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Apr
2014
16

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes
  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.   We’ll pause while you barf. The bill also prohibits the establishment of sick-day or vacation requirements that differ from state law.  Fallin’s detractors note that the bill seems to be a direct response to an ...
Apr
2014
16

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval

Eleven Senate Democrats Send Letter to Obama Urging Rapid Keystone XL Approval
  A growing number of Democrats are joining the ranks of those who wish to see the proposed Keystone XL pipeline approved.  Last week, eleven Senate Democrats came out in favor of the project, including five who are seeking reelection this year. A key driver of support for the project is job-creation, some of which ...
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Apr
2014
15

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant

Durbin, Building Trades Secure Project Labor Agreement for Retrofitting of Vital IL Power Plant
  On Monday, an agreement was signed to begin construction on the FutureGen 2.0 project in Illinois, which will retrofit a coal power plant to make it more environmentally friendly.  Speaking at the announcement was Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) who was joined by the leaders of 17 labor unions and the FutureGen Alliance.   Some ...
Apr
2014
14

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts

Quoting LBJ, Obama Slams GOP-Led Voter Suppression Efforts
  On Friday, President Obama wrapped up a week of commemorating progress made by the civil rights movement with a fiery speech in which he lashed out at Republicans who seek to restrict voting rights through unnecessary legislation.   Aided by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, ...
Apr
2014
14

On Question of Act 10′s Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief

On Question of Act 10's Popularity, WI Gov. Walker Again Deemed Misinformer-in-Chief
  Politifact has determined that comments made earlier this month by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker concerning public support for the anti-union Act 10 are false.  During an April 1st radio interview with WISN-AM, Walker claimed that a poll taken “a few months” ago showed public support for his landmark anti-union legislation was at...
Apr
2014
11

Labor Secretary Chastises U.S. for Lack of Workforce Investment

Labor Secretary Chastises U.S. for Lack of Workforce Investment
  Speaking in Washington, D.C., Department of Labor head Thomas Perez labeled America’s lack of a workforce investment policy a “sleeper issue.”  Just days after the Obama Administration announced $100 million in federal grants that would ostensibly create innovative programs to cultivate a new generation of ready-to-work Americans,...
Apr
2014
10

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest

UPS, Teamsters Strike Deal to Reinstate Workers Fired for 90-Minute Protest
  The 250 UPS workers who were terminated for participating in a 90-minute walkout will have their jobs back after intense negotiations between company executives and Teamsters Local 804.  The agreement means all fired and threatened to be fired employees’ jobs will be safe, including Jairo Reyes, for whom the walkout was initially in...
Apr
2014
9

With FBI Investigating GOP Incumbent, Dem Jason Carter Surges in Georgia Gov Polls, Fundraising

With FBI Investigating GOP Incumbent, Dem Jason Carter Surges in Georgia Gov Polls, Fundraising
  For decades, the deep south has been hostile territory for Democrats. But a poll released last week by WSB-TV Atlanta shows Democrat Jason Carter in a statistical tie with incumbent Nathan Deal in the Georgia gubernatorial race.  Too boot, the State Senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is expected to announce a ...
Apr
2014
9

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart
  Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that makes it illegal for federal contractors to retaliate against workers who openly discuss their pay.  The timing of the action coincides with National Equal Pay Day.   In bypassing Congress the Obama Administration hopes to test the policy on employees of federal contractors in...
Apr
2014
4

McDonald’s Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation

McDonald's Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation
  Gawker reports that a coalition of McDonald’s workers are suing the company for wage theft in New York, California, and Michigan.  The workers, affiliated with the Fast Food Forward movement, claim the company forced them to work off-the-clock, shaved hours from their time cards, and failed to properly pay them overtime. According to a ...
Apr
2014
4

Ghost of Laws Passed: 3 Years On, Dems Honor Defeat of SB5, Tie It to Kasich in Re-election Bid

Ghost of Laws Passed: 3 Years On, Dems Honor Defeat of SB5, Tie It to Kasich in Re-election Bid
  On the third anniversary of Senate Bill 5 being signed into law, Ohio Democrats held events around the state to commemorate its eventual demise. Just months after the shining attempt to strip collective bargaining rights from public sector employees became official, 61 percent of voters opposed it in a public referendum. And no matter the ...
Apr
2014
2

Sen. Rand Paul Says Caterpillar “Deserves an Award” for Dodging $2.4B in Taxes

Sen. Rand Paul Says Caterpillar
  Testifying before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, representatives of Caterpillar, Inc. answered questions pertaining to a report that suggests the industrial giant has dodged $2.4 billion in taxes over the past decade.  Amazingly, the investigation’s discoveries split the subcommittee along partisan lines....