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Amy Barrett and the Corporate Crusade for Control of the Supreme Court

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) NBCNews
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing October 13th. This week US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) charged corporate dark money is behind a plot, bearing all the marks of a covert operation, to control the Supreme Court and undermine the independence of the judicial branch of the federal government.

They Loan You Money. Then They Get a Warrant for Your Arrest.

Anjali Tsui ProPublica
dollar bill with handcuffs High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without a difference.

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Defying Predictions, Union Membership Isn't Dropping Post-Janus

Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene Governing
The Supreme Court’s ruling was expected to diminish union membership. But so far, many unions have actually increased their numbers since the verdict. Conservative groups are working to reverse that trend in the long run.

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Under Trump, Labor Protections Stripped Away

Katie Johnston The Boston Globe
“This has been a terrible 18 months-plus for working people in this country,” said Celine McNicholas, director of labor law and policy at the Economic Policy Institute. “It’s an unprecedented attack on workers.”

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Bishops Back Unions in U.S. Supreme Court Case that Could Cripple Public Employee Unions

Mark Pattison Catholic New Service/Crux
“The Catholic bishops of the United States have long and consistently supported the right of workers to organize for purposes of collective bargaining,” a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says.brief says. “Because this right is substantially weakened by so-called ‘right-to-work’ laws, many bishops - in their dioceses, through their state conferences, and through their national conference - have opposed or cast doubt on such laws, and no U.S. bishop has expressed support for them.”
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