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From Michigan to Russia, Sheet Metal Worker’s ‘Iditarod of Snowmobiling’ Funds Diabetes Research

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Retired sheet metal worker Bill Bradfield of Cadillac, Mich., not only isn’t letting his Type 2 diabetes slow him down, he's leading a snowmobile trek though Michigan, Ontario, Canada, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia to raise money for diabetes research.

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NorCal IBEW Local’s Organizing Stewards Set for Big Year

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At Northern California’s large Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, three dozen new “organizing stewards” in the class of 2015 have big plans for the coming year, says Eric Sunderland. Without a major election on the calendar, he says:

We should be able to do some serious movement-building this year.

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Philadelphia Joins the Growing List of State/Local Governments Passing Paid Sick Days Laws

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The city of Philadelphia is set to become the 17th city (along with three states) that requires paid sick leave after Mayor Michael Nutter (D) signed legislation passed yesterday by the City Council. Philadelphia is the second city, after Tacoma, Wash., to pass paid sick days this year so far. Nutter previously vetoed similar laws because he said the economy couldn't handle the change during a recession.

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New Grand Alliance Mobilizes to Save Our Public Postal Service

In the face of aggressive attacks on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), a wide range of national organizations is standing up and fighting for one of the more widely used and important public goods in the United States. The Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service unites more than 60 groups in opposition to weakening the USPS for the sake of private investment and profit. Actor and activist Danny Glover supports the alliance and explains why, in a new video sponsored by the organization.

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Healthy Families Act Would Let Workers Earn Paid Sick Days

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There are at least 43 million U.S. workers who cannot earn a single paid sick day and have to decide between losing wages or even risking their jobs to take care of their own illness or a sick family member. On Thursday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) introduced the Healthy Families Act that would give workers the opportunity to earn up to seven paid sick days they could use for personal illnesses or to take care of sick family members.

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In the States Roundup

In the States Roundup

It's time once again to take a look at the battles for the rights of working families in the states. Here is what the unions in the states are talking about this week. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and labor councils on Twitter.

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Black History Month Labor Profiles: Ella Josephine Baker

Black History Month Labor Profiles: Ella Josephine Baker

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at Ella Josephine Baker.

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New Bipartisan Bill Cracks Down on Currency Manipulation

New Bipartisan Bill Cracks Down on Currency Manipulation

A bipartisan group of senators and representatives unveiled legislation Tuesday to clamp down on countries—like China—that cheat trade law by manipulating their currency. That cheating has cost millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs and is a major reason for the massive U.S. trade deficit.

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AFL-CIO: Congress, Don’t Break Workers' Hearts with Bad Trade Deals

AFL-CIO: Congress, Don’t Break Workers' Hearts with Bad Trade Deals

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the AFL-CIO is sending members of Congress a special message urging them to reject “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (also known as TPA).

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Written in Secrecy, Could Cost U.S. Jobs

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Sometime this year, President Obama will ask Congress to approve a new trade agreement, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

We should understand that the TPP has been negotiated in secrecy. More than 600 corporate lobbyists have had direct access to the negotiating texts. They serve as formal advisers in the negotiations and have constant communication with U.S. negotiators. Meanwhile, Congress and the public are unable to get or discuss copies of the deal.

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