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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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Union Rally

The Nurses of Backus Hospital in Norwich, Ct voted last May to join the merican Federation of Teachers. Since then we have negotiated in good faith for our first contract. The Hospital has done nothing but stall. They have spent $11 million on a union busting law firm.

On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against the hospital on the denial of wages and bonus, failure to bargain in good faith and illegally interfering with and barring union activity and access rights guaranteed under the law.

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Working America Launches New Website

Working America Launches New Website

Our colleagues at Working America have a new online look. The new WorkingAmerica.org is not just a face-lift, but a website that adds many new sections and features.

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Alabama Marcher: 'Together We Will Make Change'

Alabama Marcher: 'Together We Will Make Change'

More than 1,000 union members and immigrant, civil rights and faith activists rallied for immigrant rights and against attacks by Alabama and other states on immigrant workers and families on day four of the re-enactment of the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Ala., march for justice.    

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Laughter Works—Take a Look

Looking for a laugh? Take a look at our new video—yes, it is suitable for work—from last month’s Laughter Works comedy show in Portland, Ore. The show was part of a three-day event, organized by the Oregon AFL-CIO and Laughing Liberally, to showcase strategies for infusing activism with comedy.

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Cash-Rich Giant Won’t Share with Workers

Cash-Rich Giant Won’t Share with Workers

While Giant supermarkets are demanding major givebacks from their workers, parent company Ahold has "too much cash," Ahold CFO Jeff Carr recently told investors.

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Limbaugh's Advertisers Sponsored These 10 Attacks on Unions

Currently under fire for misogynist and sexist comments, in particular his attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh's broadcast career has also featured an ongoing campaign against unions and union members. Limbaugh regularly describes union members as "thugs" and questions the patriotism of their actions.

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Economy Adds 227,000 Jobs, But Jobless Rate Stays at 8.3%

The nation’s economy added 227,000 jobs in February, but the unemployment rate remained steady at 8.3 percent, according to the latest figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The jobless rate has dropped by 0.8 percentage points since August and remains at its lowest point since February 2009

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Southern Workers in Transition

Southern Workers in Transition

The familiar world of the post-World War II South has been changing. The textile and garment industries are now in a free fall. Agricultural employment has shrunk. Urban hubs such as Houston; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; and Northern Virginia have expanded as centers of information and research-based employment. Meanwhile, the South has become increasingly diverse.

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Using God and Jesus as Political Props

Here is a suggestion, given the conservative church-state theocrats dominating the GOP.

 

When they start using God, Jesus and the Bible as political props to promote their own vanity of political self-righteousness, call them on their mortal sinning.

 

After all, "Using God's name in Vain" is a big time violation of #3 of the Big 10: Thou Shalt Not Use God's Name in Vain.

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Phoenix News Report Says It All About Arizona Legislature's 'Priorities' on Job Creation

Watch CBS Phoenix affiliate KPHO reporter Elizabeth Erwin reveal the utter lack of effort the GOP majority in the Arizona state Legislature has put forth to create jobs.

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