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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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Gov. Brewer Declares War on Voting

Donna Gratehouse, who blogs at Democratic Diva and elsewhere on all things Arizona, sends us this.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer gloated over Monday's Supreme Court decision upholding the racial profiling provision of S.B. 1070, describing it as a victory and vindication. But the governor's buoyed spirits were quickly deflated as she learned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security suspended the 287(g) status of many Arizona law enforcement agencies—287(g) is the agreement that allows state and local police departments to perform some immigration enforcement functions.

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Bring Jobs Home: What Are You Doing to Take Action?

It's Time to Bring Jobs Home

In actions and events from Anchorage, Alaska, to Montgomery, Ala., thousands of working families and their unions are urging Congress to take action on the nation’s jobs crisis, part of the AFL-CIO’s Bring Jobs Home campaign.

Check out some of the events below and be sure to join them if they’re in your area. Can’t find anything nearby? Check out the full list of Bring Jobs Home events here.

Also, be sure to text JOBS to 235246 to get info and action alerts to help bring America's jobs home. (Message and data rates may apply.)

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Postal Workers Start Third Day of Hunger Strike to Save USPS

DC Metro Labor Council

On the second day of a four-day hunger strike by postal workers and their allies in Washington, D.C., dozens marched from L’Enfant Plaza to the U.S. Treasury yesterday wearing bandit masks and carrying a $44 billion check from the Postal Service. Workers launched the hunger strike Monday, days ahead of a vote in Congress on the fate of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and are holding morning and afternoon vigils to bring attention to the need to save the Postal Service.

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Health Care Law Supporters to Rally Outside the Supreme Court Thursday

Health care law supporter is interviewed outside the Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of the NCPSSM Flickr page.

Health care reform law supporters plan to rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court beginning Thursday at 9:30 a.m., when the Supreme Court is expected to release its decision on the Affordable Care Act.

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FLSA: 74 Years Fighting Child Labor and Still Going

Rose Biodo, Philadelphia, 10 years old. Working three summers, minds baby and carries berries, two pecks at a time. Whites Bog, Brown Mills, N.J., 09/28/1910

Anastasia Christman is a senior policy analyst with the National Employment Law Project.

Last month activists all over the planet shined a light on the persistence of child labor on the World Day Against Child Labor. As many as 215 million children worldwide lose the chance to learn, play and grow as they instead are compelled to join the workforce, often under grueling conditions. As we in the United States celebrate the anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed in 1938, we should recommit to the part of its mission dedicated to fighting oppressive child labor in our own country. 

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Second Season of ‘Brotherhood Outdoors’ Premieres with IBEW Member’s Elk Hunt

Tom Ackerman, Scott Callaghan, Union Sportsman photo

The second season of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA's) “Brotherhood Outdoors,” a unique hunting and fishing series that showcases the talents and passions of union members, kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursdays, starting June 28, exclusively on the Sportsman Channel.

In the season premier, Scott Callaghan, an Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 member from Annapolis, Md., who served two tours of duty with the Marine Corps in the Middle East, joins host Tom Ackerman in the mountains of south central Montana to fulfill his dream of hunting America’s iconic bull elk east. 

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Solidarity, for Now? Liberalism and the Many Costs of Labor's Decline

When I moved to Rhode Island in 2003 from Washington, I was rather stunned to hear many of my liberal friends repeat the media meme that organized labor was too powerful in the Ocean State [note: I will use the term "liberal" rather than "progressive" because in my experience people on the left, my...

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More St. Louis Nurses Vote for NNU

Registered nurses at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis voted by a 2-to-1 margin to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri), an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). The Des Peres nurses are the second unit of nurses at a St. Louis Tenet Healthcare hospital to vote NNOC-Missouri this month, joining 600 nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital who chose the union.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Montana to Impose Limits on Independent Election Spending

Lost in the barrage of news coverage about the Arizona law yesterday was the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow Montana or any other state to impose limits on independent election spending because of the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling. Montana had a 100-year law on the books that restricted corporate spending on elections.

A New York Times editorial addressed concerns over the Supreme Court’s decision:

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In ‘Travesty of Justice,’ Judge Blocks American Airlines Workers’ Union Election

A federal judge’s ruling permanently blocking 10,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines from voting on joining a union is a “disgrace and a travesty of justice,” says the Communications Workers of America (CWA). CWA Organizing Director Sandy Rusher says:   

Here in America, we're taught to respect democracy and our right to vote. Sadly, the court's decision today is an attack on the rights of these average Americans, agents who just want the opportunity to participate in a democratic election.

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