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Coalition-Building for Working Americans

Travis Thompson of the Oughtism Too blog sends us this. 

Compromise refers to adjusting one’s political position to be someplace between two beginning positions of opposing sides. In a murder trial, the extremes are not guilty and the death penalty, so perhaps a compromise would be pleading guilty to a lesser crime and either no prison term or a short term. In American politics, the problem with compromise is that the right end of the political continuum has moved far further to the extreme right than at any time in the nation’s history. None of the founders imagined a country run almost entirely by major corporations, as is the case today.  

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The 'Three Gs' Con Job

Larry Sanderson/Photo by Berry Craig

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the GOP are at it again, fishing for union votes with the same old social issues sucker bait.

Retired Plumbers and Pipe Fitters leader Larry Sanderson of Paducah, Ky., calls it “the three Gs con job,” as in “God, Guns and Gays.”

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Labor Day Memories from the 1950s in Cleveland

For most of us who lived in the blue-collar and lower socioeconomic areas bounded by Buckeye Road, 93rd Street, Lee Road and Miles Avenue (John Adams High School district) in Cleveland, Labor Day was a major holiday—a day filled with celebrations, fireworks, parades with marching bands, veterans and labor union members wearing their union logos (e.g., Teamsters, AFL-CIO, Steelworkers). 

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What Is Romney-Ryan’s Aim?

Photo courtesy of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare: www.ncpssm.org

Hugh J. Campbell of the United Steelworkers sends us this blog

For three decades, attempts to undermine Social Security and Medicare have been considered “touching the third-rail” because the two programs are valued by our middle class and aspiring middle class. But to the financial elite, these safety-net programs have been the bane of their existence.

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Paducah Labor Day Parade Salutes ‘Women in the Workplace’

Paducah Labor Day parade honors women in the workplace.

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. 

Hundreds of Labor Day events are happening all over the country. Find a Labor Day event near you

Most Labor Day parades have one grand marshal, but the Paducah-based Western Kentucky Labor Day Committee decided 15 was more like it.

“That’s how many we’re having in our parade this year, and they are all women who belong to unions,” said Brandon Duncan, president of the non-profit, all-volunteer committee, which sponsors Paducah's annual holiday processions.

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Some Free Advice for 'Right to Work' Law Supporters

Buddy Cutler has some free legal advice for supporters of "right to work" laws: You’re guilty of false and deceptive advertising.

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

Buddy Cutler has some free legal advice for supporters of "right to work" for less laws:

You’re guilty of false and deceptive advertising.

“'Right to work' laws should be called the ‘right to freeload,’” adds the Louisville, Ky., labor lawyer.

Kentucky is not a "right to work" state. Cutler wants to help keep it that way.

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How the Ruling Class Engineered the Dismantling of Pensions

Alliance for Retired Americans stands up for retirement security for all.

Hugh Campbell of Philadelphia sends us this

The U.S. financial elite had its best 25 years ever from 1982 to 2007, while the majority of American voters have tolerated the unresponsiveness of their government leaders because they felt like they were also getting ahead. The excerpt, “Without a Pension’s Security,” from the book The Betrayal of the American Dream, by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, tells how the ruling class has engineered the dismantling of pension security provided directly by employers.

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Verizon Strike Anniversary Marked

Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2108 members and allies stood along Route 29 in Montgomery County with their backs turned to early-morning traffic on Thursday.

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

To show the telecom giant Verizon is still "turning its back" a year after its workers went on strike, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2108 members and allies stood along Route 29 in Montgomery County, Md., with their backs turned to early-morning traffic on Thursday. The group displayed the letters V-E-R-I-Z-O-N on their backs and held banners declaring Verizon is "turning their back" on consumers and employees. 

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'Labor Night at the Nats' is a Hit

(Left to Right) Duncan, Briscoe, McKirchy, Brown and Wise receiving the Spirit Award; photo by Julia Kann

report by Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO, assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Thousands of union members headed to the Nationals (Nats) ballpark in Washington, D.C., Friday with friends and family for the first doubleheader of "Labor Night at the Nats." The event raises money for the Community Services Agency’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps union families in times of need. 

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