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Union Plus Offers Assistance for Program Participants Impacted by Louisiana Storms and Flooding

Union Plus Offers Assistance for Program Participants Impacted by Louisiana Storms and Flooding

Union members living in areas impacted by severe storms and widespread flooding in Louisiana (click here for a list of designated areas) and who have had a Union Plus Credit Cardmortgage or qualifying insurance policy for at least a year may be eligible for $500 Disaster Relief Grants.

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Construction Unions Help Wounded Veteran Renovate Virginia Home

Construction Unions Help Wounded Veteran Renovate Virginia Home

Last weekend, Washington, D.C.-area construction unions worked with the Wounded Warrior Project to renovate the Virginia home of a veteran wounded while serving in the Iraq War. Marine Cpl. Brandon Burns was wounded by sniper fire in Al Falluja, Iraq, in 2004, and the left side of his body has been paralyzed since. Now the man who paid a big cost in service of his country is getting much-needed renovations to his home.

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Retired Machinist Makes Life More Comfortable for Young Patients

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If you visit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, you'll see the familiar red wagons that help make life a little easier for young patients who take comfort from the wagons in the unfamiliar environment of the hospital. More than a year ago, retired Machinists (IAM) member Roger Leggett started making the wagons even more useful, when he invented "Chad's Bracket," which allows the wagons to be used by children who need an IV pole with them. 

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8 Ways Working Families Are Stepping Up to Help Out in the Flint Water Crisis

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The story has been all over the news in recent months, but there is a major crisis with the water in Flint, Michigan. What is covered a lot less is that working people in unions, both in Michigan and beyond, have stepped up in a variety of ways to help the residents of Flint maintain their safety during the crisis. Here are some of the ways that working people have helped out so far.

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TWU Members Make a Difference in the Lives of Veterans

Transport Workers (TWU) members across the country helped raise more than $72,000 in donations and gifts for Operation Military Embrace this holiday season. Working people belonging to TWU collected countless Christmas gifts, including toys, clothing and shoes, for veterans and their families in honor of Brother Hank Trujillo, former chairman of the TWU Veterans Committee and a Vietnam veteran, who passed away earlier this year.  

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Ann Arbor IBEW Local Champions the Intersection of Apprenticeship, Green Energy Progress

Ann Arbor IBEW Local Champions the Intersection of Apprenticeship, Green Energy Progress

In Ann Arbor, two 30-foot wind turbines and a bank of 60 solar panels line the entrance of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 252 training center, where apprentices learn skills that keep the union on the forefront of green energy while lowering their electrical bills. A recent open house, featured in The Building Tradesman Newspaper, showcased the new 16.8 kilowatt (KW) solar array, 2.4 KW wind turbines and the car battery charging station that are now permanent features of the training center. The wind and solar curriculum taught by the Local 252 is part of the $1.5 million the union spends annually on training.

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Fire Fighters and Nationwide Insurance Partner to Make Trick-or-Treat Tradition Safer for Children

Fire Fighters and Nationwide Insurance Partner to Make Trick-or-Treat Tradition Safer for Children

The Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Nationwide Insurance announced a new partnership through Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program. The two organizations are teaming up to make Halloween safer in communities across North America. Through the partnership, the IAFF and Nationwide distributed 25,000 trick-or-treat bags to families, along with important safety tips.

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Looking for the Next Exciting Job for a Reality Show? How About Helicopter Lineman?

In recent years, cable television has seen an explosion in shows that follow around working people who do challenging, interesting and dangerous jobs. It's hard to imagine a better job for such a show than helicopter lineman, as explained in this video from the Electrical Workers (IBEW).

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Fully Engulfed: IBEW Local 1245 Member Charles Rowe Recounts Harrowing Valley Fire Experience

Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1245 member Charles Rowe used to love waking up around sunrise every Sunday to listen to the wind blow through the trees and enjoy the peaceful, majestic scenery outside his home in Cobb, Calif.

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Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the loss of the El Faro Mariners

We are deeply saddened by the loss of 28 of our brothers and sisters aboard the cargo ship El Faro. These brave men and women left an incredible mark on their communities, both on land and at sea via their hard work and steadfast commitment to the maritime trade.

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