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.
Here's your rage-inducing video clip of the day. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal agrees in a CNBC interview his state is a real "deal" for businesses because workers are paid so little. Oh yeah, he directly ties this with being a "right to work" state.
What's a Republican-controlled committee supposed to do if they are trying to ram through extreme legislation and don't want to hear from those affected by the law? Don't tell anybody about a "public" hearing until the last minute and refuse to let the public testify in the hearing. Sounds far-fetched in a democratic society, right? It isn't. It just happened in Georgia.
Delegates to the AFL-CIO Convention in September approved a resolution declaring that one of the federation’s “top priorities [is] a Southern Strategy that will include a long-term commitment to organize the South.” Recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution took a look at union organizing efforts in the South and talked to a number of labor leaders. Here are some excerpts.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in the Shelby County v. Holder case striking down a portion of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), several states immediately took steps to increase voter suppression efforts. The court ruled unconstitutional the formula used to determine which states and locales needed to get preclearance from the Department of Justice before making changes in voting process. In recent years, Republicans have ramped up efforts to limit the right to vote, particularly through the use of voter identification laws that require eligible voters to purchase state-issued IDs before they can cast their ballots.
More than 4,000 Georgia education workers who have been wrongfully denied unemployment insurance benefits since a 2011 ruling by the state’s labor commissioner will collect more than $8 million in back payments.
Dozens of Georgia union members urged their state lawmakers to block several anti-worker bills now before the state House and Senate in the Georgia AFL-CIO’s annual Lobby Day Thursday. At the same time, they celebrated the passage of a resolution that honors Hurricane Sandy relief workers from Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 84 and Georgia Power who traveled to New Jersey and elsewhere to help repair and recovery efforts.
After widespread reports of long lines and problems with voting on Election Day, Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) announced that he will introduce legislation that will help address at least part of the problem.