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'Give America a Raise' Bus Tour Rolls into Pennsylvania

'Give America a Raise' Bus Tour Rolls into Pennsylvania

The "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour, organized by Americans United for Change and a coalition of allies, including the AFL-CIO, isstopping in Pennsylvania this week in Wyomissing, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to continue spreading the message about the need to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is one of the speakers this week at the rally in Philadelphia. The overwhelming majority of Pennsylvanians, 70% in a recent Quinnipiac poll, support raising the wage, but many of the state's members of Congress are extremists who vote with the tea party often enough, according to Americans United for Change, that more pressure needs to be put on them to do the right thing.

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Struck Down: Judge Rules Pa. Voter ID Law Unconstitutional

Struck Down: Judge Rules Pa. Voter ID Law Unconstitutional

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that the state’s voter ID law the Republican legislature rammed through and Gov. Tom Corbett (R) signed into law before the 2012 elections is unconstitutional and “unreasonably burdens the right to vote.”

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How FirstEnergy CEO Is a ‘Poster Child for What Is Wrong in Our Country Today'

FirstEnergy Corp.’s lockout of 150 utility workers in central Pennsylvania has stirred up a hornet’s nest that CEO Anthony Alexander already regrets. 

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Eric Cantor’s Philadelphia Faux Pas

Photo via Philadelphia Federation of Teachers

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was in Philadelphia on Monday to promote the expansion of charter schools, vouchers and alternatives to public education. Touring select cities to spread the mantra of school "choice," Cantor made a couple of callous decisions when visiting the City of Brotherly Love. Rather than draw attention to the funding crisis facing Philadelphia’s public schools, he chose to ignore the plight of its 134,000 students. Cantor applauded the rise of charter schools, which have played a direct role in creating the school district’s current crisis.

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Yuengling Boss Supports 'Right to Work' for Less in Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy zizzybaloohbah

Dick Yuengling Jr., who runs the D.G. Yuengling and Son brewery out of Pottsville, Pa., says he supports a "right to work" for less law for his home state. He specifically says that such a policy would attract more businesses to the state. He also came out in favor of lowering taxes on businesses.

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Pa. Voter ID Court Case: 'We Know Injustice When We See It'

Photo courtesy of Zach Hause

Jake Long, chair of the Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council’s COPE committee and a baker by trade, does not spend most of his days in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court in Harrisburg, but it did not take him long to form an opinion of the proceedings surrounding the court’s review of the state's contested voter ID law.

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In the States Roundup for June 6

Rick Scott, photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

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

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Philadelphia Falls One Vote Short of Sick Days for Over 180,000 Workers

This is a cross-post from Working America's Main Street blog. 

With 12 votes needed, only 11 members of the Philadelphia City Council were willing to override Mayor Michael Nutter’s veto of the sick leave bill. For the second time in three years, corporate interests defeated a measure that would allow more than 180,000 Philadelphians to finally earn sick days.

“I’m very disappointed,” said city councilman Bill Greenlee, who tried but failed to get the 12 votes needed to override Mayor Nutter’s veto.  “I’m particularly disappointed for the 180,000 workers who could have had a benefit that other cities are providing.”

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NutterWatch Counts Down Days Mayor Has to Act on Earned Sick Days Bill

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Through its NutterWatch campaign, the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces has been counting down the days until Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) is required to act upon a new earned sick days bill, making the case that the legislation should be passed. Nutter has until April 4 to sign the bill or it will become law without his signature. If the law goes into effect, it would pave the way for 200,000 of the city's workers to have the opportunity to earn sick days at work.

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Working America: It’s Our Job to Tell Her She Can Still Take Gymnastics

A beat-up van pulls to a stop just up the road. A creaky screen door opens from the apartment at the end of the building. A young African American girl runs out toward the van, barely hanging onto a large gym bag that was obviously not meant for such a pint-sized carrier. The driver of the van, a middle-aged white man with glasses and a beard, throws the passenger door to the van open and the little girl tosses the bag onto the floor before climbing in. The apartment door, which had banged shut in the meantime, creaks open again as the girl’s mother waves goodbye.

“Be good. Have fun,” she tells her daughter.

“I’ll have her back by eight,” the driver replies, as the little girl shuts the van door and waves goodbye to her mom.

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