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7 Ways Pro-Worker Policies Help Everyone, Including Nonunion Workers and CEOs

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Despite business and Republican claims to the contrary, "right to work" for less laws hurt both workers and CEOs and prevailing wage laws reduce income inequality. A new report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the University of Illinois Labor Education Program takes a look at the differences between states that have "right to work" laws and states that don't and states with and without prevailing wage laws. The report gives both general statistics and focuses specifically on the construction industry. Here are the top seven ways pro-working family policies are shown to benefit workers or CEOs (after the jump).

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Mondays with ALEC: How ALEC Cuts Your Paycheck

Mondays with ALEC: How ALEC Cuts Your Paycheck

In the first of a regular Monday series, is highlighting the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its agenda on wages and income inequality. ALEC pursues an extreme corporate agenda in state legislators, directly attacking the rights of working families. In the recent decades the organization has been operating, they have had a lot of successes in rolling back the rights of Americans on a variety of issues. In the past few years, though, broad efforts have been made to push back against the ALEC agenda and while there have been a lot of victories, more work needs to be done. Raising awareness about the organization is a big part of that, and Mondays with ALEC is an effort toward that goal.

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Austin Passes Some Pretty Cool Laws for Construction Workers

Workers Defense Project

Several hundred construction workers in Austin, Texas—mostly immigrants—and their supporters from faith, union and community groups saw their months-long fight for respect and fair wages come to a successful conclusion when the Austin City Council last week passed an ordinance requiring employers on construction projects that receive city economic incentives pay prevailing wages, provide safety training and other worker protections.

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8 Ways That ALEC Is Targeting Working Families

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Information about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) working in secret to push state-level policy to more extreme levels is coming to light more and more and America's working families are starting to stand up to the group's corporate-driven agenda. While ALEC's agenda is all over the policy map, the organization has a particular focus on pushing new laws that attack working families and undercut the rights of workers, both in the workplace and in retirement.  Here are eight of the most dangerous and most widespread ways that ALEC is targeting workers and their right to a voice on the job.

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In the States Roundup for May 22

Photo of Gov. Jay Nixon, courtesy AFL-CIO

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

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In the States Roundup for Jan. 29

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

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Now That the Election Is Over, the Real Battles in the States Begin

Photo of Rick Snyder courtesy Michigan Municipal League

While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013.  The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.

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Rep. Steve King Measures Workers’ Worth in Soybeans

A HT to our friends at Media Matters for catching Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) comparing electricians, teachers and other workers to bushels of soybeans and corn.

King, in a House floor speech calling for the elimination of prevailing wage laws on federal Department of Homeland Security construction projects, argued that the Davis-Bacon Act is an intrusion on the free market and that workers were merely commodities whose worth fluctuates up and down, according to supply and demand—like a pound of pork.

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Attack on Middle-Class Jobs, Workers Is Nationwide

The incredible response and mobilizations against the coordinated attacks on workers’ rights and middle-class jobs in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana have grabbed most of the media spotlight during the past few weeks.

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New House ‘Workforce’ Committee Highlights Anti-Union Goals

Last week, we highlighted a move by House Republicans who are so incensed at the word “labor”—because some folks might complete the phrase with the word “union”—that they ripped out the word “labor” from the name of the House Education and Labor Committee.

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