** Organized labor has taken credit for defeating Schwarzenegger Administration compacts with Indian casino tribes because, unlike earlier Schwarzenegger deals with casino tribes, they did not include new provisions for union organizing. “Workers in Indian casinos are uniquely vulnerable because they are not protected by federal and state labor laws, like minimum wage, overtime, health and safety or anti-discrimination laws,” said Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation. “Stopping this rushed compact by the governor is important to protect workers at casinos across the state.”
** To a certain lack of surprise, here is the statement from Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata killing the huge casino tribes compacts negotiated by the Schwarzenegger Administration.
“While at the end of every session some major issues are able to be resolved quickly, because of the late date that the legislature received the gaming compacts that the administration has been working on for months (well past the Senate deadline), and because of the importance and complexity of these compacts, the Senate cannot act on them until the 2006-2007 session begins in December. We regret the disappointment and any financial burden to the tribal nations due to the lateness of the administration.”
** With big moves in store against global warming, what do you all think these days about nuclear power?
** Will the big expansion of Indian casinos negotiated by the Schwarzenegger Administration succeed in the Legislature? Or will the free-spending casino tribes find most of their plans shockingly blocked by labor-backed Democrats?
** “We’d all like to see California one day be carbon free.” Er, we would? That was Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, commenting yesterday to the New York Times. (Which didn’t catch it.) As all, uh, Star Trek fans know, human beings are carbon-based life forms.
** Track global and national energy prices in near real time via Bloomberg. Crude oil prices are hovering around $70 a barrel.
** Continuous coverage of the new global insecurity on Pajamas Media (PJM). A terrorist incident at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv prompted its storming by Israeli forces.