• Introduction to the Labor & Employment Working Group
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    Introduction to the Labor & Employment Working Group

    My name is Greg Jacob and I am the Chairman of the Labor & Employment working group of the Regulatory Transparency Project. I’m a partner at O’Melveny & Myers and a former Deputy Solicitor and Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Labor & Employment working group examines the more than 80 years of accumulated regulations that govern our nation’s working relationships. Decades ago, it was a relatively simple task to determine who was an employee, what qualifies as working time, and what constitutes hiring or firing. But, technological advances, shifts in our economy, and changes in worker preferences — particularly an increased desire among many workers for greater…

  • Federal Labor Relations Authority Update
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    Federal Labor Relations Authority Update

    ALL RIGHT, GOOD AFTERNOON. GOOD AFTERNOON. GOOD AFTERNOON. AND WELCOME TO OUR PRESENTATION TODAY. THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY, OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL UPDATE. THIS IS A REPORT ON THE TRAINING, CASE PROCESSING AND LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS. MY NAME IS TOM WACHTER AND I’M THE ACTING DEPUTY ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR PARTNERSHIP AND LABOR RELATIONS HERE AT OPM. AND THIS EVENT’S PART OF OUR ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RELATIONS COMMUNITY, EMPLOYEE LABOR RELATIONS COMMUNITY. WE ARE DELIGHTED TODAY TO WELCOME TO OPM FOLKS FROM THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY, OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL. WE HAVE THE GENERAL COUNSEL, THE ASSISTANT, THE DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL AND THE ASSISTANT…

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    Richard Wolff and Bob Hennelly talk about the Green New Deal

    We have been hearing stories about a proposal coming from the most progressive parts of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others, about a Green New Deal. I’m struck by that. I’m struck by putting these terms together: the New Deal, which really was a massive program to help working people, and green, a recognition of the ecological disaster we are living through. Tell us a little bit about why that’s in the news and what you as a labor reporter picked up on as this is being debated. Well unfortunately I think in our Twitter-verse that were in it kind of to a bad start because the right-wing reactionary…

  • September 22, 2017 | Federal Legislative Report | AFSCME Video
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    September 22, 2017 | Federal Legislative Report | AFSCME Video

    Congress is still working on its 2018 budget plan and still trying to pass big tax cuts that are primarily expected to benefit the wealthy and big corporations. Both the House and Senate plans call for tax cuts that are paid for primarily with cuts to Medicare, Medicaid education and other vital public services. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he plans to hold a vote on legislation next week that will repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid as we know it. While he doesn’t have the votes yet it’s too close to call. So we’re urging AFSCME members to call your senators and tell them to oppose…

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    Richard Wolff and Rob Robinson on Homelessness

    And what is this in an economic system that simply can’t solve a fairly obvious problem? So is it that we don’t have enough, Rick? Or is it that there isn’t the will to do it to fit the needs of the people, right? I would argue that will never build our way out of this problem. What we need to do is think a little differently and use vacant spaces, right? And I always use the foreclosure crisis during that time period because it’s a key indicator on how we operate as a society, right? During the financial crisis there were (in 2010) 14.4 million vacant homes, 2 million…

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    President Trump’s Shutdown Continues | Federal Legislative Report | AFSCME Video

    AFSCME joined hundreds of people who gathered in front of the White House today, to urge an end to President Donald Trump’s partial government shutdown. Approximately 800,000 federal employees and contract workers who perform important functions have been negatively impacted, and will not be receiving a paycheck this upcoming week. It’s unclear how long Trump will continue this harmful course of political posturing; what is clear is that this will be the longest government shutdown in history, and it is having severe consequences on working families, communities, and our economy.

  • What are the universal human rights? – Benedetta Berti
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    What are the universal human rights? – Benedetta Berti

    The idea of human rights is that each one of us, no matter who we are or where we are born, is entitled to the same basic rights and freedoms. Human rights are not privileges, and they cannot be granted or revoked. They are inalienable and universal. That may sound straighforward enough, but it gets incredibly complicated as soon as anyone tries to put the idea into practice. What exactly are the basic human rights? Who gets to pick them? Who enforces them, and how? The history behind the concept of human rights is a long one. Throughout the centuries and across societies, religions, and cultures we have struggled with…