Democratic platform supports collective bargaining

Democratic platform supports collective bargaining

Sep. 4, 2012 – 02:05PM   |  By STEPHEN LOSEY
 Three women wear T-shirts with pictures of President Obama stating "He saved our jobs" as they walk outside the Time Warner Arena, where this year's Democratic National Convention takes place, in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. Preparations for the Democratic National Convention have begun around Charlotte, where the party is expected to nominate Obama for a second term.

Three women wear T-shirts with pictures of President Obama stating “He saved our jobs” as they walk outside the Time Warner Arena, where this year’s Democratic National Convention takes place, in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. Preparations for the Democratic National Convention have begun around Charlotte, where the party is expected to nominate Obama for a second term. (Mladen Antonov / AFP)

The Democratic Party reaffirms its support for collective bargaining rights for public-sector workers in its 2012 platform, which it released Monday night.

“Democrats believe that the right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental value,” the platform said. “Unions helped build the greatest middle class the world has ever known. We will fight for collective bargaining rights for police officers, nurses, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, teachers and other public-sector workers — jobs that are a proven path to the middle class for millions of Americans.” Continue reading “Democratic platform supports collective bargaining”

EPA efforts highlighted at Democrats’ faith council meeting

EPA efforts highlighted at Democrats’ faith council meeting

By Michelle Bauman
 
Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, speaks Sept. 5, 2012 at the DNC’s faith council.

Charlotte, N.C., Sep 5, 2012 / 05:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Concern for the environment and a desire to care for one’s neighbor through the federal government were among the ways Democratic speakers described their faith in action at a religious gathering at the party’s national convention.

Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that her work to protect the environment stems from her faith, which drives her in an attempt to build “our country as a community that takes care of each other.”

Jackson decried the plight of “a child who has asthma” and struggles with “dirty air.” She also praised faith communities for uniting to embrace new standards that address mercury pollution from power plants. Continue reading “EPA efforts highlighted at Democrats’ faith council meeting”

Union leaders support Obama despite tension with Democratic Party

Union leaders support Obama despite tension with Democratic Party

By , Published: September 5