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Union Sportsmen Take Kids Fishing

Union Sportsmen Take Kids Fishing

Today, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and a team of union volunteers are holding Take Kids Fishing Day events in Wisconsin and Ohio as part of National Fishing and Boating Week. A third Take Kids Fishing day event will be held later this summer in Las Vegas. The Wisconsin event, at Pettibone Lagoon in Lacrosse, is open to the public and is sponsored by the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO. At Walter C. Best Wildlife Preserve in Munson, Ohio, the Bricklayers (BAC) Ohio District Council and BAC Local 16 will host children with varying physical and mental disabilities.

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Take Action to Help Palermo's Pizza Workers in Milwaukee

Jennifer Angarita

One of the most important legacies of the Wisconsin uprising is the mobilization of a new wave of activists. A powerful example is the nearly 300 workers at Palermo’s Pizza in Milwaukee, who were emboldened by the broader movement for workers’ rights in Wisconsin to fight back to raise standards for themselves and customers alike. Many of the workers had come to the United States to build better lives for themselves and their families, and their concern over unsafe working conditions and unfair wages at the frozen pizza plant inspired a desire for a voice on the job.

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Union Workers More Likely to Report Workplace Misconduct

Union Workers More Likely to Report Workplace Misconduct

Do workers with a union contract behave more ethically on the job by being more likely to report wrongdoing? That’s one conclusion from a new report by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC)—"Inside the Mind of a Whistleblower." Union employees, who are often provided certain contractual protections, had much higher rates of reporting specific misconduct than nonunion employees (65 percent vs. 47 percent).

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St. Louis Nurses Vote for NNU

By a landslide of 76 percent, registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital voted Thursday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri), an affiliate of the National Nurses United (NNU). Lesa Dustman, an intensive care unit RN, says the 600 nurses at the hospital:

now have a vehicle to negotiate for improved patient care.

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Stop Harassing Oil Workers, Iraqi Unions Tell Government

Photo credit: GFTUWCI

This is a cross-post from the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center.

Iraqi unions are strongly protesting the government’s continued, systematic harassment and punishment of union workers in the oil industry who are engaging in actions protected by international labor standards and conventions, and they are calling for a new labor law that ensures worker rights for all Iraqis. ACT NOW! Join the LabourStart campaign!

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Watch on Sunday: Equity’s Centennial Honored with Special Tony Award

Watch on Sunday: Equity’s Centennial Honored with Special Tony Award

Actors' Equity has just entered its centennial year celebration and the stage actors and stage managers union will be honored with a special Tony Award during this Sunday’s broadcast of the 66th Annual Tony Awards. The show will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. EDT,  and 7 p.m. CDT and rebroadcast on the West Coast at 8 p.m. PDT.

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WA YELL Elevating State’s Next Labor Leaders

WA YELL Elevating State’s Next Labor Leaders

David Groves at The Stand sends us this.

Special guest AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler proclaimed herself “so inspired” Thursday night by the dramatic show of support for Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL) at its “Sunset Cocktails on the Sound” social and fundraising event at the Edgewater Hotel in Seattle.

“We need to change the fact that we have not always done the best job of elevating young workers to leadership positions (in the labor movement),” Shuler told hundreds of WA YELL members and supporters at the event. “And you are doing that here in Washington State.”

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Laborers Local 563, Minneapolis Business Have Fun Creating New Playground

Leer Communications & Consultants

Members of Laborers Local 563, Minnesota Laborers Employers Cooperation & Education Trust (LECET) and the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades recently teamed up with volunteers from Minneapolis companies to build a new playground at Sheridan Arts Magnet School.

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Vets Turn the Page with Writers Guild

Amy Bench

The Writers Guild of America, East and the Wounded Warrior Project have joined forces in a project that pairs military veterans and their family members with award-winning writers, empowering them with storytelling skills to share their post-war experiences.

Read the full story here, part of the AFL-CIO In Our Communities feature highlights.

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NMB Orders Election at American Airlines

CWA

The National Mediation Board (NMB) decided last night to move forward with a union election at American Airlines among nearly 10,000 passenger service agents and the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department President Ed Wytkind writes that the NMB did the right thing.

As I wrote in May, American has stonewalled a union election long enough through its illegal refusal to hand over an employee list to the NMB. It was time for American to comply with the law or for the NMB to move forward with an election. Unfortunately, American refused to comply with a legal NMB order for an election in May leaving the agency with no other choice but to conduct the election using an employee list submitted by passenger service agents and the CWA. The NMB has done the right thing here.

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