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      Organizing a union is never easy – but if there was one place marked by decades of bloody struggle, it was the West Virginia coal fields. Isolated in rural coal camps, with company-owned homes and stores, establishing democratic rights to a voice on the job and in the community was a forty year efforts by miners, often marked by epic battles with coal companies and their private armies.
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      Supporting workers’ rights brings people together from diverse backgrounds.  On February 15 Illinois State University’s History Department will highlight an African-American, Quaker, gay union activist, Bayard Rustin (1912-1987). Rustin is remembered as chief organizer of the 1963 “March on Washington,” where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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      The pending Supreme Court case on public employees could decimate their unions.  Here's a link with some full reports. http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/18745/friedrichs-v-california-teachers-association-supreme-court-unions


      Every year, August and January are the lowest months for blood donation.   That is why our local unions sponsor a blood drive twice a year during those months.   Our January blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 7 - 11:30 a.m., at United Association Local 99 Hall, 406 Eldorado Road, Bloomington.   Any one 17 or older is eligible to donate.  This is a great family opportunity to aid those in need -- every blood donation saves four lives.  Call Mike Matejka 309-827-3934 matejka53@aol.com to sign up for an appointment.

      You work hard, you pay your taxes, you take care of your children -- yet it seems you are always falling behind. A recent corporate merger announcement reminds us again of how messed up our economic system is. Two giant, profitable drug companies announced a merger, a $160 billion  proposition.  Pfizer (Lipitor, Viagra) and Allergan (Botox) are going to combine their companies.
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      Here is a flickr photo file of yesterday's send off for Mitsubishi Motors workers, members of UAW 2488.  Thank you to everyone who came out and our best wishes and heartfelt thoughts for a talented and hard-working group that are losing their jobs.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/59632003@N07/albums/72157661665998055


      When it comes to trade agreements American workers in the manufacturing sector often get the shaft/(S)NAFTA, resulting in numerous job losses. Studies show since 2001 over 8 million manufacturing jobs have been permanently moved overseas to other countries. Why? Because most trade agreements have little language that allows for an equal playing field.
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      W. Virginia Mine Wars on PBS tonight

      Organizing a union is never easy – but if there was one place marked by decades of bloody struggle, it was the West Virginia coal fields. Isolated in rural coal camps, with company-owned homes and stores, establishing democratic rights to a voice on the job and in the community was a forty year efforts by miners, often marked by epic battles with coal companies and their private armies.
      Read More...

      Union activist history at Illinois State U on Feb. 15

      Supporting workers’ rights brings people together from diverse backgrounds.  On February 15 Illinois State University’s History Department will highlight an African-American, Quaker, gay union activist, Bayard Rustin (1912-1987). Rustin is remembered as chief organizer of the 1963 “March on Washington,” where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
      Read More...

      Fredrich's case could decimate public employee unions

      The pending Supreme Court case on public employees could decimate their unions.  Here's a link with some full reports. http://inthesetimes.

      Union blood drive January 23

      Every year, August and January are the lowest months for blood donation.   That is why our local unions sponsor a blood drive twice a year during those months.   Our January blood drive is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 7 - 11:30 a.m., at United Association Local 99 Hall, 406 Eldorado Road, Bloomington.   Any one 17 or older is eligible to donate.

      Big Pharma merger - no wonder people are angry

      You work hard, you pay your taxes, you take care of your children -- yet it seems you are always falling behind. A recent corporate merger announcement reminds us again of how messed up our economic system is. Two giant, profitable drug companies announced a merger, a $160 billion  proposition.  Pfizer (Lipitor, Viagra) and Allergan (Botox) are going to combine their companies.
      Read More...

      Mitsubishi - UAW 2488 farewell on Nov 24

      Here is a flickr photo file of the Nov. 24 send off for Mitsubishi Motors workers, members of UAW 2488.  Thank you to everyone who came out and our best wishes and heartfelt thoughts for a talented and hard-working group that are losing their jobs.  https://www.flickr.

      Trans-Pacific Partnership promotes geographic discrimination

      When it comes to trade agreements American workers in the manufacturing sector often get the shaft/(S)NAFTA, resulting in numerous job losses. Studies show since 2001 over 8 million manufacturing jobs have been permanently moved overseas to other countries. Why? Because most trade agreements have little language that allows for an equal playing field.
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