News briefs: Thursday, November 22, 2012

  • Union members key to Obama re-election November 22, 2012

    Union members played a key role — as voters and volunteers — in clinching President Barack Obama’s re-election. The AFL-CIO’s election night polling, done by Peter D. Hart Research Associates, found that union members voted for Obama at a rate of 65 percent to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 33.

  • Education policy on state ballots November 22, 2012

    Voters in Idaho and South Dakota overturned harmful education laws promoted by Republican governors. Voters in Washington and Georgia gave a thumbs-up to charter schools.

  • Labor rights in California, Michigan November 22, 2012

    California voters rejected a measure that would have blocked unions from funding political work with dues automatically deducted from members’ paychecks. But the labor movement suffered a key setback in Michigan, when voters soundly rejected Proposal 2, an amendment that would have enshrined collective-bargaining rights in the state constitution.

  • Education funding on state ballots November 22, 2012

    California and Oregon passed measures to bolster education funding and Missouri and Arizona turned back measures that would have raised taxes and used the revenue for school funding.

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