Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Feb
2016
11

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions “Will Have a Friend in the Governor’s Office”

Actually Happening in Louisiana: Unions
  While speaking at a Louisiana Building and Construction Trades Council meeting this month, newly elected Governor John Bel Edwards informed members and leaders that “they will have a friend in the governor’s office.”  In a runoff election to replace former governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, Bel Edwards...
Jan
2016
29

Crow’s Test: North Carolina Voter ID Stands Trial, Will Have Sweeping Implications for 2016 Elections

Crow's Test: North Carolina Voter ID Stands Trial, Will Have Sweeping Implications for 2016 Elections
  In North Carolina, a federal case examining the constitutionality of a voter identification law passed by the state legislature began on Monday.  The law requires that a photo ID be shown in order to be eligible to vote, a requirement that is proportionally harder to meet for the elderly and minorities.  The case has [&hellip...
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Jan
2016
29

Docs Reveal Brutally Illegal Interference in MT Elections by National Right-to-Work Committee

Docs Reveal Brutally Illegal Interference in MT Elections by National Right-to-Work Committee
  A bevy of newly uncovered documents detail the amount of influence the National Right to Work Committee (NRTWC) had in coordinating the primary elections for state legislature in Montana.  As a 501(c)4 “social welfare” group the NRTWC cannot engage in “direct or indirect participation or intervention in political campaigns on behalf...
Jan
2016
19

Influence-za: Ailing Election System Features Business Interests Outspending Labor by 15-to-1 Margin

Influence-za: Ailing Election System Features Business Interests Outspending Labor by 15-to-1 Margin
  A look at Federal Election Commission data from 2013-2014 shows that when political donors are split up into their three most basic groups — business, labor, and ideological interests — business outspends labor by a ratio of nearly 15 to 1.   The data was analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics through their [&hellip...
Jan
2016
7

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races

KY Legislative Session Off to Highly Contentious, Probably Anti-Labor, Potentially Gridlocked Races
  In Kentucky, the inevitable fight for ideological control has begun with newly elected Republican Governor Matt Bevin at the helm.  On Tuesday, the state legislature began its session with a bevy of political infighting as Democrats and Republicans battled for committee membership and leadership positions.  Currently, Republicans hold a...
Jan
2016
5

MO GOP Hedges on “Right-to-Work” but Labor’s Message is Clear: We Support Who Supports Us

MO GOP Hedges on
  A recent interview with Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson leaves the question of “Right-to-Work” somewhat unanswered for 2016.  Last year, “Right-to-Work” failed to gain enough support to override a veto from Democratic Governor Jay Nixon.  Despite a GOP super majority in both chambers, the divisive nature of...
Dec
2015
14

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism

Top Economists: Politics, Not Industry Changes, Responsible for Decline in Unionism
  The upcoming issue of the New York Review of Books features a piece by Paul Krugman, who reviews the new Robert Reich book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few.  In analyzing and highlighting some of Reich’s arguments, Krugman pieces together the changes that have occurred in both the U.S. and global economies [&hellip...
Dec
2015
2

WV, MO, KY Prepare for 2016 “Right-to-Work” Fights

  In at least three states, “Right-to-Work” has reared its ugly head following the fall elections, with supporters waiting for the right time to strike (not that kind of strike) and opponents locked in what the American Prospect refers to as a “never-ending game of “Right-to-Work” whack-a-mole.” Republicans in West Virginia,...
Dec
2015
2

Long-Time IBEW Member Named Louisiana Gov-Elect’s Chief of Staff

Long-Time IBEW Member Named Louisiana Gov-Elect's Chief of Staff
  Just hours after winning the Louisiana governor’s race, John Bel Edwards named his transition team and included a familiar labor face.  State Senator Ben Nevers, a long-time member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will be his new Chief of Staff when he takes office. Edwards praised Nevers, telling...
Nov
2015
20

Despite $1.5M in Corporate Welfare, Congressional Candidate Pushing MN Wages Down, Unions Say

Despite $1.5M in Corporate Welfare, Congressional Candidate Pushing MN Wages Down, Unions Say
  Businessman and congressional candidate Stewart Mills III is building a new Mills Fleet Farm in Minnesota and the region’s union workers feel they are not part of the equation. This, despite $1.5 million in corporate welfare.  The 38-acre site features 40+ workers and a dozen contractors.  Upon completion it will house a 183,000 square...
Nov
2015
9

Election 2015: Six Teamsters Re-Elected to Local Office in NY, NJ

Election 2015: Six Teamsters Re-Elected to Local Office in NY, NJ
  Six Teamsters members who ran for office in the New York and New Jersey metro areas celebrated victories last week.  All six were incumbents. A recent Teamsters Nation piece highlighted the six members, the highest-ranking of whom is Kevin McCaffrey. He was reelected to the 14th District of Suffolk County.  The Republican McCaffrey first...
Nov
2015
5

Prevailing Wage Repeal, “Right-to-Work” Expected in KY Following Surprise Gov Election Result

Prevailing Wage Repeal,
  In what may have been the biggest surprise of election night 2015, Matt Bevin became the second Republican in 44 years to be elected governor of Kentucky.  The wealthy Louisville businessman, whose only political experience was unsuccessfully running against Mitch McConnell in the Republican Senate primary last year, used a...