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Global: Nigeria's Wabba elected President of ITUC

LabourStart - Wed, 2018-12-05 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: Vanguard

Global: Sharan Burrow re-elected to head global union

LabourStart - Wed, 2018-12-05 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: The Australian

Australia: Chinese workers fight for a fair go in Australia

LabourStart - Wed, 2018-12-05 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: SBS

USA : Podcast: What's wrong with GM?

LabourStart US - Wed, 2018-12-05 18:51
Source: AFL-CIO

Wells Fargo Computer Glitch Accidentally Forecloses On All 5,700 Branches

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 17:10

SAN FRANCISCO—Saying it deeply regretted the error, financial services giant Wells Fargo confirmed Wednesday that a computer glitch had resulted in the lender accidentally foreclosing on all 5,700 of its retail banking branches in the United States. “We apologize to anyone who might have been affected by this simple…

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Mueller Expected To Reveal Details About 3 Major Players In Russia Investigation

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 17:07

Prosecutors for Special Counsel Robert Mueller will file several new documents this week about some of the most important players in the Russia probe, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. What do you think?

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Nervous Maid Of Honor Just Stringing Together Random Maya Angelou Quotes

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 15:49

CLEVELAND, OH—Relying completely on the acclaimed poet’s platitudes on life, love, and loss, anxiety-ridden wedding participant Kelsey Guzman based the majority of her maid of honor speech this week on random Maya Angelou quotes strung together on extremely thin pretenses. “I thought Kels would be okay when she opened…

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Wisconsin Legislature Weakens Incoming Democratic Governor By Restricting His Access To Food, Water, Shelter

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 14:54

MADISON, WI—In an effort to prevent the state’s newly elected leader from enacting his agenda, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature was working to weaken incoming Democratic governor Tony Evers by restricting his access to food, water, and shelter, sources confirmed Wednesday. “We must rein in the…

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Firefighter Cancer

Local925.org Current Articles Feed - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:43
FAQs Are firefighters’ risks for certain types of cancer significantly higher.
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Firefighter Cancer

Local925.org What's New Feed - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:43
FAQs Are firefighters’ risks for certain types of cancer significantly higher.
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Raytheon Employee Going To Be Pissed If Bonus Just Missile Again

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:35

WALTHAM, MA—Saying he was sick and tired of getting shortchanged by the defense contractor, Raytheon employee Dennis McCormick confirmed Wednesday that he was going to be pissed if his holiday bonus this year turned out to be a missile again. “Those cheap bastards had better pony up some actual cash instead of just…

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The Computer Mouse Turns 50

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:25

On Dec. 9, 1968, engineer Douglas Engelbart introduced the computer mouse at a product demo, bringing one of the essential elements of the personal computer to the public. The Onion looks back at the development of the computer mouse on its 50-year anniversary.

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Producer Tells Actress Non-Disclosure Agreement Pretty Standard For Getting Away With Abusing His Power

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:20

LOS ANGELES—Dismissing it as nothing more than “a bunch of legal-ese” giving him free rein to make her life hell, film producer Richard Chapman reportedly assured an up-and-coming actress Wednesday that her non-disclosure agreement was pretty standard for permitting men like him to abuse their power. “You can read it…

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International Climate Conference Kicks Off In Poland

The Onion - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:10

Leaders from around the world will meet for the next two weeks to discuss how to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and monitor nations’ fidelity to the Paris agreement amidst escalating evidence that humanity isn’t doing enough to counter climate change. What do you think?

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‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Brad Markell: ‘What’s Wrong with GM’

AFL-CIO Weblog - Wed, 2018-12-05 10:49
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast with Brad Markell: ‘What’s Wrong with GM’ AFL-CIO

Recently, the AFL-CIO launched another tool to bring you the issues and stories that matter to working people. In the latest episode of our podcast, “State of the Unions,” we talk to longtime UAW member and AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council Executive Director Brad Markell about General Motors’ recent decision to close five North American plants, costing up to 14,000 workers their jobs.

State of the Unions” captures the stories of workers across the country. It’s hosted by two young and diverse members of the AFL-CIO team: Mobilization Director Julie Greene and Executive Speechwriter Tim Schlittner. A new episode will drop every other Wednesday featuring interesting interviews with workers and our allies across the country, as well as compelling insights from the podcast’s hosts.

Listen to our previous episodes:

State of the Unions” is available on iTunesGoogle Play MusicSpotifyStitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:49

Tags: Podcast

Remembering George H.W. Bush's Commitment to Public Service

AFL-CIO Weblog - Wed, 2018-12-05 10:00
Remembering George H.W. Bush's Commitment to Public Service Wikimedia Commons

President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest at a state funeral today. Remembrances have been flowing in from across the political spectrum, but one thing we all can agree on is that Bush lived a life that was devoted to public service, not only for himself, but for those who answered his call for all of us to help our fellow Americans.

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts. As a high-school senior when the attack on Pearl Harbor happened, Bush was inspired to join the U.S. Navy after graduation and he became the youngest U.S. Navy pilot in the country. During the war, he flew 58 combat missions in the Pacific theater, earned the rank of lieutenant and received three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service.

After returning home, he finished his Bachelor of Arts at Yale before moving into the oil industry. By the time the 1960s had arrived, Bush entered politics; and in 1962, he was named chair of the Texas Republican Party. After several failed attempts to win a U.S. Senate seat, Bush was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966. After a successful re-election campaign, President Richard Nixon asked him to run for the U.S. Senate, but the bid was unsuccessful. Nixon appointed Bush as ambassador to the United Nations. Once Gerald Ford became president, Bush was named envoy to China before returning to the United States to be the director of central intelligence. In 1980, he ran for president and lost, but was chosen as vice president by Ronald Reagan and served two terms in that role before successfully winning the presidency in 1988.

While in the White House, he worked with the Mine Workers (UMWA) and then-UMWA President Richard Trumka to sign the Coal Act, which guaranteed health care to more than 120,000 retired miners. He also signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. 

From the end of his one term as president through his death at 94, he turned his focus toward inspiring others to pursue public service through his Points of Light Foundation. He also worked with former President Bill Clinton to raise funds in the wake of natural disasters such as the 2004 southeast Asian tsunami.

While we didn't agree with all of his policy positions, we would like to thank President Bush for his lifelong commitment to public service and for inspiring that devotion in many other Americans.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:00
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