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MO Blocks Right-To-Work Law

Missouri blocks right-to-work law. NPR: “Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure. With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the “no” vote on Missouri’s Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting ‘yes.’ In 2017, the right-to-work law passed Missouri’s Republican legislature and was signed by then-Gov. Eric Greitens. However, union organizers gathered enough signatures to keep it from going into effect pending the results of a statewide referendum. The rejection of Proposition A effectively kills the law. ‘It’s a truly historic moment,’ said Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO. ‘Tonight we celebrate, but tomorrow we’re getting back to work. We’re going to take this energy and momentum and build more power for working people across Missouri.'”

Congress To Get First Muslim Woman

Congress to get 1st Muslim woman as Rashida Tlaib wins nomination. Boston Globe: “Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has won the Democratic nomination to run unopposed for the House seat long held by former Rep. John Conyers, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress. No Republicans or third-party candidates ran in Tuesday’s District 13 primary race, meaning Tlaib is set to win the seat in November’s election and begin serving a full two-year term in January. The special primary race to serve the last two months of Conyers’ term was still too close to call as of early Wednesday morning, with Tlaib and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones were neck and neck. The winner of that race will also run unopposed in November’s election. Tlaib, 42, served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014. She defeated five other candidates to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district, which covers much of Detroit and some of its suburbs.”

WH Wants Curbs On Legal Immigration

Stephen Miller wants to deny more legal immigrants Green Cards and citizenship. Slate: “The White House is planning to add new restrictions to green card and citizenship applications for a wide range of legal immigrants who have used public services in their time in the United States, NBC News reported. NBC News said that under the proposal, ‘immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children’s health insurance, food stamps and other benefits could be hindered from obtaining legal status in the U.S.’ The move is part of a broad campaign by White House adviser Stephen Miller and other immigration hawks to persecute immigrants of various legal statuses whom they can portray as a drain on public resources. Even without any new formal guidance, the administration’s current immigration restrictions mean the U.S. ‘is on track for a decline in immigrants granted green cards by 20 percent and naturalized citizenship will drop by 10 percent by the end of October compared to fiscal year 2016,’ NBC News reported.”

Judge Orders Release Of Immigrant Detained At Green Card Interview

Man nabbed At Green Card interview ordered released. Law360: “A New Jersey federal judge Friday ordered the release of a Salvadoran man whom immigration officers had detained when he attended a green card interview, determining that they violated the Constitution by trying to deport him before he could complete the process. U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo determined that the federal government violated the Fifth Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act by trying to deport Antonio de Jesus Martinez before he could complete the process of obtaining a green card through his marriage to a U.S. Citizen.”

Indy Workers Walk Out To Defend Latinos

We Rise Together, Homie. Jacobin: ” U.S. labor history is full of moments of tremendous drama and upheaval. That history is riveting stuff, but getting a raw, unfiltered view of the human drama of workers fighting their bosses on the shop floor, the place where the day-to-day confrontation between workers and bosses takes place (and occasionally boils over), is rare. Which is what makes Antoine Dangerfield’s recent viral video a must-watch. A thirty-year-old welder in Indianapolis, Dangerfield worked for a construction contractor building a UPS hub. On Tuesday, he says that a small number of Latino workers (millwrights, welders, and conveyor installers, in his telling) working for a different contractor but in the same hub were ordered home after disobeying the orders of a white boss he calls racist. In response, the entire group of workers — over a hundred, in Dangerfield’s estimation — walked out. Dangerfield caught their wildcat strike on camera at the moment they walked of the job. In his video, he is positively giddy watching them shut down their massive workplace. ‘They are not bullshitting!’ he says as Latino workers walk off. Referring to the boss, he says, ‘They thought they was gonna play with these amigos, and they said, ‘aw yeah, we rise together, homie.'”

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