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Pa. County Commissioners’ Group Withdraws Paycheck Deception Resolution

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Pennsylvania working families and their allies took a big step last week in their fight to stop paycheck deception legislation. Following a statewide mobilization aimed at county commissioners, one of the most influential groups supporting the anti-union bill backed off, significantly slowing momentum for the legislation.

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On Minimum Wage, DeMint Won’t Debate

On Minimum Wage, DeMint Won’t Debate

There could be all kinds of reasons that Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint has declined an invitation from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka to join him in a public forum on raising the minimum wage. Here’s what Trumka wrote in a letter to DeMint on March 11.

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What We’re Reading Today: Friday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Friday News Roundup

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

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Executive Council Calls for Strong Voting Rights Act Repair, Salutes VW Workers, Moves to Increase Young Workers’ Voices

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In statements adopted Wednesday at its annual winter meeting in Houston, the AFL-CIO Executive Council:

  • Called for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act that the U.S. Supreme Court weakened in a 2013 decision;
  • Vowed its continued support for Tennessee Volkswagen workers and condemned the actions of extremist politicians and outside groups in the recent union election; and
  • Set steps to involve more young workers in all levels of the AFL-CIO.   

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Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote

Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote

After unprecedented interference from politicians and out-of-state extremists like Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers, workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted 712–626 against representation by the UAW that would have led to the establishment of a works council, the first such model of labor-management relations in the United States.

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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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12 Ways the State Policy Network Could Assault the Rights of Working Families in 2014

12 Ways the State Policy Network Could Assault the Rights of Working Families in 2014

A new article from the Guardian reveals that the State Policy Network (SPN) is planning a significant assault on the rights of working families in 2014 state legislative sessions. Through the Searle Freedom Trust, a foundation it created in 2011, SPN plans to offer sizable grants to supposedly independent, non-partisan think tanks in the states. SPN collected 40 grant proposals from these think tanks and will grant funding through Searle to 20 of them. The proposals are for numerous extreme right-wing policy options, very similar to those proposed by groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the think tanks already receive funding from the typical extremist anti-working family funders like the Koch brothers.

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Something Smells. The Latest 'Stink' Tank Network Brought to You by the Koch Brothers

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"Independent," "nonpartisan"...don't make us laugh. You may have heard of the State Policy Network (SPN) think-tank groups, but did you know SPN and its state affiliates are major drivers of the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC's) anti-working families agenda? According to a new in-depth investigation by the Center for Media and Democracy and Progress Now, SPN not only drives ALEC's corporate agenda but also has deep ties to the Koch brothers and a national right-wing network of funders. 

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FPPC Levies Record Fines Against Dark Money Group

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission today sent a strong message to shadowy out-of-state special-interest groups and donors trying to influence our state’s elections by levying record fines for contributions to committees that supported Prop. 32 and opposed Prop. 30.

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Kochs Give Up Bid to Buy Los Angeles Times

Kochs Give Up Bid to Buy Los Angeles Times

Right-wing, extremist billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch have ended their pursuit of the Los Angeles Times and other Tribune Co. newspapers after months of protests by community groups, journalists and other free press advocates.

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