Archive for the ‘THE NOT NEWS’ Category

Apr
2014
17

Welcome to Wyoming, ALEC’s Idea of a World-Class Melting Pot and Business Mecca

Welcome to Wyoming, ALEC's Idea of a World-Class Melting Pot and Business Mecca
  ALEC’s annual Rich States, Poor States “report” came out last week, wherein the conservative front group ranks each state’s “economic competitiveness” using their dubious take on free market economics.  The report is compiled by economist Arthur Laffer, a former Reagan administration official who other economists...
Mar
2014
26

WI DMV Official Likens Immigrants to “Satan.” Gov Walker Lies About Firing Him. Official Sues Gov.

WI DMV Official Likens Immigrants to
  Among Gov. Scott Walker’s reasons for enacting Act 10 was that collective bargaining made it too hard for him to hire and fire the right people.  But Walker is now facing a situation in which he cannot shake his administration of a bad employee, Act 10 or not.   The former employee, Steve Krieser, ...
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Mar
2014
19

Shameful Anti-Union Walmart Indoctrination Video Makes the Rounds Online

A Walmart orientation video making the rounds on Reddit shows that from the time an associate is hired they are indoctrinated with the company’s anti-union policies.  As the narrator states in the video, “Every job has its ups and downs and a union can’t change that fact.”   As you can see, Walmart associates are ...
Mar
2014
11

REPORT: Of Discouraging $110B in Corporate Welfare, $88M Goes to Koch Industries

REPORT: Of Discouraging $110B in Corporate Welfare, $88M Goes to Koch Industries
  A new report from Good Jobs First, “Subsidizing the Corporate One Percent,” provides detail on our ‘corporate welfare state’ and the way large corporations benefit from programs being sold to the public as beneficial to American citizens.  In total, state and local governments have handed out $110 billion in corporate...
Sep
2013
25

TODAY IN DUH: States With Higher Union Membership Have Stronger Middle Class

TODAY IN DUH: States With Higher Union Membership Have Stronger Middle Class
  Income inequality is trending topic in the national political conversation, and not just because of hashtag trickery. It’s a serious problem. But new numbers from the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) show that union density can act as a buffer for the middle class. In comparing census data with union membership rates ...
Aug
2013
1

Governor’s Crony Gift-Giving Comes to Light in PA

Governor's Crony Gift-Giving Comes to Light in PA
  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett can’t seem to catch a break.  Every time he renegs on a campaign promise, denies rights to citizens, or sidesteps a controversial issue, everyone just seems to notice.  It’s hard to be a borderline criminal when you are constantly in the public eye.  Perhaps this is why the Citizens for ...
Jul
2013
31

How I Spent My RNC Mandated Summer Vacation

How I Spent My RNC Mandated Summer Vacation
  A new Republican National Committee memo has hit the Internet and is drawing unwanted attention. The document acts as a step-by-step guide for GOP congressmen to pretend that they care about the issues affecting the demographics they are failing to reach. There is nothing surprising about this, though it is shocking to see such ...
Jul
2013
29

The Emperor’s Old Clothes: False Recovery Being Masked by Everyone Looking at Wrong Numbers

The Emperor's Old Clothes: False Recovery Being Masked by Everyone Looking at Wrong Numbers
  On the Washington Post wonkblog, Dylan Matthews recently took a dive into depressing new Century Foundation research that suggests when the number of people retiring or dropping out of the workforce is considered, unemployment remains exactly where it was at the height of the recession.  In the Daniel Alpert study in question, low-wage...
Jul
2013
10

Pair of Dutch Pension Managers Yank Funds from Walmart Because of Questionable Labor Practices

  Dutch pension managers PGGM and Mn Services have pulled their investments in Walmart due to the McRetailer’s anti-union positions and questionable labor practices.  The pension funds join Netherlands’ largest pension fund, ABP, which divested from Walmart last year citing their inability to follow the United Nations’...
May
2013
17

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers

Building Trades Join Union Protest Over Sale of Tribune Co. Newspapers to the Koch Brothers
The potential sale of the Los Angeles Times (LAT) to the Koch Brothers’ empire has sparked outrage from a wide array of onlookers with the newspaper’s employees apparently leading the charge. Both right-leaning Hot Air and the Washington Post write that at a recent in-house awards ceremony, LAT columnist Steve Lopez asked his fellow...
May
2013
15

USA Today’s List of the 8 Companies that Most Owe Their Workers a Raise Will Piss You Off

USA Today's List of the 8 Companies that Most Owe Their Workers a Raise Will Piss You Off
USA Today has put together a list of the 8 companies that most owe their workers a raise. The list was determined based on actual numbers not anger, sympathy or any other completely reasonable thing to feel in the face of rampant income inequality. Authors Douglas McIntyre and Samuel Weigley argue that the lowest paid ...
May
2013
8

ALEC Removes Journalist from Oklahoma City Event After Distributing “Anti-ALEC Photos” Document

ALEC Removes Journalist from Oklahoma City Event After Distributing
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) recently met in Oklahoma City to talk about things progressives hate. But when attendees arrived they were greeted by something progressives love: hundreds of protesters. The “ALEC is not OK” campaign managed to roundup over 600 anti-ALEC participants for a successful action. The real...