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Labor Day Feature Photos from Tannehill State Park

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TANNEHILL STATE PARK, AL. — Labor unions and members of the public celebrated Labor Day at the historic ironworks park. Here are some feature photos of the event. The United Mine Workers and other unions held their annual Birmingham District Labor Day celebration, with plenty of barbecue along with “pickin’ and singin’” and a fair…

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Hold’s Town Hall Meeting in Birmingham

Watch some video excerpts- By Glynn Wilson – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — While Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker was speaking to Republicans in Montgomery Friday night, pro-labor and progressive radio talk show host Ed Schultz of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” held a town hall meeting in the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center with labor leaders and Democratic…

Steelworkers Ratify New Four-Year Contract with Goodyear

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The United Steelworkers announced Thursday that union members have ratified a new, four-year collective bargaining agreement with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company that covers about 8,500 workers at six of the company’s U.S. plants in Buffalo New York, Topeka Kansas, Fayetteville North Carolina, Danville Virginia, Akron Ohio and Gadsden, Alabama. The ratified…

Creating a Culture of Unionism in the South is Essential for Democracy

By Douglas Williams and Cato Uticensis – The South Lawn – One of the difficulties of organizing in the South is that the struggles here frequently occur under a veil of invisibility due to the lack of pro-worker media down here. Barring major fights like the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) fifteen-year long trench…

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz to Broadcast Live from Birmingham August 23

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MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz will hold a radio town hall meeting at the Sheraton in downtown Birmingham on Friday, August 23, starting at 7 p.m. This radio town hall, which will be broadcast on Sirius/XM radio on Progress 127, is open to the public on a first come first serve basis. Doors open…

United Mine Workers Reach Settlement Deal with Patriot Coal

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Fight Still Continues with Peabody EnergyThe Mine Workers union just announced it has reached a settlement with Patriot Coal on new terms and conditions of employment that makes significant improvements over what federal Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States ordered on May 29, and what Patriot implemented on July 1. “After several weeks of nearly around-the-clock negotiations,…

Where the Political Action Is: The States, Not Washington

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By Scott Arceneaux – The congressional map is shrinking. Charlie Cook, of the Cook Political Report, recently declared that there are fewer competitive seats in the 2014 race to control Congress than he has ever recorded. The U.S. Senate, meanwhile, has become a World War I battleground where combatants fight over a few yards of…

Senate Gridlock Breaks: McCarthy Approved at EPA, Perez at Labor

By Glynn Wilson – Something has come over the Republicans in the U.S. Senate. Gridlock in Washington is cracking, and President Obama’s nominees are now working their way through confirmation like water through an open dam. A bipartisan deal was reached this week with the Republicans to allow votes on all seven of the pending…

Pipe Trade Unions Picket Tar Sands Pipeline Company in Mobile

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By Glynn Wilson – The United Association union and associated pipe trade locals along the Gulf Coast and in Mobile, Alabama, called a picket on Plains Southcap LLC last week for using out-of-state, non-union labor and substandard contractors and pipe in the early construction of a controversial oil pipeline planned through the watershed of the…

Public Confidence in Congress Falls to Record Low

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Poll Also Shows Low Approval for the Corporate News Media and Organized Labor – By Glynn Wilson – Nevermind what you hear on Fox News and conservative talk radio. This tea party Republican Congress is the most reviled institution in American history, earning the lowest confidence level of any Congress or any other institution in…

Effort Gains Momentum to Stop Koch Brothers’ Takeover of LA Times

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Don’t sell out to the Koch brothers, Don’t let the brothers in the door. We don’t want them taking over, That is what we’re marching for! That was the message, as sung by acclaimed musician Ry Cooder, carried by hundreds of Los Angeles residents who marched and rallied Tuesday to urge Oaktree Capital Management not…

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: But There Will Be Video

“…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know … that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. – Martin Luther King Jr., Speech in Memphis, April 3, 1968,…

Remembering Workers on Memorial Day

Workers’ Memorial Day – By Al Henley – Alabama workers are encouraged to join the AFL-CIO in recognizing Workers’ Memorial Day on Sunday, On April 28. Each year on Workers Memorial Day, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and reflect on our struggle for safe workplaces.…