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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.”

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New San Francisco PLA Means Jobs for Bay Area Workers

A new project labor agreement (PLA) between the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council (SFBCTC) and Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) will create thousands of new jobs for members of 28 Bay Area unions.

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New Film Sheds Light on Perils Faced by Detroit Firefighters

As Detroit’s economy reaches unimaginable lows, firefighters go to work in a nearly bankrupt city set aflame by arsonists—some by building owners looking to collect insurance and others by gang members. The perils faced by these front-line first responders captured the imaginations of filmmakers Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez, who are putting the finishing touches on “Burn: The Detroit Firefighter Documentary.”

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Esquire Profiles Trumka as American of the Year

The latest edition of Esquire magazine features an in-depth look at AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Named as one of the Americans of the Year by the magazine, the article examines Trumka’s past, current role and vision for the future.

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One Union Worker from Omaha Says: We Need ‘Made in America’

Bill Redler of Omaha, Neb., knows both the hard times of the American construction worker today and the right way forward.

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UNITEHERE! Local 6—a Dynamic Force in N.Y. City

Despite the odds, members of UNITEHERE! Local 6 won respect and a contract that boosts wages and health care coverage from a restaurant owner who likened workers to chairs—yet another victory for the 23,000 low-wage service employees who are members of New York City’s dynamic union.

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Michigan Politicians Target Workers’ Comp

AFL-CIO Field Communications staffer Cathy Sherwin sends us this report.

Opponents of working people in Michigan are pushing a bill that would gut protections for workers hurt on the job and give employers more power to dictate where injured workers could seek treatment. The bill also would slash benefits by factoring in “imaginary” wages and pensions and deducting from benefits—reducing workers’ compensation by the amount someone might be able to earn, regardless of the availability of an actual job.

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NATCA: Why Air Travel Is Safer

If you’re getting ready to board a plane home after Thanksgiving or still fretting about safety in the crowded holiday skies for the upcoming holidays, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)—the people who guide you home—offer five reasons to feel better about air travel.

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Teaching Children About Child Labor

Around the world, some 215 million children—nearly one in seven—go to jobs or labor at home rather than attend school. American history, too, is rife with the stories of children made to work in factories and mines.

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It’s Black Friday, So Shop from Home for Union-Made Gifts

If you’re reading this on Black Friday morning that probably means you didn’t spend the night on a lawn chair outside a big box store waiting for a deal of a lifetime—until the next deal of lifetime comes along.

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Indiana Working Families Occupy State Capitol

AFL-CIO Field Communications staffer Cathy Sherwin sends us this report.

Two thousand working Hoosiers occupied the Indiana Capitol this week, sending a strong message of unity to politicians, including House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Pro Tem David Long. Bosma and Long have announced that a so-called right to work bill is their top 2012 legislative priority, ignoring the jobs crisis and pandering instead to shady special interest groups and CEOs. In response, workers from all walks of life—steelworkers, teachers, jobless workers and retirees—packed the statehouse, demanding that Indiana elected officials start representing their constituents.

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