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Boston Elects Labor Leader as New Mayor

Photo courtesy WEBN-TV

Working people saw many victories this Election Day, but for Bostonians, Tuesday was especially poignant. Martin J. Walsh, a longtime labor leader and state representative, swept to victory to become the city’s first union mayor.

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Maryland Sanitation Workers Reach Agreements to End Strikes

LIUNA photo

Workers at two Montgomery County, Md., sanitation companies are back on the job this morning after two-week strikes. About 50 workers, members of the Laborers (LIUNA) at Potomac Disposal, voted Tuesday to approve a three-year agreement that includes pay raises, an additional holiday and sick and vacation days.

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‘Right to Work’ vs. Right to Prosper

‘Right to Work’ vs. Right to Prosper

Having a job, says this new video (after the jump) from the Laborers (LIUNA), is not the end goal itself, but something that traditionally puts workers on a path to prosperity and opened the door to the American Dream. But, that was likely more true for your parents and grandparents because:

Since the 1950s, the so-called right to work movement has been trying to weaken your power and the power of unions, which results in lower wages and living standards.

Watch the full video after the jump.

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After 39 Years, Steelworker Hands Off Local’s Ledger

Jim "Runt" Gregory

Jim “Runt” Gregory served as financial secretary of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 727 in Calvert City, Ky., during the tenure of eight presidents.

“Presidents of the United States,” he said with a grin.

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After 39 Years, Steelworker Hands Off Local’s Ledger

Photo by Berry Craig

Jim “Runt” Gregory served as the financial secretary of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 727 in Calvert City, Ky., during the tenure of eight presidents.

“Presidents of the United States,” he said with a grin.

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Laborers to Appear on David Letterman Tonight

Laborers to Appear on David Letterman Tonight

From Laborers Local 79's Facebook page:

What better way to spend your Friday night than watching your union brothers and sisters—members of Laborers (LIUNA) Local 79 and Local 66—as they deliver the Top 10 List on the "Late Show with David Letterman." Yeah, that David Letterman. This Friday, March 15, at 11:35 p.m. on your CBS station.

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Sign White House Petition Urging Action on Silica Dust Rule

About 1.7 million workers in the United States each year are exposed to silica dust and run the risk of developing silicosis, lung cancer and other debilitating diseases. Public health experts estimate that 280 workers die each year from silicosis—and thousands more develop silicosis as a result of workplace exposures.

But a proposed workplace standard on silica dust exposure from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been delayed for nearly two years as the Office of Management and Budget reviews the proposed standard.

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Laborers Union Apprenticeship Program Trains a New Generation

Photo by Paul Burton

This article originally appeared in The Journeyman, the newspaper for the Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County (Calif.). It is written by Journeyman editor Paul Burton.

Like other Building Trades apprenticeships, the Laborers’ (LIUNA's) training program prepares men and women for careers in construction. The apprenticeship program at the Northern California Laborers Training Center in San Ramon is relatively new and has been providing training for new laborers for just 12 years. Apprenticeship coordinator Manny Carrillo said as the work that Laborers do has become more specialized and the workers need to learn more skills, the program is now mandatory.

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Christmas Comes on 18 Wheels for Locked-Out American Crystal Sugar Families

Photos from Operation Christmas Solidarity

It could have been a pretty bleak and hungry holiday season for the families of the 1,300 American Crystal Sugar workers who have been locked out of their jobs since August 2011. But thanks to the combined efforts of the unions of the St. Paul (Minn.) Regional Labor Federation and the American Income Life Insurance Co., there’ll be presents under the trees and food in the pantries.

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Working Families Light the Night with a Simple Message: 'No Benefit Cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid'

Photo courtesy of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO.

Working people across the United States in more than 100 events last night called on their representatives to reject benefit cuts for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and to stop tax giveaways for the richest 2%. 

View photos from events around the country on the AFL-CIO Facebook page

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