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A Giant Passes

There are so few people who have had more influence on me than Nelson Mandela. The news of his passing is that of a giant who will be both sorely missed and hardly forgotten. Many unions stood with Mandela and the African National Congress during the thick of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. He stood with AFSCME in Miami less than two weeks after being freed from 27 years of incarceration, and in solidarity with many others since. The relationship between labor from around the world and Mandela is long and strong and we thank him for his work and commit to continuing it with the same fierce determination he possessed. 

Workplace Violence Shouldn't Be "Part of the Job"

SEIU 121RN and SEIU Nurse Alliance of California are a year into a campaign to get a comprehensive workplace violence prevention standard for healthcare workers adopted by Cal/OSHA. Read about the campaign and what you can do to support safe workplaces for healthcare workers.

Is Wisconsin's union-buster-in-chief hinting at a presidential bid?

Berry Craig writes that lately, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been boosting his political profile by hustling his new book in which he brags on his union-busting, and wonders if Walker's really testing the waters for a presidential run.    

North Carolina, Come On and Rise Up

Amy Dean has a new article at Truthout about the causes and future of the Moral Monday protests in Raleigh, North Carolina, that were organized by a coalition of grass-roots community, faith, and labor groups this past summer.

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North Carolina, Come On and Rise Up

The Bible and Patriotism

Berry Craig shares this piece with us about a conversation he had with Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers of America, when Roberts was in Paducah, Kentucky, for Labor Day.

An Injury to One Is the Concern of All

Berry Craig sent us this Labor Day message about how working people -- no matter what jobs we have -- are wage earners first.  "An injury to one is the concern of all," was the Knights of Labor's famous motto.  It still rings true.  

Labor Day 2013

In theory, today folks will take a minute to reflect on the fact that it is with our blood, sweat and tears, our intelligence, and our dedication to justice and fairness that this country moves forward as it does each day. Our working lives are so intensely woven into the fabric of American life that for many of us, we are taken advantage of, ignored, and frequently just taken for granted. Today we’re not ignored, but instead are toasted with a raised glass for a job well done.

Labor Day 2013

Bill Londrigan, President of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, shares his Labor Day message about union resurgence in the service sector -- a sector where wages are the lowest and the ability to provide for a family is virtually impossible without a second job or public assistance.  

A Kentucky Steelworker's Rapid Response to a Union Buster

When Chris Ormes, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 1241 in Bardstown, Kentucky, heard a right to work for less speaker was heading his way, he opted for his own “rapid response.”

The Walmart Freedom Ride

OUR Walmart members will converge on Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, for the annual shareholders' meeting to draw national attention to management's threats and retaliation against workers who speak up for better pay, more hours of work, and respect on the job.  

Babbitt Baloney

Berry Craig writes in this piece about how unions are often the scapegoats when companies close their factories and move production outside the U.S. 

6 Reasons Why Your Union Needs Official Email Addresses

Many unions, especially smaller ones, do not set up official union email addresses with their domain name for their staff or leadership (e.g. your_name@ ABCLocal123.com). Instead, they use a personal email addresses or an address given to them by their Internet provider for official union business. Unfortunately, that's not a very good idea. Here's six reasons why your union should set up official union email addresses:

This is not just the UMWA's fight

Berry Craig writes in this piece about how the United Mineworkers of America is being supported in their efforts to fight to ensure that Patriot Coal Company honor the more than $1.3 billion in promised health care and pension obligations to coal workers who put their lives and health at risk every single day.

LaborMail: Put Your Mail Where Your Mouth Is

Journalist Mike Elk with Prometheus owner Steve Dondley.

Quick! Name a unionized email hosting service.

Stumped, right?

Well, we have good news for you. Now your union can have its email delivered with servers owned and operated by a union shop. It’s called LaborMail. It’s a service of Prometheus Labor Communications, whose workers are members of UE Local 274. Even company owner, Steve Dondley, is a dues paying member of OPEIU Local 6.

Now, don’t feel obligated to use LaborMail just because we’re union. We want you to choose us because we can offer you personalized, top-shelf service that’s both affordable and reliable—the kind of service we’ve been delivering to our clients for seven years.

On top of all that, LaborMail is the only service out there that gives back to the labor movement. A whopping 25% of all the revenue (that’s right, not profit, but total revenue!) we take in through our service goes directly into the pocket of labor journalists to underwrite their work.

102nd Commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Today is the 102nd commemoration of the 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City that killed 146 young immigrant workers. One of the worst workplace disasters in American history, it galvanized the city and the nation to fight for workplace protections, spurred union organizing, and inspired far-reaching reforms for workplace safety, workers’ rights, and more.  

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