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The 2012 Great Labor Arts Exchange: Conference on Creative Organizing and Camp Solidarity

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Darryl Moch is the executive director of the Labor Heritage Foundation.

The culture of labor solidarity sparkled June 22–25 at the 34th annual Great Labor Arts Exchange held at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md.  Sponsored by the Labor Heritage Foundation (LHF), the three-day program of workshops, sharing experiences and song/performance/art-swapping featured artists and cultural activists from a variety of unions and organizations, including international artist-activists from Canada and Nigeria.

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Frank Guinta Could Help Save The USPS But Isn't

Bill Brickley is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, serving on the New Hampshire Letter Carrier Executive Board as CD1 legislative liaison. He also serves on the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Executive Board and is a former New Hampshire Area Coordinator for Amnesty International and a New Hampshire Labor News blogger. This post originally appeared in New Hampshire Labor News. 

In a different political climate Postal Reform legislation would make its way seamlessly through Congress and be quietly signed into law by the President. Postal legislation has long been a bi partisan issue. That political climate no longer exists mainly because the GOP (Guardians Of the Powerful) are focused on grinding government to a halt and manufacturing controversies to divert voters short attention span. The Senate has passed a flawed Postal Reform bill S1789 and it’s now time for the House of Representatives to act. The problem is postal reform legislation is currently stalled in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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Made in America: Take a Union-Made Vacation

Make sure your summer vacation is Made in America.


This week, leading up to July 4, we're highlighting American products, jobs and stories for our Made in America series. What are your favorite Made in America products? Please comment and share your ideas.

What could be more “Made in America” than a good old USA summer vacation that’s union-made, too? Here are some travel tips from Union Plus. If you are headed for a major theme park, many are staffed by union members, including the 36,000 union workers from 18 unions at the Disney Parks in Anaheim, Calif., and Orlando, Fla. On top of that, several offer discounts through Union Plus, click here.

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Gov. Brewer Declares War on Voting

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer gloated over Monday's Supreme Court decision upholding the racial profiling provision of S.B. 1070, describing it as a victory and vindication. But the governor's buoyed spirits were quickly deflated as she learned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suspended the 287(g) status of many Arizona law enforcement agencies—287(g) is the agreement that allows state and local police departments to perform some immigration enforcement functions.

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Bring Jobs Home: What Are You Doing to Take Action?

It's Time to Bring Jobs Home

In actions and events from Anchorage, Alaska, to Montgomery, Ala., thousands of working families and their unions are urging Congress to take action on the nation’s jobs crisis, part of the AFL-CIO’s Bring Jobs Home campaign.

Check out some of the events below and be sure to join them if they’re in your area. Can’t find anything nearby? Check out the full list of Bring Jobs Home events here.

Also, be sure to text JOBS to 235246 to get info and action alerts to help bring America's jobs home. (Message and data rates may apply.)

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Postal Workers Start Third Day of Hunger Strike to Save USPS

DC Metro Labor Council

On the second day of a four-day hunger strike by postal workers and their allies in Washington, D.C., dozens marched from L’Enfant Plaza to the U.S. Treasury yesterday wearing bandit masks and carrying a $44 billion check from the Postal Service. Workers launched the hunger strike Monday, days ahead of a vote in Congress on the fate of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and are holding morning and afternoon vigils to bring attention to the need to save the Postal Service.

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Health Care Law Supporters to Rally Outside the Supreme Court Thursday

Health care law supporter is interviewed outside the Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of the NCPSSM Flickr page.

Health care reform law supporters plan to rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court beginning Thursday at 9:30 a.m., when the Supreme Court is expected to release its decision on the Affordable Care Act.

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FLSA: 74 Years Fighting Child Labor and Still Going

Rose Biodo, Philadelphia, 10 years old. Working three summers, minds baby and carries berries, two pecks at a time. Whites Bog, Brown Mills, N.J., 09/28/1910

Anastasia Christman is a senior policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project.

Last month activists all over the planet shined a light on the persistence of child labor on the World Day Against Child Labor. As many as 215 million children worldwide lose the chance to learn, play and grow as they instead are compelled to join the workforce, often under grueling conditions. As we in the United States celebrate the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 1938, we should recommit to the part of its mission dedicated to fighting oppressive child labor in our own country. 

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Second Season of ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Premieres with IBEW Member’s Elk Hunt

Tom Ackerman, Scott Callaghan, Union Sportsman photo

The second season of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) “Brotherhood Outdoors,” a unique hunting and fishing series that showcases the talents and passions of union members, kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursdays, starting June 28, exclusively on the Sportsman Channel.

In the season premier, Scott Callaghan, an Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 member from Annapolis, Md., who served two tours of duty with the Marine Corps in the Middle East, joins host Tom Ackerman in the mountains of south central Montana to fulfill his dream of hunting America’s iconic bull elk east. 

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Solidarity, for Now? Liberalism and the Many Costs of Labor's Decline

When I moved to Rhode Island in 2003 from Washington, I was rather stunned to hear many of my liberal friends repeat the media meme that organized labor was too powerful in the Ocean State [note: I will use the term "liberal" rather than "progressive" because in my experience people on the left, my...

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