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Black History Month Labor Profiles: OUR Walmart Workers

Black History Month Labor Profiles: OUR Walmart Workers

During Black History Month, we will be profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. We'll highlight both important leaders of the past and those who are continuing the legacy of those strong leaders who laid the foundation for the present. Today, we take a look at members of OUR Walmart.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Steps Up Attacks on Working Families

Not content to just verbally attack working families, as he did in his recent State of the State address, new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has taken action to strip rights from workers. He signed an executive order that prevents public employee unions from collecting fair share fees from nonunion workers. He also has hired a legal team to pursue a federal court ruling that the fees are unconstitutional.

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Ohio Nurse Who Spoke Out for Rights Wins Defamation Verdict Against Hospital

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Ann Wayt, a 38-year veteran registered nurse with a “spotless record” who was illegally fired and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union, was awarded more than $2 million in damages in a defamation suit against the hospital—one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the country, according to the National Nurses United (NNU).

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Working America Health Care: Your Guide to Health Insurance by ACA’s Feb. 15 Deadline

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For people without health insurance, Feb. 15 is the deadline to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If you haven’t enrolled and are confused by the many options and plans available from dozens of insurance companies, Working America—our community affiliate for people without a union—is ready to help you navigate the system and find the best option for you and your family.

The Working America Health Care program gives you access to licensed professionals who can help you weigh the health plan options in the Health Insurance Marketplace (aka HealthCare.gov) to determine what's best for you and your family.

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You Can Win an Amazing Black History Month Poster

You Can Win an Amazing Black History Month Poster

As part of our celebration of Black History Month, we are profiling past and present leaders in the intersecting movements to protect and expand the rights of African Americans and working families. Along with highlighting important leaders of the past, we have created some amazing original art to help commemorate people who made a difference not only in their own lives, but in the lives of millions of their fellow Americans. And now you can own a print of one of these works of art. For free!

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Introducing Your Newest Anti-Worker Governor, Bruce Rauner: Winners and Losers of the Week

Introducing Your Newest Anti-Worker Governor, Bruce Rauner: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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A Legacy Remembered

A Legacy Remembered

Every February, people across the country celebrate Black History Month. We honor the heritage and struggle of African Americans in the United States while looking with hope toward the future. This year, I am honored to look back at organizers and activists who inspire me daily in my work as a leader in the labor movement. The history of the modern labor movement, which is positioned to speak, fight and win on behalf of all workers, is filled with strong black figures who fought for civil and economic justice during a time when justice was not guaranteed for all.

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Christie Says ‘NO!’ to Buy American

Christie Says ‘NO!’ to Buy American

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) made it very clear last week where he stands on American jobs and Buy American provisions in state laws—he’s firmly against them. He didn’t veto just one Buy American bill, he vetoed five Buy American bills that passed the New Jersey Legislature with bipartisan support.

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Union Autoworkers See Higher Wages as Industry Rebounds

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While the country is having a national conversation around raising wages for workers who have seen their wages stagnate or fall, union workers are actually taking concrete action to put money in the pockets of working families. Some 300 to 500 workers at Ford Motor plants will see their pay increase by $9 an hour, thanks to hard-fought provisions won in the collective bargaining process.

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USW Oil Strike Grows, Sign Petition for Safe Refineries

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United Steelworkers (USW) members at BP refineries in Whiting, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio, joined the union’s unfair labor practice strike Sunday against the oil industry. The strike began Feb. 1, after the companies failed to address serious concerns regarding the health and safety of workers and their communities, according to the USW.

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