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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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Nabisco Worker Michael Smith Shares His Story: 'I Am Not a Number, a Statistic, I'm a Man'

Michael Smith, BCTGM member

My name is Michael J. Smith . I am an American worker and, up until March 23, I worked at the Nabisco bakery located on the South Side of Chicago. I worked there nearly five years, and I am unemployed today because Mondelēz International/Nabisco sent my job and 600 others to Mexico where workers earn in one week what I made in several hours.

My wife and I live in Tinley Park, and we have four children and five grandchildren. We attend the apostolic church where I teach Sunday school. I believe in America and am proud to live in America.

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Three Points About the Republican Convention and the Fate of American Democracy

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Working people in unions are uniquely positioned to demand and defend democracy—government by all the people. Working people know that only in a democracy do we have a chance to be heard.

And so today, after the end of the Republican National Convention, what should people in unions, who above all care about the health of our democracy, make of this spectacle?

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Just Remember How Donald Trump Treats Working People

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Donald Trump will speak later tonight at the close of the Republican National Convention and, in case you missed it, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took to Twitter today to remind everyone about Trump's troubled record with working people (after the jump). 

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Six Years After Dodd–Frank, a Lot of What Occurs on Wall Street Is Nothing More Than Gambling

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Six years ago this week, hundreds of people gathered in Washington to watch President Barack Obama sign into law the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. On that day there was a hope that its passage marked the beginning of a new phase in Washington’s approach to Wall Street regulation.

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Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Ed's Story

Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Ed's Story

"I am happy that trade issues are getting so much attention in this election," said steelworker Ed Rico in Cleveland this week. "It is a critical issue for places like Lorain, like Cleveland or any place else where we make things. It is on us, however, to be sure we separate fact from fiction when it comes to candidates’ claims and promises. And on trade matters, it is clear who stands with us and who has been part of the problem."

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Winners and Losers of the Week

Winners and Losers of the Week

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Wanda's Story

Cleveland's Working People Speak Out Against Trump: Wanda's Story

"Trump tries to talk a good game about trade policy, but how is someone like me supposed to believe a word he says when his own business practices threaten my well-being and that of my co-workers?" said union member Wanda Navarro in Cleveland this week, in advance of the Republican National Convention. "I hear what he says on the need for fair trade, then I look at what he does and it just doesn’t make any sense." 

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Working Families Respond to Baton Rouge Shooting

Working Families Respond to Baton Rouge Shooting

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released  the following statement  in response to the shooting of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Rep. Kurt Schrader, Don’t Take Overtime Protections from Working People

Rep. Kurt Schrader, Don’t Take Overtime Protections from Working People

A little more than a year ago, President Barack Obama called on the Department of Labor to implement a new overtime protection rule. Hundreds of thousands of Americans spoke up, and we were able to get the rule passed.

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Iron Mike Kilbane Welcomes RNC to Cleveland; Has Strong Words for Trump

Iron Mike Kilbane Welcomes RNC to Cleveland; Has Strong Words for Trump

In Cleveland yesterday, working people joined U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland to talk about important issues like trade policy, infrastructure investment and union-busting and how the top Republican candidates measure up on these important issues. Local workers like Michael "Iron Mike" Kilbane, a member of Ironworkers Local 17, shared their stories. 

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