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Highlights of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

Highlights of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference

We asked attendees at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference to text us their impressions of this year's conference. The responses were positive, with the community service event and Martin Luther King Jr. March in Atlanta being the highlights. Here is what you told us (after the jump).

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Brooklyn Carwash Workers Join RWDSU

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Carwash workers at Vegas Auto Spa in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., voted unanimously to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers, on Jan. 24. They have been on strike since late November over what they claim are stolen wages and unsafe working conditions.

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It’s National Mentoring Month, and New York IBEW Local Shows How It’s Done

Erin Hill (center, front row) with members of the IBEW Local 3 mentoring program.

January is National Mentoring Month, and our friends at the Berger-Marks Foundation are highlighting the mentoring program that New York City Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3 shop steward Erin Sullivan helped establish in the 11,000 member local in 2011.

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Wait, What Did the GOP Just Say About Minimum Wage Workers? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore on Flickr

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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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions, state federations and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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The Four-Letter Word Politicians Avoid: Poor

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Barack Obama never used the word “poor” and only used the word “poverty” once, which was in the context of fighting “extreme poverty” globally, in emphasizing the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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SAG-AFTRA Awards Honor ‘Birdman,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Casts

SAG-AFTRA Awards Honor ‘Birdman,’ ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Casts

SAG-AFTRA honored outstanding motion picture and television performances at its annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies Jan. 25. Debbie Reynolds received the union's highest honor, the 51st annual Life Achievement Award.

Of the top industry accolades presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are selected solely by actors’ peers in SAG-AFTRA. Also, the SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members.

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Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

Union-Made Super Bowl Party Shopping List

On Super Bowl Sunday next week, some of our larger and faster union brothers—members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA)—will be battling it out in Glendale, Ariz., at Super Bowl XLIX (49 for those of us who are shaky on Roman numerals).  While the Super Bowl carries a union label, from players to broadcast crews to stadium workers—your Super Bowl party spread can, too, with union-made in America food and drinks.

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23 Things Poor People Have to Worry About That Wealthier People Never Even Have to Think About

Photo by Cory Doctorow via Flickr Creative Commons

A recent Reddit thread discussed experiences people had while experiencing poverty, with a particular focus on those things that people are forced to buy or do that people who aren't poor never have to think about, much less worry about. In thousands of comments, people recounted hundreds upon hundreds of stories of trying to find ways to maintain a minimal lifestyle in the face of extreme poverty.  One of the things that labor unions were created to do, and a key focus of the AFL-CIO's Raising Wages campaign, was to prevent workers from having to suffer through these hardships and in states where union density is higher, wages for both union and nonunion workers are higher, meaning fewer people have to live through such experiences.

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Union Plus Scholarship Deadline Is Jan. 31

Union Plus Scholarship Deadline Is Jan. 31

Time is running out to apply for the 2015 Union Plus college scholarship program for union members and their children. Applications must be submitted by noon Eastern time on Jan. 31. Since 1992, the program has awarded more than $3.6 million to students of more than 2,400 working families. The awards will range from $500 to $4,000 and are for study beginning in the fall each year. Students may re-apply each year.

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