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Health Care Activists Deliver “Repossession Notice” to Medica

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This morning about 50 health care activists made a surprise appearance at Medica’s Minnetonka headquarters to deliver “repossession notices” and demand the return of over $200 million in excess cash reserves to the state of Minnesota. The group stormed into the main lobby and posted orange notices around the lobby as the crowd heard speeches and chanted. The group represented TakeAction Minnesota, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the Land Stewardship Project. This action follows months of TakeAction activity aimed at getting health providers to return excess reserves. A team visited the homes of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medica CEOs And. Continue Reading →

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Wisc. School Teacher Announces Candidacy Against GOP Sen. Harsdorf

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Shelly Moore, a school teacher in Wisconsin’s Ellsworth School district, has declared her candidacy to run against State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, one of four Republicans targeted in a recall campaign in the wake of right-wing Governor Scott Walker’s war on unions. Continue Reading →

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Kloppenburg Addresses Supporters on Election Night

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Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg addressed her supporters at 12:30 a.m. this morning at the Edgewater Hotel in Madison, Wis.
Earlier today, Kloppenburg declared victory over incumbent Justice (and self-described fan of Governor Scott Walker) David Prosser after the Associated Press gave her a 204-vote lead. Continue Reading →

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Wisconsin Voters Head to the Polls for Important Supreme Court Election

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Wisconsin citizens headed to the polls this morning to vote in an important state Supreme Court election between progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg and conservative David Prosser. The outcome will be interpreted as a defeat, or a victory, for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who gutted the state’s organized labor rights earlier this spring. Continue Reading →

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Working America Minneapolis Rallies For Job Creation

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Local members of Working America joined their brethren in cities across the country today in a rally to focus attention on job creation. Working America is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, which combines the strength of about 10 million union and non-union members to argue against what they consider wrong-headed priorities that favor the rich and corporate special interests over America’s well-being. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Audit: Hostile Takeover Threat Spurs Concessions from Michigan Unions

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Michigan’s new Emergency Manager Law is already forcing major concessions from unions. The law gives the governor the power to declare a city insolvent and appoint an emergency manager with virtually unlimited power to reorganize every aspect of city business, including dissolving the city entirely. Continue Reading →

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