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Solidarity Produces Results: Winners and Losers of the Week

Solidarity Produces Results: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Democracy in Action: Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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Stand Up and Fight 'Right to Work' in West Virginia

Stand Up and Fight 'Right to Work' in West Virginia

Here they come! Big corporations spent more than $1 billion last year to elect politicians who would push their agenda. Now they're starting to call in those favors. And West Virginia is one of the places they are launching this year's anti-working families' agenda.

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Reconnecting McDowell Set to Build Housing to Attract Teachers

Reconnecting McDowell Set to Build Housing to Attract Teachers

In 2011, AFT spearheaded the launch of Reconnecting McDowell, an unprecedented public-private partnership to improve educational opportunity and address complex social and economic problems in the community of McDowell County, W.Va. Now in an effort to help attract teachers to this central Appalachia community, Reconnecting McDowell will construct a new housing development in the town of Welch.

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Free Student Laptops Help Reconnect McDowell

Shentel Communictions photo

Every middle school student in McDowell County, W.Va.—nearly 900—was presented with a new free laptop last week as part of the initiative to improve education in an economically struggling county of underperforming schools, drug and alcohol abuse, housing shortages, limited medical services and inadequate access to technology and transportation. 

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West Virginia: Weak Environmental Laws = Poison Water

West Virginia: Weak Environmental Laws = Poison Water

Common sense tells you don’t put a hazardous chemical storage facility on the banks of a river, a little more than a mile upstream from a drinking water intake that serves more than 300,000 people downstream. So should the law.

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Women of Steel Raise Money to Send Kids to Camp

Women of Steel Raise Money to Send Kids to Camp

As we've covered before, Reconnecting McDowell is a broad community effort including unions, corporations, community groups and local residents to help revitalize struggling McDowell County in West Virginia. The effort has led to many successes and life in McDowell is already improving. The latest success was a fundraising drive led by United Steelworkers (USW) members Karen Shipley and Heather Anderson that raised $5,000 to send kids to a 4-H camp.

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Retired Ironworker Shows Union Pride in Nascar Design

Photo courtesy of the Ironworkers Facebook page.

Retired ironworker Travis Witt from Local 301 (Charleston, W.Va.) shared the photo, left, on the Ironworkers' Facebook page of a car he designed with the union's logo. 

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Thousands Rally in West Virginia in Support of Patriot Retirees

Photo from the United Mine Workers Twitter stream.

Update: 16 people were arrested at the rally, including UMWA President Cecil E. Roberts, after they refused police orders to move away from the Patriot Coal headquarters.

Thousands of people are rallying in Charleston, W.Va., Monday in support of retired workers from Patriot Coal, Peabody Energy and Arch Coal. Patriot filed for bankruptcy and is attempting to abandon its responsibilities to pay health care costs for retirees from the three companies, a strategy the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) argue was purposefully done when Patriot was created as a way to shed those costs. Along with current and retired mine workers, the rally includes family members, labor and faith leaders, elected officials and community supporters.

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Reconnecting McDowell Continues to Revitalize West Virginia County

In March 2012, AFT helped lead a public-private partnership to help struggling McDowell County, W.Va., and the participants were hopeful that things could be turned around economically and educationally. A year later, the Reconnecting McDowell project has begun to show that investment in communities can change people's lives.

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