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You Are Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago Because American Auto Makers Are Innovating


Four years ago, the American auto industry was struggling.  After a decade of focusing on trucks and SUVs, the Big Three—Ford, General Motors and Chrysler—were unprepared for the effect of higher energy prices and the economic crisis on consumer demand. Throughout the early 2000s, the Big Three produced big inefficient vehicles. But with high gas prices and smaller spending budgets, consum...
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Prop 32 is a Threat to American Democracy

The San Bernadino Sun says Proposition 32 prohibits unions and corporations from using payroll-deducted funds for political purposes, which on the surface sounds fair and balanced. But 99.9 percent of California corporations don't use payroll deduction for political giving; they would still be allowed to use their corporate profits to influence elections.
Instead, Proposition 32 unfairly singles out and limits the voices of teachers, nurses and firefighters who keep us safe. It takes away the ability of these everyday heroes to speak out on issues that matter to us all, like cuts to schools, police and fire response times, workplace safety, consumer protections, and homeowner rights.
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The Sensata Explainer

The Sensata Explainer
If you are hearing about a company names Sensata, here is the story. Right now this company is moving equipment out of a factory in Freeport, Il. and shipping it to China. They are making the workers there train their Chinese replacements. And the end of the year they are laying off the American workers. The workers have set up a camp across from the factory and have named it Bainport. (please click!) Supporters are trying to block the trucks, and some have been arrested. This is all happening right now, even as Mitt Romney says he wants to "get tough on China." So the workers have asked Romney to come to Freeport and help them.
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Dept. of Labor Collects $430,000 in Back Wages for MN Workers

A government investigation has found 59 employees who hung drywall on projects that were federally-funded were not paid the appropriate prevailing wage.
The U.S. Department of Labor has collected $430,000 in back wages for the subcontracted workers who did work in Woodbury, MN on the Uptown at City Walk housing project, the city hall, library and senior center construction project in St. Michael. All projects mandated prevailing wages according to Pioneer Press.
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NJ Minimum Wage is 'Basically Keeping People in Poverty'

Our Quote of the Day today is via Steve Sweeney:
"If you live in New Jersey, you recognize that $7.25 isn't getting it done. It's basically keeping people in poverty."
Coming up this afternoon in the Senate Budget Committee is a discussion of Sweeney's plan to pass the question of raising the minimum wage to the voters as a constitutional amendment, then continuing on a schedule of raises. Christie, who's spent a year pinning the Jersey Comeback mantle o...
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Victory for Forced Labor in Walmart's US Supply Chain

The National Guestworker Alliance just announced a huge victory. The C.J.’s Seafood workers who exposed forced labor on the Wal-Mart supply chain in June were vindicated by the federal government, which granted them U-Visas—special visas for victims of serious crimes. This is an extraordinary victory for worker organizing and labor law enforcement in the U.S.
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Better Off Now Than Four Years Ago Because Worker Safety is a Priority

Four years ago, President Bush put industry profits ahead of worker safety.  Immediately after John McCain lost the 2008 presidential election, the Bush administration scrambled to add new rules to the Code of Federal Regulations that would make it harder for then President-elect Obama to regulate workplace exposure to toxic substances and hazardous chemicals when he took office.
Now, by contrast, the United States has a president who is committed to protecting worker health and safety.  President Obama has over the past four years pushed for enforcement of rules to protect workers...
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Workers Strike at Four Walmart Locations

It sure is nice to be able to write those words: Workers strike at Walmart!
Reports of striking Walmart workers have rolled out of four separate locations, from Florida to California, over the past couple of weeks.  Once, such bold collective initiative would have been unthinkable at the world's largest retailer.
You may recall that, back in 2008, Walmart workers in the tire and lube department of a Walmart ...
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Campaign Against Wage Increase For Hotel Workers Funded Solely by Hotels

According to filings from the Long Beach City Clerk, hotels and hotel corporations are the only donors to the campaign against Measure N, the Long Beach hotel worker living wage initiative on the November 6 ballot. The hotels have contributed $376,180 so far — an estimated $188 per affected employee — to keep their workers from having a minimum wage of $13 an hour and five paid sick days a year.
That $188 could go a long way toward buying new shoes, school clothes or backpacks for the kids of hotel workers. If given to hotel workers, most of the $376,180 would be spent in Long Beach, stimulating the local economy. Small business owners understand this, which is why more than 130 of them have pledged their support for Measure N.
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Big Box Subcontractor Faces Class Action Suit From Hundreds Of Workers

Kmart, Target, Sears Subcontractor Faces Class Action Suit From Hundreds Of Workers from The UpTake. Hundreds of more workers may be joining a class action lawsuit against a company that cleans stores for major retailers. 12 Twin City cleaning workers originally filed the suit against Diversified Maintenance Systems. It has now received conditional class action which could be applied to workers at approximately 130 stores. This means that Diversified, the subcontractor for cleaning Kmart, Target, Sears and other stores, will be forced to turn over the names and addresses of all the workers in these stores.
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