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Senator Kennedy Pushes Low-Cost, ‘Common-Sense’ Solution To Increase Voter Participation – Expand Vote-By-Mail Option Will Add Convenience &Accessibility

Published on Monday, October 14, 2013 in Young Unionists
(BUFFALO) – Following Dismal Turnout Numbers in Primary Elections held across Erie County, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy (Democrat-Buffalo) is Advancing a Common Sense, Low-Cost Solution to Help Increase Voter Participation across the State. Kennedy has Co-Sponsored Legislation (S.2252) to Expand the State’s Existing Vote-by-Mail System, more»

Building On The National AFL-CIO’s Commitment To Broaden The Labor Movement

Published on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Young Unionists
(WASHINGTON) – With the Goal of Strengthening Workers’ Rights and Building Power for Students, as well as Workers, the National AFL-CIO and United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) has Entered into a New National Partnership. The Two Groups Will Collaborate on Important Global Solidarity Campaigns, from Ensuring Safe Working Conditions for more»

10 Important Initiatives Coming Out Of The AFL-CIO National Convention

Published on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Young Unionists
The AFL-CIO Quadrennial 2013 Convention in Los Angeles was a Flurry of Exciting Activity that Promises to Remake the Labor Movement in the United States and Build a Movement For All Working People to Deal With the New Challenges and Political Landscape Working Families Must Navigate. While There Were Many Important Discussions and Plans Made at the more»

Labor Perspective From Berry Craig: “How Can We Get More Young Members Involved In The Union?”

Published on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in Young Unionists
National AFL-CIO News Now Editor’s Note: Berry Craig Serves as Recording Secretary for the Paducah-Based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council. He is a Professor Emeritus of History at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and is a Former Daily Newspaper and Associated Press Columnist. He Currently is a Member of the American Federation of more»

HEY!... Just A Reminder If You Haven’t Taken The Time To Watch The September Edition Of Western New York Labor News… NOW!

Published on Friday, September 13, 2013 in Young Unionists
Just in Case You Haven’t Taken the Time to Watch the September Edition of’s New Labor News TV Magazine - Western New York Labor News… NOW!, that Airs Off’s Front Page - As Yet, Here’s What You’re Missing: The Annual Buffalo Labor Day Parade was Held Earlier this Month in South Buffalo more»

Show It, Don't Say It! 10 Ways To Change How People See Unions

Published on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 in Young Unionists
Lazy. Out of Touch. Greedy. Self-Serving. Thuggish. Chances are You’ve Heard a Union Member or Leader Called One of These Things (and In All Likelihood, More Than Once), and it Made Your Blood Boil. The Unfortunate Truth is that Misconceptions, Stereotypes and All-Out Lies seem to be Dominating the Public Discussion and Perception of Labor more»

At The National AFL-CIO Convention In Los Angeles: Young Workers & Youth Engagement

Published on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 in Young Unionists
(LOS ANGELES) - In 2009, Delegates to the National AFL-CIO Convention Approved a Unique and Wide-Ranging Outreach to Bring Young Workers into the Labor Movement and its Leadership. That Action Resulted in the AFL-CIO’s Next UP Program, the Young Workers Advisory Council and the Young Worker Leadership Institute, among other Young Worker Measures. more»

Via Labor Unions Work To Combat Negative Stereotypes

Published on Sunday, September 1, 2013 in Young Unionists
(LAS VEGAS) - Marielle Thorne Rattles Off the Stereotypes with Ease: Unions Seem Greedy; They Defend Bad Workers; Their Workers Make Too Much Money. “The Whole Public Image of Unions Isn’t Great Right Now,” said Thorne, a Business Agent with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 720 in Las Vegas. more»

Via New Orleans Man Finds Opportunity Of A Lifetime in Union Training Program

Published on Monday, August 26, 2013 in Young Unionists
(NEW ORLEANS) - Armed With Only a General Equivalency Diploma and a Desire to Work, 21-year-old Marvin McCants had Few Options for Gainful Employment in Post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Even before the Storm Washed Away Much of his Eastern New Orleans Community, McCants worked Hit and Miss Jobs in the Fast Food Business and as a Hopper on a Garbage more»

From Right-Wing Groups Disguise Anti-Worker Propaganda As ‘Mainstream News’

Published on Friday, August 23, 2013 in Young Unionists
As Newspapers Across the Country Struggle to Uphold their Journalistic Standards in the Face of Declining Revenue, Some Publications are Finding that the Best Way to Turn a Profit is to Forsake Critical Journalism Entirely. A New Crop of Shady Right-Wing Organizations are Posing as Mainstream News Sources in Order to Push a Radical, Anti-Worker Agenda - and more»

Food For Thought From The Huffington Post: More Than Half Of Teachers Report Buying Hungry Students Food With Their Own Money

Published on Sunday, August 18, 2013 in Young Unionists
We Often Hear About U.S. Teachers Being Paid Poorly For All The Work They Do to Educate Children. But Did You Know that 63% of Teachers Report Buying Food for the Classroom Each Month With Their Own Money? That's Just One Statistic from a Report put out by Share Our Strength, which Surveyed Teachers Across The Country About Hunger in America's more»

Via McDonalds’ Suggested Budget For Employees Shows Just How Impossible It Is To Get By On Minimum Wage

Published on Sunday, August 4, 2013 in Young Unionists
McDonald’s has Partnered with Visa to make a Web Site Dedicated to Showing its Employees How To Properly Budget their Meager Peasant Salaries. However, what it Actually Does is Illustrate the Fact that it is Nearly Impossible to Get By On Minimum Wage, as Shown in their Example Budget (Pictured Above). Yeah – Now, When I First Saw That, I more»

The ‘Real Number’ Of Hours Teachers Work In One Eye-Opening Graphic

Published on Sunday, August 4, 2013 in Young Unionists
When You Look at the Time Teachers Actually Spend Working, You Can See That It's Not a Cakewalk — At All. The Next Time your City or State Wants to Cut Back on Teacher Salaries or Hammer their Pensions, Here's Something to Show Around to Folks Before They Make a Decision:

Via POLITICO.Com: Boycotters Win As Cumulus Media Plans On Dumping Rush Limbaugh & Sean Hannity

Published on Monday, July 29, 2013 in Young Unionists
A Shocker is Making the Rounds as Cumulus Media has Let It Be Known that They Are Planning on Dumping Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity at the End of the Year. In a Major Shakeup for the Radio Industry, Cumulus Media - the Second-Biggest Broadcaster in the United States - is Planning to Drop Both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its Stations at the End of more»

Via Union Labor Tools & Tactics To Win On-Line

Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Young Unionists
Is Your Local Missing Out on Firepower to Help Win Your Campaigns? Although there’s No Substitute for Face-to-Face Organizing, Cell Phone and On-Line Tactics can Help You Spread Information Fast, Get People to Take Action, Embarrass Your Target Through Bad Publicity and Get More Media Attention. Here are some Highlights. MOBILIZING BY MOBILE PHONE: more»

New Senate Deal Will Add To The Mountain Of Student Debt

Published on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in Young Unionists
For Generations, America's Workers have Labored and Sacrificed to Give their Families a Chance at a Better Life. Parents Send their Children to School, Help Them with their Homework and Strive to Save so their Children can Attend the College of their Dreams. Students, in turn, Work Toward their Bachelor’s Degree, Intent on Climbing the Ladder of more»

A Kentucky Steelworker's ‘Rapid Response’ To A Union Buster

Published on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 in Young Unionists
(BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY) - When Chris Ormes, who is President of United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 1241 in Bardstown, Kentucky, Heard a Right-To-Work (RTW) For Less Speaker was Heading his Way, he Opted for his Own Rapid Response. The USW has a Grassroots, Non-Partisan Rapid Response Program Designed to Inform and Mobilize Union Members when Bills more»

A Continuing Look At Some Thought-Provoking Information Found On The Social Network Facebook

Published on Sunday, July 14, 2013 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: While Perusing the Social Network Facebook, Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper Recently Ran Across the following Thought-Provoking Information that We Would Like to Share with our Many Viewers/Readers:

Via Labor Notes: Summer of Solidarity Tour Will Connect The Grassroots

Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in Young Unionists
Labor Notes Editor’s Note: This Labor News Story was Authored by United Steelworkers Local 7-669 President Stephen in Metropolis, Illinois. The Summer of Solidarity Tour is coming to a City Near You! Two years ago our small Steelworkers Local was locked Out by Honeywell. The Fight seemed Overwhelming: 220 of Us in Metropolis, Illinois, were Taking more»

Group Of Pittsburgh IBEW Apprentices Rescue Seniors From Major Nursing Home Blaze

Published on Friday, June 28, 2013 in Young Unionists
(PITTSBURGH) – A Group of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 5 Members are Being Credited with Saving Dozens of Local Senior Citizens from a Fire in Pittsburgh that Tore Through a Nursing Home earlier this week (on Tuesday, June 25th). Community College of Allegheny County Instructor Tammy Miller was Teaching a Class of 24 more»

Via Opposing Views: American Factory Boss Held Hostage In China By Workers Who Are Demanding Severance Packages Similar To Those Given To Former Co-Workers

Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Young Unionists
(BEIJING, CHINA) – A 42-year-old American Executive says Workers at his medical Supply Plant in Beijing have been Holding Him Hostage for four days. Chip Starnes insists the Workers are Demanding Severance Packages similar to those given to 30 of their Former Co-Workers. It is Not Uncommon for Managers in China to be Held by Workers Demanding Pay or more»

A Lesson For All In The Labor Movement: Kentucky Labor Embraces Social Media

Published on Monday, June 17, 2013 in Young Unionists
National AFL-CIO News Now Editor’s Note: Berry Craig, who serves as Recording Secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a Professor Emeritus of History at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a Former Daily Newspaper and Associated Press (AP) Columnist and currently a Member of American Teachers Federation more»

10 Jobs That You Probably ‘Didn't Know’ Were Union

Published on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Young Unionists
When most People think about Union Members, they probably picture Blue-Collar Workers in Factories. Maybe even Teachers, Police, Firefighters and other Government Employees also come to mind. But Workers in many more Fields come together in Unions to have a Voice On The Job to Improve their Lives and the Lives of their Families - from Rocket Scientists at more»

San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council President Lorena Gonzalez Coasts To Assembly Win

Published on Friday, May 24, 2013 in Young Unionists
(SAN DIEGO) – Labor Leader and Democrat Lorena Gonzalez easily Out-Paced Intraparty Rival Steve Castaneda earlier this week in a Special Election to fill the vacant 80th Assembly District. The 41-year-old Gonzalez bested the former Chula Vista City Councilman to secure a District that takes in Southern San Diego, Chula Vista and National City and San more»

Via The Nation: Hardball – Giants Concession Workers Fight For The Soul Of San Francisco

Published on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 in Young Unionists
(SAN FRANCISCO) - Picture AT&T Park, Home of the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, about as breathtaking a Baseball Stadium as exists in the United States with the San Francisco Bay - otherwise known as McCovey Cove, framing the Outfield like a Norman Rockwell Post Card as conceived by Leroy Neiman. Picture Seats packed with People clad in more»

Via The Los Angeles Times: White-Collar Workers Are Turning To Labor Unions

Published on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Young Unionists
(NEW YORK) - The Next Wave of Union Protesters isn't Blue Collar - it's Lawyers, Paralegals, Secretaries, Helicopter Pilots, Judges, Insurance Agents and Podiatrists. These White-Collar Workers are not exactly the picture of the Labor Movement, but they are becoming a more essential part of it as they turn to Unions for Help in a Tough Economy as Bosses try more»

Via Republic Windows Sit-Downers Become Worker-Owners In Chicago

Published on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Young Unionists
(CHICAGO) - Workers say it's a New Era as they become Owners of their Window-Making Cooperative. In 2008, and again in 2012, they occupied their Factory to keep Management from Removing Machinery. Now they own those machines. They inspired the Country when they Sat Down inside their Chicago Factory in December 2008, and now they’ll have the chance more»

Hey, Young Workers! What's On Your Policy Agenda?

Published on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Young Unionists
(WASHINGTON) - Workers under the Age of 34 face Higher Unemployment Rates than Older Workers and make up nearly Half of the Currently Unemployed. As student Debt continues to Build Up - Exceeding even Credit Card Debt - and Wages Stagnate or Fall for Workers with or without a College Degree, Young Workers are accruing Less Wealth than their Parents, more»

Via The Huffington Post By Way The National AFL-CIO: From Young Unionist/Author Carmen Berkley - Will Millennials Come Back to Labor?

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Young Unionists
National AFL-CIO News Now Editor’s Note: The following Column authored by Carmen Berkley, entitled: Will Millennials Come Back to Labor?, originally appeared in the The Huffington Post. It was recently re-printed on the National AFL-CIO News Now Website. Berkley is the Executive Director of the Generational Alliance, a collaboration of 22 National more»

Want To Build The Middle Class? Make Sure Workers Can Easily Form & Join Unions

Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Young Unionists
We've all seen the charts. As Union Membership Rates go down, so goes the Middle Class and People's Ability to Bargain for Living Wages and a Voice On The Job. David Madland and Karla Walter from the Center for American Progress (CAP) say their Top 6 Policies to Help the Middle Class that Won’t Cost Taxpayers a Penny, that strengthening People's more»

Via The National AFL-CIO: African-American Are Workers 19% More Likely To Be In Unions

Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Young Unionists
"The Labor Movement was the ‘Principal Force’ that Transformed Misery and Despair into Hope and Progress.” - The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. said that in 1965 and African-Americans still hear his quote ring. A New Report, Blacks in Unions: 2012, by the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education, finds more»

Western New York NextUP Chapter Of Young Unionists Pleased With Turnout At Their Recently-Held Labor 101 Presentation In Buffalo

Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations/Industry Education Specialist Arthur Wheaton presents a Labor 101 Informational Seminar to nearly 40 Area Young and Older Unionists that was held on Wednesday, April 10th at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s Offices on Delaware Avenue more»

Buffalo’s Young Unionists Chapter – WNY NextUp – To Host Labor 101 Get-Together On Wednesday

Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Young Unionists
The Western New York NextUP Chapter of Young Unionists is hosting a Labor 101 Get-Together tomorrow (Wednesday, April 10th), beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County at 742 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Art Wheaton, an Industry Education Specialist with Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, will be the more»

The National AFL-CIO Partners With Union Privilege To Launch New Scholarship To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of March On Washington For Jobs & Freedom

Published on Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Young Unionists
(WASHINGTON) - In partnership with the Union Privilege Program, the National AFL-CIO has announced a New Scholarship to Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The Scholarship will provide $5,000 each to at least 50 talented High School Seniors from Families - including Union Families and those in the Community - to help pay for the more»

A New Woman: Non-Traditional Employment For Women Program In New York City Prepares New York Women In The Building Trades

Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in Young Unionists
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Non-Traditional Employment for Women (NEW) Program in New York City prepares Women for Careers in Construction and Related Industries through an Innovative Training and Placement Program that guides Low-Income Women toward a Meaningful Career and Solid Financial Footing. More than 800 NEW Graduates have kicked off their Careers since more»

Ironworkers Apprenticeship Local 86 Molds World Trade Center Wreckage Into Memorial

Published on Sunday, March 31, 2013 in Young Unionists
For most of us, the events of September 11th, 2001 are permanently etched in our minds. We recall exactly how we heard about the Attacks, exactly what we were doing and exactly who we were with. And, though many of us may not get the opportunity to travel to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City to recall and honor the more than more»

Via A Steelworker’s Personal Fight To Beat John Boehner In 2014

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Young Unionists
While the President is elected every four years, and a Senator every six, Members of the House of Representatives are up for Election every two years - which means every two years, every Member of Congress must face off against whatever Challenger happens to be running against them. John Boehner has been safe in his seat for many years, without a Strong more»

Union Summer Internship Now Accepting Applications

Published on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Young Unionists
Want to spend your Summer learning about Social and Economic Justice and working for change? The Union Summer Internship program just might be the place for you! Union Summer is an Educational Internship in which Participants are introduced to the Labor Movement through Union Organizing Campaigns. It will begin with a Week-Long Orientation and Training, more»

Labor Perspective From Alexandria Knox: Young Blind Union Activist Hopes To Keep Changing Minds & Keep The Labor Movement Strong For Generations To Come

Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure of recently having a telephone conversation with 27-year-old Alexandria Knox (Pictured Above/Photo Courtesy of Alexandria Knox), a Union Facebook Friend and American Federation of Musicians-Represented Solo Highland Bagpipe Player who is moving from Savannah, Georgia to New Hampshire. What had more»

Facing Opposition, New IBEW-Represented Illinois Sears Technicians Ratify First Contract

Published on Monday, February 18, 2013 in Young Unionists
(THE STATE OF ILLINOIS) - Years of Management Favoritism, Lack of Respect On the Job and the Threat of Declining Wages had been wearing on hundreds of Sears Service Technicians in the Upper Midwest for years. But times are changing. Following a Dynamic Organizing Campaign that tapped the Courage of Employees and the know-how of seven IBEW (International more»

Via IBEW Local 309 Member Turns Department Store Job ‘Union’ By Using Social Media

Published on Friday, February 8, 2013 in Young Unionists
(CHICAGO) - Much like the Technology itself, the potential for Unions to gain from Social Media is unlimited. While there has been a Marked Uptick in Union Use of Social Media to Organize, Inform and Activate - there has been little progress in the quest to turn a Social Media Presence into a way to Create Jobs. But a step in that direction has been taken more»

The Benefits Of Employing Union Construction Workers – A Commentary By David Rampone, President Of The Hart Engineering Corporation In Rhode Island

Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: The following is a Contributor’s piece authored by David Rampone, who serves as President of the Hart Engineering Corporation. Rampone’s piece originally appeared in The Providence Journal and was republished on the Massachusetts Building Trades Website at: Regarding Charles more»

A ‘Working Man’s Perspective’ From Communications Workers Of America Local 1102 Business Agent Steve Lawton: For Workers In 2013 – It’s Organize Or Die

Published on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Young Unionists Editor’s Note: Your Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper met Steve Lawton (pictured above), who is a Business Agent for CWA (Communications Workers of America) Local 1102 on Staten Island, through the Social Network Facebook. Over the course of time, has kept an eye on Lawton’s posted FB comments involving the more»

Western New York Labor News… NOW! Features WNY NextUP On January 2013 Labor News TV Program

Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in Young Unionists
During the past couple of years the National AFL-CIO has stepped up its efforts to attract and involve more Young Unionists under the Age of 40 in the Labor Movement. Here in Western New York, a Young Unionist Chapter has been created. It’s called Western New York NextUP – and, in a very short period of time, is not only growing, but involving more»

New York Working Families Urge The House To Pass Super-Storm Sandy Relief

Published on Sunday, December 30, 2012 in Young Unionists
The New York State AFL-CIO is thanking U.S. Senate for approving $60.4 billion in Relief for victims of Super-Storm Sandy and at the same time is urging the House of Representatives to pass the Measure as well. In a statement, the State Labor Federation said: The Labor Movement Thanks and congratulates New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Senators more» Unveils & Offers New Labor News Widget

Published on Friday, November 30, 2012 in Young Unionists - Western New York’s Regional, On-Line Labor Newspaper - is offering Labor Unions our Newly-Created Labor News Widget, which provides you with the Latest in Western New York Labor News, as well as Labor News from across New York State and the United States. It also provides Direct Links to, our New Labor News TV more»

UNITE HERE Launches App To Help Socially-Conscious Travelers Find Union Hotels

Published on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 in Young Unionists
The Hospitality Union UNITE HERE has launched a Union Hotel Guide App to make it easier for Travelers to find Union Hotels in Cities and Towns across the United States. The Union Hotel Guide App lists Approved Union Hotels and Hotels where UNITE HERE Members are on Strike, Boycotting or there is a Risk of Dispute - guiding Travelers to choose more»

Western New York NextUp Chapter Gets Into Thanksgiving Spirit

Published on Friday, November 23, 2012 in Young Unionists
Our Region’s Newly-Formed Young Unionist Group - Western New York NextUp – got into the Thanksgiving Spirit this week by making a $100 donation to Buffalo’s City Mission. Pictured above, from Left to Right: Area Labor Activist Deb Lauria; Western New York NextUp Board Member Andrew Glauser of the International Union of Elevator more»

It’s That Time Of Year Again: Buy Union Week

Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in Young Unionists
The 10 days following Thanksgiving are designated by the National AFL-CIO as Buy Union Week in order to encourage Union Members to look for Union-Made Goods and Services when buying Holiday Gifts and other items. Supporting Union-Made Products helps keep Good Jobs in the Community and could have the added Benefit of Encouraging Increased Manufacturing at more»

The Latino House of Labor - The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement - Unveils New Website To Communicate With Key Constituencies

Published on Friday, November 9, 2012 in Young Unionists
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) has announced its official launch of its 40th Anniversary Website at The Bi-Lingual Website contains a Blog with the Latest Labor Updates, a vast array of Social Networking Tools and Media and Independent Sites for LCLAA's campaigns. In a time when Latinos are, on average, 10 years younger more»