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AL Gov on Looting Education Budget for Corporate Welfare: 'Eat What You Kill'

AL Gov on Looting Education Budget for Corporate Welfare: 'Eat What You Kill'
It may read like satire — but unfortunately, it is not. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling for a special Legislative session to divert money from the state's Education Trust Fund to pay for corporate welfare. Because if corporations are people and children are just little people, than this is all the same thing. Right?
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Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death

Sweet Move: Sugar Plant Removed Safety Device 13 Days Before Temp Worker’s Death
The temporary staffing business has been one of the fastest growing industries since the recession. It now employs a record 2.9 million people in the U.S. But the growth in blue-collar staffing has led to high injury rates and complaints about exploitation. Temps face a significantly greater risk of getting injured on the job than permanent employees. In Florida, for example, temps were about twice as likely as regular workers to suffer crushing injuries, dislocations, lacerations, fractures and punctures. Then there's the sugar plant in Pennsylvania.
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Michael Grabell
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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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Sen Rand Paul Says Caterpillar Deserves 'an Award' for Dodging $2.4B in Taxes

Sen Rand Paul Says Caterpillar Deserves 'an Award' for Dodging $2.4B in Taxes
Testifying before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, representatives of Caterpillar, Inc. answered questions pertaining to a report that suggests the industrial giant has dodged $2.4 billion in taxes over the past decade. Amazingly, the investigation’s discoveries split the subcommittee along partisan lines. Democrats disapproved of the exploitation of tax havens while Republicans applauded the company for its diligence. Even more amazing, Sen. Rand Paul had the day's best quote.
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Chaz Bolte
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Christians and Muslims Launch Multi-Million Dollar Anti-Slavery Campaign

Christians and Muslims Launch Multi-Million Dollar Anti-Slavery Campaign
Christians and Muslims have joined to try to help free millions of men, women and children held in modern-day slavery, forced to work as maids, prostitutes, child soldiers and manual laborers. The Global Freedom Network launched Monday at the Vatican aims to eradicate slavery by encouraging governments, businesses, educational and faith institutions to rid their supply chains of slave labor.
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Nicole Winfield
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Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland

Relationship Between Ford, UAW Results in Shift of Production from Mexico to Cleveland
The Ford motor company has announced that it will officially move production of a new series of commercial trucks from a plant in Mexico to a plant near Cleveland, OH. Ford agreed to bring the jobs home during its contract negotiations with the UAW in 2011. To prepare for the manufacturing of these new trucks, Ford will pay $168 million to retrofit the plant.
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A Bug in the Free Market Ointment: Conservatives Fight VW Factory's Right to Work with Unions

A Bug in the Free Market Ointment: Conservatives Fight VW Factory's Right to Work with Unions
The New York Times has a piece about a fascinating development in Tennessee, where management in a privately owned auto company, a VW plant in Chattanooga, appears to be working cooperatively with the UAW to organize the plant. The wrinkle is that “outside agitators” are trying to block the union, which is pitting them against both sides — union and management, since the latter thinks organizing the workforce would be helpful.
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Jared Bernstein
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Manufacturing Plant in Omaha Collapses, Kills 2 Workers

Manufacturing Plant in Omaha Collapses, Kills 2 Workers
After a blast caused much of an Omaha manufacturing plant to collapse, some workers found themselves buried in debris and others scrambled for their lives. Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said.
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Josh Funk
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GM Announces $1.3B in Midwest Factory Upgrades, Further Proves Bailout's Necessity

GM Announces $1.3B in Midwest Factory Upgrades, Further Proves Bailout's Necessity
Despite claims that bailing out General Motors in 2009 would turn the United States into a communist country, new evidence shows that the action was a necessary one. Earlier this week, General Motors announced plans to spend $1.3 billion to upgrade five factories in the Midwest.
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Kills Already Ailing US Manufacturing, Say Labor Leaders

Trans-Pacific Partnership Kills Already Ailing US Manufacturing, Say Labor Leaders
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, if ratified, would decimate the already struggling US manufacturing sector said labor leaders in a conference call Thursday. The track record of these trade agreements, from NAFTA to AUSFTA, have proven every time a new one happens, US manufacturing jobs pour out of the country.
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