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Martin Luther King Jr - A Passionate Voice for Civil and Labor Rights

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr, we remember that he was killed fighting for justice in support of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee.  In his last speech to the striking workers he said “…If you stand up straight, people can’t ride your back. And that’s what we did. We stood up straight.”

Andy Puzder, Nominee for Labor Secretary, is as anti-worker as they come

Call Your Senator at 888-907-9365 and tell him/her to stop Puzder's nomination. This fast-food multi-millionaire wants to slash worker protections. He opposes living wage and overtime protection. He has a history of union busting. And he wants to replace workers with machines so he won't have to worry about being sued for discrimination.

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NYC Rally to Support Momentive Strikers - Fri Jan 13 at 4:30pm

Friday, January 13, 4:30pm, Apollo Global Management HQ, 9 West 57th Street, bw 5th and 6th Aves. 700 Members of IUE-CWA Locals 81359 and 8130 have been on strike at Momentive Manufacturing in Waterford, NY since November 2nd.  They are fighting massive health care cuts for active workers, and to stop the complete elimination of health and life insurance coverage for retirees.

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Stop Tom Price, Health & Human Services Nominee Who Wants to Privatize Medicare

Call Your Senator at 888-907-9365. President elect Trump has named Tom Price as his nominee to be Secretary of Health & Human Services. If Price is confirmed, he will lead the charge to privatize Medicare. This would be a disaster for working families. According to the Washington Post, "Price is a longtime advocate of a Medicare [privatization] where the government would provide assistance for seniors to buy private health insurance plans." (Washington Post, 2016).

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Momentive Workers Stand Strong: Watch the Video & Share

Click here for the video. Workers on strike at Momentive in Waterford, NY are not backing down. These CWA-IUE members are standing 100% together for each other, the community, and all working people who want to earn a good living in this country. 

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Union Plus Scholarship Application Due January 31

The 2017 scholarship application is now available. Click here to apply online for the 2017 online scholarship. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2017. 

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Local 1101 Stands With Striking Momentive Workers

A delegation led by 1101 Executive Board members traveled to Waterford NY this week to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters on strike on Momentive Performance Materials. The strikers are members of CWA/IUE Locals 81359 and 81380 and have been on strike since November 2.  They're picketing round the clock at all eight entrances to the massive chemical plant. They set up strike headquarters at an old hot dog stand across the street from one of the plant gates, and strikers are there 24/7 cooking meals, serving hot drinks, organizing donations from the community.  As one striker said in the parking lot "They thought they could break us, but we're stronger now than we were when we walked out."  Click here for the photo album.

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Labor movement braces for three-front battle with Trump, Congress and courts

By Steven Greenhouse, the Guardian, Nov 15, 2016. With Capitol Hill controlled by Republicans and the president-elect likely to nominate a conservative supreme court justice, unions 'hunker down.'  After spending tens of millions of dollars in hopes of electing Hillary Clinton, the labor movement fears that President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Congress and the supreme court will be hostile to labor and take numerous steps to hobble unions.

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Christie vetoes unemployment benefits for striking workers

By Matt Arco, NJ.com. Gov. Chris Christie on Monday nixed a bill that would have allowed striking workers to collect unemployment benefits. Instead, the governor sent a revised bill back to the Democratic-controlled Legislature that would amend "the language of the current law to make it clear that all striking workers are disqualified from receiving benefits," according to his conditional veto message.

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CWA on News that TPP is Dead for this Congress: "Welcome, Overdue, and a Lesson for the Future"

Washington - The following is a statement from the Communications Workers of America (CWA) on the news that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal won't be brought up for a vote this Congress.
The news that the TPP is officially dead for this Congress is welcome, overdue, and a lesson for the future. We're glad to see that all observers finally recognize the reality that TPP will not and should not go through. 

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