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As S.B. 5/Issue 2 Vote Nears, Right-Wing Money Pours Into Ohio

Right-wing dollars are showering Ohio’s airwaves and the coffers of anti-labor politicians as Election Day nears for a Nov. 8 referendum on Senate Bill 5/Issue 2. Voting “No” on Issue 2 will revoke S.B. 5, the anti-worker bill supported by Gov. John Kasich and passed by the state legislature earlier this year that effectively eliminates collective bargaining for public employees.

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‘Recall Walker’ Drive Faces Sneak Attack from Wisconsin Republicans

The drive to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) gets officially under way Nov. 15, when the United Wisconsin coalition will file papers with Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board to begin the recall effort. But Republicans last week launched a sneak attack to derail the effort.

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2012 Labor Books Catalog Now Available

The just-released 2012 edition of the UCS Labor Books Catalog provides a well-stocked toolbox of books, pamphlets and more, offering scores of classic and new titles on topics ranging from negotiating and grievance handling to organizing, health and safety, labor law and labor history.  It includes many worker-friendly fiction and young adult and children’s books as well.

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Ohio Union Volunteers Turning Up the Heat on Issue 2

AFL-CIO Field Communications Coordinator Andrew Richards files this report on the fight in Ohio to defeat Issue 2.

From small towns like Portsmouth on the banks of the Ohio River in the south to big cities like Cleveland bordering Lake Michigan in the north and all around the Buckeye State, union members are hitting the doors and the phone banks to make sure working families cast a “No” vote on Issue 2 Nov. 8.

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AFSCME’s Celebrating 75 Years of Fighting for Workers

AFSCME is celebrating its 75 anniversary with a yearlong series of events. The observances include a traveling exhibit of the union’s 75 years of fighting for workers’ rights and the middle class from its founding in Wisconsin in 1936 to today.

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CWA, Occupy D.C. Join for March for Jobs and Justice at Verizon

Occupy D.C. activists and union members are joining together on Wednesday in a march for jobs and a fair contract for workers at Verizon. The march and rally is a joint effort of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the Occupy D.C. movement.

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American Rights at Work Offers Unions 101

Understanding unions, collective bargaining  and labor laws can get confusing enough without all of the misinformation that’s regularly spread around. But our friends at American Rights at Work have put together Unions 101, a handy guide to what unions do and why workers having a voice matters in today’s economy.

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1,400 Fort Knox Workers Vote to Join AFGE

Workers at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command in Ft. Knox, Ky., voted by a better than 3-to-1 margin to join AFGE. The more than 1,400 workers are Army civilian personnel specialists who provide human resources services to soldiers, veterans, retirees and Army families. They are part of the Army’s Human Resource Command.

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AFL-CIO Joins Global Effort to Support Fair Union Elections at Atento Mexico

Teresa Casertano in the AFL-CIO Organizing Department’s Global Campaigns section sends us this report.

In a recent rally in Mexico City, representatives of communications and IT unions from around the world demanded the giant communications firm, Telefonica, end its efforts to block workers from gaining an authentic voice at the workplace. Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a longtime ally and partner of the Mexican telecom union, the Sindicato de Telefonistas de la Republica Mexicana (STRM), was among the global union leaders who led the march and spoke at the rally.

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Join the Fight to Save America’s Postal Service

The nation’s postal unions and allies are fighting back against proposals to close post offices and mail processing centers, and change USPS regulations to eliminate overnight delivery of first class mail, and change two-day delivery to three days.  You can join by signing a petition to your senators and representatives to preserve the nation’s mail service. Click here or here to sign the petition.

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