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ALEC Up to its Old Tricks

A new report finds the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is involved in widespread efforts to weaken wages and workplace standards designed to protect the economic security of workers.

The National Employment Law Project (NELP), an organization that promotes job growth and local, state and national partnerships, released the report.

NELP found that since January 2011, legislators from 31 states have introduced 105 bills reflecting ALEC’s model legislation in efforts to suppress the wages of low-paid workers across the United States.

The bills are designed to repeal state minimum wage laws, reduce minimum wage rates for youth and tipped workers, weaken overtime compensation policies and prevent local governments from establishing living wage ordinances.

In addition, the NELP report shows that out of 105 bills, 67 were directly sponsored or co-sponsored by ALEC-affiliated legislators from 25 states.

The goal of the report is to draw attention to political forces contributing to eroding wages, income inequality and protections for workers in the United States.

NELP names the sponsors of the ALEC model bills, descriptions and status of the legislation.

ALEC, a Washington, DC-based politically ultra-conservative non-profit, thrives on operating in the shadows of American government to push anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country.

ALEC sponsors private meetings allowing state lawmakers and corporate executives to frame legislation that is later introduced in state legislatures. The laws tilt in the favor of big business. ALEC has pushed legislation that has been harmful to fire fighter rights to collectively bargain and has also proposed other anti-union policies.

Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and courts financial support from various foundations, including those controlled by the billionaire Koch Brothers.

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