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"I'm the luckiest human on the face of the earth"

Berry Craig profiles United Steelworkers vice president at large Kip Phillips, recent recipient of the 2012 W.C. Young Award.

Suckers, selfishness and solidarity

Berry Craig shares his thoughts on the recent recall election in Wisconsin.

Romney Economics: Cheat Main Street

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard writes about how Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made himself so rich...and who he hurt in the process.  This post originally appeared on the USW Blog.


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Romney Economics: Cheat Main Street

NLRB's Flynn Resigns

Terence Flynn, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) member, resigned yesterday.  The NLRB Inspector General issued two reports earlier this year detailing how Flynn funneled confidential information about NLRB activities to two former NLRB members who have worked to undermine and discredit the Board.  The Flynn case has been referred to the Justice Department for investigation.  This piece originally appeared on the AFL-CIO Now Blog.


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NLRB's Flynn Resigns

Workers of the World Unite — with Shareholders

United Steelworkers' International President Leo Gerard writes about the rising tide of demand for corporate accountability by shareholders.  This piece originally appeared on the USW Blog.


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Workers of the World Unite — with Shareholders

UPMC nonclinical staff pursue union

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees share their workplace frustrations and their efforts with SEIU Healthcare PA to organize nonclinical staff at the region's largest health system.


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UPMC nonclinical staff pursue union

'Mendacious Mitt strikes again'

Berry Craig says reporters are acting more like lapdogs than watchdogs in their coverage of the Romney campaign.  Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO: "Voters only have to look at the type of vulture capitalism that Romney practiced at Bain Capital to know where he stands on unions and workers' rights." 

Local One Stagehands Protest Non-Union Foster Entertainment

This is cross-posted from Broadcast Union News:  IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local One -- the men and women who construct, install, maintain, and operate the lighting and sound equipment, the scenery and special effects for shows, concerts, productions, and broadcasts in Manhattan (including Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, and more) -- are picketing to protest Foster Entertainment's use of a non-union construction crew to build and non-union stagehands to run "Empire New York."  


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Local One Stagehands Protest Non-Union Foster Entertainment

A fair deal for the city's nurses

San Francisco public health nurses are in negotiations over the city's proposed financial and working conditions concessions.  Sasha Cuttler writes:  "Nurse’s Week is over and we have a lot to do, let’s start with a fair deal for DPH nurses. It's not to much to ask for and we will all benefit."


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A fair deal for the city's nurses

Getting Heard on Workplace Violence

This piece originally appeared in SEIU Healthcare's Nurse Alliance RoundUp.  No matter where you work or what you do, the issue of workplace violence is hugely important.  What is it, what causes it, why is it under-reported, and what does OSHA have to do with it?

There you go again, Mr. Romney

Berry Craig writes about what's wrong with GOP presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney's statement that the Employee Free Choice Act would strip "workers of the right to vote by secret ballot on whether to unionize."   

Violence, Threats Increase in Colombia Ahead of Trade Deal Start

The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement is set to go into effect on May 15, despite increased violence and threats against workers' rights and human rights advocates.  This piece is cross-posted from the AFL-CIO Now Blog.


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Violence, Threats Increase in Colombia Ahead of Trade Deal Start

US Labor Department kicks off summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities among outdoor workers

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has kicked off a national outreach initiative to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in hot weather.  Every year, thousands of workers across the country suffer from serious heat-related illnesses. If not quickly addressed, heat exhaustion can become heat stroke, which has killed — on average — more than 30 workers annually since 2003. 


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US Labor Department kicks off summer campaign to prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities among outdoor workers

The ever fibbing 'flim flam man'

Berry Craig shares with us this piece on Mitt Romney's recent comments about unions "requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing."

We Remember the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!

Today -- April 28 -- is Workers Memorial Day, an international day of remembrance for workers everywhere who have been killed and injured on the job.  This piece originally appeared on the SEIU blog.


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We Remember the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living!

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