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Construction starts on Fall River dispensary

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2017-11-14 01:00
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Hanover Affordable Housing underway

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2017-11-14 01:00
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BOND tapped for Exelon W Medway

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2017-11-14 01:00
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Erland Receives Build New England Award

Massachusetts Labor News - Tue, 2017-11-14 01:00
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Pakistan: UPR and the state of trade union rights in Pakistan

LabourStart - Mon, 2017-11-13 20:00
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Iran: Labor Activist Returned to Prison Amid Health Concerns

LabourStart - Mon, 2017-11-13 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: RFE/RL

Networks Cut Ties With Louis C.K. Over Harassment Allegations

The Onion - Mon, 2017-11-13 17:56

After a New York Times article accused Louis C.K. of multiple instances of sexual harassment, which C.K. later confirmed, several networks and studios have canceled projects with the comedian. What do you think?


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Roy Moore On Pedophilia Accusers: ‘These Women Are Only Discrediting Me Now Because Shifting Sociocultural Norms Have Created An Environment In Which Assault Allegations Are Taken Seriously’

The Onion - Mon, 2017-11-13 16:23

MONTGOMERY, AL—Waving off the current allegations against him as vicious attempts to sabotage his election bid, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore told reporters Monday that the women accusing him of pedophilia were only doing so now because “shifting sociocultural norms have created an environment in which assault…


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Study: 90% Of Bike Accidents Preventable By Buying Car Like A Normal Person

The Onion - Mon, 2017-11-13 15:26

WASHINGTON—Saying it was a simple but effective measure to reduce potentially deadly incidents, a study published Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 90 percent of bike accidents could be prevented by buying a car like a normal person. “Our data confirm that the vast majority of…


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Call Today To Save American Jobs

AFL-CIO Weblog - Mon, 2017-11-13 15:07
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There’s a lot of talk in the news about the GOP’s proposed tax bill. The people pushing it want working people to believe this plan will benefit working people. That’s just not true.

The fact is, the Republican tax plan is a job killer that will give 50% of its tax breaks to the wealthiest 1%, while 25% of taxpayers ultimately will pay more in taxes. We need your help to stop Congress from making working people pay the price for huge tax giveaways to millionaires and big corporations.

Incredibly, the Republican bill would give huge breaks to companies that outsource jobs. Instead of creating good jobs here at home, this bill only will encourage corporations to relocate good jobs overseas.

This bill also slashes deductions for state and local taxes. That means it will be harder for individual states to fund things like high-quality education and infrastructure projects. This will cost millions of jobs and chip away at the services we need to improve our quality of life.

Need another reason to call? The GOP budget includes $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. It will increase the tax burden of people with high medical bills. The Republican budget allows for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts that will not be paid for during the first decade of implementation. So, we can expect the GOP to demand more cuts in the future that will hurt working people.

Working families should not get stuck with the tab to fund a giveaway for Wall Street, corporations and millionaires. The Republican tax bill will be up for congressional vote soon, and it’s important we make our voices heard now.

Click here to be connected with your representative and urge them to reject any tax plan that gives tax breaks to millionaires and big corporations—and sticks working families with the bill.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 11/13/2017 - 14:07

Tags: Tax Reform

'Wall of Fame-Wall of Shame' Might Be Coming To A Union Hall Near You

AFL-CIO Weblog - Mon, 2017-11-13 14:02
'Wall of Fame-Wall of Shame' Might Be Coming To A Union Hall Near You Kentucky AFL-CIO

Unique United Steelworkers of America-made "Wall of Fame-Wall of Shame" banners are hitting the road in the Bluegrass State.

"We’ve now got another one you can take to as many union meetings as you want to," Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan told delegates at the federation's recent biennial state convention in Lexington.

"We need to get the word out there to union halls and inform our members of who stands with us and who stands against us as we go into 2018. This is absolutely critical."

The two banners show how Kentucky lawmakers voted last January on "right to work," prevailing wage repeal, and a paycheck deception measure.

The GOP-majority legislature quickly approved all three union-busting bills, though unions were able to soften the paycheck deception legislation. Printed on both banners are the names of all 38 state senators and 100 state representatives and how they voted.

Before the legislature adjourned, Billy Thompson, USW District 8 director, got the idea for a "Wall of Fame-Wall of Shame" banner. He had the second one ready for the convention.

He's ready to loan banners to members of any union who are "willing to accept responsibility for returning them to the district office. We are delighted to assist with the display around the state."

Thompson said District 8 is going to order two more loaner banners. Londrigan said if the banners aren't "a road map going into 2018, I don’t know what is."

Every Democratic senator and representative voted against the legislation, except one House member who voted for prevailing wage repeal. A few Republicans sided with the Democrats on the three measures.

Legislators who turned thumbs down on the bills are on the "Wall of Fame" side of the banners. Backers are on the "Wall of Shame."

After the Republicans flipped the Senate in 2000, the Democratic House became organized labor’s last firewall in Frankfort, the state capital. (The legislature can override a governor's veto with a simple majority.)

Last November’s Trump tsunami turned a 53-47 Democratic House majority to a 64-36 Republican bulge. The GOP kept its 27-11 Senate edge.

When the Democrats held the lower chamber, Senate approved anti-union legislation died in House committees. "Therefore, there were very few people actually voting on 'right to work,' repealing prevailing wage and other anti-union bills," Londrigan said.

As a result, he added, "we weren’t able to get every one of them on the record. So they could strut around a little bit and say, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m against right to work.’ They didn’t have to vote on it. But guess what, they all voted on it now."

Delegate Rick Lewis, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 181 district representative, stepped forward at the convention to carry a rolled up banner to his union meeting. Londrigan expects more takers.

"We’ve got the data here now," he said. "We’ve got a road map in front of us."

Union officials in other states interested in making similar "maps" may call Thompson for more information about the banners. His office phone number is 502-875-3332.

This post originally appeared at Kentucky AFL-CIO.

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:02

How To Make A Difference

The Onion - Mon, 2017-11-13 13:59

Volunteer at the local park district. Planting a single tree can remove up to 30 Frisbees per year from the atmosphere.


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Labor-Backed Candidates Win Big in Tuesday’s Elections

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-13 12:05

It was a big night for labor’s agenda as pro-worker candidates won election from coast to coast Tuesday.

Republicans Defeat the ‘Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs’ Amendment

UFCW 1459 - Mon, 2017-11-13 12:01
When the House Ways and Means Committee debated the GOP tax bill yesterday, Republicans voted down the “Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs” amendment offered by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas). The “Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs” amendment would require that multinational corporations looking to invest offshore pay the same tax rate as small businesses or domestic companies investing here in America. The amendment was defeated on a party-line vote, with 16 Democrats voting in favor and 23 Republicans voting against.
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