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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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Virgin America Flight Attendants Seek Voice with TWU

Flight attendants at Virgin America are looking for an upgrade of their own. This week, after an overwhelming number of the 650 flight attendants at the airline signed union authorization cards, they filed a petition with the National Mediation Board (NMB) for representation with the Transport Workers (TWU).

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Omni Flight Attendants Vote to Join AFA-CWA

Nearly 400 flight Attendants at Omni Air International voted overwhemingly—by an 83 percent margin—to join the Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA).

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New Report Shreds Stereotypes of Asian Americans

Asian Americans constitute the fasting-growing racial segment of the U.S. population, according to a new report by the Asian America Center for Advancing Justice (AACAJ), but are under-represented among voters. In “Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans in the United States” (PDF), AACAJ notes that only 55 percent of Asian Americas who are eligible to register to vote have done so, and of those who have, 86 percent cast ballots.

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Eye-Witness to the Cruel Conditions in Tobacco Farm Labor Camps

Brenda Loya in AFL-CIO Media Affairs sends us this from North Carolina, where she is on a fact-finding trip to witness the brutal conditions endured by tobacco workers.

We joined a diverse delegation of 25 activists, students, labor and community leaders and traveled to farm labor camps in Dudley, N.C.., to witness firsthand the appalling and abusive conditions of tobacco farm workers.

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