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Working Families Bring Pots and Spoons Brigade to N.C. Lawmakers

In Raleigh, N.C., state lawmakers returned to a cacophonous chorus of pots and spoons, clanging and ringing.

This was no serenade. North Carolinians, fed up with the General Assembly’s agenda of pursuing giveaways for the rich at the expense of everyone else, greeted lawmakers with a first-of-its-kind, 15-minute non-stop clamorous protest of politicians’ reckless ways.

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Bank Foreclosure Settlement Money Should Be Used to Help Homeowners

Bank Foreclosure Settlement Money Should Be Used to Help Homeowners

Earlier this year, state and federal law enforcement officials negotiated a historic legal settlement with the Big Banks that had abused the rights of homeowners during the foreclosure crisis. As part of this settlement, the Big Banks agreed to pay $2.5 billion in penalties to the states for programs to help prevent foreclosures.

Sadly, in many states these funds are now at risk of being diverted away from helping struggling homeowners.

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Reuther Film, ‘Brothers on the Line,’ Winning Praise

The documentary “Brothers on the Line,” which chronicles the lives of UAW leader Walter Reuther and his brothers, Roy and Victor—from the Great Depression to the Great Society, is picking up awards and packing theaters in special screenings around the nation. Take a look at this new trailer. 

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Backus Federation of Nurses secure first contract

The Backus Federation of Nurses at Backus Hospital, Norwich, Conn., have secured their first collective bargaining contract which includes safe working provisions as well as professional and economic standards. These provisions will help to recruit and retain experienced RNs, AFT Connecticut announc...

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Senate Passes Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

The U.S. Senate yesterday approved (78-20) legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank through 2014. Last week, the House passed (330-90) the same bill and it now goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

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Wages for Young College Grads Fall

Wages for Young College Grads Fall

Most recent young college graduates are carrying a heavy debt load for their education, and they face a harder time paying it off because their wages have plummeted as well—part of a decade-long decline, according to a new Economic Snapshot from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

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Global Petition Demands Hyatt Rehire Fired Housekeepers

Last October, the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Calif., fired two sisters with 30 years of combined experience after they objected to the posting of demeaning pictures of housekeepers in bikinis on a company bulletin board. Yesterday, Hyatt workers, clergy, and local elected officials delivered nearly 100,000 petition signatures from around the world to the hotel’s general manager condemning the hotel’s dismissal of sisters Martha and Lorena Reyes and calling for their reinstatement with full back pay.

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Arizona Appraisers Affiliate with OPEIU’s Appraisers Guild

The Coalition of Arizona Appraisers (CoAA) has voted to affiliate with the American Guild of Appraisers (AGA), a guild of the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU).

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Ohio Labor Council Embraces Community Wetlands Project

Ohio Labor Council Embraces Community Wetlands Project

A partnership between the the Crawford/Richland County Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO and Ashland University is increasing access to the Black Fork Wetlands for student research and other community members in north-central Ohio. As a new feature in the AFL-CIO In Our Communities notes, the council, made up of 3,500 members in two counties, is raising funds to build an Environmental Studies Center at the wetlands site, a project that has lain dormant on Ashland University’s drawing boards for several years.

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Lose Grip, Waste Taxpayer Money

New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien's dictatorial attitude hasn't helped him pass "right to work" for less laws, collective bargaining restrictions or a voter ID law. Now that heavy hand appears to be coming back to haunt him in major ways.

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