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Workers' Voice Launches Friends and Neighbors App

Worker's Voice just launched a Friends and Neighbors tool for online activists.

Want to do your part in getting friends and family out to vote for pro-working family candidates this November? Sign up for the Workers' Voice Friends and Neighbors (FAN) online social phone bank tool that just launched in seven states: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio and Florida. Visit the website: http://fan.workersvoice.org.

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No Justice, No Piece: Update on Palermo’s Pizza Boycott

After more than three months on strike, workers at Palermo's Pizza and their supporters continue to put pressure on Costco, the largest retailer of Palermo's products. Because of mounting public pressure and more than 50 actions at various Costco locations all over the country, Palermo’s CEO Giacomo Fallucca met with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last Friday, to begin a discussion to resolve this issue for workers and Palermo’s customers.

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Interactive Map Marks Fatal Construction Falls

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers and cause the second-highest number of injuries.

Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers and cause the second-highest number of injuries. A new interactive map marks fatal construction falls and graphically conveys what numbers alone cannot.

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Infographic: The TRUTH About the Postal Service Finances

The truth about the Postal Service finances.

We've written before about the congressionally manufactured Postal Service "crisis," but this infographic from Delivering for America illustrates why a mandate to pre-fund 75 years of retirement in just 10 short years put the Postal Service under financial strain. Download the "The Truth About the Postal Service Finances" infographic

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Jobless Rate Declines from 8.3% to 8.1%, 96,000 Jobs Added in August

The unemployment rate declined from 8.3 percent in July to 8.1 percent in August, with 96,000 jobs added last month, according to data out this morning from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The improvement in the unemployment rate was due to workers dropping out of the labor force, not to an increase in employed workers, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). 

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Labor of Love or REAL Work?

Eileen Boris (foreground) and Jennifer Klein authored Caring for America./Bill Petros

The women and men—mostly women—who care for our aging and ill relatives, providing both physical and emotional support, sometimes for many years, are among a workforce that has long been underpaid, overlooked and, all-too-often, looked down upon. Yet these home health aides, personal care assistants and domestic workers toil in occupations described by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as among the fastest growing in the United States.

So what does this say about us as a nation?

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President Obama: 'I Have Never Been More Hopeful About America'

Many people told President Barack Obama saving the auto industry was too bold, too risky, Vice President Joe Biden told the delegates at the Democratic National Convention tonight. President Obama met with policy and economic experts, members of Congress and other advisers to decide how to handle the imminent bankruptcy of Chrysler and General Motors in 2009. Despite the opposition, the president knew what a bankruptcy would mean to the auto industry workers and the American people. "He understood something they didn’t. He understood that this wasn’t just about cars. It was about the Americans who built those cars and the America they built."

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NLRB Decision a Victory for Illinois Mine Workers

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

The decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday that upheld last December's decision by an administrative law judge (ALJ) that the Mine Workers (UMWA) fairly won the representation election at Big Ridge Inc.'s Willow Lake coal mine in Harrisburg, Ill., is a tremendous victory for miners, says UMWA President Cecil Roberts.

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Crystal Sugar Workers Appeal to Shareholders, Neighbor to Neighbor

Sugar Neighbor 2

This is a cross-post from Crystal Greed, the blog for workers locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar plants in Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Beet growers who own Crystal Sugar—the cooperative that’s been locking 1,300 workers out of their jobs for the past 13 months—haven’t had to walk through a picket line on their way to work each day.

Until now.

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The War on Voting: The Southern Strategy

With the spotlight on Southern states during both of the political conventions, a look at voter suppression efforts in that region is revealing. Diversity is broadening daily in Southern states—while the Republican-led war on voting rages there, perhaps harder than in any other region.

In "Voter Suppression: the Confederacy Rises Again," blogger Ari Berman, with The Nation magazine, lays out the details.

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