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Vote 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Best Hunting and Fishing Show

Vote 'Brotherhood Outdoors' Best Hunting and Fishing Show

You can help “Brotherhood Outdoors,” the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) union-dedicated hunting and fishing TV show, take home back-to-back awards as the top hunting and fishing show on the Sportsman Channel and earn a chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas. Voting for the channel’s 2012 Sportsman Choice Awards runs through Nov. 18 on the Sportsman Channel Facebook page.

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NLC Invested: A Resource for Bias-Free Financial Information

Many purveyors of financial advice are trying to sell you something, whether it's insurance, a retirement plan or even a mortgage. But bias-free financial advice isn't impossible to find. The National Labor College has a great online resource, NLC Invested, which provides some helpful financial tips on major life developments such as saving for a home purchasepreparing for a new childsending a child to collegeretirementdebt reductionforeclosure and more. 

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America's Workers of All Generations Say 'No Benefit Cuts' to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Some legislators and their friends on Wall Street are set on reaching a “grand bargain” during the post-election "lame duck" session of Congress that would cut the benefits that we and our children will depend on. They want to raise the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare, cut our Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)and cut Medicaid, which could force families into bankruptcy when a loved one needs long-term care. 

Watch the video in the post, "Tell Congress: No Benefit Cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," then sign this petition to tell them why Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are important to you.

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Veterans Day: Good Jobs for Returning Veterans Transform Lives of Military Families

The best Veterans Day honor anyone can provide a returning veteran is a good job. Here’s the story of Helmets to Hardhats doing just that.

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Veterans Day: AFL-CIO's Union Veterans Council Says 'Welcome Home and Thank You'

Veterans Day: AFL-CIO's Union Veterans Council Says 'Welcome Home and Thank You'

James Gilbert is director of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council.

Whether they served on the beaches of Normandy, the rivers of Southeast Asia or the deserts of the Middle East, Nov. 11 is the day we honor our country's veterans. Originally proclaimed a holiday by President Wilson in 1919, Nov. 11 was chosen because major hostilities of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with Germany signing the Armistice. 

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New 2013 Catalog Offers Books for Union Activists, Leaders

The 2013 edition of the Union Communication Services Inc. (UCS) Labor Books Catalog has been released, offering titles on topics about labor, including negotiating and grievance handling, organizing, health and safety, labor law and labor history. It includes many worker-friendly fiction, young adult and children’s books as well.

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‘Heat’s On’ Union/Contractor Partnership Provides Free Furnace Safety Inspection

Pipefitters Local 539 member Ryan Tauer. Photo by Steve Share

As the mercury began to dip earlier this fall and furnaces cranked up in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, a near tragedy drove home the importance of the community service partnership between Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) Locals 539 and 455 and the Minnesota Mechanical Contractors Association.

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The Prop. 32 Effect

California Labor Federation photo

This is a cross-post from the California Labor Federation’s blog, Labor’s Edge, by Communications Director Steve Smith.

As the election results came in late Tuesday night, it became abundantly clear that the handful of billionaires and CEOs who sought to silence our voice were in for a rude awakening. Their deceptive measure, Prop. 32, didn’t just fail, it tanked -- by a 12-point margin.

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BCTGM Members at Hostess Strike Baker

BCTGM Members at Hostess Strike Baker

Workers at Hostess Brands—who in September overwhelming rejected a contract that cut wages and benefits by as much as 32%—began a strike today against the maker of Wonder Bread, Twinkies and other well-known baked treats. Hostess has imposed the terms of the rejected contract. Frank Hurt, president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) says:

Hostess Brands is making a mockery of the labor relations system that has been in place for nearly 100 years.

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Miners from Spike TV Reality Show Vote for UMWA

Photo courtesy of Wisconsin AFL-CIO: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wisaflcio/

The workers at the nonunion mine featured in Spike TV’s 2011 reality show “Coal” voted this week to join the Mine Workers (UMWA). The 23 miners work at Cobalt Coal’s Westchester in McDowell County, W.Va.

Concerns about safety practices at the mine were raised after the airing of the first few episodes last year. The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration and the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training cited the mine for several violations based on practices shown in the program.

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