"Today we are united, side by side; we have to stick together, because if we lose, everyone who works for a living will pay the price."
The ban violates the worker's labor law rights, ALJ Melissa Olivero ruled on August 14 in a case involving Fort Lauderdale-based Everglades University.
"They want to take away your right to support your union. They don't want us to be here."
"We live in a time in which more and more capital is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told union delegates at the AFL-CIO Labor Legislative Conference.
"We cannot cut our way to job creation," the Rev. Roosevelt Broadnax told labor and community allies.
A new utility workers protection law passed in Missouri could become a model for other such legislation nationally.
A dozen or so Republicans signaled their leadership that they wanted no part of the anti-union agenda.
Labor, community and faith allies, along with low-wage workers have something to be excited about here in the Show-Me-State.
The immediate struggle for pay raises and collective bargainingis part of the larger, national context for democracy and progressive change.
The same highly-profitable nationwide utility that is trying to drastically raise rates on its St. Louis customers is using workers from a non-union labor law-breaking company to try to replace its Utility Worker members.