While Midterm Campaigns Rage, 1,000 Texas Technicians Vote Union: Punching In

The Teamsters of the 21st century: how Uber, Lyft, and Facebook drivers are organizing

Welcome to unionization in the digital economy.

Rick Scott on how high the minimum wage should be: “How should I know?”

Governor Scott is still locked in a tie with former Governor Charlie Crist.

Analysis: Midterm election will cost nearly $4 billion

The 2014 election will be the nation’s most expensive midterm ever, according to a new projection by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Army depot workers in Texas vote to unionize

1,000 technicians at the Red River Army Depot near Texakarna have voted to join the Machinists.

Pennsylvania Senators Try to Sneak Attack on Workers Into Allergy Medicine Bill: Punching In

Pennsylvania Republicans try to sneak attack on workers into allergy medicine bill

Luckily, a bipartisan group of 28 State Senators blocked “paycheck deception” bill from moving forward.

Ebola galvanizes workers to stand up for safe workplaces, labor rights

From nurses to airplane cleaners, Ebola is putting safety in the forefront of everyone’s minds.

How Walmart drove Cantare Davunt to shut down Park Avenue: “My day-to-day life would shock you”

“One week, after I paid rent, I only had $6 leftover for groceries and bills. That is no way to live. Now, I’m looking for a third roommate in my small two-bedroom apartment to try to stretch paychecks.”

This headline is at the same time  hilarious, sad, and accurate

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“Chris Christie and Rand Paul want to reassure voters ‘who view the Republican Party through the lens of its anti-civil-rights past.’ Actually, the Republican Party’s past record on civil rights is not so bad. It’s the present that is the problem.”

A Home Care Worker Responds to Scott Walker And It’s Awesome: Punching In

Finally, home care workers start fighting back

“States need to figure this out. They can’t be scrimping and balancing their budgets on the lowest paid workers, and they can’t cut workers who need care.”

My personal Scott Walker travesty: Why I can’t make ends meet in Wisconsin

“I get $9.15 an hour, with no sick leave and no vacation. It used to be $9 an hour but then the agency told us a raise was coming. It turned out to be 15 cents, which was just humiliating.”

Small Fresno law firm takes on Walmart wage theft case

The lawsuit accuses Walmart of violating a number of California labor laws, including failing to pay its drivers minimum wage and failing to give them meal and rest breaks.

Judge steps in on Philadelphia teacher contract fight

A Common Pleas Court judge Monday granted the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop the School Reform Commission from imposing changes to teachers’ health-care benefits.

 

 

Uber Fires Driver Over A Tweet, But Backlash Helps Him Get His Job Back: Punching In

Washington Post reviews the state of minimum wage ballot initiatives

Alaska, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Arkansas in strong position to raise wages.

Minnesota absentee voting outpacing 2010

State has a big gubernatorial and Senate race this year.

Florida inmates dying after Gov. Scott privatizes health care

“Between 2008 and 2013, Corizon Health was sued 660 times for malpractice. But Governor Rick Scott’s administration failed to take note of this history when it awarded Corizon a $1.2 billion contract in 2011.”

Uber driver fired over a tweet, backlash gets him rehired

“Ortiz’s firing also shows that despite Uber’s flexibility, drivers are completely at the behest of the company.”

Missouri’s Tea Party Speaker Has A “Solution” for Poverty in Ferguson: Punching In

Missouri’s Tea Party Speaker says “right to work” is the solution to Ferguson

Not coincidentally, Speaker Tim Jones was the Missouri ALEC co-chair until this year.

Why wait? Nearly 1 million Americans have already cast ballots in midterm elections

904,000 votes already cast, according to the AP, with 60 percent of those in Florida.

More than 1,700 workers in New England strike against FairPoint Communications

Strike comes two days after company froze worker pensions and replaced them with 401(k) plans going forward.

New York Attorney General sues Papa John’s franchisee for $2 million

AG Schneiderman: “My office will combat wage theft whenever and wherever we see it in order to protect the rights of hardworking New Yorkers, including pizza delivery workers and others who toil at fast-food restaurants.”

Yes, There Was A Fan, But They Said Stuff at the Florida Debate Too: Punching In

New report reveals horrific extent of predatory outsourcing–aided and abetted by governors

Michigan’s Rick Snyder, Kansas’ Sam Brownback, and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker have given sweetheart deals to private companies that coincidentally supported their campaigns.

Chart: It’s impossible to afford college with a minimum wage job

“The total amount of student debt in the US has more than tripled in the past 10 years, from $363 billion in 2005 to more than $1.2 trillion today.”

Ohio’s Gov. Kasich still hasn’t given a clear answer on “right to work”

“When both the governor and his major-party challenger were asked a series of 20 questions recently by the Kasich-friendly Columbus Dispatch, Johnny Pennsylvania didn’t even bother to answer a majority of them.”

Yes, you read it right: Rick Scott delayed the Florida gubernatorial debate over a fan

But other stuff happened to: Scott lied about the minimum wage killing jobs and Charlie Crist criticized Scott’s education cuts.

Democratic Early Vote Outpacing 2010 in Key States: Punching In

Unions and environmental groups push Obama on methane regulations

“Methane is a potent source of emissions, and taking steps to reduce emissions is a substantial opportunity to put American workers squarely at the forefront of developing, manufacturing, and implementing these technologies—providing high-quality jobs and stimulating local economies.”

Democratic early vote outpacing 2010

Numbers out of North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, and Florida see surprisingly rosy stats for pro-worker candidates.

 Third graders at Ohio charter schools fail reading test at twice the rate of public school students

“Many times what the real objection from the charter school advocates is many times is that they don’t like the results…Facts are facts.  It’s not some liberal plot or some teachers’ union plot. The facts are what they are.”

Key inequality measure highest since right before Great Depression

Report from Credit Suisse also finds that the world’s richest 1 percent own 48 percent of all the world’s wealth.

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In Ferguson and California, Labor Is Vocal on Mass Incarceration: Punching In

AFL-CIO gets vocal on mass incarceration

Trumka: “It’s a labor issue because mass incarceration means literally millions of people work jobs in prisons for pennies an hour — a hidden world of coerced labor here in the United States.”

Karen Lewis has a brain tumor, not running for mayor

The Chicago Teachers Union, which remains tight-lipped about Lewis’ medical condition, already handed Lewis’ duties as union president to Vice President Jesse Sharkey which he would retain “until she’s recovered.”

Could Alaska be the showdown where the Koch Brothers meet their match?

“They’re up here on the airwaves 24 hours a day, seven days a week, trying to tie Mark to Obama. They say things 50 times a day on the airwaves that aren’t true. You gotta push back.”

Challenge to Arkansas minimum wage ballot measure fails

Voters in Arkansas will have the chance to vote to raise the state minimum wage to $8.50.

Political Spotlight Turns Unexpectedly on South Dakota: Punching In

Supreme Court strikes down Wisconsin and Texas voter ID laws

There will be appeals, but extremely unlikely that these voter suppression tactics will be enforced this November.

South Dakota three-way Senate race becoming increasingly complicated

The DSCC and MAYDAY PAC make surprise investments as GOP nominee faces serious allegations.

LaGuardia airplane cleaners use strike tactics to win better working conditions

SEIU: “The goal today was to shine a light on the health and safety violations Air Serv workers face in order to protect themselves and keep airplanes safe and clean.”

Thousands descend on Ferguson, MO for “Weekend of Resistance”

Richard Trumka and the labor movement are all in with Ferguson October.

Unlike Walmart, Costco Has No Plans to Cut Employee Health Care Benefits: Punching In

Why Richard Trumka still thinks Mitch McConnell will lose

“He’s running against Barack Obama, but Barack Obama isn’t on the ballot. Alison Lundergan Grimes is, and she is going to beat him in the election.”

Philadelphia students protest SRC elimination of teachers’ contract

“I think that there’s a mindset still that no matter what we do that students are complacent in their relationship with schools – that they’re not working to help solve this problem. I think that us being here proves that we are ready, willing, and able to be involved in this.”

Taxi drivers tie up DC traffic to protest new UberX, Lyft regulations

DC drivers, now affiliated with the Washington DC Taxi Operators Association, say they have to abide by regulations that the app-based services don’t. Here’s a list of the differences.

Unlike Walmart, Costco has no plans to get employee health care benefits

And by the way, sales at key Costco stores are up 6 percent while remaining flat at Walmart and Sam’s Club.