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Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic

Gallup Poll Finds Big Upswing in Union Support; Women, Young People Most Enthusiastic
A recent Gallup poll shows that America’s support for labor unions has jumped 5 percent in the past year, bringing it to 58 percent. This is the highest such figure since 2008 when 59 percent approved. The poll was conducted between August 5th and 9th and is part of Gallup’s annual Work and Education survey. The numbers show an improving image of unions which had reached an all-time low in 2009 after the government bailout of the big three auto companies.
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The Doomed Right To Work Dodge

Proponents of local right to work ordinances claim polls show most Kentuckians are pro-right to work.
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Mitch McConnell's Vision for a More Impotent Union

Mitch McConnell's Vision for a More Impotent Union
Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republican Party know all too well that a union vote tends to be a vote for the Dems. There's a reason why they use divisive issues like guns and religion to pry precious union votes from the other side of the aisle (66 percent of union members voted for Obama in 2012). It would also be fine if union members just stayed home on election day. However, if they do, this may be the last election that there's even a union for them to identify with.
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Senator Lamar Alexander: OMG LOL WTF NLRB

Senator Lamar Alexander: OMG LOL WTF NLRB
A plan proposed by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander to change the makeup of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would “effectively cripple the agency” according to its opponents. Alexander, a champion of anti-union, right-wing extremism, is suggesting the board add a sixth member and have three members from each party. This, he comically insists, would “require both sides to find a middle ground.” Unfortunately, given the gridlock in Washington, such a plan would produce a perpetual stalemate.
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Now That Your Labor Movement Won Three Day Weekend Is Over, See What Else You Should Thank Unions For

 Now That Your Labor Movement Won Three Day Weekend Is Over, See What Else You Should Thank Unions For
We've always had labor in this country: free laborers, indentured servants and slave labor. But it wasn't until 1894, that Congress made the first Monday in September the official Labor Day holiday. Although now, in most communities, it's mainly just another day off — or excuse to shop the sales — people used to take Labor Day pretty seriously and with good reason.
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An Imperfect Union: MI Teachers Weigh Opting Out Under New Right-to-Work Law

An Imperfect Union: MI Teachers Weigh Opting Out Under New Right-to-Work Law
Organized labor and pro-business groups are waging an intense lobbying campaign directed at school teachers who are deciding this month whether to remain in their union, in the first real test of the state's new right-to-work law. Many of the 112,000 active educators and school workers in the Michigan Education Association can now leave the union and stop paying fees under the law that took effect last year.
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David Eggert
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From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions

From the Front Lines of Michigan’s Totally Failed Attempt to Get People to Hate Unions
The right-to-work push in Michigan looks like it may have backfired, or at the very least changed absolutely nothing. Union representation has essentially remained the same (actually increasing by a modest 4,000), even after heavy PR campaigns designed to discredit the labor movement.
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Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds

Anti-Union Construction Lobby Slammed for Wanting Workplace Violations Kept from the Feds
The Association of Builders and Contractors (a lobbying group for business OWNERS, not actually the CONSTRUCTION WORKERS themselves) is contemplating a legal suit against President Obama's executive order forbidding chronic workplace regulation violators from obtaining federal contracts.
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With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules 'Right-to-Work' Unconstitutional

With One Case Before State Supreme Court, 2nd IN Judge Rules 'Right-to-Work' Unconstitutional
An Indiana Judge has ruled that the state’s “Right-to-Work” law is unconstitutional, the second such blow to the legislation since its passage in 2012. Following the decision, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said he would ask for a stay to prevent the decision from immediately taking effect. He also argued that the law’s fate is still truly in the hands of the state Supreme Court.
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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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