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Eleanor Roosevelt Would Say 'No' to California’s Prop. 32

Eleanor Roosevelt Would Say 'No' to California’s Prop. 32

Take a minute today (Oct. 11) and say “Happy Birthday” to Eleanor Roosevelt. A member of the Newspaper Guild for more than a quarter of a century, Roosevelt strongly believed in workers, their unions and their involvement in the political process. 

Brigid O’Farrell, a member of the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981, writes if Roosevelt were alive today, she would be out campaigning against California’s Prop. 32 to silence workers in the political arena, while giving the wealthy and corporations free reign. Read more at the Roosevelt Institute's Next New Deal blog.

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Employers ‘Overreach’ with Growing Lockout Tactics

Twin Cities Musicians Union photo

The growing number of lockouts—where employers close the doors or gates in order to wring concessions out of workers—“represents an overreach on the part of employers,” writes Minnesota AFL-CIO President Shar Knutson, in an op-ed piece today in the Minneapolis StarTribune.

For examples of these lockouts, Knutson points to the more than 13-month lockout of American Crystal Sugar workers, the NFL lockouts of referees and playersCooper Tires recent lockout and this month’s lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra (American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada [AFM] Local 30-73), where management is seeking 30% to 50% pay cuts.

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Workers, Small Biz Back Long Beach Living Wage; Hyatt Leads Charge Against

When workers earn a living wage, the entire community benefits, says Jorge Sanchez, a Long Beach, Calif., hotel worker who is part of a coalition of workers, community activists and small business owners working to pass a living wage ordinance in the city.    

With a living wage, we can support small businesses and we can spend more in the community. Small businesses are the backbone of the community and if we have more money, we can support them.

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Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka lobbies for the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights in Sacramento, California. (Photo/David Bacon)

This is an excerpt of "Domestic Workers Inspire the Global Movement for Rights" from Huffington Post, by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. 

Domestic workers around the world have been organizing for years to secure decent wages, benefits and recognition.

This past summer, domestic workers and their allies celebrated a major global victory after the Philippines joined Uruguay in becoming the second country to ratify International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 189, Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

The convention addresses issues such as working conditions, wages, benefits and child labor and goes into effect one year after two countries approve it.

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IAM Member, Wounded Vet Looks for Texas Whitetails

If you missed last week’s episode of “Brotherhood Outdoors” from the Union Sportsmen's Alliance, take a look at this video of Machinists (IAM) member and wounded Iraq war veteran, Connie Rendon, on a Texas hunt for a white-tailed buck.

 

Texas Whitetail with a Union Machinists and American Hero from Union Sportsmen on Vimeo.

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Supporters Rally for Affirmative Action at the Supreme Court

Yesterday, at the U.S. Supreme Court, some 500 students, activists, community leaders and concerned citizens gathered to show their support for the University of Texas at Austin and its admissions policy in the case Fisher v. University of Texas. The first major case of its kind in nine years, the ruling in this potentially landmark case could limit or eliminate affirmative action practices in university and college admission departments all across the country.

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So Much at Stake for Seniors (and Future Seniors) in This Election

What Mitt didn't tell you about his Medicare plan.

Max Richtman, president and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, sends us this.

It should be no surprise that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are issues driving voters in this election. A total of 49 million people depend on Medicare, more than 60 million on Medicaid and 55 million on Social Security. These programs touch the lives of virtually every American family in every community in our nation, yet candidates continue to dodge and deflect on their plans for these vital programs. We saw this strategy played out in full view during the first presidential debate. Will we see more of the same when Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential contender Rep. Paul Ryan meet this week? I certainly hope not.

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Walmart Workers Continue Demand for Change

Wal-Mart workers protest in Bentonville. Photo via TwitPic

Workers at Walmart are continuing their actions to win respect and bring change to Walmart , with a demonstration today outside Walmart’s Bentonville, Ark., headquarters and with strikes yesterday by workers at stores in Dallas; Seattle; Miami; Sacramento, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; and in the Chicago and Washington areas.

Colby Harris, who earns $8.90 an hour after three years working at a Walmart in Lancaster, Texas, told The New York Times:

We’re protesting because we want better working conditions and better wages and because we want them to stop retaliating against associates who exercise their right to talk about what’s going on in their stores.

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New Workers’ Comp Hub Helps Injured Workers Protect Their Rights

New Workers’ Comp Hub Helps Injured Workers Protect Their Rights

If you are hurt or made ill on the job, navigating the workers’ compensation system in your state can be confusing and difficult. Now a newly launched website, Workers’ Comp Hub (www.WorkersCompHub.org), gives you a road map.

The new website, a joint effort of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) and the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH), provides:

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Hey, Mitt. It’s Not Just Big Bird, It’s 21,000 Jobs

CWA illustration

This is a cross-post from the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

The presidential campaigns continue to duel over Mitt Romney’s pledge to gut the funding future of public broadcasting. Today, Mitt Romney responded to the Obama campaign’s new “Big Bird” ad by once again missing the point regarding public broadcasting’s economic benefits to the nation. Says CWA Senior Director George Kohl:

Well, Mr. Romney, federal funding of public broadcasting directly supports 21,000 good American jobs.

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