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Union Diifference volunteers build a Pittsfield skate park.
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Fredrich's case could decimate public employee unions
Here's a set of articles & links on this pending Supreme Court case.
U.S. Labor Secretary - Collective bargaining is critical
U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez had the following column in the Detroit Free Press,  In 2008, two of the Detroit Three automakers came to the federal government requesting a multibillion-dollar package to avoid bankruptcy and catastrophic job losses. But all three also needed their employees to buy into the changes necessary for survival. Read More...
Most workers are employees, not independent contractors
by E. Tammy Kim   @etammykim The federal Department of Labor has signaled its concern that workers are being unlawfully excluded from key protections on the job. On Wednesday, the agency’s wage-and-hour division released a 15-page document clarifying who should be considered an “independent contractor” versus an “employee. Read More...
Cadillac Tax next Obamacare battle
The Supreme Court fights over the Affordable Care Act may be over for now. But before you get too comfortable, there’s still plenty of fighting left to do.  The latest example can be seen in Washington where Fortune 500 companies and labor unions have teamed up to lobbyCongress to kill a tax on generous – some say lavish – health plans. Read More...
Prevailing wage next Republican target
Union dominance of state-funded public works faces its most serious challenge in decades, with Republican governors and lawmakers campaigning to topple or pare long-standing prevailing wage laws. The Midwest is a particular hot spot, as it has been in the past, but the wage contests are playing out from Nevada to New York, where Democrats also are divided. Read More...
Fix the roads, says LIUNA president
Washington, D.C. (May 13, 2015) – At a news conference with elected officials, business leaders and infrastructure advocates, Terry O’Sullivan, the General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), called on Congress to quickly develop a long-term solution for America’s deteriorating roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Read More...
Impasse over highway funding hurts business
Here’s the best-case scenario for federal funding of highway and transit projects: Before it leaves town for Memorial Day, Congress will approve its 33rd short-term extension over the past six years for surface transportation programs. Worst-case scenario? Congress won’t pass anything, and come June 1, the U.S. Read More...
Newsweek: Republicans trying to union bust their way into the White House
Fiery labor icon Mother Jones cannot be resting peacefully beneath the crabgrass in the Union Miners’ Cemetery, not far from Springfield, Illinois, where Bruce Rauner, the recently elected Republican governor, has launched an unprecedented attack on organized labor. Rauner, a former private equity fund chairman, made a reported $62 million in 2013, the year before he was elected. Read More...
"right to work" (for less) zones would hurt Illinois' economy
Efforts to create local “right-to-work” zones would have negative impacts on workers and the economy in Illinois, according to a new report released today by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read More...
The conondrum of corporation and nation
The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well. What’s behind this? Two big facts. First, American corporations exert far more political influence in the United States than their counterparts exert in their own countries. Read More...
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