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UBC deserts organized labor!

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Happy New Year from the team at Local 57 Facts!

Happy New Year from the 12 million members of the AFL-CIO.

I wish all the best for you and your family, for our unions and for our nation in 2011. And I know you share that wish.

We’re all going to have to work hard—and together—to make it come true.

The holiday season has been a time to pause and remember the reasons we struggle so hard and pursue our aspirations.

And the start of a new year is a time for us all to recommit to our efforts to turn today’s dreams into tomorrow’s realities.

A bright future stands ahead of us. But the clouded politics of the moment can sometimes hide it from us. Especially now, after an unprecedented flood of corporate cash drastically altered the political landscape in the 2010 elections. We’re seeing the next wave of its impact—corporate-led assaults on working people from state legislatures to Washington, D.C., on every effort to create and retain good jobs and on backbone programs like Social Security and Medicare.

But we’ll keep moving forward. We’ve never charted our course by taking the easy choice. We fight for what we know is right—justice and compassion, and prosperity from Main Street to Wall Street.

Let our guide be our vision of America. I’m talking about a vision of a better, stronger economy, a renewal of the American Dream, so that all of us can earn a fair portion of the good things in life—time with our families, an education for our children, a voice on the job and a comfortable retirement.

I wish you all a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

In solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2011 19:04  


“This is a very, very important development,” said Herman Benson, long time executive director of the New York-based Association for Union Democracy. “Ever since the UBC left the AFL-CIO and joined the Change to Win coalition it was implicit that they had a long-term strategy of becoming a general construction union that would take on all the trades,” he said. “This is the first indication I’ve seen that they will take on the IBEW, which is probably one of the strongest of construction unions. One of the most sacred things for the IBEW is the hiring hall. In effect, the Carpenters are offering employers a sweetheart deal to break into the electrical field and offering non-union contractors a union contract to use as a barrier against the IBEW.”


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