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NJ's Christie Steals Near $900M From Union Pensions, Court Says It's Fine

NJ's Christie Steals Near $900M From Union Pensions, Court Says It's Fine
Chris Christie decided last year to slash the budget, and in so doing stole near a billion dollars from the state's union's pensions. In a decision Monday, Judge Mary Jacobson said that was totally fine (given the budget shortfall, which Christie caused, duh). Unions plan on appealing the ruling.
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This Kool-Aid Tastes Like Poverty: The Wane of the Southern Union

This Kool-Aid Tastes Like Poverty: The Wane of the Southern Union
Maybe the word 'union' is a little too reminiscent of the "War of Northern Aggression," but southerners antipathy to workers organizing has infected much of those states. Political campaigns and demonization by the right has been crucial in redefining what exactly is good for southern workers.
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Constructing Common Sense: Delaware Dems Aim to Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining

Constructing Common Sense: Delaware Dems Aim to Link Prevailing Wages to Collective Bargaining
Legislation has passed the Delaware House of Representatives which would set prevailing wages based on negotiated collective bargaining agreements, thus eliminating the need for wage surveys. The bill, which passed the house on a 26-13 vote, will now be taken up by the Senate. Up to this point, support for and opposition to the bill have fallen along party lines:
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Court Sets New Precedent: Only People, Not Corp's, Can Sponsor Ballot Measures

Court Sets New Precedent: Only People, Not Corp's, Can Sponsor Ballot Measures
The Associated Builders and Contractors – a staunchly anti-union group – has inadvertently set a new precedent. A court ruled that their end-run around a ballot measure was unconstitutional, and now it's on the books that only people – not corporations or associations – can submit those measures.
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First Seattle, Now San Fran: $15 Minimum Wage Catches On

First Seattle, Now San Fran: $15 Minimum Wage Catches On
San Francisco is looking to join the $15/hr minimum wage bandwagon. After Seattle passed a living wage referendum, Mayor Ed Lee has decided to push for the increase, being the second in what we can hope to be waves of cities finally giving workers a better chance to succeed.
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Four Years of Negotiating, Strikes Leaves Target Janitors with New Agreement

Four Years of Negotiating, Strikes Leaves Target Janitors with New Agreement
After three strikes and countless hours of dialogue with executives, Target's janitors have been given unprecedented rights in a new Responsible Contractor Policy.
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Dallas Hospital Gives Workers Raise—Using Execs' Bonuses

Dallas Hospital Gives Workers Raise—Using Execs' Bonuses
Low-wage workers at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas are getting a raise—with money normally used to fund executives’ annual bonus packages.
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Men Not at Work: Over 25% of US Males Age 25-34 Earned Poverty Level Wages in 2013

Men Not at Work: Over 25% of US Males Age 25-34 Earned Poverty Level Wages in 2013
The Economic Policy Institute recently released shocking numbers which show over one-fourth of men between the ages of 25-34 earned poverty level wages in 2013. The same numbers have dropped for women in recent decades, while they more than doubled for men since 1979. In 2013, the poverty line was calculated as working full-time, year round, while earning $11.49 an hour or less.
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WI Gov Walker's Opponent Promises to Repeal Parts of His Signature Anti-Union Legislation

WI Gov Walker's Opponent Promises to Repeal Parts of His Signature Anti-Union Legislation
With the Wisconsin gubernatorial race inching ever closer, Democratic challenger Mary Burke ramped up her rhetoric regarding Act 10 last weekend, incumbent Governor Walker’s signature legislation which stripped collective bargaining rights from a majority of the state’s public sector union workforce. With the issue still very much a part of Wisconsin’s political conversation, Burke has revealed what she would change — and what she would keep — about Act 10.
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Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita

Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita
An article in Friday’s "Idaho Statesman" detailed the struggles unions have had in the state since the passage of “Right-to-Work” in 1985. Between 1985 and 2012, AFL-CIO membership in the state dropped from 41,300 to 11,000. Currently 29,000 Idahoans are members of unions, though 7,000 of those members choose not to pay dues.
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