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Ohio Firefighters, Working Families Rally to Vote ‘NO’ on Issue 2

Deborah Dion with the Ohio AFL-CIO field program sends us this.

More than 250 firefighters and working families rallied for an early vote  in Mansfield, Ohio, to defeat Issue 2. Voting “NO” on Issue 2 would repeal S.B. 5, passed earlier this year, that gutted collective bargaining rights for public employees.

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PATCO Strike Changed America, Sheds Light on U.S. Today

When 12,000 U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan threatened that if they were not back on the job in 48 hours, they would be fired. Two days later, 11,000 of them, all members of PATCO, were terminated and permanently replaced. The PATCO strike not only changed the lives of those involved, who were unable to ever work again in their field, it proved to be a key turning point in this nation for workers seeking a voice at their workplaces, according to Georgetown University professor Joseph McCartin.

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Teacher/First Responder Bill Reverses Growing Public Safety Risk

Across the country, tens of thousands of firefighters, paramedics and teachers have been laid off and the jobs of tens of thousands more are under threat. As this nationwide ad from the Fire Fighters (IAFF) shows, those first responder cuts are threatening public safety.

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UAW Members Ratify New Contract with Ford

UAW members at Ford Motor Co. have voted to approve a new four-year agreement with the automaker. In September, UAW members ratified a four-year contract with General Motors. Workers at Chrysler now are voting on a tentative deal reached earlier this month.

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USW Members Aid in Tornado Recovery Efforts

Doug May, a communications intern at the United Steelworkers, sends us this.

Volunteers from United Steelworkers (USW) locals from the South and Midwest aided communities this spring after a burst of tornadoes killed more than 500 and left a swath of destruction.

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Florida Transit Workers Vote to Join TWU

Workers at the Lakeland (Fla.) Area Mass Transit District’s Citrus Connection voted to join the Transport Workers (TWU) Local 525 last week. The 88 bus drivers and maintenance workers chose TWU by a 2-to-1 margin.

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Don’t Miss Live Webcast of AFL-CIO Future of Work Forum

Tune in TODAY from 3-5 p.m. EDT, for a live webcast of the special AFL-CIO forum on The Future of Work and New Ways to Build Power. You can click here for the webcast and follow on twitter with the hashtag #thefutureofwork.

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UAW Members Ratify Pact with Oshkosh—and More Bargaining News

UAW members in Wisconsin ratify a new contract with Oshkosh Corp., and more news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 1,400 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.

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Ship Pilots, Machinists, Deputy Sheriffs, Bakers and Communication Techs Join AFL-CIO Unions

The 250 members of the Panama Canal Pilots Union recently voted to affiliate with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).  The pilots guide the ships that transit the historic canal.

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Boston Unions Join Occupy Boston Actions

Rosa Blumenfeld, an organizer with the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC), sends us this report on Occupy Boston actions. More than 300 union members and protesters at Occupy Boston joined forces on Oct. 13 to demand good jobs and protest the abuses of Wall Street.

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