Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

Retail therapy with a side of fries

Oct 21, 2019

Latest Episodes

Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

Brexit déjà vu

Oct 21, 2019
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Tech
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Corner Office from Marketplace
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
This Is Uncomfortable

Unions bet big on the Senate

Gigi Douban Oct 18, 2016
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO's Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   
Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

There’s been big spending by labor unions in this election — and even more in the last couple weeks. The powerful AFL-CIO has spent millions on 2016. Of course, labor unions have long supported Democrats, but this year they’re looking beyond the presidential race to the Senate and even farther down the ballot. 

Union reps are already in battleground states from Ohio to Wisconsin doing what they do best: knocking on doors, making calls, handing out leaflets at factories. And over the coming weeks, voters in those states can expect an even bigger push. 

“The final three weeks of this campaign we are gonna step up in major ways,” Josh Goldstein, spokesman for the AFL-CIO said. He said yes, they’re supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton, but also “all the way down ballot to local elections that really shape policy for people in their communities.”

Races from governor to Senate. The idea, he said, is to tip the balance on policies that matter to unions. Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the Center for the Study of Work Labor and Democracy at UC Santa Barbara, said Republican-controlled legislatures tend to have laws unfriendly to labor unions. 

Also, the Senate approves presidential appointees to key agencies like the National Labor Relations Board. “And there’s been a lot of obstructionist efforts to try to stop the NLRB from being funded, or fully funded, try to stop it from having enough appointees to carry on its business,” according to John Budd, professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. 

And it’s not just the NLRB. Unions care a lot about who’s in charge at the labor department and any other agency that weighs in on issues important to workers. 

 

If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air.  But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.

Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.

When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.

Check Your Balance ™️
Check Your Balance ™️
Personal finance from Marketplace. Where the economy, your personal life and money meet.

Thank you to all the donors who made our fall drive a success!

It’s Investors like you that keep Marketplace going strong!