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Alaska IBEW Women Can Do It!

Photo courtesy of Alaska AFL-CIO's Facebook page. IBEW Local 1547.

Members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1547 in Alaska remind us all just how hard they work each day. 

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Six Steps to Protect Your Vote

6 Steps to Protect Your Vote

As unpatriotic as it sounds, some people would deny American citizens the right to vote, even those who are fully entitled to cast their ballot. The only way to make sure to avoid being the victim of such tactics is to know what your rights are and know who to talk to if you have a problem.

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In Connecticut, Union Volunteers Get Out the Vote Door to Door

Fatima Rojas (left) and Theresa Ashe (right) go door to door to get out the vote. Photos by Ianthe Metzger.

This originally appeared on the Connecticut AFL-CIO website

After a long workweek, it can be hard to imagine dedicating your time to another cause. But, for union members such as Fatima Rojas and Theresa Ashe, getting out and getting people to vote is worth the effort.

As large right-wing groups double down on spending and continue to pour huge sums of money into this year’s election, it is the work of union members like Rojas and Ashe at the grassroots level that will truly make the difference come Nov. 6. In fact, so far, Connecticut union members have managed to visit the homes of more than 16,000 people and reached more than 2,500 by phone.

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Missouri Activists Tell Gingrich, 'Getting Over It' Means Beating Akin

When Newt Gingrich came to Kansas City, Mo., to raise money for U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin—who became infamous for his comments about so-called “legitimate rape” and pregnancy—working family voters were there to greet them.

 

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On the Ground in Ohio, Ky. Steelworker Stumps for Obama

Chris Ormes, photo by Berry Craig

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

The hours are long but, says Kentucky United Steelworkers (USW) member Chris Ormes, “I'm loving it. I'm at ground zero, and that's where I want to be."

Ormes, 37, president of USW Local 1241 in Bardstown, Ky., says ground zero is Ohio. The state's electoral votes likely will decide who wins the presidential election. He is a foot soldier in a small army of union volunteers who are toiling 12- and even 14-hour days to help President Obama take the Buckeye State.

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Richard Trumka: Game Changer in Ohio: Cars

Richard Trumka: Game Changer in Ohio:  Cars

This is an excerpt from the Huffington Post, "Game Changer in Ohio: Cars," by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

This election may come down to cars. That’s right, cars. 

Nothing illustrates the choice between the two presidential candidates better than the 2009 rescue of the auto industry.  And, despite Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s efforts to distort the contrast with patently dishonest claims and a new TV ad, the auto rescue may turn out to be the deciding factor in the presidential election.    

Romney can’t seem to Etch-a-Sketch that now-famous op-ed headline—“Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.”

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Pennsylvania: Get Out the Vote

If you're in Pennsylvania and want to help get out the vote, time is running out. Check out the remaining canvassing and phone bank opportunities in your area. 

 

PHILADELPHIA

Contact: Liz McElroy, 267-455-8191, emcelroy@philaflcio.org

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Columbus, Ohio, Has Busiest Day of Early Voting as Storm Hits East Coast

Despite bad weather brought on by Hurricane Sandy, voters in Franklin County, Ohio—home to Columbus—showed up more than any other day of early voting up to this point.

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Romney: Vouchers for Disaster Relief?

Romney: Vouchers for Disaster Relief?

With more than a dozen states still reeling from the massive impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating the complex rescue, recovery and repair response. But last year, Mitt Romney said disaster and emergency management should be left up to the states and private corporations.

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Union Members Hard at Work During Hurricane Sandy

Firefighter cleans up in New York City. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuipoet/

Working people up and down the East Coast are pitching in to alert people about the clean up efforts for Hurricane Sandy and provide information for transportation, shelter and other resources. Firefighters, public employees, utility workers, letter carriers, nurses, grocery store employees, hotel workers and others continued to work through the storm to make sure everyone is taken care of. Once again, we’re reminded that work connects us all, and we’re better together. Here are some unions and agencies you can follow on Twitter and Facebook who've been hard at work during the storm:

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