January

To help economy recover, join a union

Rise in union membership reported The Labor Department reported Jan. 29 that the number of union members increased by 428,000 in 2008, hiking the total increase in union membership to 750,000 in the last two years.

House passes economic recovery bill

Original source: Hoping to put the brakes on an economy spiraling downhill and out of control, the House today passed (244-188) an $825 billion economic recovery package that could create or save as many as 4 million jobs.

Business as usual? Federal Reserve keeps interest rates near zero

Economic news worsened Wednesday as the House of Representatives voted on the stimulus package with the Federal Reserve Board’s Open Market Committee admitting that the “economy has weakened further. Industrial production, housing starts, and employment have continued to decline steeply, as consumers and businesses have cut back spending.”

'Country needs our help' — progressives urged to rally around recovery plan

WASHINGTON — With more people filing for unemployment than at any time in the past quarter century amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the head of a key center for labor and progressive action urged “progressives who helped deliver President Obama’s electoral victory to rally around a historic opportunity to rebuild America.”

House set to vote on economic stimulus package

With over 75,000 layoffs announced earlier in the week, the House of Representatives is set to vote Wednesday on a $825 billion economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, HR 1. The plan is said to create or save close to 4 million jobs.

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Detroit rally backs Obama economic recovery program

DETROIT — 2009 is beginning as those who voted for change imagined: grassroots groups are turning the hope that blossomed last November into action. In this hard-hit city, organizing is under way to change things from the bottom up.

California budget: Back to Square One, as disaster looms

he Gordian knot that is California’s budget process got a lot more complicated this week, as Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Jan. 6 vetoed a complex of compromise budget measures legislative Democrats sent him for signature, after weeks of talks between the governor and legislative leaders of both parties failed to reach agreement.