Come on, rise up for workers’ rights July 24 #RiseUpNY

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“Workers Rising: A Day of Action” will be held in Union Square in Manhattan on Tuesday, July 24 to make some noise about change needed for low wage earners.

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Wake up calls

Gov. Scott Walker beat back efforts to recall him in Wisconsin, while the Wisconsin Senate meanwhile may have lost its Republican majority.  Here’s a column about the big bucks that Gov. Scott Walker collected to retain his seat. This lengthy article in the New York Times says the Wisconsin recall election will foretell the results [...]

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VIDEO: Rally Monday to support workers’ rights in Nassau County

Watch County workers and union leaders react to Nassau County’s anti-American proposal to break faith and tear up labor contracts. Listen as they describe the impact this will have on our community. Share it with your friends when you’re done – and get ready to rally on Monday, Oct. 17.

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Celebrate Labor

A week from today our nation celebrates Labor Day. The AFL-CIO is leading efforts to honor public employees this year. This Labor Day, let’s honor the teacher of the year, the first responder, the public servant who assists the elderly. We honor engineers, construction workers, manufacturing workers who are building America now. We honor all [...]

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How you can support CWA and IBEW workers

This weekend marks a week of the strike against Verizon. Verizon is seeking concessions that equate to $20,000 per worker. Verizon wants: worker pay increases tied to performance review, pensions frozen at the end of the year, the sickness and death benefit program eliminated, the sickness disability benefit cut in half – from 52 weeks [...]

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Do you belong here?

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This post is brought to you by Ellen Mancuso. The first time I heard NYSUT leaders call out brothers and sisters at an event, it was like being in a new church or a new neighborhood. My comfort level just wasn’t there. I believed in collective bargaining but was I really a sister? I remember [...]

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The whole world is watching

Remember when summer used to be a time for vacations? Now it’s about walking the picket line in support of Verizon workers out on strike, and here’s the link to a good summary of what’s at stake that includes numerous links to background information like the fact that Verizon’s CEO makes over 300 times more than [...]

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You can’t fool Wisconsin voters

The first round of recall elections were held in Wisconsin yesterday. In all cases the “real” Democrats won their primaries. Even Fox News took aim at the state Republican party for placing six Republicans on the ballot as “fake Democrats” to force the primaries. (How much did this cost Wisconsin taxpayers?) Read more: Wis. Democrats Soundly Defeat [...]

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Dunkirk rally

I apologize that my eyes are focused on Albany and what lawmakers are, or are not doing. So thanks to my western New York brothers and sisters for alerting me to a solidarity rally in the Jamestown region. Here’s some coverage of the event. And in case you don’t have time to read the whole [...]

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Walmart workers take another hit

It’s not enough that employees at the nation’s largest private employer on average make so little their child qualify for free lunch at school. Now the U.S. Supreme Court essentially says Walmart is too big to sue. Check out this analysis by Laura Flanders on just how wrong this is. Adding insult to injury, the [...]

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