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Right-To-Work (for less) States

Right-To-Work Laws: A GOP Assault on Unions

Labor leaders say that allowing workers to opt out of paying any money to the union that represents them weakens unions’ finances, bargaining clout, and political power. ... (SAN FRANCISCO) - In February this year, Indiana became the 23rd state to enact a right-to-work law (RTW), the only RTW law passed in the last decade. Republicans generally favor RTW laws while unions and Democrats do not. RTW laws are geographical too. RTW states are clustered in the Southeast, covering every state from Virginia to Florida and west to Texas, and then north through the Great Plains to the Dakotas and into the Rockies. The West Coast and Midwest-to-Northeast Rust Belt, both traditional union strongholds, have remained non-RTW states. RTW states generally vote Republican while non-RTW states generally vote Democrat(ic). ...
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Support Wisconsin!

Walker’s lead in Wisconsin recall election tightens in new poll:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (Morry Gash/AP)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintains a narrow lead in his recall election, but his standing has diminished in recent weeks, according to a new poll released on the eve of the election.

Walker leads Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, by just 3 percentage points in a new survey of likely voters (pdf) conducted by Public Policy Polling. Walker leads Barrett 50 to 47 percent, down from the 50 to 45 percent matchup PPP found in a poll conducted three weeks ago. The margin of error for this week's poll is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

According to PPP, Walker—who was targeted for a recall after waging war on state public employee unions in 2011—is winning among men, whites, seniors and residents of the Milwaukee suburbs. Barrett leads among women, minorities, young voters and residents of Milwaukee County and greater Madison. Barrett is also winning independent voters 48 to 46 percent, a lead that is within the margin of error.

Currently, polls, campaign finance statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest Republicans are more engaged and excited than Democrats for the June 5 race.......

Not with Ed Schultz in town. He's broadcasting from THE MIC 92.1 right now. According to John Nicols, a poll today confirms the above. (Folks in Chicago/Rkfd. can listen to WCPT AM 820, or FM 92.5, 92.7, 99.9)

Here's a great site provided by eviltracey

Ben and Jerry’s co-founder wants to rubber-stamp dollar bills with Occupy messages

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey, happy holiday, folks!

Please note that I have opened up tags (keywords), so all users (who post) can add their own, as well as use existing tags. It would be great if, when you're bored sometimes, you could add tags to your past posts, so people from the future can access them.

Also, longish posts mostly go under an LJ cut. Just a reminder. Thanks!
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hi/ mod question

I popped my head over after seeing the link on another comm. Just wondering if the mods could let me know if this is a suitable comm for me - I am UK based, do a lot of work both in formal and informal/ community education, and with a non-profit theatre company that regularly offers skills building and references to those who have completed projects to help them jobhunting since even before the current crisis, we were in an economic blackspot.
Living on Minimum Wage

A Budgeting Book for the Rest of Us

The mod encourage me to post here, so not random advertising.  Living Single on Minimum Wage is available now through, and other Ingram book store partners.  Because this is a book for low income single by low income singles, we're asking for help to get into libraries where it will be freely available to those is a hard financial place.  If you would like to see this book in your public library, please contact your local library and tell them you would like to see it there.  The ISBN and other info is on the Amazon listing.

Libraries are a fantastic resource for job seekers or people looking to improve their work place/careers.  While we cover BASIC job skills in our book, there are whole books on everything from finding a job to writing a better resume to dealing with conflict in the work place.  And many libraries provide these free to the public.

Something to think about: The work place shifting.  The recession cost us jobs in some areas, but there are others hurting for workers.  We need psychologists, medical specialists, skilled tradesmen like plumber and electricians, tighter restrictions on illegal aliens mean a lot of harvests are short handed for workers.  The green movement is gaining strength as it's economic benefits become more obvious, so there's a lot of potential for growth in green industries.

Best of luck to everyone.