US Trade Rep Receives Bipartisan Grilling on Bank-Loving, Job-Killing Trans-Pacific Partnership

US Trade Rep Receives Bipartisan Grilling on Bank-Loving, Job-Killing Trans-Pacific Partnership

  Details of the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) remain vague at best as lawmakers...

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is

With Kentucky-Style Right-to-Work Zones, New IL Gov. Rauner is “Selling Out Working Families”

  Just weeks into his term, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner amped up his well-established...

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech

Boeing-Loving SC Gov. Haley Toes Line of Illegal Union-Busting in State of the State Speech

  Gov. Nikki Haley put her anti-union credentials on display last week during her State of the...

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

Philadelphia Union Scoreboard: Teachers 1, Wildly Overreaching School Reform Commission 0

  Late last week, a state court ruled in favor of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers...

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REPORT: Temp and Subcontracted Workers Erode Wages, Undermine Worker Protections

REPORT: Temp and Subcontracted Workers Erode Wages, Undermine Worker Protections
A new report from the UC Berkely Center for Labor Research and Education, Poverty and the Rise of Temporary and Contingent Work, studies the correlations between temporary workers and their need to be on government assistance. Though Newt Gingrich attempted to paint Barack Obama as the “food stamp President,” the big business policies...
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Sep
2012
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MISS THIS? Last Week, Obama Endorsed Bernie Sanders’ Citizens United Overhaul

MISS THIS? Last Week, Obama Endorsed Bernie Sanders' Citizens United Overhaul
President Obama took to Reddit last week for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session that drew 3.8 million participants. Of the many questions he answered, perhaps most intriguing to progressives was his endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Saving Democracy Amendment, a constitutional amendment that tackles campaign finance reform and specifically...
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Sep
2012
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Rallies Mount Against Trans-Pacific Partnership Which “Has Almost Nothing to Do With Trade”

Rallies Mount Against Trans-Pacific Partnership Which
Dean Baker, writing about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for The Guardian, suggests that the deal revolves around anything but free trade. He paints beltway insiders with a brush of humorous reality: “Free trade” is a sacred mantra in Washington. If anything is labeled as being “free trade”, then everyone in the...
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Aug
2012
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BCTD Pres. McGarvey Takes Part In the AFL-CIO’s Labor Day “Thank You” Card Campaign

To celebrate Labor Day, the AFL-CIO has launched a great new video creation and sharing application to allow anybody to send a “Thank You” to a hard working person they know. Presidents of several unions as well as other organized labor leaders have participated in the effort, including Building and Construction Trades Department...
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Aug
2012
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New GOP Platform Seeks to Abolish PLAs and Davis-Bacon, Institute “Right-to-Work” Nationally

New GOP Platform Seeks to Abolish PLAs and Davis-Bacon, Institute
Frankly, I’m shocked. Shocked at the audacity and recklessness of the new GOP party platform despite scouring links and stories and opinions by the hundreds daily that indicate the extremity of the party’s leaders. The GOP has gone above and beyond their established levels of zeal and one-sidedness with their radical new party...
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Aug
2012
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REPORT: Wage Theft Costs Iowans $600 Million Annually

REPORT: Wage Theft Costs Iowans $600 Million Annually
A new report from the Iowa Policy Project shows that wage theft costs the Hawkeye State $600 million each year. Spread across an array of industries, the report labels wage theft as a “growing problem” that will continue to get worse unless strong action is taken. For purposes of clarification, the report defines wage theft [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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Woman Dies on the Job. State Issues Fines. Company Goes to Court. Fines are Dropped.

After investigating the death of Tina Hall, who died in the mixing room at Toyo Automotive parts in 2007 from burns covering 90 percent of her body, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Department of Workplace Standards cited the company for 16 “serious” violations and fined them $105,000. While the punishment couldn’t bring back...
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Aug
2012
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In Rochester, PLAs and the ROAR Program Have Generated High Rates of Minority and Female Involvement

In Rochester, PLAs and the ROAR Program Have Generated High Rates of Minority and Female Involvement
Part of the appeal of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is that they mandate a certain percentage of contractors and apprentices be minorities in order to strengthen communities and the construction industry as a whole. In Rochester, ROAR (Reaching Occupational Achievement for Residents of Rochester), has been helping hundreds of families in the...
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Aug
2012
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Six More Monster Corporations Leave ALEC

Six More Monster Corporations Leave ALEC
The unpopularity of laws crafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has brought the total number of companies abandoning the hyper-corporate lobby to 38. General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, the maker of Norton anti-virus Symantec, Entergy, and Reckitt Benckiser Group (maker of a wide range of products from...
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Aug
2012
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Michigan Court of Appeals Rules that Collective Bargaining Bill Will Go on November Ballot

Michigan Court of Appeals Rules that Collective Bargaining Bill Will Go on November Ballot
The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that voters will decide the fate of an amendment aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights come November. Predictably, opponents of the ballot initiative, led by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, have vowed to take the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court. The appeals court rejected a challenge to...
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Aug
2012
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Warren’s Response to Christie’s RNC Speech? Sorry, Chris, but Wages, Pensions, Health Care and Unions Defined the Greatest Generation

Warren's Response to Christie's RNC Speech?  Sorry, Chris, but Wages, Pensions, Health Care and Unions Defined the Greatest Generation
As Mike Elk points out in his latest article, top Democratic officials are sometimes reluctant to speak openly about their stance on unions. Such is not the case, however, with Elizabeth Warren, a universally loved party favorite. Last night, after Chris Christie’s misleading keynote, Warren rebutted the New Jersey Governor’s...
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Aug
2012
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City, State and Team Inch Closer to Using a PLA for the New Minnesota Vikings Stadium

City, State and Team Inch Closer to Using a PLA for the New Minnesota Vikings Stadium
Since the Minnesota legislature passed funding for a new Vikings football stadium in May, Governor Mark Dayton has promised the project will bring much-needed jobs to Minneapolis. To boot, a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) is likely to be used so the region’s workers are feeling assured that the jobs will stay local. Members of the [&hellip...
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