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Don’t Let USPS Hit ‘Easy Button’ to Privatization

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More than 200 Postal Workers (APWU) members and supporters demonstrated outside Staples stores in San Francisco and San Jose on Tuesday, challenging an arrangement between the company and the U.S. Postal Service that staffs “postal” counters in Staples stores with non-postal employees. The deal threatens good-paying union jobs and jeopardizes public post offices.

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Hey, Macklemore, Can We Go New Wireless Provider Shopping?

Hey, Macklemore, Can We Go New Wireless Provider Shopping?

Hey, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, can we talk for a minute? I love you guys. I think "The Heist" is one of the best albums of the past few years. I've sung three different songs of yours at karaoke and I'm practicing a fourth. I'm one of the people who knows that when you talk about Capitol Hill in your songs, you're not talking about D.C.

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Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Everybody knows about exorbitant hospital prices, but data compiled by National Nurses United (NNU) shows that many hospitals, especially the for-profit ones, are price gouging their patients. Many for-profit hospitals, according to NNU, actually charge patients more than 10 times what it costs to provide care.

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We're Losing to Australia on this Statistic

We're Losing to Australia on this Statistic

In the United States last year, the pay ratio of CEOs to the average worker was 354:1. That means CEOs in the U.S. on average are paid 354 times more than the average worker. In Australia, that ratio is 93:1

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Study: Foreign-Born Nurses Discriminated Against in the United States

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A new study published by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services finds that 40% of foreign-educated nurses working at U.S. hospitals say their wages, benefits or shift assignments are worse than those given to American colleagues. Foreign-educated nurses are recruited to fill nursing shortages in various parts of the country.

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New Song Tells the Story of Mine Workers Who Fought for Retiree Benefits at Patriot Coal

Phil Smith, director of communications for the Mine Workers (UMWA), sent us this music video this week by singer/songwriter Tom Breiding about the campaign to preserve jobs and health care benefits for miners and retirees of Patriot Coal.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial: No Loyalty to ALEC

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new editorial from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights the recent revelations about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its influence on state legislators. In particular, the editorial takes umbrage at a proposed loyalty oath for ALEC members that would have required them to place the extremist pro-corporate organization above the needs of constituents and the state and national constitutions.

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Internal Documents Show that ALEC Is Bleeding Members, Corporate Sponsors, and Money

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An article from the Guardian today revealed internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that show the conservative, pro-corporate organization is facing significant trouble, having seen sharp declines in membership, corporate sponsorship and income in recent months. The documents also show the organization, already known for supporting extreme policies that go against the wishes of the American public and attack the rights of working families, recently considered a number of even more extreme policies and is seeking to provide legal cover for its activities. Groups with the charitable legal status of 501(c)(3), which ALEC currently has, are forbidden from lobbying. ALEC claims it isn't engaged in lobbying, but documents show it has sought to create a 501(c)(4) spin-off organization that would not just allow it to engage more overtly in lobbying but, according to the documents, would provide cover for the activities it already engages in. Which it says totally aren't lobbying. Really.

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Lower Corporate Taxes = More Jobs, Right? Wrong!

Lower Corporate Taxes = More Jobs, Right? Wrong!

Corporations and their allies on Capitol Hill claim that if corporate tax rates were lowered, it would be a boon to the economy, with much of the tax savings fueling a U.S. job creation boom. The only problem with that theory is that there is no evidence to support it. In fact, a new study finds quite the opposite.

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Conviction in Workers’ Deaths Brings Up to 20 Years for Gunpowder Plant Owner

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Company owners and executives who violate federal workplace safety standards that result in serious worker injuries or death seldom face criminal charges and are even more infrequently convicted. But last week, the owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder plant, where two workers were killed in a 2010 explosion, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison on manslaughter charges.

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