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Walmart’s Black Thursday Hits Paducah

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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.

James Vetato planned to spend Black Friday wearing out shoe leather on a picket line at the Southside Walmart in Paducah, Ky.

"Now I'll be there Thanksgiving night, too," Vetato said. "Walmart has announced it will be open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night, which will prevent a lot of the associates from spending the holiday with their families.”

Help spread the word about Walmart strikers by sharing the United States of Walton infographic (above) on Facebook

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Obama Halts DREAMER Deportations

President Obama this morning will restore the dreams of as many as 1 million young aspiring citizens when he signs an executive order halting the deportation of those young immigrants who would be eligible for U.S. residency under the terms of the DREAM Act. For several years, Republican lawmakers in Congress have blocked the DREAM Act.

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Judge Says 10,000 American Airlines Workers Can’t Hold Union Vote

Judge Says 10,000 American Airlines Workers Can’t Hold Union Vote

A federal judge in Texas today blocked an election by 10,000 American Airlines passenger service agents that the National Mediation Board (NMB) last week ordered to begin June 21. Last month, American filed suit against the NMB’s decision to allow the workers to vote on joining the Communications Workers of America (CWA). In a statement this afternoon CWA said:

Clearly the airline is afraid of workers having their democratic vote and has been fighting hard to stop it.

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More than 2,000 Workers Join AFL-CIO Unions

Chicago State University workres. UNITE HERE photo.

College professors, cable television installers and employees at donut shops, a hotel and in telecommunications are the latest workers to join AFL-CIO unions.

Nearly 400 AT&T Mobility retail store workers in Mississippi and Wyoming have chosen Communications Workers of America (CWA) representation. AT&T which has agreed to management neutrality, recognized the workers’ choice of CWA when majorities signed union authorization cards. The Mississippi unit includes 314 workers.

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Stop the Attacks on Federal Workers

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We Must Stop the Attacks On Federal Workers and Their Retirements

By Matt Murray for the NH Labor News

For the Federal Employees there is good, bad, and even worse news. Today Kellie Lunney reported some important information regarding the changes in the Federal Budge...

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IAFF on Colorado, New Mexico Fires’ Front Lines

IAFF photo

Several hundred members of the Fire Fighters (IAFF) from locals surrounding the wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico are working hard to contain the blazes. Fortunately, there have been no reports of major firefighter injury. IAFF 9th District Vice President Randy Atkinson says:

Getting a wildfire under control in that part of the state is difficult because of the tough terrain. There are a lot of canyons, so just getting to the fire is a challenge.

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VA Health Care Workers: ‘Stop the Downgrades’

DC Metro Labor Council

Richard Fleming served 12 years in the U.S. Army and has worked for the past 20 years at the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA's) Temple Texas hospital. He began with an entry-level job in the kitchen and, with training and education, became a surgical technician. He also is one of the thousands of modestly paid VHA workers whose jobs have been arbitrarily downgraded.

Nobody talked  to me about it. I found out I was downgraded through a memo….I was downgraded by people who do not ever see what I do on a day-to-day basis.

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We Asked, You Told Us: Your Favorite Made in America Items

Mike Cogh

USA

When we asked about your favorite Made in America items, dozens and dozens of you responded. Topping the list of favorites? Slugger baseball bats, Miller beer and anything sweet and/or chocolate—Oreos, Hershey Kisses and Russell Stovers. Buicks and all U.S.-made cars, and a variety of guns—Rugers, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons—and ammo also topped the list of most favorite Made In America.

Next month, in the days leading up to the July 4 holiday, we are running a Made In America series—including blogs and videos—to celebrate the contributions of U.S. workers to our economy and to highlight how Congress and policymakers can ensure the nation maximizes its greatest resource—America’s working people.

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650,000 Signatures Filed for Ballot Initiative to Protect Collective Bargaining in Michigan

Great news from Michigan. Volunteers filed 650,000 signatures—more than twice the number required—to place a proposal protecting collective bargaining rights on November's ballot.

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Udall Praises Unions’ Role in United Way

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the United Way and, in a floor statement (see video) honoring the occasion, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) notes that the “success and strength” of the partnership “between the United Way and America’s workers cannot be overstated.”   

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Union Investment Renovates Senior Housing, Creates Green Jobs

The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) is investing $10 million toward a $14 million project to rehabilitate the Mayfield Manor Apartments in Canton, Ohio, as part of HIT’s national Construction Jobs Initiative and the AFL-CIO’s Green Jobs Initiative. The project will keep 144 units affordable for current residents at the senior citizen facility for 20 years and is expected to create 100 union construction jobs in an area hard-hit by the economic slowdown. Rehabilitation work on the six-story building will be done with 100 percent union labor.

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