• June 23, 2017 | Federal Legislative Report | AFSCME Video
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    June 23, 2017 | Federal Legislative Report | AFSCME Video

    Recently, President Trump called the House health care bill “mean.” The bill released by Senate GOP leaders is even more heartless. Millions will lose their health coverage while millionaires will get big tax cuts. We expect a vote on this bill next week. The clock is ticking fast for Congress to put together a budget plan and fund the federal government by the end of September. We need a fair budget that invests in public services and doesn’t cut important programs like Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps. Republican leaders, though, have a different plan.

  • Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism & Socialism
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    Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism & Socialism

    Welcome, friends, to another addition of Economic Update, a weekly program devoted to the economic dimensions of our lives—jobs, incomes, debts—our own, those of our children. I’m your host, Richard Wolff. Today I’m going to devote the program to another one of those topics you have been writing to me about that you wanted a comment about. And I respect your taking the time and trouble to tell me what you want me to deal with. And so, I’ve devoted this program and planning it to the topic of libertarianism. A growing number of people seem to be persuaded or interested, at least, in the libertarian approach. It has some…

  • Leading an Industry Turnaround: Lessons from Government Interventions at GM and Chrysler
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    Leading an Industry Turnaround: Lessons from Government Interventions at GM and Chrysler

    Thanks for having me. I think since we’re in a classroom setting, as Mike said, we can make this very interactive. I’ ll make a few opening remarks and sketch out what we did and we did it as quickly as I can with the clock back there reminding me what time it is and then would love to take your questions on any aspects of this. I’ll start at the end actually because when GM went public that day I had agreed to co-host CNBC and was sitting on the set of CNBC as the various GM executives and the floor people and bell rang and the first share…

  • Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism and Socialism [Trailer]
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    Economic Update: Libertarianism Capitalism and Socialism [Trailer]

    So the problems of what we have, for libertarians, are not the result of capitalism, they are the result of the government’s intrusion into capitalism. So since they’re critical of capitalism to the degree that the government is powerful, they’re even more critical of socialists because, for the libertarian, the socialist is even worse. You might think of modern socialism focused on democratizing the workplace as getting rid of (here we go now) the state inside the workplace. To get rid of the state inside the enterprise is just as important, if not more so, than to get rid of it outside in the larger society. So maybe socialists (at…

  • Message from the President: Stop the USPS Sell-Off & Say NO to a Privatizer Postmaster General!
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    Message from the President: Stop the USPS Sell-Off & Say NO to a Privatizer Postmaster General!

    Greetings! This is Mark Dimondstein, President of the American Postal Workers Union. As many of you know, the Postmaster General is retiring at the end of January and the Postal Board of Governors will be hiring a new PMG. Please sign the petition to the Board of Governors calling on them to appoint a PMG who is fully committed to universal service to everyone and to the public mission and public ownership of the United States Postal Service. Thanks, if you have already signed on, and please ask your co-workers family and friends to do so as well. 120,000 have already signed on. Join them today to defend our jobs…

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    September 8, 2017 | Federal Legislative Report | AFSCME Video

    Congress is still working on a budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1st. The plan, which will come up for a vote soon is to pass tax cuts for the rich and big corporations, paid for by cutting Medicare, Medicaid, education and other vital public services. This week the Trump administration announced that it would end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA protects from deportation the many who were brought to this country as children, at no fault of their own. It’s now up to Congress to pass legislation to prevent a humanitarian crisis and allow these young people to remain in this country. The…

  • Richard Wolff on Conservatives and Government Intervention
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    Richard Wolff on Conservatives and Government Intervention

    You know, once upon a time conservatives liked to say that they were against government intervention in the economy. Ever since we had that massive intervention back in the 1930s when a collapsed capitalism was rescued by massive government intervention, you know, creating social security, creating unemployment compensation, passing the first minimum wage law, hiring as public employees 50 million unemployed people across the 30s, you know, big intervention? And ever since then conservatives have said “No, no. Intervention is never good. Everything the government touches it does badly. The private sector is efficient and wonderful” you know, that crazy mantra. Well, they got their way with the regimes of…

  • 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…