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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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Aim High: A Strategy for Changing Times

The following is by John August, executive director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. Read the full version of his column at L&M Partnership.

It’s no secret that our economy is changing profoundly for millions of workers. But a Dec. 30, 2011, New York Times article, “Factory Jobs Gain, but Wages Retreat,” deserves special attention.

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Operating Engineers’ Counsel Among Picks for NLRB

Operating Engineers (IUOE) General Counsel Richard Griffin is among the three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) President Obama will appoint through recess appointments, the White House announced.

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With Doors Open, Indiana Workers Flood Statehouse

The Indiana state legislature opened its session today as hundreds of workers descended on the statehouse to protest a proposed “right to work” for less bill. Earlier today, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) lifted his order that would have restricted citizens’ access to the statehouse, but not that of lobbyists.

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Obama Set to Name Three to NLRB

President Obama will use recess appointments to name three new members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the White House announced this  afternoon.

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With Fair Chance, Workers Choose Unions

Writing in Health Leaders Media, John Commins takes a look at the recent successes nurses have had in winning a voice on the job with National Nurses United (NNU) and finds that, once again, when workers are given a fair opportunity to join a union, they do.

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Wild Hog Hunt Launches New Season for ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’

   

Brotherhood Outdoors,” the unique hunting and fishing television series of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA), kicks off its second season Thursday night on the Sportsman Channel, with Indiana Ironworkers member Jessica Reagor on a California wild hog hunt.

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Public Pressure Re-Opens Indiana Statehouse Doors

Caving into intense public pressure, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) this morning rescinded an order that would have barred thousands of Hoosiers from the statehouse as the legislature considers a so-called right to work bill. As I write, we hear that three doors are open and workers are streaming in, with lines of people wrapped around the block.

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Obama to Appoint Cordray Consumer Watchdog Chief

President Obama will use a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Associated Press (AP) reports this morning. Cordray’s nomination has been blocked by Senate Republicans who want to gut the agency that was created by 2010’s Wall Street reform legislation.

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‘Union Maid’ Makes Rose Parade Appearance

You can’t scare the Pulaski (Wis.) High School marching band—they’re sticking with the union.

In the middle of Monday’s Rose Bowl Parade, marching band members launched into a spirited rendition of Woody Guthrie’s workers’ anthem “Union Maid.”

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Pa. Gov. Corbett: Walker, Kasich FAIL

A recent memo from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s (R) deputy chief of staff Luke Bernstein to other top staff and supporters says that in discussing Corbett’s first year in office, they should compare his “successes” to failures of other first-year governors, including Walker and Kasich.

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