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TWU Members Make a Difference in the Lives of Veterans

Transport Workers (TWU) members across the country helped raise more than $72,000 in donations and gifts for Operation Military Embrace this holiday season. Working people belonging to TWU collected countless Christmas gifts, including toys, clothing and shoes, for veterans and their families in honor of Brother Hank Trujillo, former chairman of the TWU Veterans Committee and a Vietnam veteran, who passed away earlier this year.  

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Ann Arbor IBEW Local Champions the Intersection of Apprenticeship, Green Energy Progress

Ann Arbor IBEW Local Champions the Intersection of Apprenticeship, Green Energy Progress

In Ann Arbor, two 30-foot wind turbines and a bank of 60 solar panels line the entrance of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 252 training center, where apprentices learn skills that keep the union on the forefront of green energy while lowering their electrical bills. A recent open house, featured in The Building Tradesman Newspaper, showcased the new 16.8 kilowatt (KW) solar array, 2.4 KW wind turbines and the car battery charging station that are now permanent features of the training center. The wind and solar curriculum taught by the Local 252 is part of the $1.5 million the union spends annually on training.

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Fire Fighters and Nationwide Insurance Partner to Make Trick-or-Treat Tradition Safer for Children

Fire Fighters and Nationwide Insurance Partner to Make Trick-or-Treat Tradition Safer for Children

The Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Nationwide Insurance announced a new partnership through Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program. The two organizations are teaming up to make Halloween safer in communities across North America. Through the partnership, the IAFF and Nationwide distributed 25,000 trick-or-treat bags to families, along with important safety tips.

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Looking for the Next Exciting Job for a Reality Show? How About Helicopter Lineman?

In recent years, cable television has seen an explosion in shows that follow around working people who do challenging, interesting and dangerous jobs. It's hard to imagine a better job for such a show than helicopter lineman, as explained in this video from the Electrical Workers (IBEW).

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Fully Engulfed: IBEW Local 1245 Member Charles Rowe Recounts Harrowing Valley Fire Experience

Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 member Charles Rowe used to love waking up around sunrise every Sunday to listen to the wind blow through the trees and enjoy the peaceful, majestic scenery outside his home in Cobb, Calif.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the loss of the El Faro Mariners

We are deeply saddened by the loss of 28 of our brothers and sisters aboard the cargo ship El Faro. These brave men and women left an incredible mark on their communities, both on land and at sea via their hard work and steadfast commitment to the maritime trade.

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South Carolina Storm Assistance from Union Plus

South Carolina Storm Assistance from Union Plus

Union members living in areas impacted by the recent devastating rains and flooding in South Carolina who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for financial assistance. At least 19 people were killed as a result of the storms, which brought historic rainfall.

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Firsthand Account: Union Members Evacuate Metro Riders Seamlessly

Photo via @PoPville/Twitter.

On Tuesday night, I left the AFL-CIO offices in downtown Washington, D.C., hopped a bus to Columbia Heights and planned to transfer to another bus and make my way home. The wait was 15 minutes, though, and I knew that to take the Metro at Columbia Heights station one stop to the Georgia Avenue-Petworth station, the one closest to my house, and the walk afterward would take a little less time. So I jumped on the train, which was waiting for me in the station, and got ready for a train ride that normally takes less than five minutes. Two hours later, when I walked out of the Georgia Avenue station, amid the emergency vehicles, most I've ever seen in my life, needless to say, I wasn't having the best night of my life.

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OK, Here's Your Average Sheet Metal Worker/Biker with a Kitten in His Vest

OK, Here's Your Average Sheet Metal Worker/Biker with a Kitten in His Vest

I'm not sure what I would do if I came across a badly burned kitten. But 32-year-old biker and sheet metal worker (a member of International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers [SMART] Local 19) Pat Doody knew what to do. While on a cross-country trip, he came across said kitten, rescued the cat and helped nurse it back to health. Now Doody and Party Cat make a pretty awesome team.

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Stagehands Help the Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church Members

Shout out to Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 31 President Michael "Mac" McAnany for helping the Foo Fighters rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.—that's him driving his pickup with Dave Grohl and a sound system! Thanks, brother!

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