The Communications Workers of America, which includes a prominent journalism union, is taking credit for Sen. Harry Reid’s use of the nuclear option. That option is a Senate rule which prevents the GOP from blocking presidential nominees. CWA president Larry Cohen said that his group was “all over this ” and that “[t]his is finally a significant step,” according to The Huffington Post. CWA even issued a press release commending Reid.
The article referred to the Communications Workers of America, headed by the outspoken liberal Cohen, as “part of a coalition of progressive groups.” However, the Newspaper Guild, which is part of CWA, is comprised of “over 34,000 media workers at wire services, newspapers, magazines, labor information services, broadcast news, public service and dot com companies.” Ironically, part of the Guild’s mission is “Raise the standards of journalism and ethics of the industry.”
This Labor Day weekend one of the most prominent labor unions is partnering with Interfaith Worker Justice to sponsor events focused on faith and labor. A blog post on the AFL-CIO website announced that roughly 100 “Labor in the Pulpits” services were planned for Chicago, Ill., and about 50 in Baltimore, Md.
According to that post, “Labor Day weekend provides a unique opportunity for faith communities, workers, worker advocates and the labor movement to rediscover their common bonds: social justice, equality, the dignity and respect of all persons, economic justice and fair treatment in the workplace.”
Just in case objective journalism wasn’t dead enough, the Newspaper Guild is making sure of it. The Guild’s San Francisco-area chapter’s latest intern program aims to teach college students “social justice” in journalism.