Unemployment

Jobs Bill Stalls – Legislation Allowing More Corporate Access To Prison Labor Passed

A VLTP Special Report by Bob Sloan, Executive Director

LABOR UNIONS AND GROUPS – PULL THE WOOL FROM OVER YOUR EYES AND GET ACTIVELY INVOLVED NOW – BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

Over the past two weeks VLTP published the first, second and final segments of an expose reporting on the use of prison labor in Nevada to deny jobs to local unemployed workers in Las Vegas. In researching for these articles, a very disturbing development came to light involving a lack of transparency concerning legislative action(s) taken that impact upon America’s workers – employed and unemployed alike – that must be widely reported.

VLTP would encourage readers to take a few minutes and read the full expose that links ALEC and prison industry advocates together in advancing legislation to expand prison industries nationwide.  It is filled with the legislation, individual names, corporations and links to videos of meetings where this expansion began and how Nevada is simply the latest example of sending American jobs to prison.

That being said, I am very disturbed and need to get breaking news out to DK readers about a development that will impact ALL labor in the U.S. – and in the worst way possible.  Congress has loudly argued over President Obama’s “Jobs Bill” for a couple of years now, stalling any discussion of it in the House.  At the same time Congress very, very quietly passed legislation giving Federal Prison Industries authorities the go ahead to expand their operations with two critical measures.  This was done under More →

GOP Governors Hoard Funds, Escalate Layoffs; Put Drag on Economy (CHART)

STATE GOVERNOR’S PARTY GENERAL FUNDS RAINY DAY FUND 2011 JOBS LOSS
1 Alabama Republican $51,000,000 40.5%
2 Indiana Republican $1,124,000,000 $57,000,000
3 Maine Republican $19,000,000 $71,000,000
4 Michigan Republican $554,000,000 $2,000,000
5 Minnesota Republican $1,289,000,000 $9,000,000
6 Montana Republican $340,000,000
7 New Hampshire Republican $27,000,000 $9,000,000
8 North Carolina Democratic $583,000,000 $296,000,000
9 Ohio Republican $845,000,000
10 Pennsylvania Republican $1,073,000,000
11 Wisconsin Republican $86,000,000
12 Texas Republican $1,136,000,000 $5,012,000,000 31.0%
TOTAL $7,127,000,000 $5,456,000,000 71.5%
Compiled by VeracityStew.com
Sources: A Fiscal Survey of States, Spring 2012, produced by the National Governors’ Association and the National Association of State Budget Officers. Roosevelt Institute, March 27, 2012; 

Twelve Red states, 11 of which went Red in 2010, were responsible for almost ¾ of the total public sector job loss in 2011, while sitting on more than $12.5 billion in hoarded state funds. Without these layoffs, economists say, our national unemployment would have been around 7% today. What could be their reason for this? Given the GOP pledge to “make President Obama a one-term president,” one has to wonder.

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U.K. – Plan for cheap prison work ‘may cost thousands of jobs’

It’s deja vu all over again…

“If prisoners are employed in prison then they need to be paid minimum wages. Prisoners’ families are the silent victims in all of this – when someone goes to prison their whole family goes with them. But wages are only part of the problem.

The real issue is that it’s all about employment in prison rather than employability. Sending prisoners to work in sweatshops might quench the public appetite for justice, but it’s only a short-term fix.

Education and treatment in prison needs to be incentivised as much as employment. The Government rhetoric about work might sound good but it’s just a smokescreen.”

To read about the similarities to what those seeking to privatize prisons are saying in England so you can compare it with what they said and how they lied in America, please click here