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Indiana, Michigan and Ohio Working Families to Rally for Middle-Class Survival

On June 15, hundreds of working families from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio will come together for the Middle Class Survival Rally in Monroe, Mich. The goal of the rally is to educate people about the ongoing attacks on working families in the United States.

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NLRB Disarray Undermines Panera Workers' Fight for Union Representation

NLRB Disarray Undermines Panera Workers' Fight for Union Representation

This is how hope turns into despair. More than a year since they voted to form a union, Panera workers in Michigan are still waiting. The franchisee that owns the Panera Bread stores in the region refused to recognize the BCTGM as the official representative of the bakers and refused to meet to bargain a first contract. 

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that Panera broke the law by refusing to bargain, and ordered the company to bargain with the bakers.  But the company appealed that ruling to the D.C. Circuit Court, which has put the case on hold because of another ruling about President Obama’s three recess appointments to the NLRB.  So the workers are still waiting for justice.

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Investigation Launched into Death of Georgia Worker at Kia Supplier

Photo from Teresa Weaver Pickard's Facebook page

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an investigation into working conditions at Sewon America's LaGrange, Ga., facility after an employee, Teresa Weaver Pickard, died after allegedly being forced to work in extreme heat. Sewon, a company that provides auto parts to Kia, denies Pickard's death was work-related, but an anonymous source at the plant has disputed Sewon's account of the tragedy.

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Ohio Union Members Stand with Fired Teacher Carla Hale

Photo courtesy of the "I Support Carla Hale" Facebook page.

It was her mom's obituary that got Carla Hale fired. The six words sealed the deal? "Survived by Carla & her partner."

Hale, who taught physical education at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio,  for 19 years, was fired in March, weeks after the obit ran. Hale said she was fired for being in a gay relationship. Now, local unions represented by the Central Ohio Labor Council are supporting Hale in her fight to be reinstated. 

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The New 'Realities' Dictate a New Direction

This week, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a think-tank closely associated with President Obama’s Administration since it was the home of many key White House officials like Gene Sperling and Melody Barnes, changed course on backing a “grand bargain” with Republicans on cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits and raising taxes on high income earners to balance the budget in the long run. After taking a position favoring a debate on shrinking government back in 2009, CAP now sees four years later, that the job crisis remains while the federal deficit and the size of government has plummeted.  But, let’s hope this change in heart has a similar effect on the Obama administration.

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Working Family Advocates Lobby Congress for Immigration Policy with Road Map to Citizenship

The California group poses in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters.

On the first full day of the immigration reform debate in the U.S. Senate, more than 50 advocates and allies of working families flew to Washington, D.C., to ask members of Congress to support a common sense immigration process that respects workers' rights and includes a road map to citizenship. Community leaders from nearly half the states in the union were in Washington to act as citizen lobbyists. Meanwhile, labor activists in numerous other states visited the offices of members of Congress in their home district to rally support for the bill.

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What Is Alt-Labor? Why Is It Important? Netroots Panel Will Answer Those Questions

Netroots Nation

With the rapid rise of worker centers and alternate ways to gain a voice on the job, a traditional union is no longer the only way to organize and bargain for paid sick leave, a raise and other workplace rights. Just look at the Walmart strikers and restaurant workers speaking out about the need for paid sick leave. Worker centers representing domestic and food service workers and groups like the Dancers’ Alliance and Working America, the AFL-CIO's community affiliate, are expanding the definition of what it means to be a part of the labor movement.

At the Netroots Nation 2013 conference, a group of people representing traditional labor and worker centers will be discussing "Alt-Labor" in a panel on Friday at 4:30 p.m. PDT.

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