, doctors, schools, etc. North/