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Sacramento Labor Council Coordinates Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Sikh Temple Shooting

Our union brothers and sisters understand this isn't a “they,” it’s an “us,” says Bill Camp, executive secretary of the Sacramento [Calif.] Central Labor Council, of the shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., that killed six people and wounded four. This Sunday, the labor council is coordinating with area groups to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the shooting at the state Capitol at 1315 10th St., in Sacramento. The vigil will start at 6 p.m. People are encouraged to bring their own candles.

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Spence’s Quest for Olympic Gold Falls Short

Errol Spence Jr., America’s top-ranked amateur welterweight and the last member of the U.S. boxing team still in competition at the London Olympics, lost his quarter final bout tonight. Spence is the son of Debra—a member of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 311 in Dallas—and Errol Spence Sr. Spence had scored victories in his first two bouts.

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Georgia Businesses Say, 'America Wants to Work'

Georgia Businesses Say, 'America Wants to Work'

An IHOP in Atlanta is sporting an "America Wants to Work" sign in its window. So is the auto-parts store and the bakery. Nearby, a cafe and Chinese eatery display the sign in their windows as well.

Through the efforts of Jimmy Hyde, who runs the UAW Global Institute, institute interns contacted area business owners who agreed to join in the nationwide union movement's campaign to Bring Jobs Home and put America's workers to work.

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Holt Baker Tells Washington State Union Members: ‘We Will Change America’

“Something is changing in America,” AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker told delegates to the Washington State Labor Council’s (WSLC's) convention.

The pieces are coming together and the picture is getting clear. We will change America. But we won’t do it alone. As mighty as our labor movement is—and here in Washington you are a powerful force—we cannot do it alone.

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End of Extended Jobless Benefits Hits More Than 500,000

Photo by Robert Bruce Murray III // Sort Of Natural/Flickr

This month marks the end of the federal extended unemployment insurance benefits program for 35 states with the nation’s highest jobless rates. More than half a million long-term jobless workers have lost their unemployment lifeline. Chad Stone of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) says:

As we’ve explained previously, EB [extended benefits] will no longer be available in any state, not because most states’ economies have improved to anywhere near pre-recession conditions, but because they have not significantly deteriorated in the past three years.

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AFL-CIO Community Services Gives Shoes to Families in Need

AFL-CIO Community Services Gives Shoes to Families in Need

There’s nothing like a new pair of sneakers to start the school year off on the right foot. For children whose parents are struggling to get by on tight budgets, the Soles for Christ program in Missouri makes it possible for them to receive new shoes. 

AFL-CIO Community Services is hosting the Soles for Christ program Monday and today in their local headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo. Thousands of shoes from private donors were picked up by area children in need at the AFL-CIO building.

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One Big Union: Q and A with SAG-AFTRA’s Gabrielle Carteris

SAG-AFTRA joined forces early this year.

This is a cross-post from Labor's Edge by Rebecca Band of the California Labor Federation.

For decades, performers have been coming together in unions to bargain for fair protections and decent working conditions. And this year, actors and performers took their collective voice to the next level by voting overwhelmingly to merge the two biggest entertainment and media industry unions—Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)—into one big union, SAG-AFTRA. Actress Gabrielle Carteris, who starred as Andrea Zuckerman on the original series Beverly Hills, 90210, has been actively involved with the merger for nearly two years, a process which she describes as “exciting, challenging, inspiring and historic.” Carteris spoke with Labor's Edge for a Q and A on the merger and her involvement in the labor movement. 

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On Aug. 11, Stand for America and a Second Bill of Rights

On Aug. 11, Stand for America and a Second Bill of Rights

This Saturday, Aug. 11, join thousands of working families who are coming together in Philadelphia in the first major action of the Workers Stand for America campaign, the centerpiece of which is America’s Second Bill of Rights:

  • Full employment and a living wage.
  • Full participation in the political process.
  • A voice at work.
  • A quality education for all.
  • A secure and healthy future.

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Hug a Union ‘Thug’: Here’s What You Say

Hug a Union ‘Thug’: Here’s What You Say

AFL-CIO blog readers and our Facebook community loved the story about the Oregon AFL-CIO turning the right-wing characterization of unions as "thugs" on its head by setting up three “Hug-a-Thug” stations in Portland, Ore., parks where passersby received hugs from Letter Carrier Willie Groshell (NALC) and members of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Leah Okin and Patrick Landers.

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Military Veterans Blast Romney for Supporting Voter Suppression

Gil Parr served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962-1966, but his military ID isn’t good enough to let him vote in Pennsylvania.

U.S. military veterans severely criticized Mitt Romney today for supporting laws limiting the right of residents to vote in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, where Republican-controlled legislatures recently enacted new voting laws. In a press conference this morning, the veterans also took Romney to task for accusing President Obama of suppressing the vote of military veterans because the Obama campaign filed a lawsuit seeking to block an Ohio law that restricts a successful early voting program.

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