This week on Informed Action With Allen Kukovich and Tom Balya we try to answer the question “What are the consequences of not passing a state budget?” We also go over the effects of gambling in society and government funding.
Frank Snyder of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO joins us to talk about what they are doing for Labor Day. The theme this year will be “Freedom To Join Together”. We also talk about the state budget and how it is going to be difficult to get it passed soon, but they do have to have it done by September 11th.
This week on The Education Watchdog with Butch Santicola to talk about how school is back in session all over the country. We also go over how Betsy DeVos didn’t visit a single public school on her tour of Florida.
Fran Wright, President of AFGE Local 1916 and Chris Mantranga, Research Scientist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory come on the program to talk about the benefits of having federally funded research. One of the biggest reasons is that due to this research being so dangerous and expensive to do, it is unlikely that corporations would even do this research in the first place.
Katie Sullivan of Media Matters talks about how Brian Kilmeade from Fox news says that the Russia collusion investigation should be ended because in his opinion there hasn’t been enough evidence presented. The truth is that this is not how investigations work.
Professor of Economics, Bill Spriggs at Howard University joins us for our series The Wages of Neglect based on the series by the same name in The American Prospect. Bill talks to us about how the biggest barrier to convincing workers to be pro-union is their lack of empathy for fellow workers and instead having an alliance with their bosses instead.
Part of “The Wages of Neglect”, a series presented with The American Prospect and The Democratic Strategist, focused on the economic abandonment of middle America and its political consequences. The articles and authors featured are on prospect.org. Live Thursdays.
President of the Economic Policy Institute, Lawrence Mishel, joins us to talk about how the membership of unions has shifted from what it was historically. Once dominated by white males, unions now are about 46% women and 36% people of color. Also, about 65% of Americans say that if they had to option to join a union in their workplace, they would.
The Trump administration wants to cut EPA’s budget by 30% – even though its currently only 0.2% of the overall federal budget. What would this mean for our clean air, clean water, and overall health and safety? We talk with John O’Grady, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Council of EPA Locals #238.
Alvina Yeh, Executive Director of APALA (Asian Pacific American Alliance) discusses the issues at the top of the list at their biennial convention. They just cosigned a letter asking Sec. Elaine Chao to stand with communities of color, protect DACA, or resign.
We talk about the extraordinary growth of temp work with David Van Arsdale, author of the book Poverty of Work: Selling Servant, Slave and Temporary Labor on the Free Market.