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What We’re Reading Today: Friday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Friday News Roundup

Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump). 

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Honors Building and Wood Workers’ International with Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award

AFL-CIO Executive Council Honors Building and Wood Workers’ International with Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award

The Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) and its affiliates, which are at the forefront of the campaign to bring justice to construction workers worldwide, are the recipients of the 2014 Meany-Kirkland Human Rights Award, the AFL-CIO Executive Council announced in a statement adopted at its annual winter meeting in Houston.

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IBEW Father and Daughter’s Long Journey to Sochi Short Track

Photo from U.S. Speedskating

UPDATE: Scott finished second in her 1,000-meter heat Tuesday morning in Sochi and qualified to advance to Fridays quarterfinals. On Saturday, Scott made it to the finals in the 1,500 meters, when another skater crashed and wiped out Scott who was able to get back in the race, but finished in fifth place. She failed to qualify for the 500 meters last week.

Springfield, Mo., Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 453 member Craig Scott is in Sochi, Russia, this week watching his daughter Emily compete for Olympic gold in several short track speed skating events.  But it wasn’t an easy journey for father or daughter.

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NABET-CWA Members Bring Olympics Home

NABET-CWA members Rick Fox and Dan Marinelli are ready to cover the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

During NBC Sports’ coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, more than 100 NABET-CWA members are working behind the scenes in Sochi, Russia, to bring home all of the action to viewers in the United States.

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IBEW Member Hits the Ice in Sochi

IBEW Member Hits the Ice in Sochi

This is a cross-post from the Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Ekaterina Pashkevitch is taking to the ice in Sochi, Russia, this week, playing center for the Russian women's Olympic hockey team.

And halfway across the world in central Massachusetts, her brothers and sisters from IBEW Local 96 in Worcester are tuning in to root her on.

When not in skates, Pashkevitch, known as Kat, works as a journeyman electrician. Born in Moscow, she moved to Massachusetts in 1994 after visiting the area during a North American tour with the Russian team. 

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Nathan Adrian: Son of Union Member Makes Olympic Gold

Nathan Adrian: Son of Union Member Makes Olympic Gold

It was the sixth day of the London Olympic Games and Jim and Cecilia Adrian still hadn’t seen their son Nathan for whom they traveled 4,800 miles to watch swim for the United States. Nathan, 23, was competing in his second Olympics. Nathan and his mom were exchanging text messages, but the two hadn’t spoken in-person in days. While waiting to watch the 100-meter freestyle race on Aug. 1, the Adrians chatted with some Australian spectators who were on their way to see a water polo match in the Olympic Park.

“They wished Nathan good luck,” says Jim. “But not enough to come in first…at that point, everyone was predicting [James] Magnussen would win.”

In a dramatic, heart-racing sprint, Nathan, of Bremerton, Wash., took home his first individual gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle swim, beating Magnussen by one-hundredth of a second. 

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Son of Former IFPTE President Wins 2 Golds and a Silver in the 2012 Olympics

Jim and Cecilia Adrian pose with their son Nathan, 100-meter freestyle champion of the 2012 Olympics.

Nathan Adrian, 23, of Bremerton, Wash., took home his first individual gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle swim in the London Olympic Games last week, winning by a "fingertip," beating Australian favorite James "The Missile" Magnussen. 

The Seattle Times reported:

The margin of victory—one-hundredth of a second—was the tightest at the London Olympics.

Perhaps the swimmer's work ethic can be traced to his upbringing in a union family. Adrian's father, Jim, is a retired nuclear engineer for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and former president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Local 12. His mother, Cecilia, is a nurse in the Bremerton school district. Check back on the AFL-CIO Now blog next Monday for an exclusive interview with Jim and Cecilia Adrian. 

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You Can Help NASA Firefighters in Struggle with Security Giant G4S

NASA firefighters and paramedics at Kennedy Space Center in Florida have spent half a century protecting America’s legendary launch site. But now members of the Transport Workers (TWU) in this unique fire department are in the middle of a struggle with one of the world’s largest security corporations that is demanding huge cuts in wages and retirement security. You can help.

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Spence’s Quest for Olympic Gold Falls Short

Errol Spence Jr., America’s top-ranked amateur welterweight and the last member of the U.S. boxing team still in competition at the London Olympics, lost his quarter final bout tonight. Spence is the son of Debra—a member of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 311 in Dallas—and Errol Spence Sr. Spence had scored victories in his first two bouts.

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Son of Texas Mail Handler Revives Olympic Dreams

Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence Jr.’s dreams of Olympic gold were revived early Saturday morning when Olympic Games boxing officials overturned the decision that gave Friday’s welterweight bout to Spence’s opponent. Spence is the son of Debra—a Dallas, Texas, member of National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 311—and Errol Spence Sr.

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