Workers won a big victory this week when the West Virginia House of Delegates passed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin one of top priorities of working families. The so-called “Worker Freedom Bill” prevents employers from forcing employees to attend meetings supporting the bosses’ political candidates or spouting anti-union rhetoric.
The bill (H.B. 4132), which passed the House with a 64–33 majority, now goes to the State Senate.
Sherry Breeden, political director for the West Virginia AFL-CIO, says:
We just want a level playing field. We just want workers to have the freedom to choose to walk away and not listen without repercussions.
Apparently Colorado corporate types want to do the crime, but not the time. At least that’s how you could read the Denver Chamber of Commerce’s fierce opposition to a corporate accountability ballot initiative that Rocky Mountain activists are seeking to place on the November ballot.
While it carries an unwieldy name—Criminal and Civil Liability of Businesses and Individuals for Business Activities—the proposed Initiative 57 carries a simple message: Business execs will be held accountable for corporate misbehavior.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), within reach of becoming the Republican nominee for president, has spent decades as a Washington, D.C., insider. But the traditional media has yet to look much deeper than the self-image McCain has created and promoted.
Hugh McVey, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, weighs in on Sen. McCain’s record in this video. His conclusion? After looking at the facts, it’s clear that McCain hasn’t made the right votes on behalf of working families.
McVey cites several issues where McCain’s long voting record shows a clear pattern of poor choices, including workers’ rights, trade and health care. Says McVey:
Sen. McCain is bad for almost everything that affects working families.