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An Important Victory for All Workers

This week, the Senate voted down a resolution that would have blocked an NLRB rule to modernize the union election process, which is a positive step forward for all workers.  This piece appeared originally on the SEIU Blog.


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An Important Victory for All Workers

'Motor City Madman' is a union-hating draft dodger

Regular Union Review contributor Berry Craig shares with us this piece about Ted Nugent, recently in the news for his comments at the National Rifle Association convention.

Senators Beat Back Attack on Workers' Rights

Today the U.S. Senate voted in favor of working people when it smacked down a right wing resolution to block a common sense National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule impacting how workers organize our unions.

This is the blog entry I posted earlier to the SEIU website. 

End the Delays Deadly to Workers

Saturday, April 28, is Workers' Memorial Day.  This piece by United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard is reposted from the USW Blog.  He writes:  "The shield Congress erected in 1970 to protect workers – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – is mutilated from relentless attacks by corporations and their battering ram -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The delays in OSHA rule-making that corporate carping achieves cost workers their lives. Congress must intervene to restore OSHA’s power to act swiftly."

March and Rally at the Supreme Court to say NO! to SB 1070!

There will be a march and rally at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 25, from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, to protest Arizona's SB 1070 anti-immigrant law.

NYLHA's free screenings of HBO's "Schmatta" for Labor History Month in May

The New York Labor History Association is sponsoring (with others) two free screenings in May of HBO’s compelling documentary “Schmatta: From Rags to Riches to Rags,” which describes the rise and fall of New York’s garment industry as a metaphor for the de-industrialization of the United States. 

The Senate Must Protect Union Elections

This week, SEIU sent out the following email regarding the NLRB.  This is an issue of great importance to all workers.  We are publishing it here with the hope that you will take immediate action by clicking through the links to send a message to your senators.  Please leave a comment letting us know if you took action.

South Carolina pushes back on NLRB poster rule, labor is tilted in favor of workers

Anti-worker Chamber is scratching its head wondering why the National Labor Relations Board is so in favor of doing its job.  

GOP: Killing Vulnerable Americans with Kindness – Literally

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard writes in his latest blog entry about Representative Paul Ryan's proposed federal budget that would gut programs providing assistance to people who are poor, elderly, disabled, young, veterans, jobless, and students.  Tax breaks for the wealthy are fine, but help for those who are actually is "demeaning," according to Ryan.


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Apprenticeships better than college for some

Reposting from CBS News:  "Apprentices - like those at Boston's Sheet Metal Workers Union Local Seventeen training center - spend 200 hours in the classroom and 1,800 hours per year working for local companies. It takes five years. They get annual pay raises and the union pays for the training, so it doesn't cost them a penny."


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Apprenticeships better than college for some

SEIU Nurses Provide Care for Marchers in Alabama!

Last week's march in Alabama drew thousands of civil rights and union activists -- this is the story of three people who gave their time and skills so that others could participate.  This piece originally appeared on the SEIU Blog.


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SEIU Nurses Provide Care for Marchers in Alabama!

Dying for Work

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard writes in his most recent USW Blog about the lack of corporate responsibility for workplace safety:  "The only way to make a difference is to hold accountable those executives and managers who are the actual flesh-and-blood of corporate-people, the executives and managers who determine corporate culture, who decide to violate standards and risk workers’ lives in exchange for profits."


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Blue Collar Baloney

Labor historian and professor Berry Craig writes that while GOP presidential-hopeful Rick Santorum may have a "blue collar" image in the media, "when it comes to union issues, self-styled Salt of the Earth Santorum is no different than Richie Rich Romney. Real 'blue collar guys' -- and gals -- get the same shaft with either one."  

Kicking Underdogs When They’re Down

United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard shares his thoughts about the recent rise in right-to-work (for less) legislation.  This piece originally appeared on the USW Blog.


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Kicking Underdogs When They’re Down

Remembering slain healthcare provider Stephanie Moulton, one year later, no changes at facility to protect workers

I posted this a little while ago to my Union's website and ask you guys help me out with this simple action ... it is all about a slain healthcare worker who would have celebrated her 26th birthday today. It was about this time last year that the worker was brutally killed by a patient who lost his way. Unfortunately the facility had no protective measures in place to circumvent this situation from occurring. It has a been a full year and no change since the incident - and you guessed right - there is still nothing in place. The worker's family, with unions and other organizations are pushing day in and day out to bring about legislation to help prevent this from happening again. Today we are sending messages of solidarity to the worker's family. Please join me in doing so as well.

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