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Indiana Senate Passes RTW Despite Broad Public Opposition

AFL-CIO Field Communications staffer Cathy Sherwin sends us this from the Indiana statehouse.

Despite overwhelming opposition throughout Indiana to the so-called right to work (RTW) bill, the state Senate yesterday passed its version of the bill by 28-22, while House Speaker Brian Bosma continued to use strong-arm tactics to force RTW down Hoosiers’ throats. The Senate chose to vote even as 10,000 Hoosier workers packed the statehouse—and even though working families have been holding town hall meetings, making thousands of phone calls and signing postcards.

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USW Oil Workers Set Stage to Bargain for Safe Refineries, Good Jobs

Patrick Young from the United Steelworkers, sends us this.

Three years ago, members of the United Steelworkers (USW) went to the bargaining table with the big oil companies to negotiate changes to health and safety programs at oil refineries that would keep workers safe. Across the board, the industry said, “No.” They weren’t interested in bargaining meaningful and enforceable improvements to refinery safety.

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American Workers in the Age of Austerity

If you’re in Washington, D.C., next week, hope you can stop by the AFL-CIO for a discussion on “American Workers in an Age of Austerity.” Panelists will talk about what we can learn from the past as we strategize for the future in the context of labor, progessives and the current U.S. political environment.

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In Online Townhall, MI Gov. Snyder Opposes RTW

AFL-CIO Field Communications staffer Cathy Sherwin sends us this report.

Following the State of the State address last week, Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder held an online town hall meeting. Participating on Twitter using the hashtag #AskGovSnyder, union workers, the Michigan State AFL-CIO and progressive allies kept the questions coming—on jobs, needed infrastructure investments and education.

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Grant Application Process Open for Non-Profits and Unions that Serve Women

Even in the labor movement, the path for women is not always smooth or obvious. With its call for applications for grants, the Berger-Marks Foundation aims to open new doors to women and is looking to help a few good organizations fund their efforts to develop and serve women in the labor movement.

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Next Up Young Worker Council Needs Your Input!

Kurston Cook, AFL-CIO Young Worker coordinator, sends us this.

Next week, 20 members of the AFL-CIO Young Worker Advisory Council will meet in Washington, D.C., to finalize the 2012 work plan for the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Program. The advisory council advises the AFL-CIO on its programming as it relates to young people, and leaders' implementation of these programs. One major goal of Next Up is to be a voice for all young workers and to provide inspiring and relevant opportunities for participation within the labor movement.

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IN Republicans Can’t Seize Dems’ Pay

Republicans trying to ram through a “right to work” for less bill in Indiana cannot seize the pay of Democratic House members who are staying off the floor to filibuster the measure, a judge ruled last evening.

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New Hampshire Lawmakers: Public Workers Aren’t Taxpayers

AFL-CIO communications staffer Nora Frederickson sends us this report.

Workers in New Hampshire took over the floor of the New Hampshire House chamber yesterday to testify against a spate of anti-collective bargaining bills debated in the House Labor Committee. The hearings were relocated to the people’s chamber after the hearing rooms were flooded past their capacity by more than 600 firefighters, state workers, truck drivers, teachers and community members protesting the most recent anti-worker onslaughts in the Granite State.

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Cablevision Workers Stay Strong in Tough Battle to Form Union

Teresa Casertano in the AFL-CIO Organizing Department sends us this report.

Next week, 285 Brooklyn employees of Cablevision Systems Corp. will vote on whether to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Faced with low salaries and inadequate protections on the job, Cablevision installers in Brooklyn decided to join together to seek changes at work. The cable installers, who complete eight installations per day, carrying heavy ladders and climbing poles, earn a third less than their unionized counterparts. In contrast, Cablevision CEO James Dolan received $13 million last year. Dolan is also the executive chairman of the Madison Square Garden Corp., where he received another $2 million in compensation.

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New AFL-CIO Campaign Highlights How ‘Work Connects Us All’

Viewers in Austin, Texas, and Pittsburgh are getting the first public look at a new AFL-CIO television spot, “Work Connects Us All: America’s Unions.”

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