Posts Tagged ‘Steve Cooper’

Mar
2013
20

In Illinois, Clergy Gather This Morning to Give Thanks for a Project Labor Agreement

This is a sweet story of the power of organized labor to bring opportunity — and joy — to a community in need. Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) typically include minority, female, and veteran hiring mandates. Thus, a new PLA entered into by the Illinois Department of Transportation is a source of hope for minority hiring [&hellip...;
Mar
2013
1

Eric Cantor’s Alternate Universe Features No Overtime Pay for Anyone, Blinders for Everyone

Eric Cantor's Alternate Universe Features No Overtime Pay for Anyone, Blinders for Everyone
In what would have been better presented as a “how not to rebrand the GOP” exercise, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made mention of a bill that would end overtime pay for hourly workers. While no copy of the bill has been made public, Cantor’s “Make Life Work” speech given to the American Enterprise Institute...
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Feb
2013
25

Signature Midwest GOP Tactics Used in Anoka County, MN Where the Prevailing Wage Was Repealed Without Notice or Due Process

The clandestine bully tactics of GOP legislatures in Wisconsin and Michigan — where anti-worker bills have been passed using misdirection and secretiveness — have worn off on Minnesota Republicans who rescinded the Anoka County prevailing wage law this month: With no advance public notice or public hearing, the Anoka County board voted...
Feb
2013
25

Oregon Building Trades Roll Out Testimony Videos Ahead of Today’s Potential I-5 Bridge Replacement Vote

Oregon Building Trades Roll Out Testimony Videos Ahead of Today's Potential I-5 Bridge Replacement Vote
Today could be the day Oregon legislators vote on HB2800, the I-5 bridge replacement bill. This project is currently the central focus of the Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council (ORBCTC) because of the 1,900 jobs it will create during construction alone. ORBCTC has been effective in using its website to message on this issue [&hellip...;
Feb
2013
25

Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Jail Any Legislator Who Proposes an Anti-Union Bill

Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Jail Any Legislator Who Proposes an Anti-Union Bill
Here’s a fun one. A bit of a legislative urinating match but a fun one nonetheless. A Missouri legislator has responded to a bill from Rep. Mike Leara that would jail lawmakers who propose gun control bills by introducing a bill that would jail anti-union legislators: A Missouri House Democrat’s plan would send colleagues to [&hellip...;
Feb
2013
20

Wisconsin GOP Rushing Through Farrow-Brooks Bill, a Government-Sponsored Kneecapping of Private Sector Unions

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker prepares to reveal a new budget which has already been labeled more radical than his previous radical budgets, reports out of the dairy land suggest that a bill is being fast-tracked in the Republican controlled legislature that represents a direct attack on organized labor. The Farrow-Brooks bill would act as...
Feb
2013
13

THIS JUST IN: “Right-to-Work” Dies in New Hampshire (ONE MO’ ‘GAIN!)

The king zombie of all zombie laws, New Hampshire “Right-to-Work,” has just suffered it’s _____th consecutive defeat in the House by a 212-141 margin. Via the Patch: The New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 212 to 141 to kill the proposed Franklin Partin Right to Work Act on Wednesday, as Democrats and Republicans waged a...
Feb
2013
5

Hidden Computers, Secret E-mail, Subpoenas and Legal Fees Mar Wisconsin Legislature as Gerrymandering Trial Heats Up

Hidden Computers, Secret E-mail, Subpoenas and Legal Fees Mar Wisconsin Legislature as Gerrymandering Trial Heats Up
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is on a shortlist of Republicans who have been subpoenaed as part of a long running legal fight over redistricting. Vos, Senate Chief Clerk Jeffrey Renk, Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller, and the Legislative Technology Service Bureau were all issued subpoenas as state investigators continue to search for...
Feb
2013
4

Anti-Union ABC Opposes California High-Speed Rail Because Unions Helped Make It a Reality

In California, union workers are waiting to reap the rewards of their leadership’s long fought battle for High-Speed Rail (HSR). The jobs associated with the long-term project are expected to pay solid wages for years and set the new standard for infrastructure spending in the United States. If there is any doubt about how promising [&hellip...;
Jan
2013
30

TODAY IN WOW: MI Gov. Rick Snyder Suggests “Right-to-Work” Is Not “Relevant” to Michigan Economy

TODAY IN WOW: MI Gov. Rick Snyder Suggests
THIS JUST IN: “Right-to-Work” doesn’t really matter. At least that’s what Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder would suddenly like us to believe. During a speech to the Michigan Press Association, Snyder suggested his recent signing of “Right-to-Work” legislation has nothing to do with jobs or the economy despite the...
Jan
2013
29

NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike, Cites Method of Implementation as Hangup

NJ Gov. Christie Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike, Cites Method of Implementation as Hangup
Unwelcome news came for workers in New Jersey yesterday when Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a minimum wage increase suggesting he supports the idea but not the method in which it would have been implemented. Via lefty mainstay ThinkProgress: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) today vetoed an increase in the minimum wage that was passed [&hellip...;
Jan
2013
22

MUST WATCH: In MLK Award Acceptance Speech at WI Capitol, Woman Gives Gov. Walker Hell to His Face

This. Is. Awesome. In a public ceremony yesterday at the Wisconsin Capitol, Dr. Margaret Rozga accepted the MLK 2013 Heritage Award for her husband, the late Father James Groppi. She used her acceptance speech to deliver a pointed attack on Governor Scott Walker as he sat just feet from her Among the countless highlights of [&hellip...;