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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka Addresses the Democratic National Convention

Last night AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka addressed the working people of the Democratic National Convention. 

Here are his remarks:


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NutterWatch Counts Down Days Mayor Has to Act on Earned Sick Days Bill

Photo courtesy studio8denver

Through its NutterWatch campaign, the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces has been counting down the days until Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) is required to act upon a new earned sick days bill, making the case that the legislation should be passed. Nutter has until April 4 to sign the bill or it will become law without his signature. If the law goes into effect, it would pave the way for 200,000 of the city's workers to have the opportunity to earn sick days at work.

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Nurses' Collective Bargaining Agreement Focuses on Improving Lives of Patients

Photo courtesy of National Nurses United (NNU)

Nurses at Chicago's Jackson Park Hospital  recently reached an agreement  with hospital officials on a collective bargaining contract, National Nurses United (NNU) reported. The nurses went out of their way to make sure the contract wasn't just about improving their own lives, but that it also focused on improving the lives of their patients.

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Thousands Rally in West Virginia in Support of Patriot Retirees

Photo from the United Mine Workers Twitter stream.

Update:  16 people were arrested  at the rally, including UMWA President Cecil E. Roberts, after they refused police orders to move away from the Patriot Coal headquarters.

Thousands of people are rallying in Charleston, W.Va., Monday in support of retired workers from Patriot Coal, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal. Patriot filed for bankruptcy and is attempting to abandon its responsibilities to pay health care costs for retirees from the three companies, a strategy the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) argue was purposefully done when Patriot was created as a way to shed those costs. Along with current and retired mine workers, the rally includes family members, labor and faith leaders, elected officials and community supporters.

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Harry Kelber, Labor Activist and Critic, Dies at 98

Harry Kelber at 2005 AFL-CIO Convention. Photo via Harry Kelber's Facebook page

Harry Kelber, a union activist for nearly 80 years who was never shy about criticizing the union movement’s leadership—constructively, he maintained—died Sunday in New York. He was 98. On his 98th birthday in June, Kelber had announced he planned to run for the AFL-CIO presidency at the federation’s upcoming September convention.

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International Union of Operating Engineers' Training Facility: 'Sky's the Limit'

Apprentices develop, and experienced workers refresh, skills at the  International Union of Operating Engineers'  state-of-the-art training center in Wilmington, Ill. The Local 150 center houses classrooms, testing labs, welding facilities, an equipment simulator lab and an indoor training arena large enough for 18 pieces of equipment to be used simultaneously.

In this video , meet the apprentices who now hold a promising future and the employers eager to receive a trained workforce.

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In Case You Missed It: C-SPAN Newsmakers with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

In case you missed it over the weekend, check out C-SPAN's Newsmakers segment with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka talking about creating a commonsense immigration process for aspiring Americans that benefits all workers. 

See video after the jump or  click here :

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Immigration Agreement

Photo from Immigration Rally in Orange County, Calif.

It was announced over the weekend the bipartisan Senate "Gang of Eight" came to an  agreement in principle  on a major aspect of creating a commonsense immigration process that benefits all workers. 

This agreement includes a new kind of worker visa program called the W-Visa, which will work for everyone, not just employers. 

Read five things you need to know about this new employer-based visa after the jump. 

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Easter Bunny Brings Solidarity to Michigan Children at Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Photo courtesy of the Monroe/Lenawee County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council

More than 700 children and their families hunted for eggs and chatted with the Easter Bunny at the Monroe/Lenawee County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and the United Way of Monroe County's sixth annual community Easter egg hunt at Munson Park last Saturday. 

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Calling All Last-Minute Easter and Passover Shoppers

If you're running out to the store today to get food for your Easter and Passover meals (or want to find some sales), don't forget to check out our two union-made in America holiday shopping guides:

Made in America: Union-Made Passover

Made in America: Union-Made Easter

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Working America: It’s Our Job to Tell Her She Can Still Take Gymnastics

A beat-up van pulls to a stop just up the road. A creaky screen door opens from the apartment at the end of the building. A young African American girl runs out toward the van, barely hanging onto a large gym bag that was obviously not meant for such a pint-sized carrier. The driver of the van, a middle-aged white man with glasses and a beard, throws the passenger door to the van open and the little girl tosses the bag onto the floor before climbing in. The apartment door, which had banged shut in the meantime, creaks open again as the girl’s mother waves goodbye.

“Be good. Have fun,” she tells her daughter.

“I’ll have her back by eight,” the driver replies, as the little girl shuts the van door and waves goodbye to her mom.

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