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The Good News Thread

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 15, 2014

Because we could all use a little good news:

— Thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Lee being utter boneheads, Harry Reid was able to push through a few more nominees than he thought he could this week, the biggest prize so far being Dr. Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General. When even David Gergen takes the GOP to task for cowering before the NRA over Dr. Murthy, you know they’ve gone a cower too far.

— The National Labor Relations Board, up and running again after years of Republican and Big Business obstructionism, has made a major move that could help turn the tide back in labor’s favor in America:

The National Labor Relations Board finally issued its long-in-the-works rule speeding up union representation elections. Currently, employers can drag out the election process by withholding information from organizers and with frivolous lawsuits, time they often use to intimidate and coerce workers away from union support.

The new rule, set to take effect on April 15, will cut waiting times between when an election is set and when it happens, put off litigation—often filed by businesses to drag out the election process—until after the election, allow election petitions to be filed electronically (hi there, 21st century!), require businesses to share additional worker contact information with union organizers, and consolidate the post-election appeals process.

Of course the Greed Lobby isn’t taking this lying down, but this is a big step that will be hard to undo.

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