News &amp; highlights affecting working people this week


First of all: Congrats to all of the International Labor Communications Association 2015 Winnner!



  • On Friedrichs vs. CTA: Forced into the Arms of the Rich, East Bay Express
  • The Koch Brothers are About to Destroy Veterans' Health Care and No One Knows About It, Daily Kos
  • Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism (aka my least favorite headline of the week) The Nation
  • Chris Christie to teachers union: You deserve a punch in the face, WaPo (actually no, this one takes the cake as my least favorite)
  • S.E.C. Approves Rule on C.E.O. Pay Ratio, NY Times (and you can see the AFL-CIO's statement on that here)
  • I work at the US Senate. I shouldn't have to dance at strip clubs to feed my son, Guardian


  • State, feds to crack down on illegal labor practices, Fresno Bee
  • Speaking of Wage Theft, DOL has a new tool out called Workers Owed Wages (WOW) to help workers find out if Wage and Hour Division is holding back wages owed to them as the result of an investigation, DOL
  • California could allow more felons to vote, in major shift LA Times
  • Conservatives are trying to prove income inequality is a myth — and failing, LA Times


  • Don’t look now, but the TPP just hit a major snag, Salon
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership: Are Free Trade Agreements Like TPP Really A Tool For Fixing Labor Rights Abuses? IBT

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