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1 Million Signatures Submitted to Recall Walker

Working people hit one right out of Miller Park: Moments ago, they submitted 1 million signatures supporting a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker (R), exceeding the total number of signatures required by 460,000. Walker last year pushed to abolish the rights of public employees to collectively bargain for a middle-class life. Overall, Walker’s policies are killing 18,000 jobs a year in Wisconsin, according to a recent report and more than 27,000 jobs have been lost since he signed the budget last year.

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Indiana: 20,000 Signed Postcards Say No Way to RTW

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

In their campaign to rush through so-called right to work (RTW) legislation, Indiana Republican leaders, including Gov. Mitch Daniels, have claimed they have public support. Wrong.

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Interfaith Service for Jobs: Creating Good Jobs Is a Matter of Will

James Parks, communications director at the D.C. Office of Interfaith Worker Justice, sends us this.

More than 500 people packed the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., Jan. 16 for an Interfaith Service for Jobs. The service was sponsored by Faith Advocates for Jobs to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and to call on our nation’s government to make King’s dream of economic justice and good jobs a reality.

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Solis to Receive Top Award at MLK Event

Tonight in Detroit, where hundreds of activists are gathered for the annual AFL-CIO Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance, participants will honor several individuals for their outstanding contributions to working people. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will receive the top honor for her extraordinary dedication and commitment to improving the lives of workers throughout her lifetime. The At the River I Stand award is given to a national leader who has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to civil rights and workers’ rights.

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N.H. Workers Prepare for Attack of Zombie Bills

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

You’d think that New Hampshire’s Republican leadership would have gotten the picture already.

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Texas Protesters Greet Wisconsin’s Walker

This is a cross-post by Karen Hickey, communications director at  the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

Earlier today, more than 125 Texans greeted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on his fundraising trip to Austin. Walker was the keynote speaker at the right-wing Texas Public Policy Foundation’s annual policy orientation for Texas legislators.

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Hostess Bankruptcy Filing Hits 5,000 BCTGM Members

Hostess Brands, the company that has brought us such iconically American snacks as Twinkies, yesterday filed for bankruptcy protection for the second time since 2004. But the move does more than affect our universal sweet tooth—it has vast repercussions for some 5,000 workers, members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM).

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100th Anniversary of Bread and Roses Strike— Was It the First Occupy?

Today in Lawrence, Mass., union members and their allies will gather at a historic mill building for a re-enactment of the historic Bread and Roses strike that moved the conscience of the nation, bringing national attention to the plight of the families, including young children, who toiled in the dirty and dangerous factories of Lawrence and throughout the country.

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Calif. Carwashes Agree to $1 Million Back Pay Settlement

Eight California carwashes agreed to a historic $1 million settlement with the state’s attorney general for routinely failing to pay minimum wage or overtime, creating false records of work hours and not paying money owed to employees who quit, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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NFL Players Urge Indiana to Vote ‘No’ on RTW

This just in from the Indiana State AFL-CIO:

Following the NFL Players Association statement on “right to work” Friday, six NFL players have sent letters to Indiana state representatives and senators denouncing the so-called “right to work” legislation.

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