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Tips to Get Better Media Coverage: Union Members Make Good Copy

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

How can you help your union get better coverage in the small-town media? First, try getting to know the newspaper, TV, and radio reporters. Introduce yourself by calling them up or sending them an email with your photo. It’s a good idea to put a face with an email. Better yet, drop by for a visit. 

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Boeing Basks in Profits but Targets Technical Employees Who Engineer and Design the Products

As the Boeing Company boasts to Wall Street about record sales and income, the message they are bringing to negotiations is that engineers and technical workers have had it too good. The company wants cuts in the new contract. New employees won’t have a pension. Salary pools will be smaller, maybe much smaller. And, get ready to pay a higher share of your family’s medical costs because a company goal is to shift more of those costs onto workers.

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CWA and IBEW Ask for Mediation in Verizon Contract Talks

Photo of 11/2/2011 CWA/Occupy D.C. March, by Julia Kann

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

Unable to negotiate an agreement for over a year, Communications Workers of America (CWA) and Electrical Workers (IBEW) have asked the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to step in to help with negotiations with Verizon Communications.

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Pepco Union Faults Short-Staffing for Long Outages

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO assistant mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Short-staffing at Pepco is as much to blame for the recent power outages as Mother Nature, according to the union that represents more than 1,000 Pepco workers. “We’ve been complaining for years that staffing levels are too low,” Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1900 President Jim Griffin says. Griffin testified at the DC Cit...

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'T-Mobile Girl' Says 'Bring Jobs Home'

Photo courtesy of Chris Garlock of Union City.

Chris Garlock, communications director of the Metropolitan Washington [D.C.] Council, AFL-CIO sends us this report and photos.

If T-Mobile customers in downtown Washington, D.C., were surprised to see the leather-clad “T-Mobile Girl” roar up on a motorcycle outside the 11th and E Street store today, they were even more surprised to find her passing out stickers urging the telecom giant to “Bring Jobs Home.” 

The noontime action was one of dozens of Bring Jobs Home events that have been staged around the country to draw attention to the ongoing offshoring of U.S. jobs. In this case, the closing of seven T-Mobile call centers last month with the company shipping 3,300 jobs overseas.

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Building Jobs in America While We Fundraise

Janet Dukic is a member of Ironworkers Local 63. She founded the nonprofit A Day to Market America

Josh Miller of Made in the USA Films LLC, has developed a documentary of his 30 day journey, trying to live on Made in the U.S.A. products.  I believe he will capture your heart in the history that binds us and inspire the activism it will take to keep us moving forward. See the trailer here

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VA Downgrades Stopped as Vets Speak Out

Photo of AFGE rally against downgrades on 6/13/2012 by Metro Washington Council Union City Editor Chris Garlock:

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO Assistant Mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City.

Just weeks after hundreds of VA employees took to the streets to demand an end to “unfounded and arbitrary downgrades” for low-wage employees at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the VA announced a decision to halt the downgrades. American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), representing workers at the VA, said the downgrades were targeting the lowest-paid workers, many of whom are women, minorities and veterans themselves.

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IBEW Local 1900 Works to Keep the Lights On in Storm Aftermath

Report by Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO Assistant Mobilizer Julia Kann of Union City

With soaring temperatures and storm damage still weighing on residents, Pepco employees—represented by IBEW Local 1900—are working around the clock to restore electrical power across the D.C. metro area.

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