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Michigan Republicans Pass 'Right to Work' for Less Bills Without Hearings or Input from Residents

Michigan Republicans Pass 'Right to Work' for Less Legislation Without Hearings or Input from Residents

Chris Savage is a Michigan-based political writer and owner of Eclectablog. You also can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and President Barack Obama spoke out against "right to work" for less legislation yesterday. These types of laws reduce wages and benefits for working families.  

Two days ago, I reported that Michigan Republicans, along with Gov. Rick Snyder, were planning on making Michigan the nation’s 24th “right to work” for Less (RTWFL) state by the end of the year. The timetable was, apparently, far more aggressive than that. The very next day after Snyder announced RTWFL was “on the table,” he held a joint press conference with House Speaker Jase Bolger and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville saying that he was asking for the legislation to be passed and that he would sign it into law.

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Flight Attendants Honored for Battle Against Workplace Sex Discrimination

Photos via Aviationexplorer.com

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) was honored for its “pioneering role” in fighting sex discrimination in the workplace at a ceremony this week marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Chicago event was part of a yearlong series of events by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission celebrating the landmark civil rights law.

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Time Magazine Attacks Teachers

Time Magazine Attacks Teachers

The cover of Time magazine's forthcoming Nov. 3 issue shows a pretty significant misunderstanding of an important issue when it attacks teachers, blaming them for the problems in America's schools. The cover is featured already on Time's website, and soon it will be in every supermarket checkout line and newsstand in the country. AFT is calling the magazine to task for the cover and has launched a petition demanding that Time apologize for the cover.

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FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

FairPoint Workers Receive Boost from Shuler

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined striking FairPoint Communications workers Wednesday on picket lines in Portland and Brewer, Maine. She called FairPoint’s demands for massive concessions “economic inequality in action. It’s a classic case of Wall Street and the richest 1% stomping on the rest of us.”

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AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO's Gebre Inspires Immigrant Voters in Denver

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined community leaders and immigrant voters in Denver on Wednesday to remind workers of the importance of voting in this year's elections. Gebre, the labor federation's first immigrant executive officer, visited Colorado as part of an action to encourage immigrant voters and workers to support working family candidates.

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What Drives You?

You’re the kind of person who votes, and this year, your voice at the polls is more crucial than ever.
 
What issue is driving YOU to the polls this year?
 
Text VOTE to 235246 for important election updates.

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1,000 Texas Workers Vote to Join IAM

A member of the Red River Army Depot workforce completes electronic work for the HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck). Army Material Command photo

Some 1,000 mechanics, technicians and maintenance personnel employed by URS at the Red River Army Depot near Texarkana, Texas, voted this week to join the Machinists (IAM). The workers voted by 61% for IAM representation in a daylong election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

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AFGE Files Suit to Stop USDA’s ‘Filthy’ Poultry Inspection Rule

AFGE members protest USDA's poultry inspection rule. AFGEphoto

AFGE filed suit Monday to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA's) new poultry inspection rule that replaces 25% of the current USDA-trained food safety inspectors with poultry company employees and speeds up the processing lines by 400%. AFGE President J. David Cox said:

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families’ news we're reading today (after the jump).

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APALA Celebrates the Life of Pioneer Sumi Haru

Last week, we lost a trailblazer who helped paved the way for diversity in her industry and helped expand the role of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the labor movement.  Sumi Haru was a co-founder of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and a key member of SAG-AFTRA whose impact was felt well beyond the labor movement and the film industry she worked in.

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For the Third Year in a Row, Connecticut Candidate for Governor, Tom Foley, Paid No Taxes

Photo courtesy the Valley Independent Sentinel

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley (R-Conn.) had an effective tax rate in 2013 of $0, the third year in a row the millionaire hasn't paid taxes.  In 2010, the investor spent $11 million of his own fortune in a failed attempt to defeat Dannel Malloy for governor of Connecticut, and Foley is trying again this year.  On Friday, he showed reporters summaries of his most recent tax returns, showing that after adjustments, his tax rate in 2013 was 0%, as it was in 2011 and 2012.

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