Archive for the ‘ELECTIONS’ Category

Aug
2015
27

New NLRB Union Election Rules Speeding Up Process by 40%, but Not Necessarily Favoring Unions

  The new NLRB union election rule which prevents companies from delaying elections through frivolous lawsuits is working according to new data.  The average election time has dropped by 40 percent since the rule took effect in April.   From the Wall Street Journal: The revamped process has whittled down the election process for...
Aug
2015
27

“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are fundamental to winning elections.  So is illegally suppressing voters that oppose your party.  Or hacking the electronic voting machines that people vote on. In Kansas, the top election official in the state has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the...
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Aug
2015
10

Gerryland > Dairyland: Study Shows Wisconsin Voting Districts are Most Tampered With

Gerryland > Dairyland: Study Shows Wisconsin Voting Districts are Most Tampered With
  A watershed study of the 41 states who have provided full election data since 1970 shows that Wisconsin is the most gerrymandered state.  The study, conducted by Stanford professor Simon Jackson using a model created by University of Chicago Professor of Law Nicholas Stephanopolous, and Eric McGhee, a research fellow at the Public Policy...
Aug
2015
5

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
  Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits.   The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal.  Their...
Jul
2015
30

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill

Rights? Rights!? GOP Re-Introduces Its Most Godawfully Mistitled and Hateful Anti-Worker Bill
  Republicans, led by the senior member of the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch, announced Monday that they will make another attempt to pass the anti-union “Employee Rights Act,” which has failed in previous attempts due to Democratic control of the Senate.  If passed, the bill would be the first major reform of federal labor law [&hellip...
Jul
2015
15

NC’s Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial

NC's Archaic Voting Rights Rollback Goes on Closely Watched Trial
  On Monday, trial began in a Winston-Salem, North Carolina federal courtroom to determine the fate of what one expert labeled “the worst voter suppression law since the 1960’s.”  The case, North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory, claims that a series of changes to the state’s election laws known as the North Carolina Voter Information and...
Jul
2015
2

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win

STUDY: When Women of Color Lead Union Organizing Drives, They Usually Win
  A new report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leader’s Voices, Power, and Promise,” links the success of organized labor to its inclusion of women of color.  The report supports findings from a 2007 Cornell and Columbia universities study which linked black women and organizing successes. That study, which uses numbers from the...
Apr
2015
3

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation

Right-Wing Lobbyists Look to Oust WI Supreme Court Justice, Upend Gov Walker John Doe Investigation
  The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) lobby has made a major $600,000 ad buy in support of a constitutional amendment which would change the way the Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court is selected.  For 126 years, the senior member of the State Supreme Court has been named the Chief Justice.  But the [&hellip...
Mar
2015
30

“Union Armageddon Bill” Stands Still in NV; Speculation About Gov’s Position on High

  Last week, the Nevada Legislature held its first hearing on legislation that would make sweeping changes to public sector workers’ right to collectively bargain.  Critics of the legislation have labeled it the “union Armageddon bill” and many fear it will have an impact similar to Wisconsin’s contentious Act 10.  Assembly...
Mar
2015
27

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor

John Doe Documents Reveal $1.8M in Tax Credits Awarded to Prime Scott Walker Dark Money Donor
  A recent article from Yahoo! Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff reveals that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker accepted nearly $1.5 million in dark money from one of the state’s richest men during the lead up to his 2012 recall election. In turn, his company has been granted favors that include $1.8 million in tax credits. ...
Mar
2015
20

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan

Prop 1 to be Voted on May 5th, Would Bring Needed Infrastructure Funding Changes to Michigan
  In May, Michigan will have an opportunity to vote on a ballot proposition which would eventually pump $1.25 billion into the budget to improve crumbling roads while paying off debt from past infrastructure projects.  Proposition 1 would raise the sales tax in Michigan by one percent while removing the sales tax from fuel sales [&hellip...
Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...