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The Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 26 brought a little more music into the lives of children in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C.
Local 26 partnered with CBS EcoMedia—an advertising agency that funds projects of social change—to deliver a grant of $30,000 to Little Kids Rock, a nonprofit dedicated to free music instruction and teacher training in underfunded U.S. public schools. The donation will provide as many as 500 brand-new instruments to schoolchildren.Read more >>>
This week's update includes:
Statement from Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain On October Unemployment Numbers and State of the Economy
"While the recession may be over for the financial sector, for Wall Street, on main street businesses are still struggling and not enough are hiring."
“Too many voters are being disenfranchised in this country, and much of it is intentional,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “In too many states we have seen calculated efforts to lower voter registration, the deliberate spreading of misinformation, improper purging of voter rolls and more. What’s worse is that the Supreme Court failed to stand up for voting rights just months ago.”
March for Immigration Reform in Hermiston
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on GOP Shutdown and Debt Ceiling
"No party or faction inside a party should hold our economy hostage to extract political gains. We commend President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, and the leadership of the Democratic party for standing firm and resisting extortion."
A dozen union members showed up on a cloudy Sunday for the Lane County Labor Council and Oregon AFL-CIO's first joint canvass. With a lot of enthusiasm and good walking shoes, they visited working families in Springfield precincts, talking about John Kitzhaber and Pat Riggs-Henson with fellow union members. "It was important for us to be out there," said Tom Shackelford, ATU 757. "Union members need good information to counter all those TV attack ads - they need to know which candidates will really stand up for us." The next two canvasses are on Wednesday, October 13 and Saturday, October 16. Come help us get the word out to our members!
Have you watched the youtube video of Chris Dudley talking about his plan to lower Oregon's minimum wage??! Yes! This wealthy ex-basketball player, with his wealthy friends, believes that $8.50 an hour is too high!! Come out this Saturday morning, 11:30 am, 1653 Willamette in Eugene (the Eugene Veterans Memorial Building), and tell him that you disagree! He'll be appearing there, as will John Kitzhaber, at a forum sponsored by the League of Oregon Cities.
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