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We're on our phones all day, returning that text from mom, checking fantasy football scores and deleting all those pesky store emails we don't remember signing up for, but it's about time we use our phones for what they're made for: human conversations. If you don’t want 2014 to be a repeat of 2010, it’s time to pick up that phone and make a call to make sure working people in critical states turn out to vote in this election. Read more >>>


In a powerful speech given at the Missouri AFL-CIO Convention, national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka took time to address the shooting of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown and the issues of race and class the shooting reignited in the national conversation. Trumka emphasized that racism is still a significant issue that we face not only as a country, but as a labor movement. He noted that both Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot Brown, and Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, are union members. Read more >>>

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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