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UAW and AFSCME Pitch In to Build a Home for a Toledo Family in Need

Union members pitch in for United Way's Week of Caring and help build a home for a Toledo family in need.

Toledo union members pitched in during United Way's Week of Caring to help build a home for a local family. Volunteers, including members of UAW Local 14 and AFSCME Local 544, along with AFL-CIO Labor Community Services liaisons Micheal Alexander and Laura Harrison, joined Habitat for Humanity on the project.

Volunteers, organized through United Way of Greater Toledo, helped install siding on the house. The entire project will take several months to complete. 

See more photos from the United Way of Greater Toledo's Week of Caring 2012.  

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Why Hundreds of Pennsylvanians Braved the Rain to Get an ID

Pa. voter David Holmes and AFL-CIO Vice President Arlene Holt Baker pose outside the DMV.

A little rain never hurt anybody and it certainly didn't stop hundreds of Pennsylvania voters from getting their voter IDs today at the Driver & Vehicle Services office in Pittsburgh. 

Pennsylvania voters who need IDs—thanks to a new state law that disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residentsincluding civic-minded seniors— were assisted by representatives from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), along with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and various community groups. Because of the new law, Pennsylvania state officials say that more than 785,000 voters don’t have a state-issued photo identification.

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Introducing RePurpose: Politics Will Never Be the Same

Grassroots activists will be able to direct how the field program operates with Workers' Voice's new, innovative online tool called RePurpose

RePurpose is a way for campaign volunteers to gain points based on activities through Workers' Voice, whether it is phone banking, knocking on doors or taking action online. 

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Mitt, Meet the 47%

Mitt, Meet the 47%

Just who was Mitt Romney referring to in his secretly recorded comments at a Boca Raton, Fla., fundraiser as people who don’t “take personal responsibility and care for themselves”?

  • 61 percent of them work but don’t earn enough to owe income tax.
  • 17 percent are students (who will pay plenty of taxes once they’re out of school), military families, people with disabilities and people who have lost their jobs—including victims of outsourcers like, well, Mitt Romney.
  • 22 percent are elderly. 

(Data source:

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Ohio USW Members Take Fight for Fair Contract to Husky Energy HQ in Canada

USW Photo

Workers at a Canadian-owned refinery in Lima, Ohio, took their fight for a fair contract and strong workplace safety rules north of the border last week, with a series of informational picketing and leafleting—joined by Canadian union supporters—at Husky Energy headquarters in Calgary, other Husky facilities and a petroleum industry trade show.

Some 235 workers, members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 624 have been engaged in an unfair labor practice strike against Husky since May 25.

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Iowa Judge Halts Rules Restricting Voting Aimed at New Citizens

Iowa Judge Halts Rules Restricting Voting Aimed at New Citizens

Voters scored another victory against the growing voter suppression efforts by Republican lawmakers when an Iowa judge ruled that new state election rules imposed without any public hearings could not be implemented. Polk County District Court Judge Mary Pat Gunderson said the new rules:

have created fear that new citizens will lose their right to vote.

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UAW Helps Build Garden Beds for Detroit Students

UAW Helps Build Garden Beds for Detroit Elementary School.

Munger Elementary School in Detroit will have a new garden, thanks to Ford employees and members of UAW Local 600. As part of this year's Ford Global Week of Caring, UAW Local 600 will help build raised garden beds for Bridging Communities to support students at the school. 

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Join Tova Andrea Wang at the AFL-CIO Sept. 19

Join Tova Andrea Wang at the AFL-CIO Sept. 19

Voter ID laws are real threats to our democracy.

Join us at the AFL-CIO to discuss Tova Andrea Wang's book, The Politics of Voter Suppression: Defending and Expanding Americans' Right to Vote, Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 1 p.m. Wang, a senior democracy fellow at Demos, says today's voter suppression tactics have roots going back a century and a half and pose a serious threat to the democratic process. 

RSVP here

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Obama Acts to Halt Unfair China Trade in Auto Industry

Ford photo used by permission

The Obama administration today announced that it will take action against unfair trade practices by China in auto part exports to the United States and tariff barriers against the import of American-made cars to China. Meanwhile, over the weekend, the Boston Globe detailed Mitt Romney’s business and personal investments in Chinese manufacturing companies. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the administration’s action is:

Good news, not just for workers who rely on the auto industry, but for the entire American economy.

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Pennsylvania Teachers Have Key Role in Voter Education

Two "My Vote, My Right" events will be held in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia where voters can received IDs.

When it comes to voter registration and education, there is no place more critical in 2012 than the key swing state of Pennsylvania. Members of the AFT Pennsylvania (AFT-PA) are playing a big role in making sure voters are ready and able to cast ballots in the Keystone State.

In addition to a long list of their own activities, AFT-PA is participating in a “My Vote, My Right” event on Sept. 18, where the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) will join AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker and members of unions, community and voting rights groups outside the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) office in downtown Pittsburgh to help people obtain voter ID cards and register to vote. Another "My Vote, My Right" event will be held in Philadelphia on Sept. 22 at the Department of Motor Vehicle office in the Oxford Levick Shopping Center at 919-B Levick St.

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