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State Battles Roundup

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In many states, legislative sessions have ended recently or are about to end and local governments are often active year-round. This means tons of legislation, both good and bad, is moving, providing opportunities for working families and their allies to pass laws that will help make people's lives easier or stop laws that will make things worse. Here is a look at some of the key state battles that recently have passed or could be on the agenda this week or next.

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Fast-Tracking Fast Track: Winners and Losers of the Week

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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 persons 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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How Many Paychecks Are You Missing?

How Many Paychecks Are You Missing?

If you need proof that America has a problem with wage theft, look no further than the AMC Loews movie theater in downtown Boston. Several years ago, six janitors contracted to work at the theater hadn’t been paid for their work in months. When they finally spoke up, the contracting company fired them all.

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Massachusetts Set to Expand Voting Rights

Picture courtesy WEBN-TV

The commonwealth of Massachusetts is joining a national trend to expand voting rights. While some states are moving in the other direction, more states expanded voting rights in 2013 than contracted them; and the trend is likely to continue in 2014. First up, the Massachusetts Senate passed a bill, H. 3788, that significantly expands the voting rights of residents. The bill passed by a 37–1 vote. It is similar to a House bi–ll that passed 141–10 last year. A conference committee will have to mend the differences between the two bills, but with the overwhelming majorities that passed it in each house and strong vocal support from Gov. Deval Patrick (D), the bill seems likely to become law.

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LIUNA 223 Leader Martin Walsh Wins Top Spot in Boston Mayoral Preliminary

Photo by Rosa Blumenfeld at the Greater Boston Labor Council

After 20 years, longtime Boston mayor Tom Menino is stepping down. And after Tuesday, the people of Boston are one step closer to electing a pro-labor champion to follow in his footsteps.

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Massachusetts AFL-CIO Applauds Election of Ed Markey to U.S. Senate

Massachusetts AFL-CIO Applauds Election of Ed Markey to U.S. Senate

Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven Tolman released the following statement following the election of Congressman Ed Markey to the U.S. Senate (see statement after the jump).

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Ed Markey, We Couldn't Have Said It Better

Last week's debate in the special Senate election in Massachusetts shows a sharp contrast in the positions of the two candidates hoping to replace new Secretary of State John Kerry. Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez differ greatly on the rights of government workers. Markey gave a spirited defense of the collective bargaining rights of first responders and others who work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 

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Working Families Rally for Paid Sick Leave at Boston Dunkin' Donuts

Photo courtesy Massachusetts Paid Leave Coalition

Activists rallied in front of the Beacon Street Dunkin' Donuts in Boston to build support for a bill in the state legislature that would require employers to give earned sick leave hours to their employees. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Dan Wolf and state Rep. Kay Khan and would ensure that workers get one hour of sick time for each 30 hours they work, up to a maximum of at least 40 hours a year, depending on the size of the company (smaller companies have some exemptions).

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Can't Miss Work Even if You Have the Flu? You're Not Alone

Can't Miss Work Even if You Have the Flu? You're Not Alone

Chances are everyone around you is sick. Not a pleasant thought, but recent reports show the flu season is one of the worst we've seen in a decade. Check out this Google map to see your risk factors for catching the flu in your state. 

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Open Letter to Building Trades About Mitt Romney’s Record as Governor of Massachusetts

Photo of Frank Callahan, courtesy of the Greater Boston Labor Council,

Frank Callahan, president of the Massachusetts Building Trades Council, sends us this open letter.

I am sure that many of you share my frustration at trying to sift through campaign commercials and talking points to find out where the candidates for president really stand on issues that are important to you. Part of the problem is Mitt Romney’s habit of changing his positions to suit his audience.

One thing he can’t change is his record. I had a front-row seat for Mitt Romney’s term as governor of Massachusetts. His positions and his actions on the issues that have a direct impact on building and construction trades workers were not good for our members.

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