“The Most Racist Politician in America” Embroiled in Latest Voting Machine SNAFU

  Campaign speeches, millions of ad dollars, and tens of thousands of volunteers are...

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits

Driving Miss Classification: Drivers Win More Multi-Million Dollar Independent Contractor Suits

  A bevy of recent misclassification cases in California show how widespread the epidemic has...

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

MIsinformation: Corporate Front Group Lying to Prevailing Wage Repeal Petition Signers

  A corporate front group called Protecting Michigan Taxpayers is collecting signatures for a...

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out

A&P Grocery to Lay Off Thousands in Bankruptcy, Duck Union Contract Provisions On Way Out

  The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, better known as A & P Grocery, has...

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Dec
2012
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Red Cross on Sandy: “The Teamsters have been instrumental in helping us deliver to those in need.”

Red Cross on Sandy:
With their expertise in organizing, loading and hauling the Teamsters Union has become an invaluable part of continued efforts to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The region’s Teamsters have been spending their nights filling trucks with food and water, blankets, clean up kits, and other necessities so those most in need are fully...
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Dec
2012
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STUNNING: By April, 75% of Unemployed People May be Without Unemployment Benefits

STUNNING: By April, 75% of Unemployed People May be Without Unemployment Benefits
The Washington Post published their “graph of the day” on Tuesday, and it wasn’t pretty (see above). It was created by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) as part of a paper urging lawmakers not to “push jobless Americans off the cliff.” Via WaPo: About 3 million jobless workers will still receive benefits...
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Dec
2012
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“Union dues isn’t even the right term here. In Michigan, for instance, you can work in a union shop without joining the union and paying full union dues. The costs of the union’s political activities, its membership events, and more are removed from your dues. You pay a lower fee, because you’re just paying, at least in theory, the cost of the union’s representation activities.”

Just wanted to clear that up. Thanks, Ezra...
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Dec
2012
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WHILE YOU WERE PROTESTING: Michigan House Re-Passes the Emergency Financial Manager Law Voters Repealed at the Ballot a Month Ago

This is just beyond the pale. While the state of Michigan spent the week rallying against the anti-democratic passage of a wage-crushing “Right-to-Work” law, another piece of legislation that Michigan voters successfully repealed at the ballot box this November — the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager Law — was sent on...
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Dec
2012
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Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the “Race to the Bottom”

Building Trades President: Michigan Law Exacerbates the
Yesterday, the President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO, released a statement concerning Michigan’s anti-democratic ramming through of a “Right-to-Work” law. He labels those who forced its passage “extremists,” laments the drawbacks of such laws including take home pay that...
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Dec
2012
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OH Gov Kasich Using Taxpayer Money to Pay Biased Firm to Sway Taxpayer Opinion of Turnpike Privatization

As avid readers of this blog know, Ohio is looking to privatize its turnpike system despite the complete disaster its neighbor state Indiana went through following similar action in 2006. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, meanwhile, has already spent $3.4 million of the state’s money for the Texas-based firm KPMG to explore how a deal would [&hellip...
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Dec
2012
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Pending Supreme Court Class Action Wage Theft Case Poised to Set Powerful Precedent

If this website is any indication, 2012 wan an encouraging year for wage theft policing. Wage and hour lawsuits appear to be on the rise in the U.S. but an important case is pending at the Supreme Court that could impact this important issue’s trajectory. Symczyk v. Genesis Healthcare Corp. revolves around nursing home worker [&hellip...
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Dec
2012
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Teamsters Renew Challenge to DOT’s Pilot Program that Opens the U.S. Border to Mexican Trucks

Teamsters Renew Challenge to DOT’s Pilot Program that Opens the U.S. Border to Mexican Trucks
In the D.C. Circuit Court, representatives from the Teamsters Union renewed their challenge of the legality of the Department of Transportation’s pilot program that opens the U.S. border to Mexican trucks. The Department of Transportation suggested that the Teamsters don’t have standing to argue against the program, a claim that union...
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Dec
2012
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REVELATION: Hostess Syphoned Off Pension Funds for Operations

As Hostess Bakery sank into bankruptcy it began to use money reserved for pension funds toward operations and the money was never returned. This is the latest revelation in the case of a horribly mismanaged company that is trying to pin its demise on labor costs. The company stopped contributing to pensions in August of [&hellip...
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Dec
2012
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VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing “Right-to-Work”

VIDEO: President Obama Admonishes Michigan GOP for Pursuing
Yesterday, during his “fiscal cliff” speech in Detroit, President Obama took the opportunity to attack the malevolence du jour that is the pending passage of “Right-to-Work” in Michigan. Given lackluster participation from O’Barry on labor issues thus far during his presidency, this address represents a welcome,...
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Dec
2012
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Google Stashing $9.8Billion in Bermuda Tax Haven Resulting in $2B of Lost U.S. Tax Revenue

Google Stashing $9.8Billion in Bermuda Tax Haven Resulting in $2B of Lost U.S. Tax Revenue
Tech giant Google has seen the revenues it stashes in the tax haven of Bermuda soar to nearly $10 billion according to a revelatory piece yesterday by Bloomberg’s Jesse Drucker. By shifting tax revenues to a shell company based in a Bermuda law office, the company has avoided paying roughly $2 billion in taxes, Drucker [&hellip...
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Dec
2012
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HYPOCALYPSE NOW: Scott Walker Helped His Son Use Same-Day Voter Registration but He Still Might Sign a Bill Making it Illegal

This Fall, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker decried same-day voter registration and lent his support to a bill being pushed by state Republicans to end the practice. But this weekend, The Huffington Post reported that Scott Walker’s son, a freshmen at Marquette University, used the convenience of same-day registration to be eligible to vote in...
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