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Judge Rules Against Chicago Pension Cuts

July 28, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishnia And Neal Tepel

AFSCME has won an important ruling in Chicago.

Chicago’s reducing cost-of-living increases for city workers’ pensions violates the Illinois state constitution, a Cook County judge ruled July 24. 

AFL-CIO Eyes Delaying Presidential Endorsement

July 28, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishnia And Neal Tepel

The AFL-CIO's coveted presidential endorsement is still in question.

The AFL-CIO’s political committee has recommended holding off on endorsing a candidate in the 2016 presidential race. 

Christie's Shutdown of the Hudson Tunnel Project Makes Him Unfit to be President

July 27, 2015
By Larry Cary

I can't believe that Governor Chris Christie is claiming that if elected President he would revive the Hudson River tunnel project he scuttled during his first term as governor.  That project was sorely needed at the time and for future development of New Jersey and New York City's economy.   

Bronx Democrats Endorse Hillary Clinton

July 27, 2015
By Stephanie West

Bronx, NY - The Bronx Democratic County Committee (BDCC), chaired by Assembly Member Marcos A. Crespo, announced its endorsement of Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the campaign race for the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination.

Wisconsin Ends Ban on Seven-Day Workweek

July 22, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Union-busting Scott Walker strikes again.

Since 1927, Wisconsin has had a law requiring employers in manufacturing and retail to give workers at least one 24-hour period off in a calendar week. That ended on July 12, when Governor Scott Walker signed a two-year budget with an amendment that repealed that law.

Illinois Governor Proposes Bill to End Collective Bargaining

July 22, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Governor Bruce Rauner is attacking unions.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has proposed legislation that would prohibit state employeefrom bargaining collectively, freeze their wages for five years, and make signing up for a lower pension the only way they could get a raise or more vacation time.

Jersey Court Says Towns Can Furlough Union Workers

July 21, 2015
Compiled by Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

"A horrible, horrible decision" in NJ

New Jersey’s highest court ruled July 14, that it is legal for three municipalities to furlough workers without negotiating with unions first, because “economic reasons are indisputably a legitimate basis for a layoff of any type.” 

N.C. GOP Attacks Moral Mondays as Union Conspiracy

July 21, 2015
Compiled By Steve Wishinia and Neal Tepel

GOPers are on the attack in N.C.

The North Carolina Republican Party has launched a campaign accusing the Moral Mondays movement of being a front for out-of-state unions to enable vote fraud.


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