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If you haven't heard yet, elections are coming, and they're coming fast. Nov. 4 is right around the bend, and if we don't get some help from you, we're never going to win.

Get fired up to vote for candidates who will support working people, not CEOs and corporations, this fall by listening to this song from AFL-CIO's Kirk Brungard (also a member of Electrical Workers [IBEW]). Music is by the infamous Johnny Cash, who was also a card-carrying American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) member.

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In the latest video from the Koch Sisters, Karen and Joyce express their outrage that the Koch Brothers are attacking the minimum wage, saying that billionaires trying to control how much the lowest-paid workers in the country get is "almost evil."

The Senate is poised to vote on the minimum wage this week. Call your senators at 888-492-8867 and tell them to vote "yes" on raising the minimum wage.

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Training Up Down Under

In 2012, the Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) and Australia’s Plumbing Trades Employees Union (PTEU) entered into a unique affiliation agreement to combat global climate change by sharing industry best practices, particularly around alternate forms of energy generation, such as biofuels and geothermal technology. The affiliation allows for joint skills training and employment initiatives in the United States, Canada and Australia. Read the full article>>>

It's pretty frustrating seeing all the headlines that claim the economy is alive and kicking. Sure, there is economic growth and a steady increase in jobs, but what kind of jobs are we talking about exactly? Well, they aren't the kind of jobs we think of first when it comes to steady, middle-class jobs. No big surprise here, low-wage service sector jobs like those in the fast-food industry are seeing the biggest gains. Bryce Covert at The New Republic has a nice summary of what America's workers are up against when it comes to wages. Read more >>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

Central Arkansas CLC Labor Day Picnic Woody's Sherwood Forest, 1111 W Maryland Ave, Sherwood Monday, September 2, 2013 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center 3rd Annual Labor Day Breakfast Saint Paul's Episcopal Church 224 N East Avenue, Fayetteville Saturday, August 31, 2013 8:30 am USW Local 752L Labor Day Fish Fry Four States Fair Grounds E 50th Street, Texarkana Monday, September 2, 2013 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

2012 General Election Results (* indicates a Labor-endorsed candidate)

U.S. President/Vice President: Barack Obama/Joe Biden (D)*

Arkansas U.S. Congressional Districts:
CD 1: Rick Crawford (R)
CD 2: Tim Griffin (R)
CD 3: Steve Womack (R)
CD 4: Tom Cotton (R)

2013 U.S. Congress Arkansas: 4 Republicans (+1), 0 Democrats

Arkansas State Senate Races
SD 1: Bart Hester (R)
SD 2: Jim Hendren (R)
SD 3: Cecile Bledsoe (R)
SD 4: Uvalde Lindsey (D)*
SD 5: Bryan King (R)
SD 6: Gary Stubblefield (R)
SD 7: Jon Woods (R)*
SD 8: Jake Files (R)
SD 9: Bruce Holland (R)
SD 10: Larry Teague (D)*
SD 11: Jimmy Hickey (R)
SD 12: Bruce Maloch (D)*
SD 13: Alan Clark (R)
SD 14: Bill Sample (R)
SD 15: David Sanders (R)
SD 16: Michael Lamoureux (R)
SD 17: Johnny Key (R)
SD 18: Missy Thomas Irvin (R)
SD 19: David Wyatt (D)*
SD 20: Robert Thompson (D)*
SD 21: Paul Bookout (D)*
SD 22: David Burnett (D)*
SD 23: Ronald Caldwell (R)
SD 24: Keith Ingram (D)*
SD 25: Stefanie Flowers (D)*
SD 26: Eddie Cheatham (D)*
SD 27: Bobby Pierce (D)*
SD 28: Jonathan Dismang (R)
SD 29: Eddie Joe Williams (R)
SD 30: Linda Chesterfield (D)*
SD 31: Joyce Elliott (D)*
SD 32: David Johnson (D)*
SD 33: Jeremy Hutchinson (R)
SD 34: Jane English (R)
SD 35: Jason Rapert (R)

2013 State Senate: 21 Republicans (+6), 14 Democrats

Arkansas State House Races
HD 1: Prissy Hickerson (R)
HD 2: Lane Jean (R)
HD 3: Brent Talley (D)*
HD 4: Fonda Hawthorne (D)*
HD 5: David Fielding (D)*
HD 6: Matthew Shepard (R)
HD 7: John Baine (D)*
HD 8: Jeffrey Wardlaw (D)*
HD 9: Sheila Lampkin (D)*
HD 10: Mike Holcomb (D)*
HD 11: Mark McElroy (D)*
HD 12: Chris Richey (D)
HD 13: David Hillman (D)*
HD 14: Walls McCrary (D)*
HD 15: Ken Bragg (R)
HD 16: James Word (D)*
HD 17: Henry “Hank” Wilkins (D)*
HD 18: Richard Womack (R)
HD 19: Nate Steel (D)*
HD 20: Nate Bell (R)
HD 21: Terry Rice (R)
HD 22: Bruce Westerman (R)
HD 23: Ann Clemmer (R)
HD 24: Bruce Cozart (R)
HD 25: John Vines (D)*
HD 26: David Kizzia (D)*
HD 27: Andy Mayberry (R)
HD 28: Kim Hammer (R)
HD 29: Fred Love (D)*
HD 30: Charles Armstrong (D)*
HD 31: Andy Davis (R)
HD 32: Allen Kerr (R)
HD 33: Warwick Sabin (D)*
HD 34: John Walker (D)*
HD 35: John Edwards (D)*
HD 36: Darrin Williams (D)*
HD 37: Eddie Armstrong (D)*
HD 38: Patti Julian (D)*
HD 39: Mark Lowery (R)
HD 40: Douglas House (R)
HD 41: Jim Nickels (D)*
HD 42: Mark Perry (D)*
HD 43: Davy Carter (R)
HD 44: Joe Farrer (R)
HD 45: Jeremy Gillam (R)
HD 46: Mark Biviano (R)
HD 47: Jody Dickinson (D)*
HD 48: Reginald Murdock (D)*
HD 49: Marshall Wright (D)*
HD 50: Fred Smith (G)
HD 51: Deborah Ferguson (D)*
HD 52: John Hutchison (R)
HD 53: Homer Lenderman (D)*
HD 54: Wes Wagner (D)*
HD 55: Monte Hodges (D)*
HD 56: Joe Jett (D)*
HD 57: Mary Broadaway (D)*
HD 58: Harold Copenhaver (D)*
HD 59: Butch Wilkins (D)*
HD 60: James Ratliff (D)*
HD 61: Scott Baltz (D)*
HD 62: Tommy Wren (D)*
HD 63: James McClean (D)*
HD 64: John Payton (R)
HD 65: Tommy Thompson (D)*
HD 66: Josh Miller (R)
HD 67: Stephen Meeks (R)
HD 68: Robert Dale (R)
HD 69: Betty Overbey (D)*
HD 70: David Meeks (R)
HD 71: Andrea Lea (R)
HD 72: Steve Magie (D)*
HD 73: John Catlett (D)*
HD 74: John Eubanks (R)
HD 75: Charlotte Douglas (R)
HD 76: Denny Altes (R)
HD 77: Stephanie Malone (R)
HD 78: George McGill (D)*
HD 79: Gary Deffenbaugh (R)
HD 80: Charlene Fite (R)
HD 81: Justin Harris (R)
HD 82: Bill Gossage (R)
HD 83: David Branscum (R)
HD 84: Charlie Collins (R)
HD 85: David Whitaker (D)*
HD 86: Greg Leding (D)*
HD 87: Jonathan Barnett (R)
HD 88: Randy Alexander (R)
HD 89: Micah Neal (R)
HD 90: Skip Carnine (R)
HD 91: Dan Douglas (R)
HD 92: Mary Lou Slinkard (R)
HD 93: Jim Dotson (R)
HD 94: Debra Hobbs (R)
HD 95: Sue Scott (R)
HD 96: Duncan Baird (R)
HD 97: Bob Ballinger (R)
HD 98: John Burris (R)
HD 99: Kelley Linck (R)
HD 100: Karen Hopper (R)

2013 State House: 51 Republicans (+5), Democrats 49

 

 


 

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