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Today, We Pause and Remember

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Colton carries wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery during a Wreaths Across America event in Arlington, Va., on Dec. 15, 2012. Colton was among thousands of volunteers who helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. Burnett is attached to the 11th Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Will Fischer is a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq and the executive director of the Union Veterans Council. To join or learn more about the council, visit www.unionveterans.org and like us on Facebook.

Today is Memorial Day. Flowers are at peak bloom, the laughter of children welcoming summer can be heard from front porches throughout America and families are gathering for barbecues and fellowship. But today, we also pause and remember. Today, we take part in a collective funeral procession to the heart of our nation to pay our respects. Today, we honor those men and women who have drawn their last breaths on sandy beaches, city streets, ancient fields and in far away places, all in the service to our country. 

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What Union Members Are Doing This Week

What Union Members Are Doing This Week

Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing around the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here's a look at the broad range of activities we're engaged in this week.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Yuri Kochiyama

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Yuri Kochiyama

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Yuri Kochiyama.

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Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Make It a Union-Made Memorial Day Barbecue

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer holiday season. While the day honors those who have given their lives defending the nation, the weekend also marks the start of grilling season. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start. 

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Jose Antonio Vargas

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Jose Antonio Vargas.

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Reese Witherspoon Said What? Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy Reese Witherspoon on Twitter

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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UAW Chaplaincy Program Champions Compassion and Caring

UAW Chaplaincy Program Champions Compassion and Caring

One of the lesser-known programs of the UAW draws its inspiration from the very core of what founded our union—compassion and caring. The UAW Chaplaincy program started in the mid-eighties as a pilot project at UAW Local 599 in Flint, Mich. At the time, many UAW members—particularly those in the auto industry—were experiencing extreme pressures as domestic car sales plummeted and the lingering effects of the oil crisis led to huge waves of layoffs. UAW leaders recognized that a program was needed to help members adjust through the difficult times and avoid personal crisis.  

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Union Sportsmen Raise $75,000 for Conservation Efforts

USA’s third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot set a new participation record with 125 shooters and guests.

Building on previous years' success, the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA's) third annual SMART New Jersey Sporting Clays Shoot raised $75,000, shattering the previous year's total by $10,000. The event, held in Port Republic, N.J., included 125 shooters and guests; and proceeds will go to USA's conservation efforts. Among the record number of participants were 14 active duty and retired service members and five youth.

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Sue Kunitomi Embrey

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Profiles: Sue Kunitomi Embrey

This month, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander American activists and present-day organizers. Today we honor Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a teacher and activist who was forced into the Manzanar internment camp with her family at age 19 during World War II. She later became a leading force behind the effort to declare Manzanar internment camp a national historic site. 

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Have You Thanked a Nurse Today? Winners and Losers of the Week

Have You Thanked a Nurse Today? Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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