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Empowering Working People in the West: AFL-CIO Holds Third Regional Meeting of 2018

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre welcomed nearly 400 labor leaders and activists to his home state of California for the AFL-CIO Western District meeting this week. Gebre emphasized the importance of the actions attendees are taking to empower working people in the West, saying, “Our movement is at its best when we work from the grassroots up, not from D.C. down.”

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Reverend Addie L. Wyatt: A Champion of Labor and Civil Rights

In celebration of Black History Month, we honor the black unionists who have been monumental figures in progressing workers’ rights. While not a household name, the Reverend Addie L. Wyatt had a major impact on both the labor movement and civil rights movement… Born in 1924 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Wyatt grew up during a time in […]

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Union Time: The 2018 class of organizing stewards gears up for the fights ahead

Organizing is the lifeblood of the union movement. It is through organizing that our union was born. It was organizing that enabled us to negotiate our earliest contracts, not to mention all of the subsequent gains we’ve made at the bargaining table ever since. It is organizing that gives us our collective power, and organizing will be what sustains and strengthens our union for years to come.

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From UNAC/UHCP: Celebrating the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many chapters in the story of civil rights leader Martin Luther King are well known to Americans. The I Have a Dream speech. The Nobel Peace Prize. The Mountaintop speech. His Letter from the Birmingham Jail. His commitment to nonviolence. All the incredible accomplishments of a visionary. Our series on Martin Luther King, Jr., to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, covers some of the lesser known parts of his history.

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Local instructor calls for living wage in Sonoma County

In 2016, after years of hard work and dedication, working people won a huge victory: We raised the minimum wage in California. This historic victory put workers on a path to earning $15/hr by 2022 and set the stage for local communities and states throughout the nation to raise their minimum wages, too. Some communities with higher costs of living – like San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles – built on the new minimum wage law and passed legislation and ballot measures to get to $15 even quicker.

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