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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

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

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

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

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What We’re Reading Today: Thursday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Thursday 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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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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Wisconsin Gov. Walker Compares Himself to FDR? 'Laughably Delusional,' says Phil Neuenfeldt

Wisconsin Gov. Walker Compares Himself to FDR? 'Laughably Delusional,' says Phil Neuenfeldt

In case you missed it, Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) recently compared himself to Franklin Delano Roosevelt (?!) and left the door open to expanding Act 10 [a law that limits most collective bargaining powers for most public employees] for police and firefighters. While Gov. Walker gears up for his spotlight at the National Governors Association, Wisconsin workers are still feeling the lasting impacts of a struggling economy.

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Walker’s Greek Tragedy for Wisconsin

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AFSCME President Lee Saunders finds some dangerous parallels between the crushing austerity measures that have “left the Greek economy dangling on a ledge, threatening to prolong the recession and sending unemployment skyrocketing,” and Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) economic prescription for Wisconsin. In a column at The Huffington Post, Saunders writes:

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New Video Series: Unions Make the Middle Class

After 45 years of driving a cab in New York City, Beresford Simmons says the emergence of the National Taxi Workers Alliance in the past few years is helping his family and those of other drivers reach the middle class.

Simmons’ story is one of three illustrating that unions make the middle class strong, giving workers a voice in our economy, portrayed in a trio of new videos by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

 

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