MN's GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.'s to Relocate to His State

MN’s GOP Jobs Committee Chairman Invites WI Construction Co.’s to Relocate to His State

  Minnesota jobs committee chair Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) has extended an invitation...

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

Historic NYC Agreement Will Cover $3.5B of Work, Ensure Apprenticeships for Low-Income Residents

  In New York City, a historic Project Labor Agreement (PLA) has been agreed to by the Bill...

Beyond Wisconsin:

Beyond Wisconsin: “Right-to-Work” Laid to Rest in WV; MI Rep. Hopes to Expand It to Public Safety Unions

  Last week’s events in Wisconsin largely dominated the “Right-to-Work” news...

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that School Reform Commision (SRC) chairman and...

Don't Drink the Tea. Think With the WE.
Oct
2012
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STUDY: Working Class Whites’ Support for Labor, Tea Party is Almost Equal

STUDY: Working Class Whites' Support for Labor, Tea Party is Almost Equal
A new study by the Public Religion and Research Institute (PRRI), “Understanding the Complexities of Working Class Whites in America,” shows that despite popular pundit talking points this demographic’s support for various major social movements is virtually equal across the country. The media continues to preach a White working...
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Oct
2012
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Virginia’s A&M Drywall Ordered to Pay $100,000 in Back Wages

Virginia’s A&M Drywall Ordered to Pay $100,000 in Back Wages
Insert introductory paragraph about how rampant and unchecked employee misclassification is. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s celebrate a rare and small wage recovery in Virginia. A drywall company was recently fined for improperly classifying its workers there: Last week, the Department of Labor Wage Hour Division found that...
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Oct
2012
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“The United States of ALEC” Aims to Uncover Underhanded Corporate-Funded Legislation

This weekend, Bill Moyers premiered his new documentary, The United States of ALEC, on progressive news network Democracy Now. In the film, the veteran journalist aims to inform Americans about the overwhelming overreach that the corporate fronted American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) engages in while ghostwriting laws in dozens of states....
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Oct
2012
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CHART: Labor Income in Steady Decline

CHART: Labor Income in Steady Decline
Last Wednesday’s Reuters Chart of the Day was from Margaret Jacobsen and Filippo Occhino of the Cleveland Fed. It commented on labor’s declining share of income and rising inequality. According to the commentary: Household income comes in two types: labor income, which includes wages, salaries, and other work-related compensation (such...
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Sep
2012
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OH State Treasurer, Now a Senate Candidate, Accused of Misclassifying His 2010 Campaign Staff as Independent Contractors

OH State Treasurer, Now a Senate Candidate, Accused of Misclassifying His 2010 Campaign Staff as Independent Contractors
In Ohio, Senate incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown is accusing his challenger, State Treasurer Josh Mandel, of depriving the state of tax money by incorrectly classifying the employees of his 2010 campaign as independent contractors. According to campaign finance disclosures analyzed by Alex Seitz-Wald of Salon, Mandel misclassified at least 9 of...
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Sep
2012
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Lunch Pail Republicans Resurface in PA, Throw Weight Behind Moderate Members of the State House

Lunch Pail Republicans Resurface in PA, Throw Weight Behind Moderate Members of the State House
Last time we heard from the Lunch Pail Republicans, they were taking on “Right-to-Work” and its Indianan proponents. Now, the SuperPAC that aims to boost pro-union Republicans has provided support for two members of the Pennsylvania House GOP hoping to keep their moderate voices in the state house. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) and Tim...
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Sep
2012
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ALEC Jr. — “NFIB uses the name of small business to advance an agenda that helps big corporate interests.”

ALEC Jr. --
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is becoming a major player in the dark money funding of the 2012 election. Despite its name, the group is a front for a big business, partisan agenda according to a new website, NFIB Exposed. The group, which is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the Affordable [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
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STUDY: 76 Percent of Big City Low-Wage Workers Claim to Have Been Underpaid or Not Paid at All

Kevin Abels recently authored a piece for The Huffington Post describing how wage theft problems need to be fixed both through education and by changing government agencies to better deal with it. Wage theft occurs when employers do not correctly pay workers what they are owed. It often comes in the form of making employees [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
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VIDEO: IBEW Local 429 Rep to Visit 805 Non-Union Contractors in One Week!

VIDEO: IBEW Local 429 Rep to Visit 805 Non-Union Contractors in One Week!
In Tennessee, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 429 is taking a top-down strategy in order to spur growth. By visiting businesses throughout the Nashville region, the Local looks to reintroduce itself to the community and explain the importance of skilled union electricians in the region. This video shows Local 429...
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Sep
2012
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Researchers: System for Determining CEO Pay Is Ineffective, Artificially Drives Up Salaries

Researchers: System for Determining CEO Pay Is Ineffective, Artificially Drives Up Salaries
There is a theory in corporate America that CEOs must be paid top dollar for their skills in order to keep them from constantly shopping their skills to the highest bidder. But a new study by Craig K. Ferrere and Charles M. Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the [&hellip...
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Sep
2012
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Union-Led Investigation Reveals Under-the-Table Payments, Prevailing Wage-Dodging in NYC

A union-led investigation alleges that construction workers building low-income housing for the City of New York are being paid under the table and cheated out of wages. The District Council of Mason Tenders conducted the investigation, releasing it a day before a vote was expected to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a wage bill that...
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Sep
2012
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On China, Obama and Romney Talk Tougher on the Trail than in the Oval Office

On China, Obama and Romney Talk Tougher on the Trail than in the Oval Office
Despite the fact that both presidential candidates are trying to position themselves as the man who will finally get tough on China and help reduce the U.S. trade deficit, track records show neither really has the credentials. Mitt Romney has said on the campaign trail that he would label China a “currency manipulator” on his [&hellip...
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