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AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law

AFL-CIO, Machinists, USW File Lawsuit to Halt Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” Law
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO and two unions have filed a lawsuit seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions against the “Right-to-Work” legislation signed into law on Monday by Governor Scott Walker. The lawsuit names Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and members of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission as defendants.
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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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AFL-CIO: Threat of Deportation Preventing Immigrants from Reporting Bad Bosses, Unsafe Working Conditions

AFL-CIO: Threat of Deportation Preventing Immigrants from Reporting Bad Bosses, Unsafe Working Conditions
The AFL-CIO is calling on the Obama Administration to cease needless deportations in order to encourage immigrants to report unsafe workplace conditions and safety violations. The labor lobby recommends that the Department of Homeland Security grant low-priority immigrants affirmative relief from deportation and work authorization.
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NLRB Gives T-Mobile a Strong Signal: Firing Workers Who Want to Unionize Is Illegal

NLRB Gives T-Mobile a Strong Signal: Firing Workers Who Want to Unionize Is Illegal
For the past several years, T-Mobile workers say they have faced an extensive campaign of intimidation and attack on their organizing and bargaining rights. Now, the National Labor Relations Board is responding.
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Mike Hall
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'The System Is Rigged' and 11 Other Great Quotes from Elizabeth Warren

'The System Is Rigged' and 11 Other Great Quotes from Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will be one of the keynote speakers at the AFL-CIO 2013 National Convention in Los Angeles from Sept. 8–11. Here are 12 key quotes from her that show why she is a champion of the 99%.
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Shoes or Poll Tax? AFL-CIO Vows to Revive Protections for Voters

Shoes or Poll Tax? AFL-CIO Vows to Revive Protections for Voters
Arlene Holt Baker, the Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO, said of yesterday's decision to strike down the Voting Rights Act: "We have gone backward. The decision has placed a stamp of approval on barriers to justice." So what can now be done to move the freedom of democracy back in the right direction?
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Arlene Holt Baker
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Detroit's Retired City Workers at Risk as Bondholders Demand Repayment

Detroit's Retired City Workers at Risk as Bondholders Demand Repayment
With Detroit’s finances looking increasingly dire, the city’s creditors are beginning to face off with one another, each trying to minimize their losses. The city’s pension fund, which supports retired city workers, has found itself in direct conflict with a formidable opponent, the bondholders, individuals and institutions that gave the city money in order to enjoy the interest on the loan.
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High-Tech Sector's Low-Wage Strategy is a Poor Immigration Solution

High-Tech Sector's Low-Wage Strategy is a Poor Immigration Solution
When Microsoft, Oracle, Facebook and the other big-time cyber giants say they need to import more foreign high-tech workers — and then put on a full-scale lobbying assault to up the number of H-1B visas allowed in the immigration reform bill now under consideration — what are they really after?
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Trans-Pacific Partnership More Likely to Create 'Disaster Scenario' Than Positive Economic Impact

Lost in this election’s never-ending barrage of meme unworthy misquotes and rehashed social issue talking points is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement that looks to shape the future of business in burgeoning Asian markets. It has been mentioned exactly zero times by the Presidential candidates as far as we can tell, but if/when it is secretly approved it will become the most significant foreign and domestic policy initiative to come out of the Obama administration.
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Labor Must Counter Balance Corporate Power

On this Labor Day organized labor is more threatened than at any time in my life.  Blamed for our economic ills stupid people forget it was Wall Street and Organized Capital that collapsed the economy driven by greed and short minded selfishness.
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