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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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Working Families Stall Ohio Voter Suppression

Fair Elections Ohio has turned in more than 318,000 signatures  to put the state’s new voter suppression law, HB 194, on the ballot for a  citizens’ veto–a move that puts the law’s provisions on hold for the 2011 and 2012 election cycles. The signatures collected far exceed the 231,000 required to get the measure on the ballot, according to Leadership Conference on Civil  Rights President Wade Henderson.

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House Budget Attacks Job Safety for Rooftop Workers

This just in from the Center for American Progress:

HOUSE GOP BUDGET LAUNCHES FULL ON CLASS WAR – Dave Jamieson: “In addition to blocking President Obama’s health care law and slashing funding for job training, the budget plan presented by House Republicans for health and labor programs this week would scuttle several worker safety protections put forth by the Department of Labor…The budget also takes aim at an obscure but notable Labor Department rule intended to reduce the death and maiming of construction workers who toil on rooftops. The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had planned to ramp up the enforcement of harness rules for roofers working on residential construction sites. In a move that will likely please the construction lobby, the Republican plan forbids the agency from doing so.”

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More Working People Joining Wall Street Protests

Some of  New York City’s largest unions and community groups are joining the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. For three weeks a core group of 200 to 300 people have kept a constant vigil on Wall Street to hold the financial industry accountable for the schemes and reckless games that led to the economic collapse. (Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #occupyWallStreet.) You can support the protestors by donating so they can buy pizzas to keep up their campaign. To donate, click here.

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Join Twitter Action Asking Boehner: Where are the Jobs?

We launched a fun but serious action today with our partners in the progressive community to call on House Speaker John Boehner (R) to move the American Jobs Act and stop stalling while millions of America’s workers suffer without jobs.

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Chinese Currency Bill Could Lead to More than 2 Million Jobs

Next week, the U.S. Senate will take up consideration of a bill to address Chinese currency manipulation. The Republican-controlled House is holding up its version of the legislation, even though it passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2010, with 99 Republicans supporting it.

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Next Up: What Kind of America Do We Want to Live In?

Ja-Rei Wang, a fellow in the AFL-CIO Public Affairs Department, is taking part in the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers Summit and sends us the latest.

What kind of America do we want to live in? This was the big question raised this morning during the State of the Union plenary, part of the second national Next Up youth summit hosted by AFL-CIO in Minneapolis. Panelists urged the 800 young workers, organizers and students in the room to work together to define their vision for the kind of economically just world they want to live in and to fight for it.

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Young Workers to March for Good Jobs

Hundreds of young people from across the country will march through downtown Minneapolis this afternoon to call for good jobs and a middle-class economy. Starting at 5 p.m. CDT, the group will march from the Hilton to the City Government Plaza Light Rail Station.

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Trumka: America Faces Historic Decisions that Will Shape Our Future


America is facing historic choices that will shape our economy, our society and our democracy for decades to come, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said today.

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Shuler: Fresh Generation of Activists Needed to Turn America Around

The economic and social problems, the hate and the fear we see around us today can only be solved by a fresh generation of committed, smart, tireless and creative activists, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler told the nearly 800 young workers, activists and student  at the Next Up Young Workers Summit today.

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Next Up Young Workers Summit: Helping Those in Need

Nearly 800 young working people, activists and students from across the country kicked off the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Workers Summit in Minneapolis today by doing what union members do best—helping others in need. 

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