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Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner “Actually Courting a Strike,” Onlookers Say

Illinois Holds Its Breath: Gov. Rauner “Actually Courting a Strike,” Onlookers Say
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s anti-union rhetoric and resolve will be tested in the leadup to June 30th, the date that a contract with 38,000 state employees expires and a statewide strike or lockout could ensue. Contentious negotiations between the Rauner administration and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have come to a near standstill, but the governor does not seem to mind. He intends to make good on his campaign promise to “accept a strike or lockout if that’s what it took to win concessions from state workers on their contract.” Democratic leaders and union representatives continue to attempt to negotiate, but Rauner is poised for a final showdown.
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CIA to Congress: Oops, Maybe We Did Spy on You a Little Bit

CIA to Congress: Oops, Maybe We Did Spy on You a Little Bit
The CIA admits that it actually did spy on Congress, hacking Senate Intelligence Committee files and filing a bogus report to the Justice Department.
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Los Angeles Workers Flood Streets Protesting Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs

Los Angeles Workers Flood Streets Protesting Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs
With their contracts expiring at midnight, city workers in Los Angeles flooded the streets around city hall in protest on Tuesday. They oppose predatory fees the city pays to Wall Street banks and believe that money should be redirected to improve city services.
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Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn

Many MN, MD, VT Home Care Workers Appear Undeterred by Harris v. Quinn
Home care workers in Minnesota, Maryland and Vermont fought long and hard for representative rights. So many of them are saying "pfft!" to the Supreme Court's anti-union Harris vs. Quinn decision.
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Unions Label NM Gov’s Right-to-Work Talk a 'Declaration of War'

Unions Label NM Gov’s Right-to-Work Talk a 'Declaration of War'
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has set her sights on the state's unions, saying at a real estate developers' convention that she would like to pass legislation forbidding unions from extracting dues from members' paychecks (a mainstay of so-called 'right-to-work' laws). Unions have called this "a declaration of war."
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