Is West Virginia a Bellwether? The Working People Weekly List

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By Kenneth Quinnell Is West Virginia a Bellwether? The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

Dem Wins Kentucky State House Seat in District Trump Won by 49 Points: “Kentucky Democrats on Tuesday reclaimed a rural district in the state House of Representatives that went heavily for President Trump in 2016. Linda Belcher (D), a former state legislator who lost her seat in the Trump landslide in Kentucky, reclaimed the Bullitt County district by a more than two-to-one margin, defeating her GOP opponent Rebecca Johnson 68% to 32%.”

Poll: Few Voters Report Seeing Bigger Paychecks After Tax Changes: “Most voters aren’t noticing more money in their paychecks under the new tax law, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll. Just a quarter of registered voters, 25%, say they have noticed an increase in their paycheck, the poll shows. A majority, 51%, say they have not.”

Postal-Service Workers Are Shouldering the Burden for Amazon: “Every day postal trucks drop off about 4,000 packages at a U.S. Postal Service station in central Tennessee, where they’re unloaded by a team of around six USPS employees. Each person grabs a box, rushes to the only scanning machine, runs the bar code, and then places it in the proper gurney for its route. The process takes about 10 seconds, and it can be repeated as many as 200 times in an hour.”

Behind Janus: Documents Reveal Decade-Long Plot to Kill Public-Sector Unions: “The Roman god Janus was known for having two faces. It is a fitting name for the U.S. Supreme Court case scheduled for oral arguments February 26, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, that could deal a devastating blow to public-sector unions and workers nationwide.”

N.J. Union Leader: Future of Organized Labor Is in Supreme Court’s Hands: “The U.S. Supreme Court soon will be the stage of one of the most consequential fights in the history of the American worker. Anyone concerned with the future of middle-class jobs in our nation deserves to get the facts. Rather than sifting through the complexities of this legal battle, the goal of this article is to make clear to readers the real-life implications of this impending court decision.”

In Janus Case, Working People Continue Fight Championed by Martin Luther King Jr.: “Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. joined the sanitation strikers in Memphis, Tennessee, who carried signs that boldly proclaimed, ‘I Am a Man,’ at a time when many employers rejected that very notion. King and the working people of Memphis fought for the freedom to join together in unions and to be treated with dignity and respect on the job.”

Working People Flip State House Seat in Kentucky: “On Tuesday, working people claimed a landslide victory in a Kentucky special election. ‘I could not have done this without labor,’ said Democrat Linda Belcher in her victory speech. She’s the newly elected state representative for House District 49 in Bullitt County, just south of Louisville where then-presidential candidate Donald Trump carried 72% of the vote in 2016.”

Time for Solidarity: What Working People Are Doing This Week: “Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here’s a look at the broad range of activities we’re engaged in this week.”

Kenneth Quinnell
Fri, 02/23/2018 – 12:45

Source: AFL-CIO

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