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MI State Rep Says Detroit Put Itself 'In This Position,' Needs to Get Itself Out

MI State Rep Says Detroit Put Itself 'In This Position,' Needs to Get Itself Out
Michigan State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, is leading the GOP echo chamber pushing to let Detroit drown in its debt, rather than help out at the statewide level. "It wasn't the taxpayers of Michigan that put Detroit in this position," MacMaster said, "it was Detroit's inability to administer their funds properly."
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MD Judge Rules County Can Ignore Bargaining Agreement, Quotes ‘House of Cards’ in Defense

MD Judge Rules County Can Ignore Bargaining Agreement, Quotes ‘House of Cards’ in Defense
In a decision that could set a dangerous legal precedent on the future of collective bargaining (and the good faith that negotiating requires), Maryland's high court ruled that a county council did not need to abide by the contract ironed out in 2011. And then, because that's not absurd enough, the judge went on to quote "House of Cards" in a moment of Francis Underwood-sized egomania.
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Chaz Bolte
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California Considers Bill to Protect Temp Workers

California Considers Bill to Protect Temp Workers
California could become one of the first states in the nation to hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations by their subcontractors and temp agencies if a bill proposed Friday becomes law. The bill tackles the longstanding complaint of labor leaders that companies can often shirk responsibility for the abuse of workers by hiring them through agencies or contracting with smaller firms.
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Michael Grabell
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Tower of Power: New Radio Program Is the 'Voice of Working Men and Women' in KY

Tower of Power: New Radio Program Is the 'Voice of Working Men and Women' in KY
The country's only nationally-syndicated labor radio program, "The Union Edge" is growing its reach and its listeners, all in an effort to prove that unions aren't yet dead. As long as there are workers and those who wish to take away their rights, host Charles Showalter will strive to be the "voice of working men and women."
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KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws

KY Dems Defeat Latest Round of GOP Efforts to Gut Prevailing Wages and Institute Right-to-Work Laws
A committee in the Democratic-majority Kentucky House of Representatives voted down Republican proposals to make Kentucky a right-to-work state and to exempt school construction projects from the state’s prevailing wage laws.
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Debunked: Myth that Increasing Minimum Wage Hurts Business

Debunked: Myth that Increasing Minimum Wage Hurts Business
Sam Seder talks with a listener to debunk more of the anti-minimum wage increase myths floating around right-wing circles.
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Limited Wage Hike for Federal Workers Draws Praise, Disdain and Cautious Optimism

Limited Wage Hike for Federal Workers Draws Praise, Disdain and Cautious Optimism
President Barack Obama's plan to raise the minimum wage for federally contracted workers is winning praise from unions and labor activists, but it could take a year or more before any hikes take place and the impact may not be as widespread as some advocates had hoped.
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Sam Hananel
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Good News and Bad for Unions in New Labor Statistics Report

Good News and Bad for Unions in New Labor Statistics Report
Union membership held steady in a new Bureau of Labor Statistics report, good news for demographic long in decline. Increases in the private sector were offset by troubling losses in government unions, though, as statehouses and the feds shed jobs in the name of deficit reduction.
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Former Labor Secretary: Fear of Losing Jobs Keeps People Voting Against Their Own Job Safety

Former Labor Secretary: Fear of Losing Jobs Keeps People Voting Against Their Own Job Safety
Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees eager to accept whatever job they can get. They are also also unwilling to demand healthy and safe environments.
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Robert Reich
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Light at the End of the Tunnel? First of Two Unions Approve BART Contract

Light at the End of the Tunnel? First of Two Unions Approve BART Contract
After months of tense negotiations and labor actions, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 has voted to accept a revised contract from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The other union involved, SEIU Local 1021, will vote on the contract on January 13th. Both unions originally agreed to the contracts on November 1st, 2013, only to have BART reneg claiming they did not approve of a provision dealing with family sick leave.
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Chaz Bolte
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