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If you want your Halloween to be all treats and no tricks, make sure all your candy is union-made in America. The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor's resource site, Labor 411, has a list of union-made candies, as does Union Plus. Here are some highlights, featuring sweets made by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).
Pat Toomey’s biggest problem is his voting record in the U.S. Senate. On issue after issue, he has carried water for Wall Street and voted against working people. But Katie McGinty is committed to protecting jobs, wages and a good retirement for Pennsylvanians.
Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.
"[Temporary work visas are] something that I frankly use and I shouldn't be allowed to use it. We shouldn't have it. Very, very bad for workers." —Donald Trump
This is a historic moment at the intersection of sports and politics. While the anthem protests of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick against police violence are the most visible manifestation of this, we are witnessing an unprecedented number of athletes—from the pros to the NCAAs to high school and even to middle school teams—using their hyper-exalted platform and community standing to try and say something about the issues of racial and social justice. This new generation of “jocks for justice” has been inspired to act by struggles in the streets like the #BlackLivesMatter movement, as well as the ability of athletes to leverage social media in order to go around traditional sports media filters to speak directly to fans. They also are inspired by impatience and the guiding principle that justice delayed is justice denied.
In this new video, we hear the stories of Ladonna and Michael, two Nabisco workers who made Oreos in Chicago. They are hardworking people who put their heart and soul into making products that provide joy for many Americans. When Mondelez International, Nabisco's parent company, announced that 600 jobs would be leaving the country, the ensuing stress made Ladonna lose her hair. Literally.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has "signed enough bad legislation to fill a library, and his administration has enacted one misguided policy after another," according to The Charlotte Observer, and working people agree.
A new report finds that the United States fails to uphold the most basic rights of workers, particularly in the South, where some states "support or collude with employers to infringe upon workers’ rights to peaceful assembly and association." The report cited examples such as Tennessee officials’ opposition to unionization at a Volkswagen plant and the "government of Mississippi [which] touts the lack of unionization as a great benefit when courting potential employers."
In the (thankfully) last debate, Donald Trump was his typical dishonest, disrespectful self, while Hillary Clinton made it clear she was on the side of working people. She's with us, so we're with her.
When they aren't on the job, working people put their time and effort into helping our community and working for the issues and political leaders who fight for us. Here are some recent examples of working people in action.
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