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Wisconsin Firefighter Mahlon Mitchell Launches Campaign for Wis. Lt. Governor

During 2011’s Wisconsin uprising, Mahlon Mitchell, a firefighter who had just been elected president of the Fire Fighters (IAFF) in Wisconsin, created a national buzz with his fresh, eloquent defense of the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Now Mitchell is running for lieutenant governor as part of the state's upcoming recall elections.

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Workers and Allies Barnstorm Verizon Shareholder Meeting

Lorenzo Scott

Members of the 99% Power coalition disrupted Verizon's annual shareholder meeting in Huntsville, Ala., six separate times today. In each instance, a group of protesters interrupted the proceedings using “Mic Check” tactics, followed by chants such as “Shame on you!” “Verigreedy!” and “People over profit!”  After each occurrence, the chanting group was led out by security people, with many in the audience applauding them. There were no arrests.

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Rep. Miller to NLRB Member Flynn: Resign

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) called for the resignation of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member Terence Flynn yesterday after new evidence was uncovered by the NLRB’s inspector general showing that Flynn disclosed additional deliberative and nonpublic information to outside parties. Saying that "disclosing judges’ deliberations in pending cases to outside parties, for example, is repugnant to the American justice system," Miller said, "such behavior cannot be allowed to continue.

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Call Verizon Now and Tell It to Give Workers a Fair Shake

Thousands of working families are gathering outside the Verizon shareholder meeting this morning in Huntsville, Ala., to protest the company's "VeriGreedy" treatment of customers, workers and taxpayers.

Even as Verizon tripled the compensation of CEO Lowell McAdam to $23.1 million last year, the corporation was outsourcing U.S. jobs, gutting worker pensions and charging current and retired employees and their families thousands of dollars more for health benefits while cutting disability coverage. Meanwhile, employees have been struggling to win a new contract for nearly a year.

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