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IBEW Releases New Ad: Fairness at FairPoint—Outsourcing Jobs

What happens when a corporation cares more about Wall Street than its own employees? The answer is that jobs are outsourced to low-wage workers around the world. Right now, FairPoint Communications is working to outsource the jobs of thousands of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members. The unions went on strike against FairPoint a little more than four weeks ago, and they are scheduled to resume negotiations this week.

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Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Walmart workers, many who earn poverty-level wages and have irregular and part-time hours, have mobilized for justice and fairness at Walmart over the past few years and now are calling on Walmart to end retaliation against workers who are asking for $15 an hour and full-time hours. Now, workers’ allies in communities around the nation are joining them in massive demonstrations on Black Friday (Nov. 28), the biggest shopping day of the year.

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'I Miscarried on Walmart's Property'

Courageous current and former Walmart workers are calling on the mega retailer to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers including lighter duties where medically necessary and being able to drink water or sit down while at work. They formed a group called "Respect the Bump," which made huge strides earlier this year when Walmart announced it would make accommodations for workers with complicated pregnancies, including lighter duties when medically necessary. 

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Why We Don’t Like Fast Track: It’s a Total Failure

Why We Don’t Like Fast Track: It’s a Total Failure

Remember that scene from The Princess Bride where Inigo Montoya tells Vizzini, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” 

That’s how I feel about Fast Track. It’s a totally undemocratic scheme that allows the Executive Branch to negotiate—in near total secrecy—a “trade” deal that will forever change the rules of our economy, and then send that deal to Congress.  

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How Many Paychecks Are You Missing?

How Many Paychecks Are You Missing?

If you need proof that America has a problem with wage theft, look no further than the AMC Loews movie theater in downtown Boston. Several years ago, six janitors contracted to work at the theater hadn’t been paid for their work in months. When they finally spoke up, the contracting company fired them all.

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Final Tally: 32 N.J. AFL-CIO Labor Candidate Grads Earn Election Wins

Dan O’Connell, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Executive Board member, has been declared the winner in his race for Delran Council. The race took eight days to decide. He won by 15 votes after mail-in and provisional ballots were counted. O’Connell is the 32nd New Jersey labor candidate to notch a victory in November’s elections.

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Vote for 'Brotherhood Outdoors' in the Sportsman Channel Awards

Vote for 'Brotherhood Outdoors' in the Sportsman Channel Awards

"Brotherhood Outdoors" is the only union-dedicated, outdoor television show, and it showcases hardworking union members in an effort to teach Americans what union brotherhood is all about. It also provides viewers with tips on hunting and fishing and, in 2011, it took home the Sportsman Channel's 2011 award for best combination (hunting/fishing) show.  Since then, the series has only gotten better and it's up for three awards this year, and you can help make sure the show is a winner!

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Former Massey Energy CEO Indicted

For those of you who have been following the Massey Energy story, the Mine Workers (UMWA) passed along this news yesterday: U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Donald L. Blankenship, former chief executive officer of Massey Energy Co., with four criminal offenses. The indictment charges Blankenship with conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and securities fraud.

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How Walmart Destroyed U.S. Manufacturing

How Walmart Destroyed U.S. Manufacturing

Walmart has spent millions of dollars in the past two years on public relations promotions, advertising and conferences, trying to convince us that it, well, cares about America. From championing hiring veterans (which is noble, yes, but veterans deserve better than poverty wage jobs, and Walmart receives a substantial tax break for hiring them) to promoting “U.S. manufacturing,” the company has tried to evade the common sense of real, hardworking Americans by helping them forget Walmart was responsible for our manufacturing sector’s demise in the first place.

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Biden: 'Unions Are the Reason We Have the Best Workers in the World'

Vice President Joe Biden headlined a diverse group of leaders who spoke at the Career and Technical Education Workforce Development Summit yesterday, an event sponsored by the AFL-CIO and AFT. Biden was joined by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and numerous labor, business and community leaders who spoke to a packed house.

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