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100th Anniversary of Bread and Roses Strike— Was It the First Occupy?

Today in Lawrence, Mass., union members and their allies will gather at a historic mill building for a re-enactment of the historic Bread and Roses strike that moved the conscience of the nation, bringing national attention to the plight of the families, including young children, who toiled in the dirty and dangerous factories of Lawrence and throughout the country.

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Calif. Carwashes Agree to $1 Million Back Pay Settlement

Eight California carwashes agreed to a historic $1 million settlement with the state’s attorney general for routinely failing to pay minimum wage or overtime, creating false records of work hours and not paying money owed to employees who quit, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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NFL Players Urge Indiana to Vote ‘No’ on RTW

This just in from the Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Following the NFL Players Association statement on “right to work” Friday, six NFL players have sent letters to Indiana state representatives and senators denouncing the so-called “right to work” legislation.

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Oklahoma Workers Expose RTW Lies

In 2001, Oklahoma passed a so-called right to work (RTW) law and its backers made the exact claims Hoosiers are hearing today. RTW proponents painted a picture of a booming economy with huge job creation as companies would swoop into Oklahoma like the Boomer Sooners of the 1889 land rush. None of that ever materialized, two Oklahoma workers told an Indiana statehouse news conference this morning.

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Indiana Working People Rebut Daniels’ State of State

The Indiana State AFL-CIO sends us this report on the working people’s response to Gov. Mitch Daniels’ (R) State of the State address. Daniels and Republican lawmakers are ramming a right to work for less bill through the legislature. After yesterday’s state House committee vote passing RTW, Democratic lawmakers began another filibuster by leaving the state. 

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Republicans Douse ‘Light of Democracy’ and Ram Through RTW Bill

The Republican-controlled Indiana House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee muzzled Democrats and, in a five-minute “charade” of a hearing this morning, passed a so-called right to work (RTW) bill by an 8-5 vote.

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Daniels Protects Secret Donors Behind RTW Ads

Indiana’s airwaves are being saturated with ads featuring Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) promoting his “right to work” for less legislation that Republican lawmakers are trying to ram through the legislature. But Daniels continues to refuse to reveal who is bankrolling the media barrage.

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Chicago Nurses Overwhelming Vote for NNU

In a landslide (94-16) victory Friday, registered nurses at Chicago’s Jackson Park Hospital voted to join National Nurses United (NNU).

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Indiana Republicans Continue RTW Fast Track Attack

With several thousand Indiana workers inside and outside the statehouse, a state Senate committee this afternoon approved a so-called right to work bill. The 6-4 vote included one Republican who voted against the bill.

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New Agreement Set for Sodexo Workers Worldwide

Elizabeth Boomer of the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department sends us this report.

Food service giant Sodexo, with 391,000 employees worldwide—including some 18,000 in the United States—and International Union of Food Workers (IUF), have signed an agreement confirming Sodexo’s commitment to respect fundamental rights at work, namely freedom of association and collective bargaining. The IUF includes 336 unions with 12 million members in 120 countries.

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