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Most Wisconsin Republican Senators Who Support Limiting Early Voting Rights Have Voted Early Themselves

In a stunning display of hypocrisy, 15 of the 17 Wisconsin state senators who voted to restrict early voting hours in Wisconsin have themselves voted early.  Senate Bill 324 would prohibit voters from casting their ballots early before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. on weekdays or at any time on weekends. The total number of hours that early voting ballots, which are submitted as absentee ballots, can be accepted under the legislation cannot exceed 45 hours a week.  

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Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy the Bay Area Bias on Flickr, cropped by AFL-CIO

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 people 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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What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

What We're Reading Today: Monday News Roundup

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

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What Would Happen if Wisconsin’s Walker Had Run Under His Anti-Union Election Rules?

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It looks like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who is still proud of himself for declaring holy war against Dairy State public employee unions, might be thinking about tossing his hat in the ring for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Because he seems to be at least mulling a “move up to the Oval Office, his undemocratic policies become an even greater threat to all American workers,” warns Joanne Ricca, who recently retired as Wisconsin State AFL-CIO legislative and research director.

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What Is the Scott Walker Administration Wrong About Now?

Photo via the Red Phoenix Files

In what amounts to either a stunning misunderstanding about how the judicial system works in the United States or a calculated ploy to try to undermine a legitimate court ruling, labor relations officials in Gov. Scott Walker's (R) administration in Wisconsin attempted to limit a ruling that rebuffed Walker's attack on the collective bargaining rights of school district and municipal workers to only two cities. Officials at the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) argued that Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas' 2012 ruling applied only to public workers in Milwaukee and teachers in Madison, since those were the original litigants.

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

Photo courtesy Bob Jagendorf

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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Political Action Must Maximize Workers’ Right to Organize, Bargain

Carwash worker in Los Angeles

The years-long assault on workers’ and voting rights at state and national levels by corporate special interests and their political allies means, says a resolution on political action approved this afternoon by delegates to the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention:

It is crucial that our political action maximize the potential for workers to organize and bargain collectively.

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Singing Deemed Illegal in the People’s Rotunda

Photo by Jenna Pope

“It’s like getting punched in the gut. It’s like you’re not even in America.”

The middle-aged man was just an onlooker, on his lunch hour in the Wisconsin Capitol rotunda. He’d been watching a crowd of 100 people singing when two police officers held up a powerful “long-range acoustic device” (also used to ward off pirates off the coast of Somalia) and the recorded voice of Capitol Police Chief David Erwin—Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) former bodyguard—echoed through the dome:

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Preview 'Citizen Koch' July 19 at the AFL-CIO, Then Help Get It on the Air

Preview 'Citizen Koch' July 19 at the AFL-CIO, Then Help Get It on the Air

Come check out a sneak preview of the documentary film "Citizen Koch" at a free screening at noon, Friday, July 19, at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

The film by Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin explores the impact that the unlimited campaign spending by wealthy donors like the Koch brothers and corporations that was unleashed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling had in the fight over workers’ rights in Wisconsin.

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Palermo's Pizza Workers March to Demand Meeting with Owners

Flickr photo by Susan Ruggles

Last week, 150 members of the Palermo Workers Union and their allies marched 18 miles from the Palermo's Pizza plant in Milwaukee to the Mequon, Wis., home of Palermo’s co-owner Angelo Fallucca to demand that he and his brother and co-owner, Giacomo, meet with them in their ongoing dispute over workers’ rights. A year ago, the Falluccas fired nearly 100 workers who were organizing to improve working conditions at the Palermo’s factory. More than 50 groups co-sponsored the March for a Slice of Justice.

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