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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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We're Lovin' It: IBEW Members Renovate New York Ronald McDonald House

We're Lovin' It: IBEW Members Renovate New York Ronald McDonald House

Just like workers are stronger together, so are families. Ronald McDonald Houses ensure children who receive treatment at a hospital far away from home can have their family close by without the burden of hotel expenses during a long hospital stay. 

A Ronald McDonald House in Albany, N.Y., was in need of repair, and Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 236 pitched in to renovate the facility. 

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Union Members Step Up to Help Open Wilson Park Pool

Lou Szabo and Bill Buckles (Local 50) and Shaun Enright, business manager of the Northwest Ohio Building Trades.

When the city of Toledo decided not to open Wilson Pool in North Toledo this summer because of a plumbing issue, building trades workers and the community stepped up to fix the problem and get children back to swimming. Lou Szabo, business manager of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA) Local 50, is always looking for ways the union can help in the community, so when he heard the pool had a plumbing issue, his first instinct was to fix the problem.

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Letter Carriers Once Again Have Highly Successful Food Drive

Letter Carriers Once Again Have Highly Successful Food Drive

For the 11th consecutive year, the Letter Carriers' (NALC's) Food Drive collected more than 72 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country.

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Union Members to Participate in United Way Day of Action Worldwide

Photo courtesy UBC Library on Flickr

On Saturday, June 21, union members, along with their local AFL-CIO/United Way Community Services liaisons, will be volunteering alongside hundreds of thousands of people around the world who will be participating in the seventh annual United Way Day of Action. Many national and local unions have partnerships with United Way, and the organization's signature volunteer event will consist of hundreds of action events in countries across the globe. The events will help expand the impact of United Way's work and strengthen existing relationships with unions and community volunteers and activists.

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