Category Politics

President Obama Refuses to Issue Ban on Gay Discrimination

President Obama has refused to issue an executive order that would have prevented federal contractors from discriminating against employees and potential employees, based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Given the upcoming election, gay activists have accused the President of valuing his own political career over the civil liberties of Americans. Tico Almeida, the […]

HuffPo: Scott Walker Quietly Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill. The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, […]

HuffPost: Unemployment Insurance Gets Slashed Nationwide

When Sean Davis of Lunenburg, Mass. lost his Census job in October 2010, he figured he’d be able to claim unemployment insurance for 99 weeks. That’s how long benefits lasted, according to the state government and every news report about unemployment at the time. Of course, he hoped he’d find a job way before 99 […]

Workplace Prof Blog: Federal Judge Partially Strikes Down WI Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill

The Western District of Wisconsin issued its much anticipated opinion in WEAC v. Walker today on the constitutionality of Wisconsin Act 10, the public-sector anti-collective bargaining bill that was enacted into law last June after a monumental political fight. Of course, Act 10’s passage continues to have ramifications as Governor Walker was officially subjected to a recall […]

MI Graduate Student Research Assistants Try to Unionize, Legislature Refuses

As Michigan’s state labor board was about to vote on reversing a rule denying graduate student research assistants (GSRAs) union recognition, the state legislature preempted the vote and passed a bill making recognition unavailable. After years of pushing for the labor board vote, Michigan GSRAs are angry and disappointed by the legislature’s action. The GSRAs […]

AFL-CIO: Judge Rules Against Portions of Walker’s Anti-Worker Law

This afternoon a federal judge in Wisconsin struck down two parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s 2011 anti-worker law that eliminated collective bargaining rights for public workers. U.S. District Court Judge William Conley ruled against the provision that eliminated payroll deduction for public-sector workers’ union dues. He also ruled against the section that required unions to win 51 […]

New Budgets Allow More Contracts in MD, But Who Gets Them?

As the federal and several state governments take measures to stimulate the still weak economy, much of the attention has been devoted to public infrastructure projects. Channeling the ideas of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Barack Obama has decided to create jobs by investing in the country’s crumbling infrastructure. His projects are funding […]

TN, GA Want to Add Gun Owners to Non-Discrimination Laws

Many states have taken it upon themselves to supplement Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by passing legislation that prohibits discrimination based on an employee’s or potential employee’s membership in a particular class of people. Many legislatures have added sexual orientation as a pseudo-protected class but states like Georgia and Tennessee want to make […]

Right-To-Work Becomes Even More Divisive Among Republicans Across the Nation

Minnesota Republicans are now trying to make Minnesota the 24th right-to-work state in the nation. Since Republicans control both state legislative chambers, it looks like the party may be able to take this initiative all the way to the voter ballot. In fact, this bill would amend Minnesota’s constitution to ensure right-to-work laws. This development […]

Wisconsin Public Employees Challenge New Employment Policies

The contentious stripping of union rights for almost all public employees in Wisconsin in 2011 has given rise to new disciplinary rules.  Government workers call the rules unfair, but the state governments creating the rules say that writing new ones after union contracts that have been bargained for over fifty years is difficult.  Some counties […]