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Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union Members Channel the Easter Bunny for Community Service This Week

Union members all over the country regularly participate in community service and this week, Easter was a big theme. 

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Washington Mudslide Disaster Relief Fund Established

The United Way of Snohomish County in Washington State, where the Oso mudslide killed at least 24, has established a disaster relief fund for those affected by the landslide. The death toll is expected to rise significantly, according to Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Innovation @Work: Rattle-Proof

In the latest article from the AFL-CIO's @Work site, we take a look at how the Electrical Workers (IBEW) are trying to make San Francisco more earthquake-proof:

Eighty percent of San Francisco was leveled by a major earthquake in 1906. The magnitude 6.9 earthquake in 1989, caught on live television as the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants prepared for the third game of the World Series, severely damaged the city and its people again, caused an estimated $6 billion in property damage, killed 63 and injured thousands.

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Lifelong Indiana Ironworker Wins National United Way Community Services Award

Photo below from left to right—Nancy McCormick, AFL-CIO/CSL Midwest Regional Director, United Way Worldwide; Dan Murchek, President, Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor; Deb Townsend, AFL-CIO/CSL Northwest Indiana Federation of Labor, Lake Area United Way; Sharon Wright, Women's Leadership Council, LaPorte County United Way; James Stemmler, Local #395 Ironworkers retired, Beirne Award Winner; Kathy Ertle, President, Indiana Association of United Ways; Chris Brickey, President, Central Indiana Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Mrs. Karen Husky and Mr. Gary Husky, #395 Ironworkers, retired.

James Stemmler of Michigan City, Ind., has spent more than 20 years leading labor volunteers in community improvement. He initiated the Union Workers Street Collection for United Way in 2007, when he invited four trade unions to volunteer. During the most recent event, 20 union volunteers raised more than $3,100 in four hours.

Stemmler was presented with the prestigious national Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award for his longtime work with United Way and the labor community in La Porte County. The award was presented at the Indiana Association of United Ways State Leaders Conference on March 13 in Indianapolis.

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Pierce County Peanut Butter Drive Launched

Patty Rose, Helen McGovern of the Emergency Food Network, and Vance Lelli with the 2013 haul.

It’s on.

Patty Rose, secretary-treasurer of the Pierce County Central Labor Council, has announced the 2014 drive for union-made JIF peanut butter has been launched, with the goal of beating last year’s record haul of 5,021 jars—more than 8,100 pounds—of peanut butter. Held in conjunction with the Letter Carriers’ (NALC's) National Food Drive (which is Saturday, May 10), the PCCLC collects peanut butter each year for the Emergency Food Network to distribute to local food banks.

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How a Credit Card Helped a Family in Distress

How a Credit Card Helped a Family in Distress

In the latest article from the AFL-CIO's @Work section, we take a look at the benefits the Union Plus Credit Card can have for working families, particularly families who have members with disabilities.

Last year, Denise Imundo’s husband had surgery on his neck that forced him out of the job market. He went four months without work, and although he was eligible to receive disability payments, they only covered one-third of his salary. And when the holidays approached, finances were getting tight.

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Pittsburgh Teachers Union Provides 40,000 Books to Students

Pittsburgh Teachers Union Provides 40,000 Books to Students

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (an affiliate of the AFT) will be distributing 40,000 free books for Pittsburgh Public School students as part of the First Book program. First Book is designed to provide access to new books for children in need. 

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Five Myths That Keep You from Getting a Better Credit Card

Five Myths That Keep You from Getting a Better Credit Card

You’re not happy, but you are afraid to leave. You wonder if there is anything better out there but you don't have the energy to look.

No, we’re not talking about a relationship or a job here. We're talking about your credit card. It’s very common to hold onto a credit card for years, even if it’s not serving you well anymore.

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Donations Needed to Restore the Mother Jones Monument

Donations Needed to Restore the Mother Jones Monument

One hundred years ago, Mother Jones, the most well-known labor “agitator” of her day, was languishing in a makeshift military prison, not knowing when or if she would be released. She was held there by the Colorado military authorities to prevent her from making speeches to miners she had been trying to organize since 1903. All told, she spent five months in prison, from spring of 1913 to spring of 1914, in order to silence her. 

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Staying Warm in the Land of the Frozen Tundra

Greater Green Bay Labor Council President Tony Vanderbloemen carrying some of the 250 blankets and sleeping bags the drive distributed to the Green Bay School District McKinney-Vento Homeless Program last year.

The Greater Green Bay Labor Council and the Brown County United Way have organized their third annual “Blanketing Brown County” blanket drive. Last year’s drive collected 2,000 blankets for distribution to 32 Brown County programs serving homeless and low-income people.

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