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N.H. House Sustains Veto of So-Called Right to Work

After months of dirty-trick-maneuvering, New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien (R) got his comeuppance this morning when the House failed to override Gov. John Lynch’s (D) May veto of a so-called right to work bill. The 240 to 139 vote in the heavily Republican chamber failed to get the two-thirds necessary for an override.

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Attacks on NLRB Cut Into Heart of Middle Class

The unprecedented Republican and corporate attacks on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are a direct attack on workers’ rights and an effort to put the nation’s labor laws “into cold storage,” Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) said during a special AFL-CIO forum today examining the assault on the NLRB and workers’ rights.

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Steelworkers Tell Congress: We Need Safe Refineries

Members of Congress got an earful today about the dangerous and often life-threatening conditions workers face at oil refineries and in other oil processing facilities. At a briefing sponsored by the United Steelworkers (USW), Kim Nibarger, a USW health and safety specialist, laid out the issue in stark terms:

When things go bad in a refinery, they go really bad and people die.

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Minor League Umps Sign with Minor League Baseball

Play ball! So says the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU), whose 200 members voted earlier this week to accept a contract negotiated with Minor League Baseball. AMLU is affiliated as Guild 322 of the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU). The pact marks the first contract negotiated by the league and the union since the one that settled the nearly yearlong strike during the 2006 season.

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Special Forum Nov. 30 Examines Attacks on NLRB, Workers’ Rights

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)—the key agency in ensuring workers’ rights—is facing an unprecedented assault from partisan politicians and the 1 percent.

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Esquire Profiles Trumka as American of the Year

The latest edition of Esquire magazine features an in-depth look at AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Named as one of the Americans of the Year by the magazine, the article examines Trumka’s past, current role and vision for the future.

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UNITEHERE! Local 6—a Dynamic Force in N.Y. City

Despite the odds, members of UNITEHERE! Local 6 won respect and a contract that boosts wages and health care coverage from a restaurant owner who likened workers to chairs—yet another victory for the 23,000 low-wage service employees who are members of New York City’s dynamic union.

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Calm Down, It’s Just a Poster

You may recall the hysterical hoopla from the business world this summer when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an even-handed, simple and straight rule that says employers must display an 11-by-17-inch poster (available at no cost from the NLRB) informing workers of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The placard tells workers about their right to join a union and their right not to join a union.

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Veteran of Mexico City Workers’ Occupation Shares Strategy with Occupy DC

Solidarity Center’s Lorraine Clewer sends us this report.

Humberto Montes de Oca, an union leader from the Mexican electrical workers union, Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas (SME), knows a few things about long-term public occupations to protest injustice. He recently shared some of his knowledge with the activists of Occupy D.C., now nearing the two-month mark at McPherson Square Park in the nation’s capital.

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Politics Major Factor in Decreased Unionization

Many economists and policymakers say the drop in unionization rates is an inevitable consequence of the changing global economy and advancing technology. But a new report finds that national politics plays a bigger role than globalization or technology in the decline in unionization in the United States and the 20 other nations studied

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