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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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'Labor Night at the Nats' is a Hit

(Left to Right) Duncan, Briscoe, McKirchy, Brown and Wise receiving the Spirit Award; photo by Julia Kann

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO, assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Thousands of union members headed to the Nationals (Nats) ballpark in Washington, D.C., Friday with friends and family for the first doubleheader of "Labor Night at the Nats." The event raises money for the Community Services Agency’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps union families in times of need. 

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Son of Texas Mail Handler Revives Olympic Dreams

Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence Jr.’s dreams of Olympic gold were revived early Saturday morning when Olympic Games boxing officials overturned the decision that gave Friday’s welterweight bout to Spence’s opponent. Spence is the son of Debra—a Dallas, Texas, member of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 311—and Errol Spence Sr.

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Deconstructing Campaign Finance: Most Americans Unfamiliar with Outside Campaign Spending

With less than 100 days until the election, campaign finance is a topic that everybody in Washington, D.C., and on TV is talking about. Yet according to a recent poll by the Washington Post and the Pew Research Center, most Americans are unfamiliar with outside campaign spending and don’t know important terms and concepts.

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Striking Palermo's Workers Ask Costco to Enforce Suppliers Code of Conduct

Laura Torres. Photo ©Wendi Kent used by permission.

Workers at Palermo's Pizza in Milwaukee, Wis., have been on strike for nearly two months in a struggle for justice with one of the largest frozen pizza manufacturers in the nation. You can help the workers—like Laura Torres, a single mother of six who has worked at the Palermo's plant for 10 years—by asking Costco, Palermo’s biggest customer, to urge the pizza maker to respect workers and improve working conditions at the plant.

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Chilean Mine Accident Sparks College Student's Interest in Unions

Photo Credit: Hugo Infante/Government of Chile

Two years ago on Aug. 5., a San José copper-gold mine located in Chile’s northern Atacama Desert, caved in, trapping 33 miners 2,257 feet underground. “The 33,” as they were quickly known around the world, survived a staggering 69 days underground before their rescue.

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Once Upon a Trickle Down

The phrase “trickle-down” economics has always been ripe for derision. Not only because it doesn’t work—the idea that if we ply the rich with more money from taxpayers’ pockets some eventually will “trickle down” in the form of jobs and prosperity is a myth. But also because, let’s face it, “trickle down” conjures up a variety of images we won’t mention here.

Now, cartoonist Mark Fiore has created an animated video, “Once Upon a Trickle Down,” that puts the entire corporate/Republican-backed theory and its effects into an easy-to-understand children’s rhyme. Here’s a taste:

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Son of Texas Mail Handler Falls Short of Olympic Dream

Errol Spence Jr., the son of Debra—a Dallas, Texas, member of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 311—lost his 152-pound welterweight bout tonight in round of 16 in boxing competition in Olympic Games in London.

Spence, the top-ranked U.S. amateur in his weight class, lost to Vikas Kisham of India, who was the 2011 World Amateur bronze medalist. Click here for more on Spence.  

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