“Right-to-Work” is often labeled a “job creating” law by Republicans who push it, but those who are affected by it can tell you it does nothing of the sort. Rather, its “wage lowering” power far outshines its ability to create an uptick in employment. To illustrate this point, the Laborers International Union of...
REPORT: 9% of PA Voters (Not 1%, Like He Said) May Be Disenfranchised by Gov. Corbett’s Voter ID Law
A controversial Pennsylvania Voter ID law will affect more voters than previously expected according to state election officials. 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania do not have Transportation Department-issued photo identification cards which means they may not be able to vote in the November election. While a vast majority of probable...
This may not exactly be breaking news, but numbers suggest that the ultraconservative state legislators pushing backwards legislation such as voter suppression are the same folks cutting public sector jobs at an alarming rate. The states that succumbed to the Tea Party takeover of 2010 have seen drastic job losses in the public sector and ...
Last week, union protesters showed up en masse to rally around the offices of Rep. Warren Kampf, whose Pennsylvania House Bill 709 would allow school districts in Pennsylvania to make the decision about whether or not to pay prevailing wages on construction projects. According to Pattye Benson of Community Matters, who “accidentally”...
In September, the announcement that many of Sunoco’s northeast refineries would be closing upset workers at the 109-year-old Marcus Hook refinery in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, located southeast of Philadelphia. By early December, nearly 500 workers were on the path to unemployment. Sunoco originally said they would keep the facilities...
In the past year, under the ultraconservative leadership of Governor Tom Corbett, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has gone from a top 10 ranking in job growth to a bottom 10 ranking. According to ThirdAndState.org, the unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was at 8.8% in April and dropped to 7.4% in May before public-sector job losses from ...