Justin Miller

 Justin Miller is a senior writing fellow for The American Prospect.

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Testing Progressives, Centrist Dems Team Up with GOP to Deregulate Banks

This just might be the biggest test of Democratic unity yet in the Trump era. 

(CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Senators Mark Warner and Elizabeth Warren talk before the start of a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing in February. trickle-downers_35.jpg D espite Republican leaders’ best attempts to convince Senate Democrats from red states like Indiana, West Virginia, and North Dakota to vote for repealing the Affordable Care Act, cutting entitlements, and enacting sweeping tax cuts for the rich, congressional Democrats have remained united. That unanimity—along with a heaping dose of presidential ineptitude—has left the GOP’s legislative agenda largely unaccomplished 11 months into the Donald Trump administration. Alas, the congressional Democrats’ spine couldn’t stay stiff forever. So what’s the straw that broke the party’s back? Wall Street, of course. On Monday, news broke that Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo had struck a deal with a cadre of Wall Street friendly Senate Democrats to roll back regulations, including key parts of...

The New Workers, and New Militancy, of the Seventies

A new book highlights how women and people of color were organizing their workplaces at impressive rates during the 1970s—they just weren’t winning. 

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(The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives) Striking dressmakers take a break in a diner around 1955. T he 1970s is often pointed to as the decade in which the power of labor unions first began its precipitous decline. And it’s true. On the face of it, labor union density took a hit in certain sectors during this economically tumultuous decade. Many labor historians have argued that this decline was brought about not only by economic shifts, but also by the complacency of union leadership and the stereotypical union member—the white blue-collar man—losing interest in collective institutions. However, in her new book Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide , Lane Windham argues that this is a myopic view of labor history—one that papers over important worker-led organizing during that decade. Windham tells the stories behind a surge of organizing drives in sectors like retail, services, shipbuilding, and...

In Iowa, a Glimmer of Hope in the Face of Anti-Union Attacks

Republicans launched a Wisconsin-style crackdown on public-sector unions. But in overwhelming numbers, the members said they’re sticking with the union.  

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(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) AFSCME President DannyHoman speaks during a rally on January 10, 2012, after then-Governor Terry Branstad's Condition of the State address at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. T here’s not a whole lot of good news for the American labor movement these days. The Republican Party has full control of the federal government and is implementing a radically anti-union agenda. Aggressive union-busting continues to stanch promising organizing drives . Union membership is at a historic low. And public-sector unions—the remaining pillar of organized labor—are preparing to take a big hit as the Supreme Court is soon expected to enable beneficiaries of unions contracts to stop paying dues. But last week, there was some rare good news out of Iowa. In the face of a GOP onslaught against workers, the state’s public-sector union members overwhelmingly voted in favor of recertifying their respective unions. The message was clear: Don’t touch our unions. Since voting...

Republicans Want to Make Corporate Tax Avoidance Even Easier

An obscure provision in the Trump tax plan—the territorial system—would further encourage multinationals to shift profits to low (or no) tax havens. 

(Press Association via AP Images) Apple CEO Tim Cook P resident Trump’s push to slash the corporate tax rate from 35 percent down to 20 percent, and his ludicrous claim that doing so will give the average worker a $4,000 raise, has drawn a great deal of scrutiny—and rightfully so. It’s a trickle-down fabrication to build support for a bill that will further enrich CEOs and shareholders, and do nothing for ordinary Americans. But the only colossal corporate giveaway in the plan includes more than the mere slashing of rates. Quietly, Republicans are also pushing a territorial taxation provision that would make it far easier for multinational corporations to avoid paying even a new 20 percent rate by providing further incentive to stash profits in offshore tax havens. Currently, the federal government uses a “worldwide” taxation system for corporations, which taxes both domestic and foreign profits. This system is badly flawed because multinationals are able to indefinitely defer...

Janus: A New Attack Presents Old Challenges for Unions

There’s a new case against public-sector unions headed to the Supreme Court. But the challenges it presents are anything but new.  

(Sipa via AP Images) A logo sign outside of the headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) in Washington, D.C. I n February 2016, it looked all but certain that the Supreme Court would make the public sector right to work. The case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association , contended that it was unconstitutional to require non-member employees in unionized government shops to pay “fair share” fees to defray their union’s costs of collective bargaining and worker representation—which cover all workers, member or not. Unions were preparing for the worst. Then Justice Antonin Scalia died, leaving the court deadlocked on the case. Even though President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, was obstructed by the intransigency of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, unions thought they had dodged a bullet. If (and when) Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump, she would appoint a new justice, creating a liberal majority and striking a severe...