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Meanwhile, ALEC is ....

Postby KeithE » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:44 pm

busy hurting workers and helping corporations.

ALEC Is Pushing a New Slate of Viciously Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Laws

A veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals


Some examples:
The resolution, entitled “Draft Resolution Reaffirming the Right of State Legislatures to Determine Electoral Districts,” asserts the legislative branch’s “sovereignty” over redistricting and states that the “intervention of state supreme courts to redistrict congressional district maps violates the fundamental right of the residents of a state to republican self-government.”


Under the proposed measure, unions would have to get the votes of a majority of all members–not just those showing up to vote–in order to retain their right to represent workers in a bargaining unit. That punitive standard is far more restrictive than anything used in corporate governance or U.S. elections. (Imagine a bill forcing the unseating of corporate directors if the majority of all shareholders, not just those casting ballots, did not vote for management–or a similar standard for politicians.)


ALEC will also be considering a “Uniform Worker Classification Act” that promotes short-term contracts and freelance work over permanent jobs. The resolution focuses on “uniform standards for determining who is an employee and who is an independent contractor,” but is designed to establish a very broad definition of independent contractor that lets employers off the hook for the rights and benefits enjoyed by traditional employees and prevents union organizing. Misclassifying workers is a classic corporate strategy for short-shrifting employees and has been the subject of much litigation.


The measure expresses opposition to “all federal, state, and local efforts to compel consumers to subsidize any and all vehicles, energy, fuels, and fueling infrastructure.” Oil Change International tried to put a price tag on U.S. oil and gas subsidies and pegged them at about $20 billion per year.

At face value, it sounds like ALEC is considering taking a bold new stand against fossil fuel companies such as Koch Industries, Peabody Energy, and others that have long underwritten its work.

But something about the wording of the resolution, especially the language condemning “agreements in which costs to construct and operate fueling infrastructure are socialized” and an “infrastructure that will likely be used by a small minority of consumers,” suggests that they are only talking about electric vehicles.


Another ALEC draft bill Resolution in Support of the Reconsideration of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards attacks the Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standards imposed by the federal government and the state of California as “a relic of a disproven narrative of resource scarcity” left over from the 1970s.

The resolution ignores the fact that fuel economy standards have cleared the deadly smog from Los Angeles and other American cities, improving the environment and the health of residents, especially those suffering from asthma.


Now ALEC is debating a new bill, the “Economic Development Zone ESA Act,” to require the state to pay the equivalent of public school aid toward any private school for students who live in majority low-income economic development zones. Given the cost of a private school education, the likely effect would be to subsidize the ability of middle- and upper-income families in economically distressed areas to pull their kids out of public school.


At the end is 16 other Draft Acts being pushed at federal and state levels. I have not read them yet, maybe you can.

None of these have not happened yet, but it is their intent. If you disagree with any or all of these efforts, please contact your Congress(wo)men.
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Re: Meanwhile, ALEC is ....

Postby Haruo » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:39 pm

ALEC being? This, I imagine: ALEC.
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Re: Meanwhile, ALEC is ....

Postby KeithE » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:51 pm

Haruo wrote:ALEC being? This, I imagine: ALEC.

That’s right Haruo. They have already done much harm to the country and intend to do a lot more.

For those more dedicated to studying matters read at least Jane Mayer's summary of her book Dark Money $4.99 and 40 pages. Or read her whole book Dark Money (I have as has an old lady {usually non-political type} in our church and she came out hollering to her friends).

Besides contacting your Congressional servants and complaining about specific acts that bother you, recognize that Republicans march to ALEC’s orders far more than Dems. So Vote Dem or Ind.

ALEC’s Influence over Lawmaking in State Legislatures

During the 2011-2012 legislative session, 132 bills based on ALEC models were introduced in the states. Democrats sponsored nearly 10% of those bills, while Republicans sponsored more than 90%.
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Re: Meanwhile, ALEC is ....

Postby Jim » Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:47 pm

KeithE wrote:busy hurting workers and helping corporations.

ALEC Is Pushing a New Slate of Viciously Anti-Worker, Pro-Corporate Laws

A veritable banquet of union-busting, gerrymandering, pro-fossil fuel, and school privatization proposals


Some examples:
The resolution, entitled “Draft Resolution Reaffirming the Right of State Legislatures to Determine Electoral Districts,” asserts the legislative branch’s “sovereignty” over redistricting and states that the “intervention of state supreme courts to redistrict congressional district maps violates the fundamental right of the residents of a state to republican self-government.”


Under the proposed measure, unions would have to get the votes of a majority of all members–not just those showing up to vote–in order to retain their right to represent workers in a bargaining unit. That punitive standard is far more restrictive than anything used in corporate governance or U.S. elections. (Imagine a bill forcing the unseating of corporate directors if the majority of all shareholders, not just those casting ballots, did not vote for management–or a similar standard for politicians.)


ALEC will also be considering a “Uniform Worker Classification Act” that promotes short-term contracts and freelance work over permanent jobs. The resolution focuses on “uniform standards for determining who is an employee and who is an independent contractor,” but is designed to establish a very broad definition of independent contractor that lets employers off the hook for the rights and benefits enjoyed by traditional employees and prevents union organizing. Misclassifying workers is a classic corporate strategy for short-shrifting employees and has been the subject of much litigation.


The measure expresses opposition to “all federal, state, and local efforts to compel consumers to subsidize any and all vehicles, energy, fuels, and fueling infrastructure.” Oil Change International tried to put a price tag on U.S. oil and gas subsidies and pegged them at about $20 billion per year.

At face value, it sounds like ALEC is considering taking a bold new stand against fossil fuel companies such as Koch Industries, Peabody Energy, and others that have long underwritten its work.

But something about the wording of the resolution, especially the language condemning “agreements in which costs to construct and operate fueling infrastructure are socialized” and an “infrastructure that will likely be used by a small minority of consumers,” suggests that they are only talking about electric vehicles.


Another ALEC draft bill Resolution in Support of the Reconsideration of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards attacks the Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE standards imposed by the federal government and the state of California as “a relic of a disproven narrative of resource scarcity” left over from the 1970s.

The resolution ignores the fact that fuel economy standards have cleared the deadly smog from Los Angeles and other American cities, improving the environment and the health of residents, especially those suffering from asthma.


Now ALEC is debating a new bill, the “Economic Development Zone ESA Act,” to require the state to pay the equivalent of public school aid toward any private school for students who live in majority low-income economic development zones. Given the cost of a private school education, the likely effect would be to subsidize the ability of middle- and upper-income families in economically distressed areas to pull their kids out of public school.


At the end is 16 other Draft Acts being pushed at federal and state levels. I have not read them yet, maybe you can.

None of these have not happened yet, but it is their intent. If you disagree with any or all of these efforts, please contact your Congress(wo)men.

Did you go for the $15 contribution-box at the end or "Other?"
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Re: Meanwhile, ALEC is ....

Postby KeithE » Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:06 pm

Jim wrote:Did you go for the $15 contribution-box at the end or "Other?"


No.

If your implication is that Common Dreams is solely about collecting money and not about disseminating little-reported FACTS that support a liberal (that’s good) agenda for the Common Good, you are seriously wrong. They collect money from small (liberally minded) donors instead of ALEC who collects far more money from corporate sources wanting policies favorable to their bottom lines.
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Casey Mattox of Collinsville Alabama

Postby Stephen Fox » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:44 pm

is Alec Headquarters now with the Charles Koch foundation.

Read my recent blog.
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Re: Meanwhile, ALEC is ....

Postby Sandy » Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:23 pm

Jim wrote: Did you go for the $15 contribution-box at the end or "Other?"


I went for "other." A cause that is involved in exposing the dangerous and harmful practice of paying off legislators to introduce their own stuff is worth more than the $15 they asked for. I'm glad to chip in. Thanks for noticing that, you helped them out, at least as far as I'm concerned.
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Re: Casey Mattox of Collinsville Alabama

Postby KeithE » Sat Aug 18, 2018 10:03 am

Stephen Fox wrote:is Alec Headquarters now with the Charles Koch foundation.

Read my recent blog.

Read your recent Blog, Stephen, mostly about Casey Maddox who once was in a class you subbed for. He is now a conservative lawyer who you claim is tied to the Koch Brothers. He may be.

Not any word about ALEC in that article. But Koch Brothers were mentioned tangentially twice.

Yes the Koch Brothers have been among the major financial donors to ALEC.

ALEC headquarters is at 2900 Crystal Dr., 6th Fl. Arlington VA in Crystal City complex just south of Pentagon.

The Charles Koch Foundation is at 1320 N. Courthouse Road, Suite 500 Arlington, VA 22201 which is near Rosslyn north of Pentagon.

They are not colocated but both located across river form WashDC to do major lobbying for laws that benefit themselves and their donor corporations. And I’m sure they collaborate.

This “Charles Koch foundation” is about grants for “scholars” and schools to do directed conservative-oriented research; not really charitable, or valid “research” in general, imo. Read Charles Koch Foundation’s unique definition of ‘academic freedom’

For example
The Charles G. Koch foundation has also given gobs of money in education — with attached strings. For example, when the foundation was engaged in talks with Florida State University back in 2007 to make a donation worth millions of dollars, the organization had an agenda: The school’s Economics Department would get the cash if it taught economics to reflect the pro-business, anti-regulatory philosophy of Koch — and wouldn’t if it didn’t. Faculty members would be chosen in consultation with the foundation, and there would be more cash if the foundation-approved department chair would keep his job.
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