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Schupp: 'We must expand protections for workers and their right to collectively bargain'

Jill Schupp, Labor-endorsed Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, has been a strong, reliable voice for working families in the state House and Senate. She supports strengthening prevailing wage laws and fought to defeat “right-to-work.”

She supported the voter-approved Clean Missouri initiative to clean up politics in Jefferson City and eliminate partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts and is adamantly opposed to Amendment 3 (“Dirty Missouri”) which seeks to overturn the will of voters and enshrine partisan gerrymandering in the Missouri Constitution.

She is an advocate for family medical leave, increasing teacher pay and doing what is necessary to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control so children and teachers can return to school.

And she supports raising the federal minimum wage so working families can make enough to not only survive, but to thrive.


A weasel walks into a bar

The bartender comments, “Wow, cannot ever remember having a weasel in here before, what can I get you?”

“Pop” goes the weasel....................

Told the suitcases 🧳 that there will be no vacation this year

Now I’m dealing with emotional baggage 🧳......................

While out today driving in what would normally be a republican part of town

I saw several Biden signs and one "republicans for Biden" It was cool to see.

Heard about the fellow who stayed up all night to see what happened to the sun

After it set.........

Then it dawned on him.....................

Just to be clear, people that make excessive puns about shoes 👞

Should put a Sock 🧦 in it.....................

The ABCs of why employers support Trump

The flip side to Trump’s assault on workers is greed, helping employers and the 1% shift more money to their own pockets at workers’ expense.


A. Relieves employers for COVID-19 failures
In issuing this guidance, Trump’s OSHA signaled that it did not consider the spread of COVID-19 in non-health-care essential industries to be work-related and gave employers a pass on their obligation to protect workers. After a huge public outcry, the agency rescinded this guidance.

B. Allowing employers to gerrymander bargaining units
In 2011, the Obama NLRB ruled that workers at a plant could determine for themselves who is the bargaining unit as long as they shared a “community of interest.” The Trump NLRB overturned that rule thus enabling employers to gerrymander bargaining units to make it more difficult for workers to organize.


50 ways Donald Trump has hurt workers and their families

When Donald Trump was first running for office in 2016, his bravado, working man posturing, and talk of “America first” had a certain appeal for workers who felt forgotten, displaced by trade deals that hurt manufacturing and cost U.S. jobs. Trump was able to tap into working people’s frustration and desire for a fresh start, but his policies have been nothing short of an attack on workers, their unions and their families. His executive orders and agency appointments have made clear that the tough talk is just a distraction; he sees workers as pawns, and their unions, as a problem to be eliminated. Before you vote on Nov. 3, take a look at where Trump really stands for workers and their families.


1. Trump supports ‘right-to-work’
Trump-backed “right-to-work” as a candidate in 2016 and has said he would sign a National Right-to-Work law introduced in the Senate if it reaches his desk. He frequently attacks union dues (paid by union members, not the companies they work for) as the cause of job losses and issued a memo earlier this year calling for the abolition of federal workers’ bargaining rights.

2. Failed to support second stimulus round during the coronavirus pandemic
The Trump administration vehemently opposed extending the temporary $600 increase in unemployment benefits and $150 billion in aid to state and local governments included in the CARES Act. Failing to extend the aid will cost millions of jobs – including 5.3 million due to insufficient federal aid to state and local governments and 5.1 million from the expiration of the temporary boost in unemployment insurance for workers waylaid by the pandemic.


Quincy Made Major Changes To Water Treatment Prior to Legionnaires' Outbreak

Five years ago, an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease killed 12 people and sickened dozens more at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Most of the cases occurred in the summer of 2015 at the state-run retirement facility — and investigations later revealed Legionella bacteria had thrived in its poorly maintained, aging plumbing system. But that same summer, four Quincy residents with no known connection to the veterans home contracted the disease in less than a month, puzzling investigators.

These unexplained illnesses caught the attention of researchers at Virginia Tech, who spent a year collecting and analyzing public records related to the outbreak.

The records they gathered show Quincy made major changes to its water treatment processes in the months leading up to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Though the changes never violated state or federal law, the amount of disinfectant in Quincy’s tap water dropped by half as a result, possibly allowing Legionella bacteria to multiply throughout the water system.


Pro & Con: Amendment 3 Has Missouri Voters Back To The Drawing Board On Legislative Districts

Two years ago, when the Clean Missouri campaign asked Missouri voters if they wanted an overhaul of the state’s legislative redistricting system, plus some new limits on campaign finance and lobbyist gifts, the answer was a clear yes. A strong majority voted in favor of Amendment 1 on Nov. 6, 2018, and proponents of the amendment hailed its passage as a victory for political accountability.

But now the fate of the recently adopted redistricting system — which includes a nonpartisan state demographer and new criteria prioritizing “competitiveness” and “partisan fairness” — is in doubt. Some Missouri lawmakers are asking voters to reconsider and pushing for the passage of Amendment 3 this fall.

While reading the ballot language, voters may experience a sense of déjà vu, as proposed changes to two arguably distinct issues — political money and political representation — are again combined in one ballot issue. Also, the first two of Amendment 3’s three sections appear to closely piggyback on some of what Clean Missouri already sought to do, including “ban gifts from paid lobbyists to legislators and their employees” and “reduce legislative campaign contribution limits.”

The third section is the meat of the issue, where Amendment 3 asks voters to “change the redistricting process voters approved in 2018 [by] transferring responsibility for drawing state legislative districts from the Nonpartisan State Demographer to Governor-appointed bipartisan commissions [and] modifying and reordering the redistricting criteria.”


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