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The Battle to Stop TPP Is Not Over
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The Battle to Stop TPP Is Not Over

June 17, 2015 By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is bad for jobs, food safety, financial regulation, labor rights and environment. Labor, community and environmental organizations must continue to defeat this bill.

Are Indian-Owned Casinos Exempt From Labor Laws?
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Are Indian-Owned Casinos Exempt From Labor Laws?

June 17, 2015 By LaborPress Two recent legal decisions have split on the question of whether workers at casinos owned by Indian tribes are protected by federal labor laws. On June 4, the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a complaint by Teamsters Local 886 against WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, saying that asserting jurisdiction…

House Vote Stalls TPP
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House Vote Stalls TPP

June 16, 2015 By LaborPress A procedural vote in the House June 12 blocked President Barack Obama’s bid to win fast-track authority for the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. By a 302-126 vote, the House defeated a bill to give federal aid to retrain workers who lose their jobs as a result of the…

Maine House Nixes Anti-Union Bills
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Maine House Nixes Anti-Union Bills

June 16, 2015 By LaborPress The Maine House of Representatives defeated three bills intended to weaken labor unions June 12. By a 90-52 vote, it defeated a measure to prohibit unions from collecting fees from nonmembers they are legally required to represent—a bill whose sponsor, Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst), claimed would set Maine workers “free…

Hillary Clinton’s Voting Rights Platform
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Hillary Clinton’s Voting Rights Platform

June 15, 2015 By AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Washington, DC – The labor movement strongly supports Hillary Clinton’s plan to implement sweeping changes to U.S. election and voting laws. This takes our country in the right direction towards ensuring that the vote of every eligible voter – regardless of his or her background – is…

Protect Affordable Housing
Law and Politics, New York

Protect Affordable Housing

June 9, 2015 By Chirlane McCray, New York City First Lady New York, NY – More than two million New Yorkers depend on the rent regulations that are set to expire on June 15th. That's roughly a quarter of the population of the city who risk being priced out of their homes if Albany doesn't…

Rep. Kathleen Rice Flip Flops on Fast Track
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Rep. Kathleen Rice Flip Flops on Fast Track

June 8, 2015 By NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Long Island, NY – Rep. Kathleen Rice had gone on record repeatedly to say that she opposes Fast Track. But now, the Congresswoman has decided to flip flop and betray her constituents to side with Speaker John Boehner, and businesses who want to outsource good American…

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