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D.C. Safeway Workers Protest Replacement Worker Hiring Sites

Photo by Chris Garlock

It was Safeway worker Vivian Sigouin’s day off, but at noon on Tuesday she was walking through the Piney Branch Safeway in northwest Washington, D.C.,  passing out union buttons and lanyards to her fellow Safeway workers.

Sigouin and other Safeway workers leafleted at three pop-up storefront hiring halls set up next to company stores to recruit and train “replacement workers” or "scabs" to staff the supermarkets if the workers strike when their contract, which covers some 25,000 metro-Washington area Giant and Safeway workers, expires at the end of the month.

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Republican Budget: ‘Of, By and For the 1%’

The House Republican budget, crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R- Wis.) and unveiled today, provides a blueprint of what America would like look under Republican control, “a government of, by and for the 1%,” says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

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National Day of Action Supports Verizon Workers

National Day of Action Supports Verizon Workers

Join thousands of union members and community partners in a National Day of Action for Verizon workers who are trying to win a fair contract. Click here to find an event near you to support the 45,000 Verizon workers, who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Electrical Workers (IBEW).

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AZ Legislature Attacks Civil Liberties

Donna Gatehouse, who blogs at DemocraticDiva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Republicans in the Arizona legislature must be uneasy these days.  A package of Wisconsin-style anti-public sector union bills is making its way through the process, as is Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to remove civil service protections from state workers. Several labor and community organizations plan protests around those bills. At the same time, women's and reproductive rights groups will undoubtedly be at the state capitol to speak out against numerous shocking and intrusive anti-abortion and anti-contraception measures before the legislature this session. The GOP majority is apparently so frightened by this prospect it’s trying to make it a Class 1 misdemeanor to engage in "passive resistance." Common nonviolent protest tactics such as going limp when the police try to remove you from an area or chaining yourself to something could get you up to a six-month month jail sentence. 

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Affordable Care Act Helps Millions in First Two Years

Friday marks the second anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Affordable Care Act into law. Among other accomplishments, health care reform has helped America's families cover 2.5 million of their young adult children, saved 5.1 million Medicare (seniors and disabled) recipients $3.2 billion in drug costs and so far has generated about $323 million in health insurance premium rebates to consumers from insurers.

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St. Patrick Goes After Verizon’s Snakes

St. Patrick is known for driving the snakes out of Ireland. This St. Patrick’s Day, he tried to drive the snakes out of Verizon.

Chanting “Good jobs for Boston,” about two dozen young members of the Greater Boston Labor Council’s (GBLC) Futures Committee staged a quick in-and-out march through a Boston Verizon Wireless store on St. Patrick’s Day. See the video.

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Romney Says Federal Role in Education Is Taking on Teachers' Unions

As Karoli at Crooks & Liars highlights, presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) said Sunday on Fox News Sunday that the main federal role in education should be "to push back against the federal teachers' unions."

"Those federal teachers' unions have too much power," he said. "In some cases, they overwhelm the states, they overwhelm the local school districts."

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Scraping By, Economic Tyranny, and the American Dream - Preston Henry Andrew Scott (aka Isma'il ibn Bilal)

In his book Scraping By, Seth Rockman identifies that the position held by contemporary Americans concerned with economic social justice is neither radical nor progressive. Rockman examines the history of the early Republic, in particular the City of Baltimore, thereby revealing the political-economic tension between those who controlled capital, those who contracted their labor or the labor of their slaves, and how said tension was mitigated.

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Union Members Help Kids Learn and Grow in W.Va. and Calif.

If you’re a regular reader of our AFL-CIO Now news blog, you may come to our site without stopping first at the AFL-CIO home page here. If you haven’t been there recently, you’ve missed a couple of additions and new features on how unions and union members are connecting with communities.

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Taxes for the Rich

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