Colleges’ shift on four-year scholarships reflects players’ growing power
“These scholarship terms are about power and control, and what schools are willing to give up.”
Running on progressive values paying dividends for both parties in midterm campaign’s final days
Working America’s Matt Morrison: “[Mark Begich] gets that running on expanding Social Security has real value to his constituents. Being for something matters, giving people a clear choice when they’re voting.”
Video game retailer GameStop joins growing movement boycotting Black Thursday
“At GameStop we often use the phrase ‘protect the family’ in reference to our business. A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends.
Time Magazine cover was a “sucker punch to all teachers” says AFT President Weingarten
Randi Weingarten went on Morning Joe to talk about Time’s hit job on professional educators.
It’s the ultraconservative state agenda, not Obama, that voters will consider on Tuesday
“You cannot shrink the size and scope of government to a point where you starve your public school system. We don’t want to become Kansas.”
After long legal drama, minimum wage increase will stay on Arkansas ballot
An effort to deprive voters of the chance to raise the wage was finally killed by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Working Alaska’s ground game featured on public radio
“What we’re doing I believe when we come to folks’ doors with somebody who really cares, like myself is we’re cutting through a lot of that red tape, a lot of that misinformation that’s Spewed on radio, spewed on television, spewed blatantly on the Internet.”
Why 5.9 million voting-age Americans won’t be able to vote on Tuesday
Nearly 6 million people, many of them African-American, have been disenfranchised due to felony convictions.
Scott Brown gets support of by deceased politician in New Hampshire
Newspaper runs anti-Jeanne Shaheen opinion piece from Marshall Cobleigh, who passed away in 2009.
Alaska Federation of Natives formally endorse Mark Begich is tight Senate race
The group, which rarely makes political endorsements, highlighted Senator Begich’s extensive travel in rural Alaska.
How ‘flexible’ schedules have become a trap for working parents
Not knowing your schedule ahead of time is the “new normal” in retail and service sectors.
Statewide paid sick days law advances in New Jersey
In the midst of Gov. Christie’s ebola theatrics, an Assembly committee passed a sick leave ordinance 6-3.
The 11 lies of Mitch “Myth” McConnell
In his reelection bid, the Kentucky Senator has stretched the truth on everything from coal to Kynect.
The 9 closest races for governor
Vox gives the rundown on the nation’s top bids for state executive, from Kansas to Massachusetts.
Nearly 50,000 voter registrations have vanished in Georgia
“We asked the Secretary of State to meet with us. We wanted to understand if we were doing something wrong, or if there was another database we didn’t have access to. But he refused to meet with us.”
Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski increasingly vocal on need to raise the minimum wage
“It is a joke that people have to work three jobs just to barely get by. This shouldn’t be what this country stands for.”
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 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
“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.”
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.
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 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.”
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.