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Patchwork Hurricane Relief Bill Signed, Boehner Promises Bigger Package Next Week

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President Obama this weekend signed the patchwork aid bill that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) put before the new Congress only after he was eviscerated by members of his own party and Hurricane Sandy victims for blocking a comprehensive hurricane relief package on the last day of the 112th Congress.

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Will the New San Diego Mayor Implement Anti-Worker Legislation?

California’s second-largest city has a progressive mayor, former Democratic U.S. House member Bob Filner, who beat his Republican rival by three points in November.

The 70-year-old Filner spent 20 years in Congress. A reliable and articulate liberal—with high marks on his AFL-CIO, ADA and Sierra Club scorecards—he’s a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and was a “Freedom Rider” during the early 1960s civil rights movement, spending two months in jail for “disturbing the peace and inciting a riot.”

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GM and UAW Donate Vans to Veterans Facilities

The UAW has a long history of its members serving in the military. More than 5,000 active duty reservists and veterans work at General Motors (GM) plants all over the United States. This is why GM and the UAW teamed up to donate five Chevrolet mobility vans to help veterans with disabilities get around in their communities. Watch the video from GM (below) for the whole story

 

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Green Bay Firefighters Cook Up Some Good Will at a Local Cafe

It's incredibly hard for restaurant owners to take the day off, especially around the holidays. But Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 141 made that possible for the owner of the Mill Town Café in Green Bay, Wis., who needed time off to receive a bone marrow transplant the Friday before Christmas. 

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New Agreement Means $2.2M in Back Pay, New Work for Florida IATSE Members

New Agreement Means $2.2M in Back Pay, New Work for Florida IATSE Members

Stagehands in West Palm Beach, Fla., will secure regular work and share some $2.2 million in back pay after Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 500 and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts reached agreement on a five-year contract that settles charges in a dispute that began in 2001.

The agreement was reached in late December and approved today by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Unions Continue to Help Out Working Families Hit Hard by Sandy

While John Boehner and his allies in the U.S. House of Representatives play politics with aid to families whose lives were shattered by Superstorm Sandy, numerous unions have stepped up to provide money and supplies to those in need. Here are a few examples of how unions are helping families recover from the storm's devastation.

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6 Reasons Why Means-Testing Social Security and Medicare Is a Real Dud

Photo courtesy of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Means-testing Social Security and Medicare is an idea thrown around a lot to "find savings" because, on the surface, it doesn't sound too painful. Wealthy people typically are able to save more and invest in retirement than lower- and middle-income earners, so they don't need Social Security and Medicare as much, right? Wrong. 

Means testing Social Security and Medicare is a cynical way to weaken and destroy benefits for middle-income working people.

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BCTGM Elects New Leaders

BCTGM President David B. Durkee (right) and BCTGM Secretary-Treasurer Steve Bertelli. BCTGM photo.

David B. Durkee, who served as secretary-treasurer for the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) since 1998, is the union’s new president after the BCTGM’s General Executive Board approved his nomination. He succeeds Frank Hurt, who retired Jan. 1 after 20 years in office. The board also approved Steve Bertelli as secretary-treasurer.

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Portland to Discuss Paid Sick Leave Requirement

The city of Portland, Ore., is planning to discuss a proposal by the Everybody Benefits community coalition that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The coalition is made up of labor, community and business groups and is seeking to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco and other cities that have successfully passed similar ordinances.

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Jobless Rate Unchanged in December, Economy Adds 155,000 Jobs

Jobless Rate Unchanged in December, Economy Adds 155,000 Jobs

The nation’s economy added 155,000 new jobs in December and the jobless rate was unchanged from November’s adjusted 7.8%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 155,000 jobs created reflect 34 straight months of positive job growth.

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