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11 of the Tea Party GOP's Most Ridiculous Policy Ideas (So Far)

Only weeks have passed since the new Tea Party Republicans stormed into power promising to bring what they see as the hallmarks of good governance -- greater accountability, fiscal restraint and an ill-defined but unwavering devotion to the Constitution.

http://www.alternet.org/story/149848/11_of_the_tea_party_gop%27s_most_ri...

Ronald Reagan, Enabler of Atrocities

When you're listening to the many tributes to President Ronald Reagan, often for his talent making Americans feel
better about themselves, you might want to spend a minute thinking about the many atrocities in Latin America and
elsewhere that Reagan aided, covered up or shrugged off in his inimitable "aw shucks" manner. Read more »

Wisconsin's Walker Calls for End of Collective Bargaining, Alerts National Guard

First Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced a state budget plan that strips state workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights, cuts pay and benefits and says there will be no negotiations. Today he took it even further: He announced he has alerted the National Guard to be ready in case state workers strike or rise in protest. Read more »

Teamsters Local 320 launch statewide print and radio campaign

Teamsters Local 320, representing some 11,500 public employees throughout Minnesota’s 81 counties, will launch a statewide print and radio campaign beginning Sunday, February 13, urging citizens to tell their legislators to stop the proposed 15% slash to public employee rolls and benefits as part of a Republican plan to plug the state’s $6.2 billion deficit. Read more »

Kentucky and Minnesota Move Closer to Removing Bans on Nukes

Kentucky and Minnestoa are moving closer to removing their respective states' bans on the constructio of nuclear power facilities. In Minnestoa, the State Senate voted overwhelmingly  to scrap a 17-year-old state policy that bars energy regulators from issuing permits for new nuclear power plants.  

http://bctd.org/Newsroom/Latest-News/Industry-Headlines/Kentucky-and-Min...

United Association’s Veterans in Piping program launches latest expansion

The first class in the latest expansion of a nationwide partnership that trains veterans for, and places them in, careers in the plumbing and pipefitting industry is underway at Camp Douglas, Wisconsin.

The United Association’s Veterans in Piping, or VIP, offers 20 weeks of training necessary to become an apprentice. It includes 18 weeks of skills training and two weeks of transition to help veterans successfully return to civilian life. Job placement is guaranteed upon successful completion. The training is paid for by the United Association and free to returning heroes. Read more »

Labor Unions Lead the Charge in Egypt

Egypt’s labor unions deserve some credit.  According to a report presented at a symposium hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in February, 2010, there have been more than 3,000 labor protests by Egyptian workers since 2004.

http://dissidentvoice.org/2011/02/labor-unions-lead-the-charge-in-egypt/

Help Governor Dayton Create Jobs!

 Mark Dayton, ran on an agenda of taxing the rich and creating jobs—and he won.
Governor Dayton is keeping his promise to Minnesota. This week, he presented a jobs and infrastructure bill that will create nearly 30,000 family-supporting jobs in our state. 

http://mnaflcio.org/news/help-governor-dayton-create-jobs

Wal-Mart & PLAs - This Time It's a 5-Year Agreement in New York

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has reached an agreement in principle with New York construction unions to build stores with unionized labor. The retail giant has been searching for potential sites for a Wal-Mart location in New York City in the face of fierce opposition from retail and grocery unions as well as elected officials. The main sticking points have been Wal-Mart’s wages and refusal to employ unionized workers in its stores. Read more »

Minn. Senate takes first major vote, approves lifting nuclear ban

The Minnesota Senate voted Wednesday to lift Minnesota's longstanding ban on new nuclear plants, handing Senate Republicans an easy victory on their first major floor vote of the legislative session. The debate lasted more than an hour and included five amendments from DFLers, all of which were voted down. The final tally was 50-14 in support of the bill, including some support from DFL lawmakers.

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