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You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

You Still Have Time to Influence the Outcome of the 2014 Election

OK, so you've researched the candidates and figured out which ones are the best for working families. And you've either voted early or made a plan to vote. But you just don't feel like you've done enough to make sure that Tuesday's election doesn't turn into a nightmare scenario where Republicans shut down the government or take away workers' rights. What can you do?

Sign up for a shift and start making calls now and help make sure that election night is a good night for working families!

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No Suspension of Chicago Teachers Strike for Now

Photo by Orlando J. Velez, director of Chicago Federation of Labor "Community Services Activities - Labor Liaison with United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

The Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted today not to suspend the strike that started Monday, but to take the tentative contract deal to the picket line for discussions over the next two days with the 26,000 striking teachers and school staff.

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AFGE's Support Our Sisters Provides Bras for Domestic Violence Survivors

Support our Sisters collects bras for women transitioning from victims to survivors of domestic violence.

Amanda Schroeder, AFGE District 11's National Women’s Advisory coordinator and member of Oregon Young Emerging Labor Leaders (YELL), sends us this. 

AFGE District 11’s October Support Our Sisters community outreach project is just around the corner. October is both domestic violence awareness month and breast health awareness month. This action is being supported by several fellow unions.

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Wisconsin Workers Applaud Ruling Overturning Walker’s Anti-Collective Bargaining Law

Workers protesting Gov. Scott Walker's anti-collective bargaining bill in 2011. Photo by Dave Hoefler/Flickr

Friday’s ruling by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas striking down the Wisconsin law (Act 10) that eliminated public employee collective bargaining rights, “Shows as we have said from day one,” says Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt:

Scott Walker’s attempt to silence the union men and women of Wisconsin’s public sector was an immoral, unjust and illegal power grab. Now, a court has ruled that the essential provisions of Act 10, Scott Walker’s draconian attack on public worker’s right to collectively bargain, is unconstitutional. 

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How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone

How to Get Union-Made Shopping Lists Sent to Your Phone

Have you ever been browsing the aisles of the grocery store hoping to remember all those union-made products the AFL-CIO Now blog wrote about? Or maybe you’re at the toy store trying to find that perfect gift that’s made in America? Union Plus has a simple solution if you left your shopping list at home.

On your mobile device:

  • Text CARS to 22555 for union-made vehicles.
  • Text BEER to 22555 for union-made beer.
  • Text PETS to 22555 for union-made pet products.
  • Text CANDY to 22555 for union-made candy.
  • Text TOYS to 22555 for union-made toys.

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STRUCK DOWN: Judge Strikes Down Wis. Law Limiting Collective Bargaining Rights

A major victory for working families: the AP just reported a Wisconsin judge has just struck down the state law championed by Gov. Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers.

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After the Arab Spring: Meany-Kirkland Award Honors Tunisian, Bahrain Labor Movements

After the Arab Spring: Meany-Kirkland Award Honors Tunisian, Bahrain Labor Movements

The Tunisian General Union of Labor (UGTT) and the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU)—two unions whose struggles are emblematic of labor’s role in the Arab uprisings—received the 2012 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award in a ceremony last night at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.  

UGTT General Secretary Hassine Abassi and GFBTU General Secretary S. Salman Jaddar Al Mahfoodh received the awards for their respective labor movements.

Workers' issues, such as high unemployment and lack of opportunity, declining living standards and the arrogant abuse of political and economic power by the corrupt few, spurred the Arab uprisings; and unions and workers’ rights activists were engaged in some of the most important union organizing in the region’s history.

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Chicago Teachers Have Framework for Agreement

Students come out to support Chicago teachers.

The Chicago Tribune reports there is a framework for a deal between Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Local 1 and the Chicago Public Schools.

The Tribune spoke to CTU attorney Robert Bloch, who said:

I’m pleased to report that the talks today were very productive....We are still continuing to work out the details of the contract, but we are hopeful that we will have a complete agreement to present to the union’s House of Delegates by Sunday.

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Romney Defines Middle-Class Income as $250Gs a Year

Romney Defines Middle-Class Income as $250Gs a Year

When you are at the very top, the middle must look higher than it really is, at least according to Mitt Romney’s latest financial optical illusion. In an interview today on ABC’s "Good Morning America," host George Stephanopoulos asked Romney how he would define middle-class income. “Is $100,000 middle income?’’ Stephanopoulos asked. Romney replied:

No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.

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County Officials Silence Voters on Sick Leave Initiative

Photo by Shainelee/Flickr

Four county commissioners in Orange County, Fla., told more than 50,000 voters there that their voices don’t count. By a 4-3 margin Tuesday, the Orange County Commission voted to keep a paid sick leave initiative off the November ballot by requiring further review of the proposal, even though the petition for the ballot measure had been signed by more than 50,000 people and certified. Moving in the right direction, a three-judge panel ruled Friday that Mayor Teresa Jacobs has until Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. to explain why the Earned Sick Time campaign’s emergency request for voters to be allowed to have their say should not be granted.

Take action at Vote Yes for Sick Earned Time!

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IBEW Takes to Airwaves for Sunday’s NFL Games on CBS

If you’re watching NFL football on CBS this Sunday, watch for a new ad from the Electrical Workers (IBEW). The union’s 30-second commercial spotlighting IBEW members will air during the pre- and post-game shows and during the games. Says IBEW President Edwin Hill:

Our ad is a reminder that real people bring their skills to work every day to provide our nation with the power and the electrical and communications infrastructure that are often taken for granted. And in the case of our members, the people behind this success are making a decent living and are part of the fabric of their communities and the backbone of North America.

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