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Ariz. GOP House Speaker Shelves Anti-Worker Legislation

PHOENIX–In an interesting demonstration of labor’s political clout, the Republican Speaker of the Arizona House is shelving two controversial anti-worker bills, fearing that passing them would drive unions, their allies, and anti-GOP voters to the polls this fall.

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Top Senate GOPer Alexander, Catering To Right, Seeks To Ax Davis-Bacon

WASHINGTON–In an obvious bid to cater to the Radical Right, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., top Republican on the panel that handles workers’ issues, launched a bid to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. Though Alexander’s bill, unveiled July 17, will go nowhere in Congress, it precedes the August Tennessee primary, where he faces a Right Wing challenger.

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Senate GOP Filibuster Kills “Bring The Jobs Home” Bill

WASHINGTON–Once again, a Senate Republican filibuster killed a pro-worker bill, the Bring The Jobs Home Act, to extend tax credits to firms which do just that. By a 54-42 vote on July 30, lawmakers tried to cut off the GOP talkathon against the Bring The Jobs Home Act. The measure would yank tax deductions from firms that off-shore U.S. jobs while extending a 20 percent federal tax credit to those that return off-shored jobs to our shores. Senators needed 60 votes to cut off the debate, and didn’t get them.

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House Votes To Name Post Office After Late NALC President Sombrotto

By voice vote and without dissent, the GOP-run House voted July 14 to name a Manhattan post office after the late Letter Carriers President Vincent Sombrotto. The measure was one of a raft of post office-naming bills approved that day, including several honoring veterans and one for the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz.

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N.C. Capitol Police Arrest AFGE’S Cox During Workers’ Rights Protest

RALEIGH, N.C.–North Carolina capitol police, obeying a GOP-passed law restricting access to the state capitol building in Raleigh, arrested American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President J. David Cox during the latest “Moral Monday” protest there – this one dedicated to workers’ rights.

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Derision and Dismissal Greets House GOP Scheme to Kill Sat. Postal Service, Use Dollars for Highways

Dismissal and some derision, from everyone from postal and construction union leaders to congressional Democrats to even the Radical Right Heritage Foundation, greeted House GOP leaders’ latest scheme to pay for fixing the nation’s highways, by killing Saturday postal service and diverting the “saved” dollars to road repairs.

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House GOP Majority Bounces Dem Try to Aid Low-Wage Workers; Lawmakers OK Buy America Language, Reporters’ Shield Measure

By a 196-211 margin, the GOP majority in the U.S. House rejected a Democratic attempt to aid low-wage workers. All 186 voting House Democrats and 10 Republicans favored the move, which would have barred federal contracts to firms that violate minimum-wage and overtime-pay laws. All the opponents were Republicans.

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Michigan House OKs More Road Money, But Prevailing Wage Repeal Lurks

By Marty Mulcahy, Editor, The Building Tradesman LANSING, Mich. –More money to improve Michigan’s crumbling roads and repair its bridges seems to be on the way, as the state House on May 12 adopted a 10-bill package that adds $450 million to the Michigan Department of Transportation budget. But lurking behind that positive action is yet another GOP anti-worker scheme: […]

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Postal Unions Condemn Latest House GOP Service-Cutting Scheme

WASHINGTON– U.S. Postal unions are condemning the ruling House GOP’s latest scheme to cut U.S. postal services. But, brushing aside unions and Democrats, the House Governmental Reform Committee approved the measure, eliminating future direct-to-door delivery, on a party line 18-13 vote on May 22. Instead, customers would have to visit central banks of boxes to get mail. The panel’s Right […]

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GOP-Run House Panel Approves Anti-NLRB Bills; Board Holds hearings on Election Procedures

WASHINGTON –By party-line votes, the highly polarized Republican-run House Education and the Workforce Committee approved two bills curbing the National Labor Relations Board, even as the board held two days of hearings on its plan to streamline union recognition election procedures. Committee Democrats called the GOP measures “union-busting bills” and unsuccessfully tried to attach to them legislation to raise the […]

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