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SC Lawmakers File Bill Modeled after Oklahoma with Eye Toward 2016 Passage

SC Lawmakers File Bill Modeled after Oklahoma with Eye Toward 2016 Passage
A national coalition of employers has introduced legislation in the South Carolina House of Representatives that would create an alternative to workers’ compensation similar to the Oklahoma “Option.”
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5 Ways Apple Has Plundered Our Nation

5 Ways Apple Has Plundered Our Nation
An emotional response to any criticism of the Apple Corporation might be anticipated from the users of the company's powerful, practical, popular, and entertaining devices.
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St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers

St. Pete Becomes First Florida City to Enact Wage Theft Ordinance, Empower Abused Workers
In Florida, the St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance, sponsored by council member Darden Rice, that will allow workers to file a wage theft claim with the city without having to hire an attorney or entering the legal system. After receiving the claim, the city is then charged with pursuing the employer. It is expected to take the program three months to be up and running, but it is the first program of its kind in the state.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren's Letter to President Barack Obama: "Declassify the TPP Agreement"

Senator Elizabeth Warren's Letter to President Barack Obama: "Declassify the TPP Agreement"
Progressive Democrats have been hoping to see a showdown between Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton for years. Instead, they're getting a public feud between the senator from Massachusetts and President Barack Obama.
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Obama Tries to Convince Supporters Pacific Trade Deal is Good Thing - Full Speech

Obama Tries to Convince Supporters Pacific Trade Deal is Good Thing - Full Speech
President Obama finds himself in a strange position these days. He has the support of Republicans and the opposition of Democrats. The issue is the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership which his normal supporters oppose. Obama took on his supporters at an Organizing For America event and tried to explain why this trade deal was different than the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) of years ago that is blamed for draining jobs from the U.S.
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T-Mobile leaves ALEC

T-Mobile leaves ALEC
T-Mobile is the latest technology and communications company to kick the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to the curb. T-Mobile follows in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yelp in leaving the organization.
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VIDEO: Fast Food Workers Announce Nationwide Strike For Tax Day

VIDEO: Fast Food Workers Announce Nationwide Strike For Tax Day
Union organizers are upping the pressure on fast food restaurants to raise their wages by promising a nationwide strike on April 15 – tax day – symbolic because they say employees should be paid at least $15 an hour.
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NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.

NLRB Finds Widespread Union Suppression Policy at T-Mobile U.S.
A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge recently ruled that T-Mobile U.S. is guilty of engaging in nationwide labor law violations. The ruling came after the NLRB rolled multiple complaints for illegal actions in Albuquerque, Wichita, New York City, and Charleston into one case.
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OK Moves Forward with Teachers Union Paycheck Deception, Dubiously Exempts Police and Firefighters

OK Moves Forward with Teachers Union Paycheck Deception, Dubiously Exempts Police and Firefighters
In Oklahoma, a “paycheck protection” bill aimed at teachers unions narrowly passed the Senate General Government Committee on a 4-3 vote last week. HB 1749, written by Rep. Tom Newell, would prohibit automatic deduction of dues for groups engaged in collective bargaining with the state. It would go into action November 1st.
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Illinois AG Makes it Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal

Illinois AG Makes it Official: Gov. Rauner’s “Right-to-Work” and Prevailing Wage Zealotry is Illegal
Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has preemptively weighed in on anti-union legislation that is being promoted by Gov. Bruce Rauner which would allow local governments to create “Right-to-Work” zones and ban prevailing wage requirements. Her position? Both are unconstitutional.
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