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Maryland Passes Responsible Contracting Law

Maryland Passes Responsible Contracting Law

Yesterday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed a bill that protects taxpayers by prohibiting private contractors who have broken the law from obtaining contracts with the state. SB 669 would prevent companies from signing contracts with the state if they have been convicted of a variety of offenses, including tax evasion, conspiracy to defraud the federal government, or willful violation of state prevailing and living wage rates, state wage and hour laws or state occupational safety and health laws.

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In the States Roundup for March 18

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Here's a look at some of the recent key battles in the states.

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Momentum Builds in D.C. Area for a Minimum Wage Increase

When Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray (D) recently vetoed the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would've required big-box stores like Walmart to pay their workers living wages, his veto message explicitly called for a raise in the minimum wage for all District of Columbia residents. D.C. Council members Vincent OrangeYvette Alexander and Chair Phil Mendelson also have called for an increase in the local wage. The current minimum wage in the district is $8.25, except for tipped workers, whose minimum wage is $2.77.

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7 Important Labor Stories You Might've Missed While You Were at the AFL-CIO National Convention

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While many of the country's most active working family advocates were in Los Angeles for the AFL-CIO national convention, the rest of the country continued to operate, with legislation, elections and judicial decisions of significant importance continuing to move forward. Here are eight stories you might have missed while the media's attention was focused on the convention.

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In the States Roundup for May 8

Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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Voting Rights Legislation Advancing in the States

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Despite a slate of state legislation attacking the rights of voters, a number of states are advancing legislation that would enhance the ability of U.S. citizens to exercise their right to choose their representatives. Among the most likely advances in voting rights in the states:

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Workers and Their Unions Key to Economic Turnaround, Election Outcome

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Columbia University Professor Dorian Warren both say the best way to solve the nation’s economic crisis is to grow the middle class rather than allowing wealth to concentrate in fewer and fewer hands. Unions, they say, will play a vital role politically and economically in building a strong middle class.

O'Malley and Warren spoke on a conference call with reporters Friday to counter recent attacks by Republican lawmakers on workers and their unions.

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Maryland Workers Blast Cuts to Education, Health and Retirement

Some 15,000 Maryland teachers, government workers and other public employees rallied and marched in Annapolis last night to protect public school funding and workers’ health and retirement security. Bills before the state legislature call for big cutbacks in all three.

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Solidarity in Action: Check Out This New Video

Check out this great video from our team here that pulls together some of the many moments of people power in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where governors and state legislatures are trying to take away the right of public employees to bargain for good middle-class jobs. It gives a glimpse of the huge outpouring of nationwide support and solidarity for workers under siege by lawmakers who are bought and paid for by billionaire CEOs like the Koch brothers.

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‘No Room for Anti-Worker Effort in Maryland’

Working people from across Maryland rallied yesterday at the state capital in Annapolis to show solidarity with public employees in Wisconsin who are fighting a plan to deprive workers of the freedom to bargain for a decent living. The rally was organized by the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO.

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