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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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Trumka Honored for Defending Immigrant Workers, Families

The United States faces grave immigration and citizenship challenges, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and the nation must confront those challenges “with a movement to fight against intimidation, and for an economy and a nation that honors the dignity of all workers and our fundamental freedoms every single day.”

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Milestone for World’s Domestic Workers

Today, at the International Labor Organization’s 100th annual conference in Geneva Switzerland, the global community took a major collective step towards achieving economic and social justice for some of the world’s most vulnerable workers with the overwhelming adoption of the Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention and accompanying recommendation.

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New Yorkers March for Middle Class

More than 20,000 people from throughout New York City streamed across the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in a March for the Middle Class to protest attacks on working families’ jobs and values in the city and across the state.

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Wisconsin Coalition Takes Fight Against Walker’s Attack to Federal Court

The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and a coalition of several unions today filed a federal lawsuit to halt Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) law that eliminates the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Yesterday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a party-line 4-3 ruling, allowed the law to proceed.

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Here’s the Real Deal Behind the NLRB and Boeing

Josh Goldstein in the AFL-CIO Media Outreach describes the real issues involved in the National Labor Relations Board ruling that Boeing engaged in worker retaliation when it opened a plant in South Carolina.

Here’s a scary thought: an independent federal agency doing its job.

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From the Fields to Facebook: Union Organizing Online

Tom Dalzell is business manager and financial secretary of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245, which represents electrical workers in the state of Nevada (excluding Las Vegas) and Northern California. He describes how online organizing complements traditional organizing—and why both need to work together.

When I started with the United Farm Workers of America in 1972, some of the old hands taught me a trick: Before you organize people, you have to meet them. To meet them, you have to know where they are. Back then, that meant fields, parking lots where crews gather in the morning, their homes  and the occasional bar. Now, with more than 500 million people on social networks like Facebook, that means going online.

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N.J. Attorneys General Join IBEW

In this new video from the Electrical Workers (IBEW), attorneys at the New Jersey Attorney General’s office tell why they came together to and joined the IBEW.

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Report: Expanding Rail Freight Would Create New, Green Jobs

Expanding freight rail presents a significant opportunity to create quality U.S. jobs while reducing pollution, breaking our dependence on foreign oil and ensuring the nation remains competitive in the 21st century global economy, according to a report released today by the BlueGreen Alliance.

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Get Latest Consumer Deals at Union Plus Collective Bargains Blog

The collective bargaining power of unions is responsible for helping working men and women gain a decent quality of life. Union Plus, part of Union Privilege, the consumer benefits arm of the AFL-CIO,  uses the same collective negotiating strength of more than 13 million union members to negotiate solid values for consumer programs available from nationally known providers.

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Volunteers from Building Trades Rehab Homes for Those in Need

AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fischer profiles the work of Building Trades union members in Sacramento repairing and rehabbing homes for seniors and low-income families.

The Sacramento Sierra’s Building and Construction Trades Council frequently fields requests for volunteer work. Recently, working with Rebuilding Together, an organization that rehabs houses for seniors and low-income homeowners, they took their skills to Del Paso Heights.

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