Category Archives: Union

Unexceptionalism – A Primer

h/t Atrios – E. L. Doctorow provides the Primer. Read it. Grieve. Work, in small ways and big and in whatever way you can, for something much, much better. We all deserve something much, much better – recognizing that democratic ideal was in part what made us exceptional.

Spare Change? The Stimulus And Bailouts Are Too Valuable

Almost absent from the dominant discussion of the federal stimulus package (and bailouts) is any attempt at progressive change that goes beyond the surface of ‘what we buy.’ I spoke yesterday about tying taxpayer expenditures to a living wage – but I’ve been thinking about this type of thing for a while agreeing with Matthew […]

2009 Predictions

Here’s are some thoughts about what the new year may hold – some seem pretty obvious, others are educated guesswork – while many are positive, some are not. In Illinois: – Soon-to-be former Governor Rod Blagojevich will be impeached. – Soon-to-be Governor Pat Quinn will get ethics legislation through the General Assembly early that will […]

GM Cuts Health Care For Retirees And Defers Payment To Current Workers

“As GM goes, so goes the nation” You might want to read what I just wrote about single-payer health care, where I mention its importance to our economic competitiveness. The Detroit News reports General Motors Corp. Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner outlined cuts today, including “Cutting health-care coverage effective Jan. 1, 2009 for Medicare-eligible salaried […]

Yes We HCAN!

While I’ll have more thoughts about this later, one of the things to keep an eye on in the coming year(s) are advocacy movements seeking major policy changes in areas of obvious national neglect like health care, the environment, energy, water rights/distribution, etc. The reason is that I take (future President) Barack Obama at his […]

Morgenthaler, Callahan Make Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “Emerging” Race List

Playing catch-up with this one – 6th Congressional Democratic Candidate Jill Morgenthaler and 18th Congressional Democratic Candidate Colleen Callahan made the recently announced DCCC “Emerging” list of 20 races where “candidates have generated excitement in their districts for their campaigns for change.” Jill Morgenthaler in the 6th District has expanded her campaign team, posted respectable […]

New Independent Professional Online Media Outlets Spreading

While they aren’t reaching the numbers of lost newspaper readers yet, still a cause for public concern, more and more independent professional online media outlets are sprouting up in Illinois and nationally. In Illinois we’ve long been blessed (some legislators might feel “cursed”) by Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax and his off-shoot the diverse blogger written […]

Bill Foster Volunteer – Report From The Field

Here’s a report from a Bill Foster volunteer I helped steer to the campaign – a great guy helping a great candidate: “I’ve spent my weekends volunteering in one of Bill’s campaign offices and I’m impressed with the ground game. Bill and his staff knew from Day One that the special election would hinge on […]

Senator Dick Durbin In DuPage Tomorrow Night At DuPage Democrats Rally

United States Senator Dick Durbin and the Candidates of the Democratic Party of DuPage County will hold a rally the for DuPage County Democratic Candidates at the Sheet Metal 265 Union Hall, 205 Alexandria Way in Carol Stream on Tuesday, February 19 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm to rally support for the Democratic Candidates […]

Foster, Laesch Pick Up More Endorsements in IL-14 Congressional

Democrat Bill Foster picked up another two newspaper endorsements while Democrat John Laesch picked up another union endorsement this past week. Foster gained the endorsement of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle and the Kane County Chronicle after picking up the Chicago Tribune’s endorsement last week. Laesch picked up the endorsement of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers […]