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Hey, T-Mobile, The Word Voice Doesn't Mean What You Seem to Think It Does: Winners and Losers of the Week

Pic of T-Mobile CEO John Legere via Wikimedia Commons

Each week, we take a look at the biggest friends and foes of labor. We celebrate the workers winning big and small battles, and we shame the companies or people trying to deny working people their rights.

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Pair of New York Military Vets Exemplify Power of Union Apprenticeship Through Helmets to Hardhats

Pair of New York Military Vets Exemplify Power of Union Apprenticeship Through Helmets to Hardhats

The TimesLedger recently featured a pair of Queens, N.Y., Iraq war veterans who transitioned to civilian life through steamfitter apprenticeships in the Helmets to Hardhats program. The program places military veterans and military members in union apprenticeship programs.

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Decorated War Veteran Finds New Life as an Ironworker

Rob LeFurgy with General David Petraeus.

Four years ago, Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy wasn’t even sure what an ironworker did. All the decorated Iraq War veteran knew for certain was that he sorely missed the brotherhood and sense of higher purpose he had known serving in the U.S. Army. Becoming an ironworker, however, has gone a long way toward satisfying those intense feelings of longing and restoring the 28-year-old’s hope in a brighter future. 

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America's Unions Honor the Legacy of Veterans and Active Service Members

America's Unions Honor the Legacy of Veterans and Active Service Members

U.S. military service and unionism go hand-in-hand—and always have. Working people stormed the beaches of Normandy, waded the rivers of Southeast Asia and planted dusty boots on the deserts of the Middle East.

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Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

Helping Women Veterans Find Sheet Metal Apprenticeships

After serving their country, many veterans have trouble transitioning into civilian jobs, particularly younger and female service members. The unemployment rate among all veterans ages 18–24 is 21.3% (compared to 13.1% of civilians. And while male veterans have an unemployment rate (4.2%) lower than the national rate, female veterans are much worse off with a 7.9% unemployment rate. Helmets to Hardhats, the International Training Institute and the construction trades are trying to do something about that problem.

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Meet the Veterans Who Rebuilt the World Trade Center

On the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, here's a little "Throwback Thursday" recognition of the veterans who rebuilt the World Trade Center and became highly skilled members of the union building and construction trades through the Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program. 

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Testing Their Mettle

Testing Their Mettle

The Boilermakers (IBB) union places its apprentice training program at center stage every year by hosting a national apprenticeship competition. The competition is a pressure cooker: Over the course of four 10-hour days, apprentices are tested on the entire four-year Boilermakers apprenticeship curriculum and acquired hands-on skills.

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Helmets to Hardhats Helps Philly Marines to New Career Paths

Helmets to Hardhats Helps Philly Marines to New Career Paths

Today’s military veterans face one of the toughest job markets in decades, and their unemployment rate is significantly higher than the population at large. But thanks to the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects veterans with quality career training and employment opportunities within the building and construction industry, many veterans are now on ascending career paths.

A recent Philadelphia Inquirer feature focuses on two U.S. Marine Corps veterans who are putting to work the training and opportunities provided by Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 19 in South Philadelphia.

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Veterans Day: Good Jobs for Returning Veterans Transform Lives of Military Families

The best Veterans Day honor anyone can provide a returning veteran is a good job. Here’s the story of Helmets to Hardhats doing just that.

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Replacement Refs: A Perfect Example Why We Need Unions

It's time for NFL team owners to end the referee lockout.

The NFL referee lockout is a complete disaster—something that’s obvious to everyone except (supposedly) the people keeping the referees locked out. Much ink has been spent on decrying the replacement referees and how they’re ruining football (never mind how they’re putting players’ safety at risk). What hasn’t gotten much attention in this lockout is symbolic of a much bigger issue: Training for a high-performing workforce matters.

The union movement is the largest workforce trainer of adults outside the U.S. military.

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