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New Ways to Organize? Join the Discussion

New Ways to Organize? Join the Discussion

Join Harold Meyerson on Wednesday, May 29, from 1–2 p.m. EDT for the fourth in the AFL-CIO series of live online discussions on how we build a movement for the future of working people. Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect and an op-ed columnist—and the AFL-CIO—want to hear your ideas on new ways to organize. He poses this question:

Since unions represent only a sliver of private-sector workers on their jobs, should labor open its rolls to other workers outside a collective bargaining context? Should the focus shift to organizing working people at the community level?

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Community Says ‘No’ to Newark Walmart

When word leaked out late last year that Walmart was eyeing a piece of the prime Springfield Avenue Marketplace project in Newark, N.J., more than 50 local community, faith, labor and other groups said the last thing Newark needed was a Walmart that kills local small businesses, replaces those jobs with low-paid part-time work and lowers community standards.

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IBEW Member, First Iwo Jima Flag Raiser, Honored in Bronze

The first flag raisng in Iwo Jima. U.S. Marine Corps photo.

Standing at the center of the “Honoring All Veterans Memorial” that was dedicated Monday in Richfield, Minn., is a bronze statue of longtime Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 292 member and World War II veteran Chuck Lindberg, who raised the first U.S. flag on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945.

Most of us know the iconic image captured by photographer Joe Rosenthal that was recreated for the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. But earlier that day Lindberg and several other Marines, after four days of bloody combat, were the first patrol to make it to the top of Mount Suribachi.

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Innovation @Work: Writing Across Borders

Innovation @Work: Writing Across Borders

After her husband was murdered while working as a journalist in the Philippines, Marivir Montebon arrived in the United States seeking political asylum with the hope of finding a better, safer life for herself and for her daughter, who arrived two years later.

When she presents at the Writing Across Borders Conference, sponsored by the National Writers Union (NWU)/UAW Local 1981, in New York on June 1, Montebon will join other women and people of color on a panel to tell their stories about escaping abuse, oppression and the legacy of slavery.

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Report: United States Is the 'No-Vacation Nation'

Report: United States Is the 'No-Vacation Nation'

The United States is the only advanced economy in the world that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation days. That's the key finding of the Center for Economic and Policy Research's new report, No-Vacation Nation Revisited, by Rebecca Ray, Milla Sanes and John Schmitt. With the exception of Japan, none of the other surveyed countries offer their workers fewer than 19 combined paid vacation days and holidays, leaving the United States far behind leading countries, including Austria, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Italy and France—all of which guarantee workers more than 30 paid vacation days and holidays each year.

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Up the Creek? No Worry, We’ve Got a Bridge

USA photo

The Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) Adopt-a-Park initiative is making sure hikers in Montgomery Bell State Park near Nashville, Tenn., have a safe new bridge to cross a 30-foot-wide creek. Volunteers from the Nashville Building and Construction Trades Council (BCTC) are spending weekends in May building a sturdy, permanent bridge to replace a small, temporary structure further down the creek after a 2010 flood washed away the original bridge.

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Chance at a Union Job Draws 800 Job Applicants in Queens, N.Y.

It wasn't a Rolling Stones concert that drew 800 men and women to camp out for five days in Queens, N.Y., it was the chance at landing a coveted union job opening. 

The New York Times reported a union elevator mechanic job prompted nearly 1,000 young workers to haul out tents and mattresses and weather the great outdoors of Long Island City at the chance to be considered. 

Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 handed out applications for its apprentice program. 

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This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom

This Memorial Day, Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom

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

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Many Americans will enjoy a day off with family and friends, perhaps at a barbecue or baseball game. Those times and the memories that are created are precious and should be celebrated. Since 1868, this holiday has served as a moment when Americans remember the men and women of the military who lost their lives to preserve our freedom.

In that spirit, I ask that you take time this weekend to do something with your family to pass along the tradition of remembrance. All across the country, there will be ceremonies at many of the 131 Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries. The National Cemetery Administration honors veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation. To find out where and when a wreath-laying is happening in your area, go to the National Cemetery Administration’s website.

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Shawnee Police Association Members Respond Quickly to Tornado Tragedy

Cpl. Andrew Terry

When the tornado hit Moore, Okla., on Monday, International Union of Police Associations (IUPA) members Andrew Terry, Jay Keehn, Michael Myers and David Carpenter were quick to respond to the tragedy in their hometown. All of the members of IUPA Local 3 offered their services, as did members of numerous other locals in the area. The response was so overwhelming that officials on the ground had to put many volunteers on standby.

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