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September 18, 2011

The House approved a special interest bill today that would make it easier for corporations to ship jobs overseas in retaliation against American workers for exercising their fundamental labor rights.
But while some in organized labor praised the rule, the notorious union-busting firm Labor Relations Institute, Inc. began advertising plans on how companies could “effectively counter the NLRB one-sided posting requirements” and was quick to release a kit of similarly styled “counter-posters.” read more

September 15, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will host a free online conference for federal, state and local contracting officials to provide information on federal rules concerning prevailing wages and other labor law requirements. read more
The plate features an image of a raised clenched hand, a symbol of strength and unity.Along the bottom of the plate in blue is the word Solidarity. The letters C B in red standfor collective bargaining. read more
A workplace poster that describes employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act is now available for free download read more
At the end of this month, many of the foreign guest workers employed in low-wage American jobs will be getting a raise, courtesy of a new rule enacted by the U.S. Department of Labor. But business groups are now in a last-minute scramble to kill or at least stall the rule before it goes into effect, claiming the higher wages will make some workers unaffordable. read more

September 14, 2011

For his part, Brunelle said he believes in unions and collective bargaining rights but he is not trying to represent unions only. read more
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bostik Inc. for 50 alleged violations of workplace safety standards following a March 13 explosion at the company's Middleton plant in which four workers were injured. The adhesives manufacturer faces a total of $917,000 in proposed fines. read more
The GOP—which traditionally pretends to be the party of law and order—not surprisingly makes a big exception when the accused lawbreaker is a major corporation and the alleged crime is a violation of workers’ rights. read more
A West Springfield car dealership, Balise Motor Sales, Inc (Balise), and its president, James E. Balise, Jr., have agreed to pay more than $450,000 in restitution, as well as a $7,500 penalty for violating the Commonwealth’s wage and hour laws, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today. read more
Despite a widespread belief that contracting out services to the private sector saves the federal government money, a new study suggests just the opposite — that the government actually pays more when it farms out work. read more
Elizabeth Warren visits Roger Brunelle at campaign headquarters   It is now the final week of fellow union member Roger Brunelle's courageous campaign for State Representative in the 12th Bristol District. read more

August 26, 2011

August 25, 2011

The rule requires businesses to prominently display the new posters that explain the right to bargain collectively, distribute union literature and engage in other union activities without reprisal. read more
Californian* Mitt Romney gave his anti-worker corporate backers a big boost when he spent yesterday in New Hampshire getting involved in the state fight surrounding “right to work” for less. read more

August 24, 2011

The victor on the Dem side is Roger Brunelle, Jr., a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) Local 691 and son of former Middleboro, MA Selectman, Marsha Brunelle. The union’s support and ability to get-out-the-vote have been credited with Brunelle’s 62% landslide victory. read more
45,000 Verizon employees have now returned to work following a two-week strike, but it seems the dispute is just beginning. The two sides agreed to resume negotiations but there are few signs of goodwill between them. read more
Location: Zeiterion Performing Arts Center Time: ‎6:00PM Tuesday, September 27th read more
  Child laborers. Image from   Adding Info   Earlier this year, the newly elected Republicans in New Hampshire overrode the veto of Democratic Governor John Lynch to push through a new minimum wage restriction law that lowers the minimum wage to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. But Republican State Representative Carol McGuire still thinks the federal level is too high. ⁠In a statement to journalists, she stated that she would like to repeal all minimum wage laws and allow corporations to pay workers whatever rate they want. She also said the $7.25 minimum is overly generous to young people who are “not worth the minimum“: “It’s very discriminatory, particularly for young people. They’re not worth the minimum,” she said. She believes there are young people who would get a job if they could be paid $5 an hour instead of the minimum. This kind of accusation that “young people” are “not worth the minimum” is yet another sucker punch from Republicans to the youth of America. Young people across the country should be outraged by such statements. Most young people work hard in minimum wage jobs to support their families and save for college. And this serves as a greater warning to the poor and middle class as a whole as well. If federal minimum wage laws are repealed, American workers would be nothing more than feudal serfs working for pennies so that the corporate noblemen can get wealthier. The American economy would be even worse than it is now because people are already struggling to survive WITH minimum wage. How the hell do Republicans think Americans will survive without it? This is class warfare, pure and simple. And it’s time for middle class and poor Americans to fire back mercilessly at the greedy corporations, Republican politicians, and wealthy jerks that want to take even more money and spending power away from them.
Democrat Roger Brunelle Jr. and Republican Keiko Orrall will face off in a Sept. 20 special election to see who replaces former state Rep. Stephen R. Canessa. read more