KANSAS LEGISLATURE TO INJURED WORKERS: THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM

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A recent report by the AFL-CIO on workplace safety, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, showed a growing problem in Kansas. In 2011, 78 workers were killed on the job in Kansas, a rate of 5.9 deaths per 100,000 workers. Additionally, 41,400 workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in the state, a rate per worker higher than the … Read More

KANSAS LEGISLATURE TO INJURED WORKERS: THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM

Urgent Action Needed! Protect injured workers.

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As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon, along with the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee Julia Lynn, want to make things materially worse. Under the provisions of SB 187, the Kansas Chamber and those of a like mindset, will unilaterally pick the … Read More

Urgent Action Needed! Protect injured workers.

Lana Gordon’s court packing scheme: Another attempt to stack the deck against injured Kansas workers.

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As if the Kansas workers compensation law does not already work hardship on injured workers and their families, Kansas Secretary of Labor Lana Gordon, along with the Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee Julia Lynn, want to make things materially worse. Under the provisions of SB 187, the Kansas Chamber and those of a like mindset, will unilaterally pick the judges … Read More

Lana Gordon’s court packing scheme: Another attempt to stack the deck against injured Kansas workers.

Meet Lana Gordon: Brownback’s Newest Anti-Worker Warrior.

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Earlier this year the Kansas Senate confirmed former State Representative Lana Gordon as the new Kansas Secretary of Labor. Gordon was chosen by Brownback to replace the former Secretary, Karin Brownlee, who you may have read a lot about last year on our site. No one really knows the true reason for Brownback dismissing Brownlee from her post, but it … Read More

Meet Lana Gordon: Brownback’s Newest Anti-Worker Warrior.

Bye Bye Brownlee

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In a shocking turn of events yesterday, Brownback’s top crusader against workers’ rights mysteriously left the agency. Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee is no longer in charge.  The announcement came buried in the third line of a press release about the appointment of two deputy secretaries, Olathe Mayor Mike Copeland and outgoing Republican Rep. Lana Gordon. The same release names Rep. … Read More

Bye Bye Brownlee

SB 416: Brownlee’s Anti-Labor Omnibus

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After weeks of waiting and at a time when the majority of the State has directed their focus on Brownback’s catastrophic tax plan and the infighting between republican legislators, Sen. Susan Wagle finally called a conference committee on SB 416 this morning. As a quick refresher: Senate Bill 416 started out as a completely noncontroversial bill but now is now a combination of … Read More

SB 416: Brownlee’s Anti-Labor Omnibus

Brownlee watch: Workers take cover.

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Last week, we met with a representative of the Senate leadership; Kansas Sec. of Labor Karin Brownlee; representatives for several business interests, such as the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Kansas NFIB, Kansas SHRM; and representatives of multiple Unions. The purpose of our meeting was to, first, provide some understanding as to the need for Senate Bill 413 and, second, to see if … Read More

Brownlee watch: Workers take cover.

Kansas Chamber Lies. Here’s The Facts.

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Today just after lunch the Kansas Chamber of Commerce sent out an email dripping with lies and urging people to contact legislators in regards to certain extremist anti-worker legislation. We wanted to take a moment to respond to their lies and provide an accurate interpretation of just what exactly is at foot here. You can view the full email at the end of this post. … Read More

Kansas Chamber Lies. Here’s The Facts.

Brownback demands it his way. Business over Kansans.

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Having it both ways is becoming a daily occurrence in the legislature. After killing the Governor’s plan to give tax breaks to corporations and wealthy Kansans early on Wednesday a phone rang in the Senate republican leadership office with Gov. Sam Brownback on the other end of it and just about as quickly as they could the Kansas Senate made an about … Read More

Brownback demands it his way. Business over Kansans.