Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Feb
2015
27

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.

Scott Walker Slammed for Comparing Union Members to ISIS. Even Rick Perry is In On the Action.
  Honeymoon’s over, Scooter. Wisconsin’s full-time presidential candidate and part-time governor, Scott Walker, may have eclipsed the inanity of his evolution punt and ‘Obama might not be Christian’ moments by yesterday comparing Wisconsin protestors to ISIS. The incredible blunder during his CPAC remarks has even...
Feb
2015
2

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.
  A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, Ohio, are looking to unionize.  The group, the Franklinton Preparatory Academy Educators Association, has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board and an election could come as quickly as seven weeks from now.  The teachers would be the...
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Jan
2015
20

AZ’s Largest Utility Trying to Thwart Solar Co. Progress by Leveraging Campaign Contributions

AZ's Largest Utility Trying to Thwart Solar Co. Progress by Leveraging Campaign Contributions
  Arizona’s largest utility company, Arizona Public Service (APS) is at odds with the solar panel industry, so much so that it has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to “crack down on deceptive practices.”  But the manner in which they asked is the real story here.  The request came in a letter to the [&hellip...
Jan
2015
12

24 Going on 33: Nine States Will Face “Right-to-Work” Proposals Thanks to Empowered GOP

24 Going on 33: Nine States Will Face
  Across the country, state legislatures are beginning new sessions and in many Republicans are looking to use their election capital to make big changes in labor policy.  In the wake of the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans control 31 of 50 governorships and 68 of 98 partisan legislatures. They have total control (both the...
Jan
2015
8

IN Gov’s Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs

IN Gov's Prez Hopes May Prevent Extremist Agenda, but Prevailing Wage Still in GOP Crosshairs
  The Indiana Legislature began its four-month legislative session on Tuesday with hopes of enacting a two-year, $30 billion budget which would take effect July 1st.  It is unlikely that much of anything controversial will come to a vote as Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence weighs whether or not to enter the Presidential/Vice Presidential fray...
Dec
2014
2

Building Trades Supporting Campaign Contribution Limits in Monterey County

  Monterey County Supervisors are hoping to pass legislation that would limit contributions in countywide races.  The proposal, sponsored by supervisors Dave Potter and Simon Salinas, would put county political contribution limits at the same level as those for statewide positions.  The offices affected would include county sheriff,...
Nov
2014
28

MA’s Paid Sick Leave Policy Was Passed with Labor’s Help, but Could Hurt Some Union Members

  In an unfortunate turn of events for unionized workers in Massachusetts, the legal principle of preemption could disqualify some members from paid sick leave under the state’s recently approved ballot initiative.  Labor unions were a driving force in Question 4′s passage by a 60 to 40 percent margin, but legal precedent may...
Nov
2014
13

The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker’s Actual Chances of Becoming President

The Jury Is Out on Scott Walker's Actual Chances of Becoming President
  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won his third election in four years this month, emboldening him in a crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary and putting union members across the country on edge about what such a presidency would mean for their livelihood.  Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke with 52 percent of the vote. Gov. Walker [&hellip...
Nov
2014
12

Free Enterprise > Free Will: Exposé Reveals Millions of Employees Being Politically Influenced, in Secret, by Their Bosses

Free Enterprise > Free Will: Exposé Reveals Millions of Employees Being Politically Influenced, in Secret, by Their Bosses
  Ahead of this year’s election, a confidential slideshow from the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) was unearthed by In These Times writer Spencer Woodman. Its contents show the deep-rooted influence the organization has in many business sectors over a staggering number of workers. Often, the information about...
Nov
2014
12

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State’s Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos

Shovel, Meet Ground: MA Voters Uphold State's Right to Build Job-Creating Casinos
  In the Massachusetts elections, voters overwhelmingly beat back Question 3, which would have repealed the state’s gambling laws and halted construction of two casinos in the Bay State.  As we wrote last month, the ballot question was worded in such a manner that yes meant no and no meant yes. But potential voter confusion [&hellip...
Nov
2014
10

Colorado Ballot Measure Making Collective Bargaining Talks Public Sails to Passage

Colorado Ballot Measure Making Collective Bargaining Talks Public Sails to Passage
  Buried in last week’s election news was a ballot question in Colorado, which did not go labor’s way. The measure will make school board and collective bargaining meetings open to the public.  It overwhelmingly passed, and was worded as such: “Shall there be a change to the Colorado Revised Statutes requiring any meeting of...
Nov
2014
3

In MI Gov Race, It’s Labor’s Taste for Change vs. the GOP’s Four-Year-Old Flavor

In MI Gov Race, It's Labor's Taste for Change vs. the GOP's Four-Year-Old Flavor
  In the Michigan gubernatorial race, incumbent Rick Snyder has enjoyed a slight lead in the polls, but labor is making a strong last-second push for his opponent, former state senator and U.S. Congressman Mark Schauer. 9 percent of voters remain undecided as the candidates come down the home stretch with very well-funded war chests. [&hellip...