Archive for the ‘THE NOT NEWS’ Category

Feb
2013
11

Orlando VA Hospital that Refused to Build Under a PLA Is On the Verge of Tanking Completely

Orlando VA Hospital that Refused to Build Under a PLA Is On the Verge of Tanking Completely
Last year, we provided a primer on the nationwide mismanagement of Veterans Affairs hospital construction with particular focus on an Orlando, Florida location that was in over its head. We did this to highlight how these hospitals, led by the anti-union Associated Builders and Contractors, were spurning Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and…
Feb
2013
7

HANDS OFF, SCOOTER: Wisconsin Investment Board Rejects Gov. Scott Walker’s Ridiculous Request to Borrow $200M from State Pension Fund

HANDS OFF, SCOOTER: Wisconsin Investment Board Rejects Gov. Scott Walker's Ridiculous Request to Borrow $200M from State Pension Fund
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is asking government workers to bet part of their retirements on a plan to subsidize new businesses in the state. That’s right. Walker is asking something of workers whom he treats like dirt. The requested funds would go to the quasi-public Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) of which Walker is…
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Feb
2013
5

STUDY: 2/3s of American Workers Plan to Delay Retirement

An alarming new study shows that nearly two-thirds of American workers now plan to delay their retirement with many citing the need to recoup losses from the recent recession as a key determinant.  Just two years ago only 42 percent of workers planned on extending their work life but a growing bevy of worries face …
Jan
2013
21

Leaked Documents Indicate Ramped Up Anti-Union Push by Right-Wing FreedomWorks

Leaked Documents Indicate Ramped Up Anti-Union Push by Right-Wing FreedomWorks
According to leaked documents, FreedomWorks, the unofficial fundraising arm of the Tea Party, is allocating a hefty portion of its ‘war chest’ to push anti-union initiatives in 2013. Pledging to “push back against domineering unions,” FreedomWorks has announced a new “Save the States” campaign that pushes a…
Dec
2012
10

STUDY: Rigged ALEC Research “Provides a Recipe for Economic Inequality, Wage Suppression”

A new study suggests that proposed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) policies do more harm to state economies than good. Selling Snake Oil to the States, from Good Jobs First and the Iowa Policy Project, shows that states ranked high on ALEC’s annual “Rich States, Poor States” list actually do worse than those ranked…
Oct
2012
1

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…
Sep
2012
14

GRAND OLD MODEL LEGISLATION: Republican Study Committee, ALEC Look to Ramp Up Relations

GRAND OLD MODEL LEGISLATION: Republican Study Committee, ALEC Look to Ramp Up Relations
After years of heavy flirting, a date at the conservative Heritage Foundation may be the place where the GOP and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) finally announce they are going steady. The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of 160 conservative lawmakers in the House of Representatives, is looking to engage in an official…
Sep
2012
12

CHART: High School Graduation Rates in “Right-to-Work” States Clearly Lower than States Where Unionism is Welcome

CHART: High School Graduation Rates in
An interesting, though dated map is making its way around the web that shows graduation rates across the country versus state “Right-to-Work” status. The graphic likely resurfaced, despite showing information from 2002-2003, because of the Chicago Teachers Union strike and the ongoing assault on public education. Even though the…
Jun
2012
27

‘NUFF SAID: Wages are at an All-Time Low. Profits are at an All-Time High.

'NUFF SAID: Wages are at an All-Time Low.  Profits are at an All-Time High.
Hey, the economy is the “pivotal” issue in the 2012 election, right!? We’re in a real “make or break moment” for the United States, aren’t we!? It’s “now or never,” don’t ya think!? So there couldn’t be a better time for two charts from Business Insider that show exactly…
Jun
2012
22

The Solutionless Citizens United States

The Solutionless Citizens United States
In the Citizens United States of America, Mr. Smith will never be able to get to Washington again unless he decides to play crony to big money. The problems that face our reprivate (the opposite of a republic…) — polarizing verbal attacks, inability to accomplish simple legislative tasks, limitless advertising disinformation — share…
May
2012
30

Despite 500,000 U.S. Call Center Job Losses Since 2008, Bank of America Is Hiring in The Philippines

Despite 500,000 U.S. Call Center Job Losses Since 2008, Bank of America Is Hiring in The Philippines
Three years after receiving a $45 billion bailout from the U.S. Government — and just months after it announced it would lay off 30,000 workers — Bank of America has decided to go on a hiring spree…in the Philippines. BoA now joins JP Morgan Chase, CitiGroup, and Wells Fargo as a company housing its call …
May
2012
29

WOW: In No State Is a 40-Hour, Minimum Wage Work Week Enough to Afford a Two-Bedroom Apartment

WOW: In No State Is a 40-Hour, Minimum Wage Work Week Enough to Afford a Two-Bedroom Apartment
The above graphic exploded on Facebook this weekend. It shows how many minimum wage hours a worker needs to work in order to be able to afford a two-bedroom unit at “Fair Market Rent” in any given state. The FMR is a figure determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The …