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Transport Worker Veterans Seek to Unify Across the Country

In 2014, the Transport Workers (TWU) union has increased its focus on veterans, particularly through the Veterans Committee's three-day conference, which seeks to unify and empower veterans and support the creation of veterans committees at locals across the country. In the past, the Veterans Committee focused more on service projects and fundraising, but it is shifting toward a more legislative agenda with a concentration on issues that affect veterans.

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Letter Carriers Honored for Heroic Actions

Jermaine Shirley, NALC photo

On a December morning last year, when Connecticut Letter Carriers (NALC) member Jermaine Shirley smelled smoke in an apartment building, he called 911, alerted residents and caught two young children thrown from a window as fire engulfed the building. For that quick action, Shirley was honored today as NALC’s 2014 National Hero of the Year.

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Save the Date and Tell a Friend: National Organizers Workshop Set for March 6-7, 2015

Union Summer Interns 2014

Our movement faces enormous challenges: union density is declining, corporate power is on the rise and basic worker protections are under attack.
Front-line labor and community organizers are confronting these issues every day. And as any organizer will tell you, we’re stronger when we confront tough problems together.

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Top 5 Union Plus Benefit Advantages

Top 5 Union Plus Benefit Advantages

Union Plus is designed to serve the interests of working families by providing union members and their families with value, quality service and cost savings through unique products and services. Here are the top five benefits union members can get today.
 

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Now THIS Is What We Call the Ultimate Ice Bucket Challenge

Leave it to union members to take the meaning of the word "solidarity" to a whole other level. Hat tip to Bridget Nee-Walsh, a staff member of the Ironworkers, for sharing this video on Facebook of union building trades members doing a collective "ice bucket challenge."

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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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Union Plus Sponsors $20,000 Student Loan Contest

Union Plus Sponsors $20,000 Student Loan Contest

In its continuing mission to find new ways to serve union members and their families, Union Plus is sponsoring a contest to help three winners pay off a portion of their student loan debt. The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 toward their student loan obligations, while there also will be two $5,000 prizes for runners-up.  The contest also will give way other prizes, including courses, consultations and books provided by the Princeton Review.

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Building Trades Surpass $50 Million Raised for Diabetes Research

Photo courtesy Pavel Maltsev on Flickr

In 2014, North America's Building Trades Unions will raise some $1.3 million for diabetes research, bringing their total to more than $50 million since they became involved in the effort in 1986. The money goes to the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, which recently announced the development of the "BioHub," which mimics the pancreas, producing insulin for patients with diabetes who can't produce the necessary levels of insulin for themselves.

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Sacramento Unions Keep It Rolling in Toilet Paper Drive

Photo by Tia Gemmell via Flickr Creative Commons

Once again, unions from the Sacramento Central Labor Council joined forces with the United Way California Capital Region in the community group’s annual toilet paper drive that collected more than 161,000 rolls this year.

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AFL-CIO Hosts Successful Citizenship Event

Photo by Gonzalo Salvador

This weekend, 58 legal residents took the next step in becoming American citizens with the help of volunteers at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. A total of 49 DREAMers, who came to the United States as children, also attended to receive help filling out paperwork for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy and renewals under the program.

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