Today, in the midst of the pandemic, Trump files brief to strike down entire ACA.

Confronting the pandemic, Trump acts. Trump’s lawyers today are expected to file a legal brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act, even as coronavirus cases climb across the U.S. and soaring unemployment forces millions off employer-based health plans. First, shame on our national union leaders who have opposed national […]

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Goodbye Columbus.

Anne and I were in Athens, Greece last year at the same time Mike Pompeo paid a visit. Thousands of Greeks protested his visit. Not far from our hotel where we were staying stands a statue of Harry Truman. Every time there is a protest of American policies or a visit from somebody like Pompeo, […]

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The labor movement must shun the police unions. Seattle expels theirs from the King County Labor Council.

In Chicago the police union is not a part of Chicago’s labor council. But nationally, there has been a call for the labor movement in whatever ways to shun the police unions. A small number of locals are affiliated with the AFL CIO. I have written extensively how the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and […]

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Protecting public workers rights to bargain. No contract should be about hiding police abuse and misconduct.

I have argued for the Illinois state legislature to remove from collective bargaining language that protects police misconduct, abuse and brutality. I haven’t heard back yet from any state legislators, even my own. I have heard back from union people, even some union leaders, who agree with me. The principle is simple. Mayor Lightfoot should […]

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The Illinois legislature must act to remove FOP contractually protected misconduct and abuse.

Of all the ideas for policing reform, I have been focused on how the FOP collective bargaining agreement is an obstacle to reform. I believe that no single solution should be considered without looking at the way policing fits into the entire system of economic inequalities and racism. As a life-long unionist I feel a […]

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