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AFSCME Wants Your Help Getting the Word Out That 'Unions Work'

AFSCME Wants Your Help Getting the Word Out That 'Unions Work'

The smart people over at AFSCME have done the research. They've seen the numbers. They've seen the evidence. And it's very clear: unions work. Pretty much everyone benefits when workers have a strong voice and can actively participate in collective bargaining. Now AFSCME wants your help. They've created the tools to help spread this message far and wide. Can you help do that?

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Don't Forget to #ThankATeacher for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Don't Forget to #ThankATeacher for National Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day and people across the country are thanking their teachers on Twitter, using the hashtag #ThankATeacher. Here are some of the best tweets so far, including the picture (on the left) tweeted by NASA administrator Charles Bolden.

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Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program Is a World-Class Training Program for America's Best and Brightest

On Monday, April 14, members and leaders of the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), representatives of the Finishing Contractors Association International (FCA), local political leaders and U.S. Army leaders gathered for the graduation of five military members from the new Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program (PAT-VP).

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Training @Work: Nights of Labor Studies

Training @Work: Nights of Labor Studies

Daryl Mosely was desperate for a better opportunity to support his family. Frustrated by his retail job’s low wages and disappointed by the small yearly raises, when his father—a union plumber and former apprentice—encouraged him to apply for an apprenticeship program, Mosely was all ears.

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Testing Their Mettle

Testing Their Mettle

The Boilermakers (IBB) union places its apprentice training program at center stage every year by hosting a national apprenticeship competition. The competition is a pressure cooker: Over the course of four 10-hour days, apprentices are tested on the entire four-year Boilermakers apprenticeship curriculum and acquired hands-on skills.

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What Happens When You Build a State-of-the-Art Training Center? The City Names Part of the Highway After You

George Bove poses with the new IBEW highway sign.

Knoxville, Tenn., is pretty proud of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Electrician Training Academy. So proud, in fact, it renamed 2 miles of Interstate 75 after the union training facility. 

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This is How We Rebuild the Middle Class

When leaders in the Chicago Federation of Labor learned that Austin High School was closing, they jumped at the opportunity to take a proactive approach to building a viable middle class and training the next generation of skilled workers. They brought together labor, more than 60 businesses, and government and community leaders to open Austin Polytechnical Academy, which prepares students for rewarding careers in engineering. Watch the video in the post to learn more about this exciting project.

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Apply Now for Union Plus Scholarship

Image via Union Plus

The 2014 Union Plus Scholarship application is now online and you can click here to fill out your application. Each year Union Plus provides $150,000 in scholarships to members who belong to a union participating in any of the Union Plus programs.

The deadline to apply for a 2014 scholarship is noon EST on Jan. 31.

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How One Woman Is Changing the Face and Future of Tech Workers

Black Girls Code. The name is simple, but the goal is groundbreaking. Today, black women only make up 3% of the computing workforce. Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, is looking to change that. By providing computer training and coding skills to young women of color, Bryant is on a mission to change the future of the tech industry. Check out the video in the post.

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How Do We Boost Workers and the Economy? Expand Apprenticeships

Photo by National Apprenticeship Service/Flickr

Those of us in the labor movement are quite aware of the benefits that apprenticeship programs bring to workers—after all union apprenticeship programs train about 450,000 mostly young workers every year.  But a new report from the Center for American Progress finds:

Apprenticeships are not a familiar concept to many Americans, but expanding the use of this highly effective training model can help our nation meet the demand for skilled workers, create pathways to well-paying careers for unemployed young workers, and give American businesses a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

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