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Employee Free Choice Act: The Biggest Anti-Union Busting Campaign in History

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 3:41pm
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According to reports, several anti-union Corporate Front Groups plan to collectively spend almost $100 million in the next year against the bill and those who support it.

The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) (H.R. 1409, S. 560) is pending legislation in the United States which aims to "amend the National Labor Relations Act to establish an easier system to enable employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to provide for mandatory injunctions for unfair labor practices during organizing efforts, and for other purposes." The latest version was introduced into both chambers of the U.S. Congress on 10 March 2009.

Holder: U.S. 'a nation of cowards' on race

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 11:15am
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WASHINGTON - Eric Holder, the nation’s first black attorney general, said Wednesday the United States was “a nation of cowards” on matters of race, with most Americans avoiding candid discussions of racial issues.

In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder said.

Wrong Arm of the Law

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 10:54am

NEW YORK -- In 2007, the mayor of Morristown, New Jersey tried to enroll local police officers in a federal program that delegates immigration enforcement duties to local and state police.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide already had joined the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) program. Called 287(g) for a section of the 1996 immigration law that created it, the program is touted as a partnership between federal and local law enforcement to crack down on dangerous transnational crimes, like drug trafficking and human smuggling.

No longer rounding up just fugitive immigrants

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 1:52pm
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For more than five years, U.S. immigration authorities have touted the success of a national program aimed at arresting and deporting dangerous criminals and fugitives.

In frequent early morning raids at homes in Los Angeles and around the country, federal fugitive teams have sought out immigrants with criminal records or outstanding deportation orders.

What's on the Congress' Chopping Block? Education, of course.

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 1:24pm


Look, I'm as big a fan of round numbers and arbitrary goals as the next person, but the politicking and compromise between House and Senate leaders in pursuit of the final stimulus package that should be signed into law by President Obama before the end of the week seems a bit much.

Green Energy May Provide an Economic Boost to the Navajo Nation

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 1:16pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — The current thrust toward energy independence may offer the Navajo Nation an opportunity to create green jobs, initiate an economic renewal and revive traditional enterprises, according to tribal advocates.

“Indian people live off the land, so in a sense they have basically practiced green jobs,” said Joshua Lavar Butler, communications director for the Navajo Nation Council.

A new Navajo Green Economy Coalition is preparing a resolution for the council that, if approved, would allocate $6 to $10 million for a Navajo Green Energy Commission and Navajo Green Economy Fund.

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