New Socialist Party is chartered in Auburn

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Socialist Party of Eastern Alabama, a chapter of Socialist Party USA, announced that they were officially charted in Auburn on Friday.

The groups said that this is, “A collective effort to fight for equality against the rising tide of white supremacy we were seeing on campus at Auburn University.”

SPEA claims that they were, “Established by comrades from various walks of life – local activists, educators, students, engineers, artists, veterans and wage laborers – all interested in improving the lives of the disenfranchised, exploited and oppressed peoples of Alabama”

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Byrne wants new joint employer rule changed

December 15, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R from Montrose) wrote an editorial in the “Hill” urging Congress to act to block potentially crippling new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regulations that potentially could hurt businesses using the franchise model.

Congressman Byrne said in a statement on social media, “What we learned after the 2016 election is that the working people of our country feel at best ignored and at worst forgotten by their government. Sadly, working families are drowning in government regulations and mandates that make life harder for them. This is certainly the case with the new “joint employer” standard from the National Labor Relations Board. The new “joint employer” standard directly threatens the livelihoods of thousands of American workers – the very people who feel the government is leaving them behind. According to FRANdata, an independent franchise-information firm, an estimated 600,000 American jobs, from more than 40,000 different businesses, could either be lost or not created within the franchise industry because of the joint employer ruling. Congress must act to get rid of this flawed standard that will make things harder for American workers.”
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Celebrating Labor Day in a Right-To-Work State

September 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Labor Day holiday has evolved over the years, according to the US Department of Labor. Honoring the Labor movement’s support of shorter hours, higher wages and to rally strikers grew organically throughout America during the 19th century. From Oregon to New York, workers and their families organized parades and picnics, celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers.

The irony of memorializing Labor’s achievements in a right-to-work state is another example of human nature’s ability to forget the struggles of past generations, while enjoying, or in this case, ignoring their success.
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House Committee Approves Byrne’s Bill to Block New Department of Labor Rule

May 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 18, the House Education and the Workforce Committee today approved a bill introduced by US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) that would block the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader” rule.

Congressman Byrne said in Committee, “This resolution is about standing up for the rights of workers and employers. The Obama administration has continually put the interests of union leaders ahead of what’s best for hardworking Americans. It’s disappointing, because working families are struggling in today’s economy, which we recently heard is growing at an anemic rate of only 0.5 percent.”
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Hillary Clinton Accuses Walter Energy of Shirking its Obligations

December 31, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 30, former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released a statement attacking Walter Energy’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy by renouncing collective bargaining agreements with unions to honor commitments to coal miners and retirees.

Secretary Clinton said, “Walter Energy is attempting to shirk its healthcare and pension obligations to hardworking Alabama active miners, retirees, widows, and dependents, in order to appease Apollo Global Management and other investors. I am disappointed that the bankruptcy court in Birmingham has granted their request. These men and woman have put their own health and safety at risk to help power American economic success. They are entitled to the benefits they have earned and deserve. Ensuring healthcare and retirement security should be the first priority in a bankruptcy proceeding, not the last, and should certainly come before the $2 million in bonuses for Walter Energy executives the court approved yesterday.”
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AEA’s Former Leaders Chafing Under NEA Control

July 30, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The powerful Alabama Education Association (AEA) dominated Alabama politics for decades. Most state legislature candidates needed AEA support to win their Democratic Primary and AEA money and influence kept those Democratic incumbents in office in increasingly Republican leaning districts far longer than they probably deserved.

At its heart, Alabama is a very conservative State. But, popular Democratic incumbents, AEA money, brilliant local party ground games, and partisan gerrymandering had kept much of the State more or less under the control of AEA, the Democratic Party, and the tag team of AEA leaders Paul Hubbert and Joe Reed probably for 16 to 20 years longer than it should have, given the demographics of the Alabama electorate.
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Armistead Predicts Scott Walker Will Be Presidential Candidate

November 18, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—On Friday, November 14, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said in his column that he believes that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) will be a GOP Presidential Candidate in 2016.

ALGOP Chairman Armistead said in a column, “The big question now is ‘will Gov. Scott Walker run for President in 2016?’ It may be too early to tell for sure, but if I were a betting man I’d put my money on him being an announced candidate for president within six months.”
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HB 195 Passes House: Eliminates Project Labor Agreements on Public Projects

February 12, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed HB 195 which eliminates preferential treatment in favor of unions in public construction projects.

The legislation was sponsored by Mack Butler (R) from Rainbow City.  Rep. Butler said that HB 195 would prohibit a public project from having a Project Labor Agreement that gives preferential treatment to union labor on public construction projects.

Butler said that 93% of the Alabama work force is non-union and that PLAs gives preferential treatment to the 7% of the work force that is union.  Eliminating PLAs from public project would protect that 93% of Alabama workers from discrimination.
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Scott Walker and Ed Shultz come to Alabama

August 21, 2013

By Beth Clayton
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–On Friday, people from across Alabama will come together for an up-close and personal opportunity with two nationally-known political figures.

The Alabama GOP will host Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) as the keynote speaker at their $150-per-plate summer dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery.

ALGOP Chairman Bill Armistead alluded to Walker’s unofficial-but-widely-suspected bid for President in 2016, saying that he and his wife are “not ashamed” to be “strong conservative Christians with ‘Alabama Values.'”
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Mobile and Other Ports to Remain Open

December 31, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A feared East and Gulf Coast port strike has been averted for at least 30 days. On Friday the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance agreed to extend their contract negotiations for an additional 30 days.

The National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay issued a written statement: “We welcome today’s news that a contract extension has been reached. However, we continue to urge both parties to remain at the negotiating table until a long-term contract agreement is finalized.”  “While a contract extension does not provide the level of certainty that retailers and other industries were looking for, it is a much better result than an East and Gulf Coast port strike that would have shut down 14 container ports from Maine to Texas.”
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