Samantha Winslow

Attack of the Cadillac Tax

Picture a union worker pulling up in a Cadillac, valet-parking at the city’s most prestigious hospital, and pulling out the gold card for lavish care. Plastic surgery, massages: all covered. Is that what the "Cadillac tax" is supposed to prevent?

Despite massive protests by unions, parents, and community organizations, 47 schools closed in Chicago, and 23 in Philadelphia, almost all in poor Black and Latino neighborhoods.

In 1963 the AFL-CIO chose the wrong side of history and sat out the original march. This time, a sea of union T-shirts blanketed the National Mall.

Reformers in the Operating Engineers union have attracted a national following among members by daring to sue their international officers for corruption, while also running to take over their southern California local.

They call themselves The Resistance.

In the 400,000-member union of skilled crane, bulldozer and boiler operators, mechanics, and surveyors, dissent is uncommon, and union staffers have hiring influence with employers.

Newark Teacher Reformers Win Majority

In a sign of growing teacher discontent at their continual scapegoating for all the ills of public education, a recently formed reform slate of teacher union activists in Newark, New Jersey, won a majority on their local union’s executive board yesterday, losing the presidential spot by only nine votes.

The reform slate won 18 out of 29 seats on the Newark Teachers Union board. Incumbent President Joe Del Grosso, who has led the union since 1995, barely held on to his position, winning 589 to 580. The local’s total membership is around 4,200.

Some 800,000 workers struck Monday. "The people’s resistance and mobilization is in its 20th day," unionists wrote. Anti-government protests have united civilians, students, labor activists, and Turkey's middle class.

Remember the dramatic, aggressive attacks on workers by legislatures in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan? Now North Carolina is following suit. Lawmakers have proposed dozens of bills attacking workers’ rights, health care access, voting rights, and social programs.