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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...

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

Workers Rally at Nevada Legislature While Prevailing Wage-Limiting Bill is Discussed

  A wage attack born in the Nevada Senate brought workers of all types together in protest on...

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

Dems Question Lack of PLA, Use of Out-of-State Workers on Large Shipbuilding Project in RI

  In Rhode Island, some ranking Democrats are beginning to question why a Project Labor...

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Aug
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Canadian Conservatives Pursuing U.S.-Inspired “Right to Work” Laws, but Wages are Not the Problem

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty recently met with the nation’s top business and policy leaders at his sixth annual policy retreat. Attendees expressed an interest in lowering the wages of Canadian workers by implementing U.S. based policies (yay, us!) such as “Right-to-Work” legislation. According to notes obtained by The...
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Aug
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THUGGING RUGGISH LOAN: St. Louis Plasterers Local 3 Makes Up Lost Church Money That Flew Off Woman’s Car

THUGGING RUGGISH LOAN: St. Louis Plasterers Local 3 Makes Up Lost Church Money That Flew Off Woman's Car
In St. Louis, one union construction local is reminding us that despite the meaningless term “union thug” being used to portray organized blue collar workers as the nation’s boogeymen and women, they remain a vital part of our communities. Shrewsbury resident Jane Corbett left an envelope with money raised by her church to feed...
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Aug
2012
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Boeing, In One Breath, Promotes Record Profits While Shifting Costs onto Employees

Boeing, In One Breath, Promotes Record Profits While Shifting Costs onto Employees
CORRECTION: It was mistakenly noted in the original version of this piece that Ray Goforth was a Boeing executive when in fact he is the Executive Director of the SPEAA. As defense industry titan Boeing enjoys record sales and income it has made shifting costs to its engineers and technical workers a focal point of [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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Veterans Administration, Refusing to Use PLAs, Sees 38 of 55 Current Construction Projects Behind Schedule

Veterans Administration, Refusing to Use PLAs, Sees 38 of 55 Current Construction Projects Behind Schedule
The Veterans Administration (VA) has again rejected the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on its new wave of construction across the nation, according to a press release from the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO. As a result, the VA is experiencing cost overruns, scheduling delays and rampant use of illegal...
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Aug
2012
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13 Texas Lawmakers Leave ALEC, No More Democrats are Affiliated with the Organization in the State

Since its public ousting in the wake of the Trayvon Martin scandal, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has seen 32 corporations, four non-profits and 56 lawmakers disassociate from their anti-environment, anti-union, and anti-democracy agenda. Last week, 13 Texas lawmakers (10 Republican and 3 Democrat) dropped out of ALEC as well:...
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Aug
2012
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STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession

STUDY: States with Higher Minimum Wage Have Had Less Employment Loss During the Great Recession
Because attempts to increase the minimum wage are being met head on by the GOP talking point that doing so would cause employers to cut jobs and hours, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center looked at two decades of data in their recent report, The Minimum Wage and Job Creation. The study found that minimum [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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Romney Linked to Union-Busting, Worker Intimidation at Key Airlines in the ’80s

Romney Linked to Union-Busting, Worker Intimidation at Key Airlines in the '80s
Mitt Romney has often pointed to his career with Bain Capital as an indication of how he would govern if elected President. On cue, a new story from the Financial Times links a young Romney to a union suppression campaign in the 1980’s. This should be alarming, though not surprising, to any working men and [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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CANA-DUH: Labor Outrage at Decision to Export 5 Million Tons of Asbestos to Developing Countries

CANA-DUH: Labor Outrage at Decision to Export 5 Million Tons of Asbestos to Developing Countries
With the announcement from Quebec Premier Jean Charest that his government will grant a $58 million loan to reopen the Jeffery Mine Indian, labor leaders are expressing their outrage. The Jeffery Mine will export nearly 5 million tons of Chrysotile Asbestos over the next 25 years to developing countries such as India. Mr. Pon Kumar, [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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Under Pressure, Ohio Abandons Suppressive Voting Hours and GOP Favoritism; Pennsylvania Stays on Democracy-Crushing Course

Under Pressure, Ohio Abandons Suppressive Voting Hours and GOP Favoritism; Pennsylvania Stays on Democracy-Crushing Course
As pressure mounted to end a perceived voter suppression campaign, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted announced Wednesday that all counties in the Buckeye State will abide by uniform early voting hours. Originally, counties were making their own hours via four-person election boards with Husted acting as the tie-breaking vote. Not surprisingly,...
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Aug
2012
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Few Surprises in Wisconsin’s Tuesday Primary Which Was Marred by Low Turnout

Few Surprises in Wisconsin's Tuesday Primary Which Was Marred by Low Turnout
On Tuesday, the voters of Wisconsin — well, a tiny percentage of them — took their now-familiar routes to local polling stations to vote in primary elections. Turnout was low compared to the recall election on June 5th, something that may have been a factor in 13 legislative incumbents keeping their seats. The biggest race [&hellip...
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Aug
2012
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In Three-Part Series, Sanjukta Paul Tackles Employee Misclassification and Its Harmful Effects

A new three-part look into worker misclassification by writer Sanjukta Paul is a must-read for anyone concerned with this important workers’ rights issue. With port truck drivers as the backdrop, Paul provides history and context for the low-road mistreatment associated with classification of employees as “independent...
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Aug
2012
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Lawsuit Claims Wells Fargo Fired Employee to Avoid Paying Medical Costs of Dying Cancer Patient

Lawsuit Claims Wells Fargo Fired Employee to Avoid Paying Medical Costs of Dying Cancer Patient
According to a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County, Wells Fargo allegedly fired an employee to avoid paying medical costs for his daughter, a cancer patient. Three days prior to an important surgery, the company terminated Yovany Gonzalez, a securities broker, after questioning his wife about the cost of their daughter Macenzie’s medical...
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