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Ludlow Massacre Centennial Commemoration Events Under Way

Colorado Coal Field War Project photo

One hundred years ago on Sunday, southern Colorado miners and their families walked out of the coal mines and mining camps striking for adequate wages, enforcement of state mining laws and union recognition. The strike led to a months-long struggle that culminated in one of the most tragic events in U.S. labor history, the April 20, 1914, Ludlow Massacre.

Yesterday, at the Ludlow Massacre memorial site near Trinidad, several hundred survivors’ descendants, Mine Workers (UMWA) members and officials, historians and others kicked off the centennial commemoration of the strike and massacre. 

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Gov. Hickenlooper (D) Signs 'Keep Jobs in Colorado Act'

Gov. John Hickenlooper signs  the "Keep Jobs in Colorado Act" at the United Steelworkers hall in Pueblo.

On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signed the "Keep Jobs in Colorado Act," which would increase protections for the state's working families and help make sure that taxpayer money stays in the state. The bill reforms the state contracting system, requiring state agencies to focus on more than the bid in contracting and to include other factors that would help the state's workers, such as wages and benefits.

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In the States Roundup for May 8

Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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Colorado Set to Expand Voting Rights

In a major victory for the voters of Colorado, the state's legislature passed a bill that would greatly expand voting rights. The Senate has to pass a minor amendment before the legislation goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) for signature. The new law would implement same-day registration, automatically send mail-in ballots to every voter and create a statewide voter database to prevent fraud that would be updated in real-time.

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Voting Rights Legislation Advancing in the States

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Despite a slate of state legislation attacking the rights of voters, a number of states are advancing legislation that would enhance the ability of U.S. citizens to exercise their right to choose their representatives. Among the most likely advances in voting rights in the states:

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Colorado Becomes 13th State to Offer DREAMers In-State Tuition

Photo courtesy of Think Progress.

The Colorado House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday that would allow DREAMer immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. The bill now goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) to be signed into law, something he has indicated he will do. Only three Republicans voted for the bill.

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There's Still Time to Phone Bank and Get Out the Vote

Worker's Voice just launched a Friends and Neighbors tool for online activists.

Do your part in getting friends and family out to vote for pro-working family candidates this Tuesday. Sign up for the Workers' Voice Friends and Neighbors (FAN) online social phone bank tool that is available in key battleground states. 

Start phone banking here: http://go.aflcio.org/Phone-Bank.

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Shuler Gets Out the Vote in Colorado

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler Joins Union Members in Colorado.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler joined Colorado union members and other working families this weekend for a rally and canvassing during the last leg of the 2012 election campaign. The rally, at Colorado AFL-CIO headquarters, encouraged activists to reach out to undecided voters and make sure everyone gets out to vote.

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IAFF on Colorado, New Mexico Fires’ Front Lines

IAFF photo

Several hundred members of the Fire Fighters (IAFF) from locals surrounding the wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico are working hard to contain the blazes. Fortunately, there have been no reports of major firefighter injury. IAFF 9th District Vice President Randy Atkinson says:

Getting a wildfire under control in that part of the state is difficult because of the tough terrain. There are a lot of canyons, so just getting to the fire is a challenge.

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Check Out Visits by Jobless Workers to Lawmakers’ Capitol Hill Offices

Jobless workers and members of the faith and labor communities visited lawmakers in Congress yesterday to urge them to extend unemployment insurance (UI) for the long-term unemployed. Hundreds gathered for a rally on Capitol Hill before fanning out to talk with individual lawmakers.

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