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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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Wall St. Run Wild—Here’s How It Happened

Here’s a great video that shows in part how the nation got to the point where inequality is so rampant, CEO greed so unrepentent and Wall Street so not held accountable that people across the nation have taken to the streets—and are staying there.

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Really, What Do These Guys Have Against the 99 percent?

Think Progress has a good round-up of the Republican presidential candidates’ tax-the-99%-apalooza here.”

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Massachusetts Bridge: Not a Pretty Picture

Jay Hurley, president of the New England Ironworkers District Council, says he wanted to prove a point to those who claim that the recent focus on the deteriorating conditions of the nation’s bridges and infrastructure is overblown.

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Michigan Utility Workers Help Kids Ward Off Winter Winds

Michael J. Smith, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison for United Way of Monroe County (Mich.), sends us this report.

Kids in Monroe, Mich., will be able to bundle up against the cold Michigan winter with new coats, thanks to Utility Workers (UWUA) Local 223 and DTE Energy. The workers and management at the Monroe Power Plant raised $1,600 to purchase coats that were then donated to the Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids program.

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Electrical Workers Complete Largest Solar Installation in Washington, D.C., Metro Area

“As big as a football field”—the phrase that describes something really big takes on new meaning after members of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 helped FedEx Field “go green.” Union members equipped FedEx Field, home of the region’s NFL team, with the largest solar-power installation ever undertaken in the region

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SoCal Carwash Workers Win First-Ever Contracts

There’s good news from the struggle for justice for Southern California carwash workers—carwasheros. In a groundbreaking agreement, carwash workers at Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica have reached a first-ever contract. The workers voted to join United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675 this summer.

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Steelworkers Ratify New Contract, End 11-Month Lockout—and More Bargaining News

Some 750 United Steelworkers (USW) members ratified a new contract, ending an 11-month lockout, and more news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 1,400 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.

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Lack of Demand, Not Regulation, Caused Jobs Crunch, Says Treasury Official

Businesses are not creating jobs for one simple reason, says Jan Eberly, assistant treasury secretary for economic policy: lack of demand for the products those businesses make or sell.

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At Food Day Celebrations, UNITEHERE! Calls for Real Food—and Real Jobs

At events on college campuses across the nation today, UNITEHERE!—the largest worker organization for food workers in the United States—is making the connection between healthy, sustainable food and working standards for those employed in the food service industry.

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Ed Schultz Moves to 8 P.M. ET

Ed Schultz has been a champion of America’s working- and middle-class for years, most recently on MSNBC where he had a 6 p.m. and then a 10 p.m. time slot.

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