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AFGE Elects Cox as New President

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J. David Cox was elected AFGE president yesterday by delegates to the union’s convention in Las Vegas. Cox, who served the past six years as AFGE’s secretary-treasurer, succeeds John Gage, who retired after serving nine years in the top job. Eugene Hudson Jr. was elected secretary-treasurer and Augusta Thomas was re-elected vice president for Women´s and Fair Practices.

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PLA for NBC Universal Redevelopment in L.A. Means 13,000 Construction Jobs

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A new project labor agreement (PLA) between Southern California construction unions and NBC Universal for a major redevelopment of the company’s movie and television studios and the Universal City theme park in Los Angeles will create about 13,000 local construction jobs.    

The PLA reached between the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council and NBC Universal on the 10-year project in the east San Fernando Valley was announced yesterday.

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Con Ed Workers Overwhelmingly Agree on New Contract

After 8,000 utility workers were locked out earlier this summer, Utility Workers (UWUA) Local 1-2 in New York City approved a new labor contract with Consolidated Edison. 

The New York Times reports:

Harry Farrell, president of Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America, said on Wednesday that its membership voted by a margin of 93 percent to accept a new four-year agreement with Consolidated Edison.

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Thank a Worker: Free Printable Labor Day Cards


As we prepare for Sept. 3, we’re encouraging you to thank your family, friends and neighbors for the work they do each day. Workers don’t always receive the appreciation they deserve. From the baristas who brew your coffee in the morning to the letter carrier who drops off your mail, nearly every aspect of our day is affected by people we work with and alongside.

Here are some brand-new Labor Day cards you can print out at home to give to the workers in your life.

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Report: You Paid $46 in 2011 to Subsidize Fat CEO Pay

Report: You Paid $46 in 2011 to Subsidize Fat CEO Pay

Next time you write your tax check to the Internal Revenue Service, imagine which multibillion-dollar corporation may get some of your hard-earned pay.

How about drugmaker Abbott Laboratories, which in 2011 claimed a $586 million tax refund for its 64 subsidiaries operating in 16 countries considered tax havens?

Or maybe Chesapeake Energy, a company that last year made $2.8 billion in pre-tax U.S. profits—but whose effective tax rate over the course of its 23-year history has averaged only about 1 percent?

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New York Bricklayer Hunts Wisconsin Whitetails

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On tonight’s episode of “Brotherhood Outdoors,” Eddie Roberts, a tile finisher and nearly 30-year member of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 7 in New York, and show host Tom Ackerman head to Wisconsin’s famed Buffalo County, near Madison, on a bow-hunting adventure for a trophy buck in one of the nation’s famed deer hunting locales.

The show airs tonight on the Sportsman Channel at 8 p.m. EDT and PDT. Click here to find out if you get the Sportsman Channel.

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Machinists Reach Tentative Contract with Caterpillar

Machinists Reach Tentative Contract with Caterpillar

Machinists (IAM) District 8 in Joliet, Ill., and Caterpillar Inc. reached a tentative contract agreement late Tuesday and members are now voting on whether to ratify it. Workers have been on strike against the heavy equipment maker since May 1.

The proposed six-year contract contains many improvements over previous offers, said District 8 Business Representative Steve Jones.

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Romney-Ryan—Inside and Outside the Beltway, and What's at Stake

AFL-CIO Political Director Michael Podhorzer sends us this. 

Inside the Beltway, (and among tea party activists for whom facts are not particularly relevant)—Paul Ryan is quite well known as a principled fiscal conservative by those who have not actually looked at his proposals but who have fallen for his supposed “truth telling” wonkery. The very "serious people" in Washington admire him because he talks about hard choices. Yet, every objective budget analyst who has looked at his plans know that he’s inviting us to engage in magical thinking. Cut just about everything (without getting too specific) to give even more tax cuts for the rich and, well, the budget will be balanced someday.  Some say that Romney’s already laughably low-paid tax rate would drop to near zero under Ryan’s plan.  

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Paramedics, Green Energy Workers and More Join AFL-CIO Unions

Ikea workers vote to join IAM in Danville, Va.

Emergency medical service professionals, Ikea workers and green energy geothermal technicians are among the latest workers to choose AFL-CIO unions.

More than 150 paramedics, emergency medical technicians, nurses, fleet techs and vehicle supply techs at Rural/Metro of Northern California voted overwhelmingly last week to join AFSCME Local 491/United EMS Workers. They join the more than 400 Rural/Metro EMS professionals in Santa Clara County and the Medic Ambulance EMS workers in Solano County, who earlier this year voted to join AFSCME.

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DREAMers Can Now Apply for U.S. Residency

Diana and Diana, two union DREAMers from the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA)

Starting today, more than a million young aspiring citizens who were brought to this country as children (known as “DREAMers”) can apply for U.S. residency and a work permit under the terms of a new policy announced by the Obama Administration last month.  The application forms are posted online at the Department of Homeland Security.

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