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Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

Watch Trumka Set Bar for 2016 Candidates

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will deliver a major address Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m., outlining the standards that working people will use to evaluate 2016 presidential candidates and highlighting raising wages as a key issue in the 2016 campaign. The live stream of the address will be available at http://go.aflcio.org/TrumkaSpeech and you can follow on Twitter with the hashtag #1uVote16.

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Working Families in the West Respond to Romney RNC Speech

Working families in the west protested the Romney-Ryan budget.

Last week, while Clint Eastwood argued with a chair and Mitt Romney officially became his party’s presidential nominee, working families in the West made sure that the spectacle of the Republican National Convention didn’t drown out their own voices and concerns.

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Labor Day: Tell Your Co-Workers, Friends and Family How Much You Appreciate Them

Labor Day: Tell Your Co-Workers, Friends and Family How Much You Appreciate Them

If you haven’t sent a thank you e-card or video to the people whose work you appreciate, Labor Day is the time to do it.

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Barbara J. Easterling: We Must Educate Younger People About Unions

Barbara J. Easterling is president of the Alliance for Retired Americans. She was previously the secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America.

Barbara J. Easterling is president of the Alliance for Retired Americans. She was previously the secretary-treasurer of the Communications Workers of America.  

As we near Labor Day, I want to encourage you to help younger generations better understand why labor unions are so important. Too many people either know very little about unions or only know what politicians and Fox News tell them.

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82-Year-Old UAW Retiree a Fixture in Paducah Labor Day Parade

Photo by Berry Craig.

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

Jay Latham never cuts his grass on Labor Day.

The 82-year-old UAW retiree from Benton, Ky., would rather rev up his yellow and green riding mower for Labor Day parades in nearby Paducah. Latham is in the lineup for the 37th annual end-of-summer holiday procession in the largest town in deep western Kentucky.

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Good News: Federal Judge Restores Early Voting In Ohio

Talking Points Memo (TPM) reported this afternoon:

A federal judge in Ohio on Friday restored early voting rights in the three days before the election, ruling in favor of the Obama campaign.

U.S. District Judge Peter C. Economus ruled that "restoring in-person early voting to all Ohio voters through the Monday before Election Day does not deprive UOCAVA [Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act] voters from early voting."

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Intern Reflects on Union Summer in Arizona

After a hot and busy summer, Union Summer intern Olivia Montesano is now back to pursuing a master’s degree in justice studies with a heavy focus on community organizing at Arizona State University. She’s back to reading about people around the world organizing their communities to make a difference.

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United Way President Thanks Union Member for 'Changing the Arc of His Life'

We're kicking off the Labor Day weekend with a very special "thank you" message from United Way President and CEO Brian Gallagher, to a union member who changed his life. Watch the YouTube video in the post. Gallagher also thanked all the union members and affiliates of the AFL-CIO for their community service efforts across the country. 

Don't forget to send your own video or free e-card to someone whose work you appreciate at www.aflcio.org/ThankYou

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Labor Days of Action with United Way

Speed volunteers in St. Paul, Minn.

Mei Cobb, vice president of volunteer & employee engagement at United Way Worldwide, sends us this.

In the United States, we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September to recognize the economic and social contributions of working men and women. This Labor Day, I’d like to recognize two groups of union members who are volunteering in support of United Way initiatives.

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Florida Working Families Preview ‘Romney’s America’

Joshua Anijar, Florida AFL-CIO communications director, sends us this report on the recent Republican National Convention where working families greeted Mitt Romney and friends.  

When the Republican National Convention headed to Tampa, Fla., to nominate its candidate for president, the West Central Florida Federation of Labor (WCFFL) was ready. The 12-county organization staged “Welcome to Romney’s America,” a combination protest and satirical street theater to illustrate what America would be like under a Romney-Ryan administration.

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Romney’s Days at Bain Capital Marked by Greed and Debt

Illustration courtesy of Rollng Stone

Looking for little reading over the long Labor Day weekend? Then check out online or pick up the latest copy of Rolling Stone with Matt Taibbi’s cover story on Mitt Romney’s days at Bain Capital. Taibbi writes:

Mitt Romney, it turns out, is the perfect frontman for Wall Street's greed revolution….He's Gordon Gekko, but a new and improved version, with better PR—and a bigger goal. A takeover artist all his life, Romney is now trying to take over America itself. And if his own history is any guide, we'll all end up paying for the acquisition.

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