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The Future of Veterans and Workers Under a Trump Presidency

Today is Veterans Day. 

Donald Trump made veterans, trade and jobs the cornerstones of his campaign. Veterans turned out en masse to support his candidacy, and now candidate Trump is president-elect Trump. But not all veterans cast their votes for him. I didn’t. In fact, I spent most of the last year actively campaigning against him. But the voters have spoken and it’s time to come together, accepting of the work we have ahead. Veterans and the working class are ready to work with President-elect Trump to make some of his campaign promises a reality, in the right way and in line with our belief system and values.

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For Those Who Served, Every Day Is Veterans Day

For Those Who Served, Every Day Is Veterans Day

Each year on Nov. 11, Americans set aside 24 hours to pause, reflect and honor our nation’s veterans. But to those of us who wore the uniform, every day is Veterans Day. We are constantly flooded with thoughts and memories of places we served and the comrades who stood beside us. Yes, we remember. We remember what we went through. We remember what we were able to accomplish. We remember the good times. We remember the bad times. We remember it all.

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The Working Class and the Veterans Class Are One and the Same


It was the great Athenian orator Pericles who once said:

[B]ut in the face of death they resolved to rely upon themselves alone. And when the moment came they were minded to resist and suffer, rather than to fly and save their lives; they ran away from the word of dishonor, but on the battlefield their feet stood fast, and in an instant, at the height of their fortune, they passed away from the scene, not of their fear, but of their glory.

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Are You a Veteran?

Are You a Veteran?

Millions of our union sisters and brothers are veterans. Are you one of them?

The issues facing veterans and those facing working families aren’t independent of each other—a lack of good jobs, attacks on health care and fading dreams of a better life impact each one of us.

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IUPAT Helps Veterans Transition Out of Active Military Service Into Jobs

When someone is transitioning out of active military service, one of the most important next steps for veterans is finding income. Many unions have programs that open the doors of their union halls to veterans and some are even working to get folks lined up with careers before they even leave the service. One example of this is the work being done by the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). 

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Today, We Pause and Remember

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Colton carries wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery during a Wreaths Across America event in Arlington, Va., on Dec. 15, 2012. Colton was among thousands of volunteers who helped place 110,000 wreaths at the graves of fallen service members, as part of the annual Wreaths Across America event. Burnett is attached to the 11th Civil Engineering Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

Will Fischer is a Marine Corps veteran of the war in Iraq and the executive director of the Union Veterans Council. To join or learn more about the council, visit and like us on Facebook.

Today is Memorial Day. Flowers are at peak bloom, the laughter of children welcoming summer can be heard from front porches throughout America and families are gathering for barbecues and fellowship. But today, we also pause and remember. Today, we take part in a collective funeral procession to the heart of our nation to pay our respects. Today, we honor those men and women who have drawn their last breaths on sandy beaches, city streets, ancient fields and in far away places, all in the service to our country. 

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Dispatches from Oklahoma

Dispatches from Oklahoma

Will Fischer, community services coordinator at the AFL-CIO, sends us this update from Oklahoma:

May 31, 2013, 7:30 p.m.: The alarm sounded. It was a house fire. As the firefighters gathered and donned their gear, the sky turned an eerie yellow-gray, signaling a severe storm. The rain came down in sheets. This was Moore, Okla.; a town reeling from some of the most devastating tornadoes on record—and another lurked overhead.

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Made in America: The Steinway Piano


This week, leading up to July 4, we're highlighting American products, jobs and stories for our Made in America series. What are your favorite Made in America products? Please comment and share your ideas.

Check out this video, which used footage from the award-winning documentary film "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037" and narration provided by the late John H. Steinway that shows the process of making the greatest piano in the world—the American-made Steinway.

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