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AFSCME Leaders Chronicle Main Street’s Fight Against the 1%

AFSCME Leaders Chronicle Main Street’s Fight Against the 1%

The Main Street Moment: Fighting Back to Save the American Dream, a new book by AFSCME President Gerald McEntee and Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders, examines the recent unprecedented attacks on workers’ rights, growing income inequality and how everyday people are fighting back against the 1%.

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Farm Workers Co-Founder Huerta Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Jennifer Kauffman, AFL-CIO Immigration Policy & Training associate, sends us this. Labor and civil rights activist and icon Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, for her lifelong work fighting for economic justice and workers’ rights.

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Wisconsin: What’s So Important About Collective Bargaining?

Wisconsin: What’s So Important About Collective Bargaining?

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There are many reasons to fire Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) next Tuesday. But some people in Wisconsin and others who are following the recall battle between Walker, who last year eliminated the collective bargaining rights of 380,000 public employees, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), who supports workers’ rights to bargain, are asking:

What’s so important about collective bargaining in the first place?

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Pa. AFL-CIO Reaches Out to Help Jobless

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO partnered with the United Way of Erie County last week to host an unemployment resources fair for jobless workers as part of Project Back on Track, a new program intended to help the unemployed. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Richard Bloomingdale says several more resource fairs are planned around the state.

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Terry Melvin Elected to Lead CBTU into New Era

Terry Melvin Elected to Lead CBTU into New Era

Dwight Kirk sends us this update following the recent Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) convention in St. Louis. A new era has dawned with the election of Terrence (Terry) L. Melvin as the new president chosen to lead the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU). Melvin, who is also the secretary-treasurer of the powerful New York State AFL-CIO, succeeds William (Bill) Lucy, the iconic labor leader who had held the position since he co-founded CBTU in 1972. Melvin was elected unanimously over the past weekend by delegates who attended CBTU’s international convention in St. Louis.

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Ironworkers’ IMPACT Training Builds Green Energy Skills

Ironworkers’ IMPACT Training Builds Green Energy Skills

The Ironworkers’ training and apprenticeship programs ensure workers across the nation have the skills they need for 21st century green energy projects. The union and its labor-management component, IMPACT (the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust), have developed a new program on wind turbine construction and safety that provides workers with the job skills needed for the growing wind energy industry.

Click here to read more about this state-of-the-art training in our special AFL-CIO union innovators series.   

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UAW Local 9 Brewery Workers Leaflet Miller Brewery

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This is a cross-post by Karen Hickey, communications director at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIOOn a sunny Tuesday afternoon, just one week before the historic June 5 recall election, the United Auto Workers (UAW) leafleted Miller Brewery in support ofTom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell in the upcoming recall election. Reminding workers to cast their vote and make history on June 5.

Newly elected UAW Local 9 President Lance Agbuis, who works in fermentation at Miller Brewery, spearheaded the leaflet effort shaking hands and high-fiving members on their way in to and out of work.  

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Important Special Election in Arizona

One week after the pivotal Wisconsin recall election, southern Arizona will be holding a special election to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to serve the remainder of her term. Giffords resigned this year. The June 12 contest will be between Giffords' staffer Ron Barber and Giffords' 2010 opponent, Republican Jesse Kelly. 

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Speaker O'Brien and D.J. Bettencourt Bring Shame to the New Hampshire House

Wow, what a weekend! On Friday, we learned that New Hampshire House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt would be resigning his postion as state representative and majority leader on June 6. His resignation announcement also stated that he would be taking over as executive director of the newly created New Hampshire Legal...

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Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

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Why should Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) lose his job in next week’s recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett? Here are 11 good reasons:

  1. Scott Walker eliminated the collective bargaining rights of 380,000 public employees.
  2. Scott Walker has led Wisconsin to last place in the nation in job creation.
  3. Scott Walker has disenfranchised tens of thousands of young voters, senior citizens and minority voters with voter suppression and voter ID laws.

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