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Colorado Set to Expand Voting Rights

In a major victory for the voters of Colorado, the state's legislature passed a bill that would greatly expand voting rights. The Senate has to pass a minor amendment before the legislation goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) for signature. The new law would implement same-day registration, automatically send mail-in ballots to every voter and create a statewide voter database to prevent fraud that would be updated in real-time.

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Mine Workers Square Off with Peabody Energy’s CEO

Mine Workers Square Off with Peabody Energy’s CEO

It was a great showdown Monday, April 29, under very tight security in Gillette, Wyo., with the Mine Workers (UMWA) members and Peabody Energy CEO Gregory Boyce. Five armed Campbell County police officers guarded entrances to the meeting. All UMWA proxy holders were admitted to the meeting room at Gillette College, while six environmental protesters were forced to sit in an "overflow" room, watching on closed-circuit TV.

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ALEC Not OK in Oklahoma

Not everything is OK in Oklahoma and as far as Sooner State working families are concerned, that includes the extremist and corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).  This afternoon hundreds of union and community activists will join the Fire Fighters (IAFF) for a rally and march in Oklahoma City to ALEC’s annual meeting at the city’s Cox Convention Center.

A live stream of the rally, which will include IAFF President Harold Schaitberger, will begin at 4 p.m. (CDT).  

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Sen. Warren Cosponsors Legislation to Repeal the Job-Killing Sequester

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is inviting supporters to become “citizen cosponsors” of the Job Preservation and Sequester Replacement Act, which would repeal the sequester’s across-the-board spending cuts and ask the wealthiest 2% and corporations to pay their fair share. Warren is cosponsoring the legislation with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's (D-R.I.). 

Sign the petition from Warren to stop the job-killing sequester here

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'Fix the Debt' Corporations Take at Least $953 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies

'Fix the Debt' Corporations Take at Least $953 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies

new report from the Institute for Policy Studies and Campaign for America's Future shows that the CEOs who run the 90 corporations in the '"Fix the Debt" coalition, which advocates for cuts to earned benefits like Social Security while reducing tax rates for, well, themselves, accept massive subsidies from the U.S. government. The amount they have taken in subsidies ranges from a possible low of $953 million to a possible high of $1.6 billion. The AFL-CIO's Executive PayWatch covers related issues.

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Vegas Taxi Drivers Victorious in 60-Day Strike

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Las Vegas taxi drivers represented by the Industrial, Technical and Professional Employees Union (ITPEU)/OPEIU Local 4873 won a new contract as a result of their 60-day strike at Yellow Checker Star Transportation. Drivers will receive a share of the metered fares, reinstatement of eligibility for a four-day/12-hours-a-day workweek, increases in annual bonuses and other benefits. The new contract was signed Thursday morning.

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Chicago Teachers Are Unified and Unionized at UNO

Chicago Teachers Are Unified and Unionized at UNO

The teachers and staff in one of Chicago’s largest charter school networks overwhelmingly voted to join the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (Chicago ACTS), an AFT affiliate. The more than 400 educators work at the 13 schools, with about 6,500 students, that are operated by the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO).

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