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Portland Guild ratifies two contracts

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Members of the Portland Newspaper Guild at the Portland Press Herald and the Waterville Sentinel have ratified new contracts that expand the Guild jurisdiction, enhance labor-management cooperation and contain no wage or benefit cuts. The agreements come as Maine Today Media – the owner of the papers is restructuring in the face of a severe financial crisis.

Labor law for the 1%

Starting in early 2011, the GOP launched an all-out attack on the NLRB the likes of which has not been seen in six decades. In the latest development, Hill Republicans are promoting a bill -- the ludicrously misnamed Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act (WDFA) -- that would further undermine the weak labor rights that still exist in the United States. The bill is neither democratic nor fair but tells us much about the extreme policies of Congressional Republicans on labor rights.

How The Stop Online Piracy Act Could Impact Journalists

Unless you’re wholly entrenched in the daily goings on of internet and copyright law, SOPA might be one of those things you hadn’t even heard of until yesterday, when sites like BoingBoing and Tumblr and GigaOm launched posts explaining and condemning it. SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, has many implications for casual internet users, but for journalists the repercussions of SOPA passing could be immense -- and according to Techdirt, the odds are 5 to 1 in favor of passage.

New Report Suggests National Politics an Important Factor in Unionization Rates

The national political environment, not globalization or technology, is the most important factor driving long-run changes in unionization rates in the United States and other rich economies, according to new research from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The report, “Politics Matter: Changes in Unionization Rates in Rich Countries, 1960-2010,” reviews unionization data covering the last 5 decades for 21 rich economies.