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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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Conflict of Interest Rate: PBS Pension Program Funded by Anti-Retirement Billionaire

Conflict of Interest Rate: PBS Pension Program Funded by Anti-Retirement Billionaire
A libertarian-minded billionaire with ties to the pension industry backed a PBS-aired documentary about retirement. Surprise, surprise, the conclusions of the show matched right-wing ideology, claiming strong group and traditional pension models were bad for the individual.
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MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work

MO Newspaper: 'Right-to-Work' Would Ruin Apprenticeships, Lower Wages, Hamper Quality of Work
As the Missouri legislature prepares to battle over right-to-work legislation, the Springfield News-Leader reminds us in an op-ed how necessary apprenticeship programs are, and how they would essentially be cut out entirely if the right wing (and ALEC-written) law comes to pass. One of the many back door ways right-to-work guts unions.
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GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Who Wants to Cut Minimum Wage Owes Workers Near $4M in Back Pay

GOP Gubernatorial Hopeful Who Wants to Cut Minimum Wage Owes Workers Near $4M in Back Pay
A company Bruce Rauner, the GOP frontrunner in Illinois' gubernatorial race, once owned owes its employees $3.75 million in back pay. This comes on top of other scandals, one involving mistreatment at a Rauner-owned nursing home. Many Republicans remain undecided, and the more they learn about Rauner, the less they like him.
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Lobbying Supergroup Launching PR Campaign Against NY Scaffold Law, Worker Safety

Lobbying Supergroup Launching PR Campaign Against NY Scaffold Law, Worker Safety
The New York Scaffold Law, in place since 1885, protects workers in cases of construction falls. But a lobbying supergroup has announced it will begin an advertising blitz against the law using misleading rhetoric to frame the debate as, among other things, one of lawyers against workers when in fact big contractor bottom lines are what they hope to protect.
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REPORT: Billion Dollar Government Contracts Going to Repeat Health and Safety Code Violators

REPORT: Billion Dollar Government Contracts Going to Repeat Health and Safety Code Violators
The Congressional Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a report showing that billions are given every year to federal contractors that have a history of wage and safety violations. Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the HELP Committee, urged government contractors to more heavily weigh those violations when granting federal contracts.
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Justice Thomas Will Violate Code of Conduct to Headline Conservative Fundraiser

Justice Thomas Will Violate Code of Conduct to Headline Conservative Fundraiser
Justice Clarence Thomas will headline a black tie fundraising dinner tomorrow evening for The Federalist Society, which describes itself as “a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.” Its purpose includes “reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.”
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Trek CEO Mary Burke Announces Candidacy for WI Gov; GOP Promptly Purchases MaryBurke.com

Trek CEO Mary Burke Announces Candidacy for WI Gov; GOP Promptly Purchases MaryBurke.com
The Democrats may have a formidable opponent to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the next election. But Mary Burke will have to overcome a well-oiled, Republican smear machine.
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A More Civil Union: Big Oil and Labor Learning to Get Along

A More Civil Union: Big Oil and Labor Learning to Get Along
Sitting down to eat barbecue at the Pipefitters Local 211 union hall in Houston, American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard may have looked out of place. However, with as many as 500,000 new jobs to find workers for in the Gulf Coast region (by the year 2020), the expectation that big company management and labor will forever be at odds is getting called into question.
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Business Lobby Coalition Bands Together to Thwart Regulation of Deadly Silica Dust

Business Lobby Coalition Bands Together to Thwart Regulation of Deadly Silica Dust
A group of 11 building and contracting associations have come together to further delay OSHA’s Silica Dust Regulations. Their motivation? The bottom line, of course.
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