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Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

Here’s What We’re Reading: Wednesday News Roundup

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

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Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

Labor Hits $10 Billion Goal for Clinton Global Initiative Jobs and Infrastructure Investment

In 2011, the American labor movement made a pledge to the Clinton Global Initiative to raise $10 billion over the following five years to invest in the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and to boost the sagging job market. Yesterday, two years ahead of schedule, that pledge was fulfilled.

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What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

What We’re Reading Today: Wednesday News Roundup

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

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Innovation @Work: An Open and Shut Case

Photo by Joe Kekeris/AFL-CIO

In early December, Eric Gulan strode across a drop cloth on the carpeted office floor of AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler, overlooking Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, D.C.

He and three of his fellow union glaziers hammered out caulking to remove the room’s old windows—original quarter-inch panes from the building’s 1953 construction. Another three glaziers drilled through the solid steel of the window frames to prepare for the installation of new aluminum frames and a set of energy-efficient double-paned windows.

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Trumka: Climate Change Solutions Must Emphasize Job Creation

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement on President Obama’s climate change initiatives that he announced yesterday.   

We welcome President Obama’s announcement yesterday that he will work closely with all stakeholders, including labor and business leaders, as well as state governments, as he develops an ambitious plan to address climate change, advance new energy-efficient technology, and create good jobs. As President Obama said in the State of the Union address, the best way to address the twin problems of climate change and a weak economy is for Congress to pass comprehensive energy legislation.

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L.A. Bus Buy Creates New U.S. Jobs...Let's Make Sure Other Cities Follow Suit

New Flyer Industries photo

Linda Nguyen-Perez, a research/policy analyst at the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), works to promote America's manufacturing jobs and create career pathways for historically disadvantaged women and men, and Michelle Knapik is the director of the Surdna Foundation’s Sustainable Environments Program. This is a cross-post from The Huffington Post.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (aka L.A. Metro) needed new, clean buses. If L.A. Metro had simply followed current buying protocol, its single focus would have been on finding a company to deliver the lowest-cost buses. In all likelihood, this would have resulted in jobs going overseas (but for some final assembly jobs on U.S. soil).

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Green Jobs: Electrical Workers Construct Solar Arrays in Maryland

Electrical workers from Washington, D.C.'s IBEW Local 26 are building some cutting-edge green energy on the rooftops of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. Made possible by the 2009 stimulus funds, highly skilled electrical workers are building four solar arrays with all "Made in America" materials to power the NIST complex with one on the ground, two on the roof and one parking structure. Watch our new Innovators website feature, "Stimulus Money Brings Solar Jobs," to learn more.

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Union Architects, Engineers Inspiring the Next Gen to Go Green

Union Architects, Engineers Inspiring the Next Gen to Go Green

Check out the AFL-CIO's new Innovators website feature, "Union Architects, Engineers Inspiring the Next Gen to Go Green."

When you’re 6 or 7 years old, the start of a new school year is a big deal. But for students at PS 264 in Brooklyn, N.Y., it’s even more special this year because they are walking into a newly built “green” school. And as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, that means encountering the unexpected.

Like lights that go on automatically when you’re the first one to enter a classroom.

And a gym that’s on the top floor of the building.

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Celebrate Labor Day and Save Money with Union Plus

Celebrate Labor Day and Save Money with Union Plus

Our friends at Union Plus want you to know that with Labor Day approaching, you can celebrate the benefits of your union membership with several money saving programs and, at the same time, support your union brothers and sisters who provide the services or make the goods.  

You can save money on wireless service and smartphones with AT&T, the only national unionized wireless provider. Go to UnionPlus.org/ATT and save 15 percent on select data and phone plans. In addition, when you use your Union Plus Credit Card to buy a smartphone from AT&T, you'll get a rebate up to $100.

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Paramedics, Green Energy Workers and More Join AFL-CIO Unions

Ikea workers vote to join IAM in Danville, Va.

Emergency medical service professionals, Ikea workers and green energy geothermal technicians are among the latest workers to choose AFL-CIO unions.

More than 150 paramedics, emergency medical technicians, nurses, fleet techs and vehicle supply techs at Rural/Metro of Northern California voted overwhelmingly last week to join AFSCME Local 491/United EMS Workers. They join the more than 400 Rural/Metro EMS professionals in Santa Clara County and the Medic Ambulance EMS workers in Solano County, who earlier this year voted to join AFSCME.

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