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The Art of Ralph Fasanella Comes to the AFL-CIO

Ralph Fasanella, McCarthy Press, 1958, oil on  canvas, American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift  of Eva Fasanella and her children, Gina Mostrando  and Marc Fasanella, Photo by Gavin Ashworth, New  York. © 1958, Estate of Ralph Fasanella

Ralph Fasanella spent much of his youth at the side of his Italian immigrant father, as he navigated the streets in his horse-drawn wagon delivering ice to Greenwich Village homes in New York. They would sling a block of ice with tongs, rest it on their leather-sheathed shoulders, stride into the house and place it in the customer’s icebox. Often, they would need to remove all of the contents of the icebox to make room for the block and then neatly stack the refrigerated contents back into the box. He would later say, after he earned national fame as a painter, that the compositional density of his paintings was influenced by this work.

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A Sheet Metal Career: Priceless

A Sheet Metal Career: Priceless

On Columbus Day, dozens of the 160 Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation workers (SMART) training centers opened up their state-of-the-art facilities to the public and introduced politicians, community leaders, architects and prospective students to the apprenticeship programs that teach and shape tomorrow’s sheet metal workers.

This post originally appeared on the AFL-CIO's @Work site

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Company Turns to IBEW and Brings Jobs Back from China

Neutex Advanced Energy Group, a Houston-based maker of LED lights, light bulbs and fixtures, brought its core manufacturing operation from China back to the United States last year and turned to the Electrical Workers (IBEW) to staff its facility.

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IUPAT Facebook Campaign Raises Money for Children with Cerebral Palsy

“Being in a union is more than just looking out for us, we have to look out for the communities not only where we work, but where we live,” says Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) General President Kenneth Rigmaiden.

Last fall, IUPAT kicked off a campaign that would donate a dollar for each new “Like” for its foundation’s Facebook page. IUPAT’s foundation, Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope (PATCH), presented a check for $10,000 to United Cerebral Palsy earlier this year.

This story originally appeared on the AFL-CIO's @Work website. Read more stories about community here

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FireOps Course Highlights Demands of Job, Dangers of Sequestration

Fire Fighters (IAFF)  Local 230 invited elected officials and attendees of Netroots Nation, a conference for progressives and activists, to take part in a basic firefighting class at its training facility in San Jose, Calif. Participants climbed ladders, operated fire hoses and Jaws of Life, performed CPR and navigated through a warren of dark, tight corridors—all while wearing full firefighting gear.

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How to Beat Inequality? Here’s What You Had to Say

How to Beat Inequality? Here’s What You Had to Say

How do we close the inequality gap and restore a potent middle class? The AFL-CIO’s live online discussion yesterday with Robert Reich, former secretary of labor and the Chancellor’s professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley, went far beyond the idea of raising taxes on the wealthiest 1%. Worker co-ops, co-determination, reducing student debt, shortening the workweek, campaign finance reform and raising the minimum wage were among the excellent suggestions offered in the seventh in a series of online discussions to help us shape the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention and how the labor movement can meet the needs of working people in the future.

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A New Woman: Program Prepares New York Women in the Building Trades

The Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) program in New York City prepares women for careers in construction and related industries through an innovative training and placement program that guides low-income women toward a meaningful career and solid financial footing.

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What the American Dream Is All About

Neidi Dominguez came to the United States at the age of nine with her mother and younger sister. In 2008, she graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has been an advocate and organizer for DREAMers and helped lead efforts to pass the federal DREAM Act. Recently, she served as a strategic campaign coordinator for the CLEAN Carwash Campaign.

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Culinary Academy Prepares Workers for Jobs on Las Vegas Strip

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, a partnership among the Culinary Workers Union/UNITE HERE Local 226, Bartenders Union/UNITE HERE Local 165 and 26 properties on the Las Vegas Strip, teaches students everything they need to know to get a position with good wages and benefits in the hospitality industry. The vocational classes, which range from two weeks to three months, kick off with a half-day class, which teaches students interview techniques and how to be gainfully employed on the Strip. In addition to training 35,000 workers since its inception in 1993, it also serves nearly 900 hot meals daily to disadvantaged youth, seniors and veterans in the surrounding neighborhood. This video highlights how students trained in this program will find promising careers.

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Restaurant Workers: Saru Jayaraman Takes Us 'Behind the Kitchen Door'

Saru Jayaraman

The partition that separates diners from the inner workings of the restaurant industry toppled for Saru Jayaraman shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Fekkak Mamdouh, one of the headwaiters of the restaurant housed on the top floor of the World Trade Center, approached Jayaraman seven months after the attacks. His former boss deemed him and his former crew “not experienced enough” to work in his new Times Square restaurant. Jayaraman, a 27-year-old organizer of immigrant women, took up the case to advocate for the displaced workers, organized protests and won—most of the workers were awarded the good jobs their former boss promised.

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