In his first veto over 17 years as mayor, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has vetoed the ordinance passed by the city council which would have required large retail stores of at least 90,000 square feet to pay $10 an hour, plus $3 in benefits, by July 2010.
This is the issue where Daley has decided to divide the city, despite polls showing 71% of Chicagoans support the ordinance.
Yesterday, we told you about lobbyist Rick Berman's operation Center for Union Facts (a misleading name, to say the least) putting television ads on the air in four states attacking public employees.
Fortunately, not everyone is taking the attacks without responding in kind.
In Montana, Attorney General Mike McGrath has come to the defense of the workers he
What happens when the Chamber of Commerce hands $8 million to a rightwing political operative for the purpose of beating up on unions? Sleazy attacks, attempts to mislead, and outright lies, apparently. At least, that's what has happened with Rick Berman's Center for Union Facts, a front group with huge amounts of funding from the Chamber.
The Orwellian-named Center is running ads in four states attacking public employees and their unions.
Progressive States co-chair David Sirota and executive director Joel Barkin are joining WakeUpWalMart.com on their bus tour through Colorado tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22nd. To start the day, they'll be joining AM 760's Jay Marvin from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Mountain Time. Listen on the radio or live at 760thezone.com. The show will be available as a podcast if you miss the broadcast.
Last year, the Illinois legislature enacted Public
Act 094-0593, a law that requires hotels to provide hotel attendants in
the Chicago area with two 15-minute breaks and a half-hour paid lunch
period, a response to increased
workloads imposed in recent years on workers who make up hotel beds,
workloads which have led to increased injur
In the cynical monstrosity that the rightwing US House leadership calls its "minimum wage" bill, most progressives have focused on the perversity of demanding a tax cut for Paris Hilton as the price for getting a minimum wage increase.
If you're headed to the National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in Nashville this year, you'll want to check out the meeting for the National Labor Caucus -- co-hosted this year by Progressive States, the AFL-CIO, and the AFT.
Monday, Aug. 14
National Labor Caucus of State Legislators
Annual Meeting and Reception
2:00-5:00 p.m. ””¢ Annual Meeting
5:30-7:30 p.m. ””¢ Reception
Monday, Aug. 14, 2006
(The day before the Annual Meeting
of the National Conference of State Legislatures)
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
2800 Opryland Drive