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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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When 59 Children Died on Christmas Eve 1913, the World Cried with the Town of Calumet, Mich.

It was the night before Christmas in 1913 in Calumet, Mich., and disaster was about to hit for the 7,000 miners and their families who had been on strike against the C&H Copper Mining Co. since July.

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AFL-CIO Joins Broad Coalition to Fight for Affordable Medicines

AFL-CIO Joins Broad Coalition to Fight for Affordable Medicines

Yesterday, the AFL-CIO’s own Thea Lee joined AARPDoctors Without BordersOxfam America and the Generic Pharmaceutical Association in urging President Obama to fix proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a trade and economic governance deal currently under negotiation—that could leave us all paying more for life-saving prescription medicines.

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Powerful Members of Congress Oppose Special 'Corporate Court' Rights for European Firms

Yesterday, five members of the powerful Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives (Reps. Bill Pascrell, Lloyd DoggettJohn LewisLinda Sánchez and Jim McDermott) stood up for working people by opposing the destructive “corporate courts” in the proposed trade and economic deal with Europe known as the “TTIP.”

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USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

USW Welcomes Napoleón Gómez to Pittsburgh

The United Steelworkers (USW) extended a warm welcome to Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, president and general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal and Steelworkers of Mexico (Los Mineros), as he visited Pittsburgh last week.

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7 Reasons Right to Work Is Wrong for Warren County, Ky. (and Everywhere Else)

7 Reasons Right to Work Is Wrong for Warren County, Ky. (and Everywhere Else)

In Warren County, Ky., a fiscal court has given preliminary approval to a local "right to work" for less ordinance. The measure is worded as to prevent any worker covered by the National Labor Relations Act from being required to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. Since it is already illegal in the United States to require workers to join unions, the real focus of the measure is to weaken workers in negotiations with employers for decent wages and benefits. Instead of passing illegal ordinances that are a big waste of time and resources for the county, those efforts should be spent in other ways like focusing on raising wages for Warren County residents. 

If you're in Kentucky, call the fiscal court today and tell them you oppose the right to work ordinance: 1-855-721-3304

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What Is Kentucky's Bluegrass Institute?

Something stinks in Kentucky politics.  A "think" tank, supposedly with the interest of Kentuckians at heart, but funded by extreme out-of-state interests, is pushing policies that will hurt the state's working families.  Take a look at the Bluegrass Institute.

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Despite Projections, Little Improvement in Retirement Security Picture Since 2010

Despite Projections, Little Improvement in Retirement Security Picture Since 2010

Every three years, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College issues the National Retirement Risk Index, taking a look at the percentage of America's households that are at risk of seeing a decline in quality of life after retirement. In the recently released report for 2013, 52% of households were at risk, a marginal improvement from the 2010 rate of 53%. The result is surprising, considering the rise in the stock market over those three years and the beginning of a rebound in housing prices, two factors that are key in influencing the overall retirement security picture.

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10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

A new report, Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers, details 10 proposals that would help New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio achieve his goal to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050. In addition to achieving the desired emission reductions, if the city follows these proposals, it would not only make the city more resilient, but it also would create 40,000 jobs a year. The report was produced by the Alliance for a Greater New York, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, New York City Central Labor Council, Blue Green Alliance and the AFL-CIO.

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A Novel Idea—Let's Expand Social Security: Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy USDA on Flickr

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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NLRB Rules Employees Can Use Work Email for Organizing

Photo courtesy Phil Swansen on Flickr

Workers were given a potentially significant tool when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that employees can use work email accounts in union organizing activities, as long as they do it on their own time. The decision reversed a 2007 decision. Workers also are allowed to use work email to discuss wage and other workplace issues. The three Democrats on the board voted yes on the ruling, while the two Republicans abstained.

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