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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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Video: Nevada State AFL-CIO Urges Sen. Heller to 'Bring Jobs Home'

Nevada has the highest unemployment rate at 12 percent and the highest foreclosure rate in the state. Workers in the building trades industry are experiencing 60 percent to 90 percent unemployment. 

This is why Danny Thompson, Nevada State AFL-CIO executive secretary-treasurer, and local unions gathered outside the office of Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) last week to ask him to support the Bring Jobs Home Act (S. 3364 [formerly S. 2884]), which is expected to get a vote on Thursday. Watch the YouTube video here

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Mitt Romney: Meet Mr. 1%

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Mitt Romney made a wad of cash—$255 million—by laying off American workers and shipping U.S. jobs overseas.

Now he wants to give millionaires and billionaires more tax cuts they don't need—tax cuts that didn’t create jobs the first time around—while hurting the rest of us.

Meet Mr. 1% is our new website with infographics and a video you can share on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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Two Firms Romney Won't Get Near: Ampad and Sensata

Two Firms Romney Won't Get Near: Ampad and Sensata

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is using Horizontal Wireline Services, a small business outside Pittsburgh, as a prop for today’s campaign stumping.

But there are a couple other companies Romney likely will never get near: American Pad & Paper, 25 miles south of his speech today, and Sensata Technologies, over in Freeport, Ill.

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Economic Mobility More Hollywood than Reality

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In the past generation, the rich did get richer and the poor did get poorer, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States. Project manager Erin Currier of Pew's Economic Mobility Project says the report, "Pursuing the American Dream: Economic Mobility Across Generations,"

calls into question the quality of the opportunity Americans believe exists in the United States.

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New Report Says Gas Prices Are Susceptible to Manipulation by Oil Companies

Next week marks the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Dodd-Frank is the bill President Obama signed into law to protect consumers and rein in risky Wall Street behavior after the housing and financial crisis made clear that the world of finance is rigged to benefit the top 1% at the expense of the rest of society. Oil prices also are susceptible to manipulation, according to a new report

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Here's the Story of a Man Named Boehner

In the iconic '70’s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” whenever a dispute or conflict came up, it was eventually solved amicably and with a bit of common sense. You sure can’t say the same thing about another family sharing a big house—“The Boehner Bunch.”

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IATSE Members Ratify Hollywood Agreement

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Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and the union's 14 Hollywood locals approved a new three-year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The 38,000 union members in those locals are camera operators, set decorators, grips and others who work behind the scenes on movies and TV shows. IATSE President Matthew D. Loeb said the Hollywood Basic Agreement,

represents a fair and equitable contract for our members.

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Trumka: Mitt Romney 'Doesn’t Know a Thing About Responsibility'

Mitt Romney “doesn’t know a thing about responsibility,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will tell delegates of the Heat and Frost Insulators today in Las Vegas at their 2012 convention. Romney’s plan to better the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers at the expense of the middle class is not the kind of America we want. 

It’s been made abundantly clear in recent weeks that Mitt Romney doesn’t share the values the majority of American workers hold.

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