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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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Reuther Film, ‘Brothers on the Line,’ Winning Praise

The documentary “Brothers on the Line,” which chronicles the lives of UAW leader Walter Reuther and his brothers, Roy and Victor—from the Great Depression to the Great Society, is picking up awards and packing theaters in special screenings around the nation. Take a look at this new trailer. 

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Backus Federation of Nurses secure first contract

The Backus Federation of Nurses at Backus Hospital, Norwich, Conn., have secured their first collective bargaining contract which includes safe working provisions as well as professional and economic standards. These provisions will help to recruit and retain experienced RNs, AFT Connecticut announc...

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Senate Passes Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

The U.S. Senate yesterday approved (78-20) legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank through 2014. Last week, the House passed (330-90) the same bill and it now goes to the White House for President Obama’s signature.

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Wages for Young College Grads Fall

Wages for Young College Grads Fall

Most recent young college graduates are carrying a heavy debt load for their education, and they face a harder time paying it off because their wages have plummeted as well—part of a decade-long decline, according to a new Economic Snapshot from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

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Global Petition Demands Hyatt Rehire Fired Housekeepers

Last October, the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, Calif., fired two sisters with 30 years of combined experience after they objected to the posting of demeaning pictures of housekeepers in bikinis on a company bulletin board. Yesterday, Hyatt workers, clergy, and local elected officials delivered nearly 100,000 petition signatures from around the world to the hotel’s general manager condemning the hotel’s dismissal of sisters Martha and Lorena Reyes and calling for their reinstatement with full back pay.

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Arizona Appraisers Affiliate with OPEIU’s Appraisers Guild

The Coalition of Arizona Appraisers (CoAA) has voted to affiliate with the American Guild of Appraisers (AGA), a guild of the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU).

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Ohio Labor Council Embraces Community Wetlands Project

Ohio Labor Council Embraces Community Wetlands Project

A partnership between the the Crawford/Richland County Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO and Ashland University is increasing access to the Black Fork Wetlands for student research and other community members in north-central Ohio. As a new feature in the AFL-CIO In Our Communities notes, the council, made up of 3,500 members in two counties, is raising funds to build an Environmental Studies Center at the wetlands site, a project that has lain dormant on Ashland University’s drawing boards for several years.

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New Hampshire Lawmakers Lose Grip, Waste Taxpayer Money

New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O'Brien's dictatorial attitude hasn't helped him pass "right to work" for less laws, collective bargaining restrictions or a voter ID law. Now that heavy hand appears to be coming back to haunt him in major ways.

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Older Workers Have Highest Long-Term Jobless Rate

Older workers who lose their jobs have the highest rate of long-term unemployment compared to any other age group. In 2011, more than half of jobless workers, ages 50 years and older, were out of work for more than six months. The trend continues this year. Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP), told the Senate Special Committee on Aging this afternoon:

The prospects are dim for older workers who lose their jobs.

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'Warmth of Other Suns' Author at Georgetown June 12

'Warmth of Other Suns' Author at Georgetown June 12

Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will address scholars, labor activists and workers’ center organizers at the second annual conference of the Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) at Georgetown University on June 12. Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, a magnificent rendition of the great migration of some 6 million black Americans from the rural South to urban areas in the North and West.

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