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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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Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile’s Parent, Fails to Live Up to Its Claims on Labor Rights

Teresa Casertano in the AFL-CIO Organizing Department’s Global Campaigns section sends us this report.

T-Mobile USA workers were not surprised to learn that a recent report by the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD revealed that T-Mobile owner, Deutsche Telekom, had failed to meet its own claims about corporate social responsibility.  Under the corporate social responsibility reporting standards set by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Deutsche Telekom gives itself an A+ rating, yet it provides little evidence to justify granting itself such superior marks.

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Tens of Thousands March for Voting Rights

Marvin Bing, a member of the AFL-CIO Special Committee on Labor-Community Partnerships, sends us this report.

Tens of thousands of labor and civil rights activists on Saturday marched from the New York offices of Koch Industries, whose owners have supported restrictive voting legislation modeled by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a right-wing think tank funded by brothers David and Charles Koch. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who took part in the event, put it this way:

You can’t accomplish anything if you’re not prepared to fight.

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Conference Addresses CEO-to-Worker Pay Disparity

The Americans for Financial Reform Conference on Executive Pay and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will discuss this afternoon a provision that would disclose the CEO-to-worker pay ratio to investors and the public for the first time. The AFL-CIO is hosting the conference.

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Union Plus Mortgage Helped Striking Verizon Workers

Jennifer Wright Dorr of Union Plus reports on the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance program.

This past August, thousands of Communications Workers of America (CWA) members, from Virginia to New England, went on strike against Verizon to protect their jobs, pay and benefits. Thanks to Union Plus, workers on the picket line didn’t need to worry about missing a home payment when their paychecks stopped.

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Human Rights Day: Celebrate Our Struggles, Build for the Future


In a dramatic way not seen in years, today’s celebration of International Human Rights Day arrives during enormous and popular ongoing struggles.

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These Corps Skirt Taxes, Cough Up Millions for Lobbyists

What do conglomerates that pay no corporate income taxes do with all that extra dough? A new report from Public Campaign offers an answer: they pay millions to lobbyists to ensure they pay no taxes in the future. The corporations still come out ahead, their execs pocket obscene levels of “compensation” and the lobbyists get a windfall—a win-win for everybody, except, of course, the American worker and taxpayer.

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NLRB Drops Boeing Case as Machinists Requested

After months of contention that drew the attention of presidential candidates and members of Congress, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today announced that the Machinists (IAM) District 751 dropped its charge against the Boeing Co. after negotiating agreeable terms with the company.

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Forget the BMW. We Want a Tiny Fraction of a Cent

Wall Street and Big Banks around the world are fighting efforts to impose a Robin Hood tax on their financial speculations. CEOs are portraying the tax—which would be around 0.5 percent on financial transactions—as if they would be robbed blind.

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Check Out Visits by Jobless Workers to Lawmakers’ Capitol Hill Offices

Jobless workers and members of the faith and labor communities visited lawmakers in Congress yesterday to urge them to extend unemployment insurance (UI) for the long-term unemployed. Hundreds gathered for a rally on Capitol Hill before fanning out to talk with individual lawmakers.

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House Plan Attacks 99%, Benefits 1%

House Republican leaders unveiled a budget plan today in which “once again rushed to the rescue of the 1 percent” by insisting that millionaires should not have to pay one penny in taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Instead,

the House Republican proposal would cut benefits for jobless workers, cut pay for public employees, cut preventive health services, reduce premium assistance for low- and middle-income individuals buying health insurance, and raise premiums for many Medicare beneficiaries. House Republicans obviously have more sympathy for millionaires than for the jobless.

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