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Ironworkers’ IMPACT Training Builds Green Energy Skills

Ironworkers’ IMPACT Training Builds Green Energy Skills

The Ironworkers’ training and apprenticeship programs ensure workers across the nation have the skills they need for 21st century green energy projects. The union and its labor-management component, IMPACT (the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust), have developed a new program on wind turbine construction and safety that provides workers with the job skills needed for the growing wind energy industry.

Click here to read more about this state-of-the-art training in our special AFL-CIO union innovators series.   

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UAW Local 9 Brewery Workers Leaflet Miller Brewery

Photo credit: Karen Hickey

This is a cross-post by Karen Hickey, communications director at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIOOn a sunny Tuesday afternoon, just one week before the historic June 5 recall election, the United Auto Workers (UAW) leafleted Miller Brewery in support ofTom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell in the upcoming recall election. Reminding workers to cast their vote and make history on June 5.

Newly elected UAW Local 9 President Lance Agbuis, who works in fermentation at Miller Brewery, spearheaded the leaflet effort shaking hands and high-fiving members on their way in to and out of work.  

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Important Special Election in Arizona

One week after the pivotal Wisconsin recall election, southern Arizona will be holding a special election to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to serve the remainder of her term. Giffords resigned this year. The June 12 contest will be between Giffords' staffer Ron Barber and Giffords' 2010 opponent, Republican Jesse Kelly. 

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Speaker O'Brien and D.J. Bettencourt Bring Shame to the New Hampshire House

Wow, what a weekend! On Friday, we learned that New Hampshire House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt would be resigning his postion as state representative and majority leader on June 6. His resignation announcement also stated that he would be taking over as executive director of the newly created New Hampshire Legal...

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Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

Wisconsin: 11 Good Reasons to Fire Scott Walker

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Why should Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) lose his job in next week’s recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett? Here are 11 good reasons:

  1. Scott Walker eliminated the collective bargaining rights of 380,000 public employees.
  2. Scott Walker has led Wisconsin to last place in the nation in job creation.
  3. Scott Walker has disenfranchised tens of thousands of young voters, senior citizens and minority voters with voter suppression and voter ID laws.

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T-Mobile USA Worker Tells Deutsche Telekom CEO: ‘Respect Workers’ Rights’

T-Mobile USA Worker Tells Deutsche Telekom CEO: ‘Respect Workers’ Rights’

Blake Poindexter is a former T-Mobile USA worker who had worked in a call center in Frisco, Texas, before the company announced in March it would close that center along with six others. Last week, he urged Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann to respect T-Mobile USA workers’ right to join together in a union and stop the company’s harassment of workers.

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In Face of Bankruptcy, TWU Keeps American Flying

In February, AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines and American Eagle, announced plans to lay off 13,000 workers as part of its bankruptcy strategy. You can show your support for the American workers today by signing the “I Support American Jobs” pledge at isupportamericanjobs.com.

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Ryder Elected ILO Director-General

ILO Executive Director-Elect Guy Ryder, ITUC photo.

Guy Ryder was elected Monday as the new director-general of the International Labor Organization (ILO). He says his new post is a:

tremendous opportunity, in the middle of this global crisis, to make a difference to the lives of millions of people...to change their lives for the better.

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U.S. Unions Urge Colombia to Protect Workers' Rights--and Lives

The AFL-CIO and several individual unions, including the Machinists, the Steelworkers, Mine Workers and Food and Commercial Workers in recent days met with leadership of the new Colombian Labor Inspectorate and Department of Labor officials, to discuss how the inspectorate is working to promote and protect workers' rights in Colombia—and what it is doing to make sure workers who exercise their rights can do so without putting their lives on the line.

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Nigerian Labor Activist: I Want Government to be Accountable

Nigerian Labor Activist: I Want Government to be Accountable

Sessi Agnes Funmi has the simple goal of awakening the “sleeping giant.” That’s how her Nigerian union has been tagged, she said. And
it’s starting to work.

Funmi is the head of the Lagos State University Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities. The union has about
8,040 members, who are the non-teaching professional university staff. The members include nurses, physicians, administrators and senior housekeepers and security officers.

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