Court Rules Corporate Right Not to Speak Trumps Workers' Right to Information

May 8, 2013

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down a National Labor Relations Board rule requiring most private sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their right to unionize.

The labor board had originally said that an employer’s failure to post the notice would be considered an unfair labor practice, resulting in penalties, but the circuit court said the board would be acting illegally to punish an employer for expressing a statement or in this case, for failing to post a statement under orders by the labor board.

The labor board’s rule told employers to post a notice, informing workers of their right to form or join a union, to strike, to bargain collectively and to act together to improve working conditions.

The federal circuit court issued an injunction in April 2012, suspending the labor board’s rule, after two lower courts differed on whether the board had overstepped its powers.

The circuit court cited several Supreme Court rulings to reach its decision that employers have a right to disseminate views as well as a right not to disseminate views. The court relied on First Amendment rulings that prohibit the government from telling people what they must say, like telling schoolchildren they must recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Divine Incorporation?

April 26, 2013

An arts and craft chain by the name of Hobby Lobby is suing the Federal government for the right to force employees to abide by the owners’ religious beliefs. The Green family ownership claims that the right to exercise their religion has been violated by recent legislation. Hobby Lobby is now the largest corporation to claim religious freedom as a “person” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). A major flaw with the Green’s claim is that articles of incorporation make Hobby Lobby a separate entity from its owner.

Corporations, the Constitution and our Kids

April 26, 2013

On January 8th Michele Simon published an article on this blog entitled, Feds to Parents: Big Food Still Exploiting Your Children, Good Luck With That. Her conclusion is: "It now appears the federal government is out of ideas, and is just going through the motions. The political power of the food, media and marketing industries is demonstrated when we cannot count on the Obama administration to protect children from predatory marketing, even though the first lady made childhood obesity her main cause. So that’s it parents, you’re on your own."


Confront Corporate Personhood: Take Back our Planet

April 25, 2013

With the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day this week, we have to wonder why the health of the planet is at an all time low.

How many people do you know who would aspire for a world without clean water to drink? How many are in favor of acid rain, food poisoning, or natural disaster? What about asthma? Higher cancer rates? Starvation? Do many of your friends dream of a United States without our glorious mountain-scapes, deciduous forests, or glistening lakes? Would any rational person want these things for their country, their children, themselves? The answer, obviously, is no, they wouldn’t.


TransPacific Partnership Will Undermine Democracy, Empower Transnational Corporations

March 27, 2013

Our country's democratic values could be under threat if President Obama fast tracks the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

On critical issues, the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in secret by the Obama administration will undermine democracy in the United States and around the world and further empower transnational corporations. It will circumvent protections for health care, wages, labor rights, consumers' rights and the environment, and decrease regulation of big finance and risky investment practices.


More Supreme Court Treachery: SCOTUS Poised To Destroy Campaign Finance Law

February 27, 2013

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a new case — McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.

The McCutcheon case attempts to undermine the total combined contributions limit for individuals (already set at tens of thousands of dollars), which will open a whole new floodgate of cash into our electoral system reserved only for the wealthy.

Corporations as Voters?

February 26, 2013

If you’re part of the minority which hasn’t already found a flaw in the concept of corporations as people, Montana State Representative Steve Lavin (R) has given us all one more logical conundrum to ponder: He has proposed to give voting rights to Corporations who own property in a local jurisdiction.