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Revisions to Alabama’s HB 56 Are No Fix

Crowd rallies in Montgomery after reenacting 1965 march.

Despite promising a veto, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) on Friday signed into law revisions to the state’s notorious anti-immigrant measure HB 56. The new version (HB 658) maintains the worst of the original law’s provisions.

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Boeing Pilot Instructors Vote 4-to-1 to Join SPEEA

Fifty-nine pilot and flight simulator instructors at The Boeing Company voted by a 4-to-1 margin to join the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 in an election that was certified today.

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NLRB Issues Complaint Against Verizon Over Firings

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The National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) has taken action against Verizon for the firing and disciplining of its workers after a two-week strike last August. NLRB Region 2 has authorized the issuance of a complaint against Verizon for 58 of the 63 cases of unfair dismissal or discipline charges brought by the Communications Workers of America (CWA). 

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Safety Inspections Save Lives, Don’t Hurt Business

Safety Inspections Save Lives, Don’t Hurt Business

We’ve known this for decades and now the journal Science has empirical proof that workplace safety and health inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) save lives, reduce employers’ costs for workers’ compensation and do not have any negative economic effect on the inspected businesses.

The authors of the study—three professors from the University of California, Harvard Business School and Boston University—say they set out to answer a simple question: Do government regulations kill jobs—as business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Republican lawmakers claim—or protect the public?  

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ALEC Has Deep Ties, Big Money in Wisconsin Lawmakers and Governor

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A new report reveals the “extraordinary influence” the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has had in the Wisconsin legislature during the past 16 months—the same 16 months since Gov. Scott Walker (R) took power. The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), which released the report, says ALEC's influence:

undermines the rights of Wisconsin families while advancing the agenda of huge corporations.

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New Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Solar Cells

New Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Solar Cells

China has been dumping solar cells on the U.S. market at artificially low prices, the U.S. Commerce Department ruled today, imposing stiff new tariffs of about 31 percent on 60 Chinese firms to provide U.S. manufacturers a fair playing field.

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House Republicans Rebuff Nuclear Worker Safety

House Republicans have blocked efforts to maintain strong workplace health safety rules for workers at the nation’s nuclear weapons facilities. Republicans leaders rejected even a vote on an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill that would have preserved the current standards.They are pushing an extreme proposal to deregulate worker safety and allow employer self–regulation and self-oversight.

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Robin Hood, Nurses Set to Rally in Chicago

Tomorrow in Chicago, nurses from across the United States and U.S. and global activists will rally and call on world leaders to adopt a Robin Hood tax on financial speculation by banks and financial institution to create jobs and rebuild the economy that Wall Street broke. The Day of Action is sponsored by National Nurses United (NNU).

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Behind Locked Capitol Doors, Missouri Republicans Honor Limbaugh

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In an almost clandestine operation at the state Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri Republicans this week inducted radio hate-talk host Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians. The ceremony was closed to the public and, behind closed doors, guarded by Missouri Highway Patrol officers.

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House Vote on Violence Against Women Bill Hurts Native American Women

The House vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is not a bill the majority of Americans can support. It is a badly watered-down version that eliminates protections for millions of women, produced after intense lobbying by a coalition of social conservative groups upon Republican members of Congress.

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