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Stand with Sugar Workers!

This is a cross-post  by AFL-CIO Community Services Director Will Fisher.

For generations, the sugar beet industry has been the lifeblood of northwest Minnesota’s Red River Valley.

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Symposium: Building Bridges to Labor’s Community Allies

Marvin Bing, a member of the AFL-CIO Special Committee on Labor-Community Partnerships, sends us this report on a meeting of AFL-CIO constituency groups in Phoenix.

AFL-CIO constituency groups kicked off the “We Are One Moving America Forward” symposium late last week with a series of great speeches by William Lucy, Ben Jealous, George Gresham, Danny Ortega and Judith Browne-Dianis. A resounding theme: “We can’t let the 1 percent trick us into believing we are different—We are the 99 percent, we are one and if we don’t work together on issues that bring us together, we will fall together.” We are the people who fight for working families, we are the people who fight to protect our students, children, seniors and families. We are the labor movement and together with the community we are unbeatable.

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Calpine Workers Petition for Union Election; Documents Delivered to NLRB in San Francisco

This is a cross-post from Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245.

Five Calpine employees delivered authorization cards to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in San Francisco on Dec. 1, the latest step in a campaign to gain union representation for workers at Calpine’s power plants in Northern California.

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NLRB Takes Step Toward Reducing ‘Delays and Unnecessary Litigation’ for Workers

Great news: Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted 2-to-1 to draft a rule that will address the “delays and unnecessary litigation in the pre-election process” that make it all too easy for employers to use delaying and intimidation tactics against workers who want to vote for a union.

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Hyatt Seeks to Slash Chicago Workers’ Health Care

Since 2009, more than 1,500 employees of four Hyatt hotels in Chicago have been fighting for a fair contract. Now the company is threatening to strip away their health coverage if they don’t abandon their fight and call off their boycotts.

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Eight Republicans Stand with Workers, Six Dems Against in NLRB Vote

In last night’s 235-188 vote to block some modest proposed new rules from the National Labor Relations Board to reduce unnecessary litigation and modernize the way union elections are conducted, eight Republicans crossed party lines and voted against the attack on workers’ rights. Six Democrats voted for the bill.

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House Republicans Pass Bill to Cut Workers’ Rights

The House this evening passed (235-188) legislation (H.R. 3094) that gives employers new tools to combat and delay elections by workers who try to form unions. Dubbed the Election Prevention Act by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the bill is the congressional Republican effort to block some modest rule changes proposed earlier this year by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reduce unnecessary litigation and modernize the way union elections are conducted.

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Washington State Will Keep Boeing 737 Jobs

Workers in Washington State were cheering this morning’s announcement by the Boeing Co. and Machinists (IAM) District 751 that the company will build the 737 MAX—the next generation of Boeing’s best-selling jet—in Renton, Wash.

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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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