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This week’s Herald column: the politics of work

Playing a bit of posting catch-up: here’s my column from Thursday on the GOP’s war on unions.

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NJ becomes latest state to pass anti-union law, plus, the latest state battles

On Thursday, New Jersey became the latest state to pass a bill ending collective bargaining rights for public workers, handing a major victory to Republican Gov. Chris Christie, and the latest in a string of defeats for unions.

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FL Teachers union sues Rick Scott

Rick Scott has already been sued by the ACLU over drug testing (he has since suspended that policy while the case goes forward) and by doctors over the gun-gag law he signed. Now, it’s the teachers’ turn.

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Trumka to blast those seeking ‘I got mine’ nation

Labor leader Richard Trumka, who heads the powerful AFL-CIO, will take a giant step away from the Democratic Party in a speech today, while slamming a Republican budget he says is aimed at breaking the middle class.

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(Video) MLK’s speech to Memphis sanitation workers, April 3, 1968

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech to Memphis sanitation workers as they prepared to strike, the day before he was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine motel. Watch the speech here:

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More than 400,000 500,000 march against austerity in Britain

Huge protests against the conservative government’s draconian proposed cuts to social services touch off marches that turned Trafalgar Square into Tahrir Square this weekend.

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House bill would cut off food stamps to striking workers’ families; Shirtwaist fire anniversary

The push to drive America back into the Robber Baron era has kicked into overdrive, as Republican governors and legislatures around the country engage in a tandem assault on unions, and in Washington (when they’re not passing abortion bills) Republicans … Continue reading

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**UPDATE: ‘Wisconsin 14′ return as 85,000 rally in Madison (video)

The ‘Wisconsin 14′ returned to Madison on Saturday to take part in what has been called the largest rally to date for worker rights in the state. Some 85,000 people are estimated to have taken part, including off-duty police officers. … Continue reading

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… or not: Reuters, Dem Senator knock down WSJ story on ‘Wisconsin 14′

UPDATE: Greg Sargent reports both Reuters and a member of the “Wisconsin 14″ are disputing a Wall Street Journal story Sunday (and a quote in a piece in the New York Times) that said the group of Democrats fighting Gov. … Continue reading

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**UPDATE: Americans for Prosperity at CPAC: ‘Take the unions out at the knees’

This morning on NPR, reporter Peter Overby narrated a package that told the plain truth about what the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity is up to in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states with newly elected tea party governors. 

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