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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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WAI Wins Training Grant to Prepare Workers for Manufacturing Careers

WAI Wins Training Grant to Prepare Workers for Manufacturing Careers

The AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) has been awarded a three-year, $3.4 million grant from the Department of Labor (DOL) to develop apprenticeship programs in five communities to train people for skilled manufacturing jobs and careers.

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DC Area Union Hotels Score High with AAA

Five area union hotels were rated among the best of the best by AAA for 2012. Local winners of the coveted Four Diamond Award included the Hay-Adams, Mayflower Hotel, the Omni Shoreham, the Fairfax at Embassy Row and Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on the Potomac, National Harbor. Unite Here Local 25 represents workers at all five hotels.

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Find Out About Your Rights at Work

Find Out About Your Rights at Work

There are lots of new features and information on our revamped website, just click around. But we’ve refreshed some old favorites, including the popular and frequently visited Your Rights at Work. It is also available in Spanish here.

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Lessons in Job Safety

Building Futures students are learning fast that when it comes to construction, “safety comes first.” The Metropolitan Washington Council Community Services Agency’s program features 10 hours of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) classes run by Sheet Metal Workers Local 100’s certified OSHA instructor Gerhard Klusmann, with the support of Local 100 staffer Ann Braham.

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Follow Arizona Action Live on Twitter

Today, hundreds of working families and community members from across the state are at state capitol in Phoenix for a lobby day and rally to oppose a package of harsh anti-worker bills Gov. Jan Brewer (R) Republican legislators are trying to ram through. You can follow the action on twitter at @arizonaaflcio.

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Sheriff Rips Proposed Georgia Anti-Picketing Law

Yesterday we told you about a proposed draconian new law in the Georgia legislature (SB 469) that could make union picketing a felony. Here are two new developments. The sheriff of Georgia’s biggest county says the bill would put him in the job of policing free speech and today a group of union, community and faith activists spoke out against the bill.

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Welcome to the New AFL-CIO Website

Welcome to the New AFL-CIO Website

Our redesigned site puts union members front and center and offers many new features that will make it easier to take action for working families and build a vibrant online community. The AFL-CIO Now blog is richer than ever, with commenting functions connected to Facebook and Twitter, “most popular” features and, most importantly, more content contributed by people from across our movement.

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Beyond the Weekend: How Unions Boost Us All

Beyond the Weekend

Union bashing may the popular sport for Republican presidential candidates (click here for more). But a new report looks at some of the real stories about how unions and union members are having positive impacts on jobs, health care, education and their communities.   

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Young Workers Still Struggling to Find Jobs

As we noted back in August, one of the groups facing the toughest jobs climate right now are young workers, those who are new to the job market or about to enter it.

At the Economic Policy Institute’s Snapshot Blog, Heidi Shierholz writes that although the 16-24 demographic has seen some improvement in recent months, employment numbers for this group of young people remains rather dismal.

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What Unites Republican Candidates?

The candidates in the Republican race to the presidential nomination may still be criss-crossing the country slamming each other for not being extreme enough, but there is certainly one thing they all agree on writes John Nichols—they hate unions!

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