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What Do Jerry Perenchio and Sheldon Adelson Have in Common?

Former Univision Boss is big right-leaning force in California
by Brian Leubitz
The American Prospect takes a look at Jerry Perenchio and finds quite a story there. Perenchio, who was Univision's chairman as it boomed, is a big funder of both Yes on 32 and No on 30, aka, the right-wing double.
But for the No on 30 campaign, which is getting relatively few contributions, his bucks mean a lot. And in a state where school funding now stands at 46th despite being...
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Low Pay Isn’t the Solution to Economic Problems; It’s the Cause

Unions aren’t a third party entity; they are simply a group of people who have agreed to work together. Instead of bargaining individually, they bargain collectively (that’s why the contract is called a collective bargaining agreement.) When you mock unions, you mock workers – probably workers like you – who have a skill and feel like they should make a fair wage for that skill.
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Investigation Reveals Wage Violations in Low-Income Housing Construction in NYC

A union-led investigation alleges that construction workers building low-income housing for the City of New York are being paid under the table and cheated out of wages.
The District Council of Mason Tenders conducted the investigation, releasing it a day before a vote was expected to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of a wage bill that originally passed through the City Council by a 45-0 margin.
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Ryan, Walker et al: Screw Union Workers, Except When Scabs Ruin Our Football Game!

After the Green Bay Packers were robbed of a win by an blown call during Monday Night Football, union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) - a Packers fan - took to Twitter this morning [and] demanded the return of the league's unionized officials...
Walker's sudden support of union labor is surprising, given his push for a radical union-busting law that effectively ended collective bargaining for many of Wisconsin's public employees. The law, which Walker and his fellow Republicans pitched as necessary to fix Wisconsin's budget before admitting that it was the "first step" in an anti-union strategy, was so unpopular that it led to massive protests outside the state capitol in Madison and recall elections against Walker and six Republicans in the state senate.
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Hey Broncos Fans: It's Not the Refs, It's the Cheap, Billionaire Owners

It's clearly the bipartisan conclusion of fans that the NFL's replacement referees are not up to the job of judging our most talented athletic events and are causing teams to lose football games with bad call after bad call.
Most, if not all, NFL owners are Billionaires just by virtue of owning a team, let alone how they made the money to buy the team in the first place.
The lockout of referees (this is not strike by refs, though I wouldn't blame them if they did) by NFL owners is their strategy to inhibit refs' pay and pensions. Sound familiar?
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Romney Loves American Cars; Obama Loves American Car Workers

Romney has blasted Obama every auto-manufacturing-job-preserving step of the way. On the auto bailout, Romney admonished, “Let Detroit go bankrupt.” He condemned the tariffs on Chinese tires.
President Barack Obama, by contrast, has given some love to American car companies and American car workers. He rescued Chrysler and General Motors, preserving the American icon companies and hundreds of thousands of American car manufacturing jobs. He imposed sanctions on Chinese tires that received improper export subsidies, a move that saved thousands of U.S. tire-building jobs. And now he’s challenging illegally-subsidized Chinese auto parts to sustain American companies and workers.
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Romney: 'I Wish We Weren’t Unionized'

Getting lost among the many quotable Montgomery Burns-esque grumblings in Mitt Romney’s now infamous fundraiser speech is his lament that unions will prevent him from making the deep cuts to federal employee rolls that he desires. Along with calling nearly half of Americans “moochers,” promising to not be their President, and wishing he was born Mexican so that people would vote for him, the election loser-to-be revealed his plans to “clean house.” From the tape:
“I wish we weren’t unionized so we could go a lot deeper than you’re actually allowed to go.”
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The Implications of WI’s Act 10 Being Ruled Unconstitutional

Last week, Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas struck down sections of Governor Scott Walker’s signature legislation, known as Act 10, which restricts the power of workers and unions in the state. Passage of Act 10 lead to the Wisconsin uprising of 2011.
The decision reopens the topic for debate just weeks before the election and will serve to further deepen the divide that has been driven into Wisconsin’s polity. Since Gov. Walker’s victory in the Recall Election, many have viewed the issue as dead, but with Colas’ decision it rises like a phoenix, complete with new predictions and correlations.
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Canadian Government Fires 1,500 Workers to Cut Costs, Then Hires Private Firm for $100M to Do the Work

Under the guise of cost-cutting, the Canadian government recently issued notices to more than 1,500 workers that their services were no longer needed. But, according to the Ottawa Citizen, the Defence Department (DND) is now planning on paying $100 million to private firms to take over the jobs of the fired staff.
This indicates, to unbiased onlookers, that the move was never about trimming government fat but, rather, privatizing government jobs and taking power away from the union and its 19,000 workers. According to John MacLennan, national president of the Union of National Defence Employees,
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The GOP Might Bash Unions, But They Hired the IBEW to Wire Their Convention

At their recent National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Republicans needed to guarantee their union-bashing, anti-worker message made it through 40 miles of cable to hundreds of stations worldwide for millions of viewers to see without interruption. In order for the proceedings to go on without a hitch, though, the GOP hired the best: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Oh, the irony.
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