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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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Striking Walmart Workers Stage L.A. Sit-Downs at Stores and in the Street

Photo by Cluadia Koerner via Twitter

In Los Angeles yesterday, Walmart workers participated in their boldest action to date: the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. They were protesting an end to retaliation when they speak out for $15 an hour, full-time hours and respect at work.  

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Trumka: Labor Prepared to Combat Assaults on Workers' Rights

Photo courtesy Jason Perlman on Flickr

While conservative legislators across the country are gearing up to propose extreme legislation, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement that working families and the labor union are prepared to fight back and make sure that harmful and unpopular policies don't pass. He said the labor federation would continue to focus on the agenda that working families want, one of raising wages and creating an economy that works for all Americans.

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Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Nurses Nationwide Strike, Rally Demanding Tough Ebola Protection Standards

Tens of thousands of registered nurses around the country staged strikes, rallies and marches yesterday to demand tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro said:

Nurses, who have been willing to stand by the patients whether it's the flu, whether it's Ebola, whether it's cancer, are now being asked to put themselves in harm's way unprotected, unguarded.

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Walmart Workers Stage Sit-Down at L.A. Store

In Southern California, Walmart workers, some of whom were part of the first Walmart strike in October 2012, have just sat down near registers and next to racks of a Walmart store in Crenshaw. The group of striking workers, from stores throughout California, have placed tape over their mouths, signifying the company’s efforts to silence workers who are calling for better jobs. You can watch the live stream of the action below or at Blackfridayprotests.org. (The free Ustream feed  will contain occasional advertisements.)

 
Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Thursday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working family’s news we're reading today (after the jump).

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