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7 Reasons Right to Work Is Wrong for Warren County, Ky. (and Everywhere Else)

7 Reasons Right to Work Is Wrong for Warren County, Ky. (and Everywhere Else)

In Warren County, Ky., a fiscal court has given preliminary approval to a local "right to work" for less ordinance. The measure is worded as to prevent any worker covered by the National Labor Relations Act from being required to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment. Since it is already illegal in the United States to require workers to join unions, the real focus of the measure is to weaken workers in negotiations with employers for decent wages and benefits. Instead of passing illegal ordinances that are a big waste of time and resources for the county, those efforts should be spent in other ways like focusing on raising wages for Warren County residents. 

If you're in Kentucky, call the fiscal court today and tell them you oppose the right to work ordinance: 1-855-721-3304

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What Is Kentucky's Bluegrass Institute?

Something stinks in Kentucky politics.  A "think" tank, supposedly with the interest of Kentuckians at heart, but funded by extreme out-of-state interests, is pushing policies that will hurt the state's working families.  Take a look at the Bluegrass Institute.

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10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

10 Ways to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Create Jobs in New York City

A new report, Climate Works for All: A Platform for Reducing Emissions, Protecting Our Communities and Creating Good Jobs for New Yorkers, details 10 proposals that would help New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio achieve his goal to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050. In addition to achieving the desired emission reductions, if the city follows these proposals, it would not only make the city more resilient, but it also would create 40,000 jobs a year. The report was produced by the Alliance for a Greater New York, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, New York City Central Labor Council, Blue Green Alliance and the AFL-CIO.

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Chicago to Raise Minimum Wage to $13 Per Hour

Photo courtesy Action Now

In the wake of federal and state inaction, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) recently proposed raising the minimum wage within the city limits to $13 per hour. A key City Council committee advanced the measure on a 16–3 vote Monday and the broader council passed it 44–5 Tuesday. The current wage of $8.25 will move to $10 early next year and will rise in increments until it reaches the full $13 in 2019.

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San Francisco Leads the Way on Fair Scheduling with Retail Workers Bill of Rights

Photo courtesy Jobs With Justice

The city of San Francisco has taken a big step in the right direction by passing the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, which will end abusive scheduling practices and improve work environments for more than 40,000 workers at 1,250 locations in the city. The bill still has to be signed by the mayor, but workers and advocates are confident it will become law. By taking this big step, nearly half of the city's workers in the related industries will have their lives improved.

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UNLV Exhibit Spotlights Culinary Union's 80-Year Fight for Vegas Workers

1976 strike at Caesar’s Palace

Culinary Workers Local 226 in Las Vegas has been a major force in the fight for workers’ rights and justice since its founding in 1935. On Dec. 4, that 80-year history will go on display in a new exhibit at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Rhode Island Labor Movement Fought to Keep Workers at Home, Not Work on Thanksgiving

By now you have seen the flood of ads. This Thanksgiving America's largest retailers are in a race to see who can open first, open earliest, or stay open latest to offer "door buster" deals on cheap TVs made in China.This is a race with no winners and only losers—the hard working men and women of some of America's most recognizable, successful, and profitable companies.

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Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

Buy Union-Made in Washington, D.C.

The nation’s largest guide for savvy buyers who want to shop where employees are paid livable wages is expanding to the nation’s capital. Labor 411 on Nov. 18 launched its Washington, D.C., online edition (www.labor411.org). The guide allows consumers to pinpoint by neighborhood where their shopping dollars are helping communities the most and, at the same time, avoid retailers that do not treat their workers well. 

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IBEW Releases New Ad: Fairness at FairPoint—Outsourcing Jobs

What happens when a corporation cares more about Wall Street than its own employees? The answer is that jobs are outsourced to low-wage workers around the world. Right now, FairPoint Communications is working to outsource the jobs of thousands of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members. The unions went on strike against FairPoint a little more than four weeks ago, and they are scheduled to resume negotiations this week.

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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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